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Monday, July 30, 2001- The Michigan Daily - 13

Tormer Wolverine Chuck Winters: A man for all seasons
INTERS claimed he'd start his own clothing He crossed paths with an old team- "The things you go through at find a fault in him. Character is
line. mate from the Michigan baseball Michigan, it bonds you together for the standing - I enjoy him as one o
itlnued from Page 12 Little did he know his dream would team, where Winters said he played rest of your life," said Winters, who best guys to be around."
Winters said that while the coaching come true - literally. sporadically over his years there. keeps in touch with most of his former Even though the Fury's playoff
off was sympathetic in the newspa- "I fell asleep and woke up in the In fact, in Winters' junior year, he teammates like Ty Law, Jarrett Irons was ended by the Arizona Rattlers
rs about his situation, he's never got- middle of the night and the words went from Spring football practice to and Charles Woodson. urday night, 52-44, Winters hasn
a a chance to sit down in the office 'Last Play' stuck in my head and I the diamond, shed his pads and "It's like a fraternity." his mark on the football field aga
id talk with them. couldn't get back to sleep." jumped right into centerfield. This the point where he will most likely
"Once everything went down, that "Last Play" referred to a play in type of double-session is something HOME, SWEET HOME be returning kicks, catching passes
pretty much my last contact with Michigan football history that devas- Winters said he'd never trade in. covering wide receivers for the1
-higan as far as the coaching staff," tated and depressed Michigan fans for "That made me so much of Nearly one-half hour after next season.
inters said. years - the 1994 "Hail Mary" pass a stronger per- the Fury win, Winters sits in "his "I'm in a perfect situation,"
Carr, who recruited Winters, usually from Colorado's Kordell Stewart that s o n , " office" - the training Winters, whose hometown is Dec
esn't talk about former players and bounced off both Winters and Ty Law table - when a team official "I got my store down here, play
d no comment. before landing in Michael Westbrook's yells "They're waiting for you, out here, from here. Unless they
That time off from Michigan actual- hands for the winning touchdown. Chuck" me 127-million like C-Webb, the
helped him start his first business But this time "Last Play" A group of fans are wait- be out."
nture. While his teammates were helped Winters make a score of ing for Winters to come out of the All joking aside, when Win
eparing for Penn State, he was at his own. He teamed up with a fel- W i n - Palace lockerroom to sign some auto- decides to leave, he'll have plent
me with a few of his friends. After low student and Michigamua graphs. Winters excuses himself and options, which stems from the phi]
ticing the new FUBU gear on a trip member, whom Winters also ters said. "I had to per- spends an ample amount of time with phy he learned at Michigan.
he mall, Winters jokingly pro- said created cartoons for The form on the football field, the greeters - displaying the strong Does that include playing in
e Winters tale Michigan Daily. After faxing his baseball field and keep my grades up." character that is one of the many quali- National Football League?
proposal to his friend - an investor - One of Winters' teammates at ties the Fury coaches point out when "It's a goal of mine, but if it do
look at the numbers posted by Chuck Winters the wheels were put in motion. Michigan was the owner of the compa- talking about him. happen, I'm still going to be happ
a senior for the Wolverines, and his 2001 The clothing line is sold in a couple ny Hat Zone. "Well, he plays like a Michigan guy. get up in morning and say 'I'm a
ason statistics for the Detroit Fury: stores in New York City - but he still The common bond from Michigan He's absolutely tenacious in everything fessional athlete, I'm an entreprene

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itched to do something else.
After his short stint as a physical
education teacher at an elementary
school in Southfield, Winters started
applying for jobs and found himself in
the right spot at the right time again.

allowed him to let Winters in on a he does," Fury assistant coach Rod
business venture in owning a store in Humenuik said. "He exemplifies how
the Northland Mall. Now Winters has they (Michigan players) are. He's a
a hand in coachable guy, even at this level. As a
stores in St. Louis, Kansas City, player, he hits you like a freight train
Minnesota and Hawaii. and runs like a deer. You can't really

"That, to me - not many guys 26-
27 years old can say that. From where
I come from, of being down and out,
with all the stuff I had been through -
at times with only ten dollars in my
pocket - I've been blessed."

France versus Lance: no chance

PARIS (AP) - Lance Armstrong
sily won his third-straight Tour de
rance yesterday, ending three
eeks of grueling competition with
se Texan once again dominating
vorld's toughest cycling event.
iding in the leader's yellow jer-
ny he has worn for the last seven
ages of the Tour, Armstrong
rossed the finish line on the
hamps Elysees with the main
ack, winning the championship by
most seven minutes as tens of
sousands of spectators lined the
raceful avenue.
e held both arms aloft in ti-
h on the winner's podium, smil-
og in satisfaction, then stepped
own to embrace wife Kristin and
>ddler son Luke - dressed in yel-
w like his father.
"It's the best feeling of the last
ree (wins)," Armstrong said in fal-
ring French. "As always I am
appy to finally arrive, to finally
nish the Tour. It's a special feel-
Mg."
mstrong's victory yesterday
not been in doubt. He had built
p a huge lead in the mountains,
leaning only sickness or accident
>uld prevent him from claiming
te title.
Armstrong became the first
merican to win the Tour three
mes in a row. Greg LeMond also
'on three Tours, but with a two-
e gap between his first and sec-
itles.
The Tour record of five wins is
eld jointly by four riders, with only
pain's Miguel Indurain winning
ve in a row.
"The fourth (title) is still the first
oal," Armstrong said. "The Tour de

France is the most beautiful, the
biggest, and most special race in the
world for me, and for the United
States."
The rider from Austin, Texas, who
came back from advanced testicular
cancer to win the Tour for the first
time in 1999, was close to the front
of the pack when it reached the
Champs-Elysees under a scorching
sun.
Armstrong completed 10 laps up
and down the avenue, circling the
Tuileries gardens at the foot of the
Louvre museum before heading
back toward the Arc de Triomphe.
Czech rider JanrSvoradawon yes-
terday's stage between Corbeil-
Essonnes and the French capital,
ending a more-than 2,100-mile ride
through France and Belgium in 20
legs.
Svorada was clocked in three
hours, 57 minutes, 28 seconds. Ger-
many's Erik Zabel was second and
Australian Stuart O'Grady finished
third, both in the same time as the
stage-winner.
Armstrong finished the stage in
70th place, also in the same time as
Zabel, for a lead of 6:44 over sec-
ond-placed Jan Ullrich of Germany
in the overall standings. Spaniard
Joseba Beloki was third, 9:05
behind the American.
Armstrong won the 1999 Tour
with a 7:37 lead over Switzerland's
Alex Zuelle. In 2000 he beat Ullrich
by 6:02.
The finish was identical to last
year's, only the second time in Tour
history that the same riders have
finished 1-2-3 in consecutive years.
Armstrong's route to victory was
sealed in just five mountain stages.

And by the time he was through,
Armstrong's toughest rival, Ullrich,
acknowledged defeat with a wshole
week to go.
"I tried everything to seek out the
slighlest weakness, but Lance didn't ,
have any," Ullrich said after the last
mountain stage.
The contest opened halfway
through the Tour when riders
reached the Alps.
Armstrong arrived trailing the
overall leader by 22 places and fans
were anxiously awaiting a sign that
he had the race under control.
His title chances looked dim to
many when he grimaced in apparent
agony and trailed Ullrich all the way
to the foot of UAlpe d'Huez, one of
the toughest climbs in cycling.
Then he began moving up through -
the pack until he reached the front, Lance Armstrong poses with fans as he celebrates his third-straight Tour de France
just ahead of Ullrich. victory. After taking the lead in the mountain stages, Armstrong cruised for a week.
He looked back, then surged
ahead and sprinted up the 21 hairpin
bends to the summit, claiming his S
first stage victory and beating Ull-
rich by a whopping one minute, 59 S
seconds.
Armstrong took the yellow jersey
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