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The Question: Is it a help or a handicap being the son or daughter of a famous football player?

Sept. 24, 1956
Sept. 24, 1956

Table of Contents
Sept. 24, 1956

Events & Discoveries
Acknowledgments
Sporting Look
What Happens To Players?
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

The Question: Is it a help or a handicap being the son or daughter of a famous football player?

ART FRENCH JR.
Son of Harvard's 1928 captain
A help if a boy is modest and doesn't let it go to his head. Being the son of a Harvard captain gave me a greater opportunity to display any modest athletic ability I had. There's no reason in the world why anything like this should have to give a boy a swelled head.

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SUE WESTIN
Daughter of L. J. Westin, Minnesota fullback, 1927-29
It has contributed much to my knowledge and enjoyment of just about all sports. Frequent topics of conversation center upon football and baseball. This keeps me up to date on sports. Also, because Daddy taught me how to play softball, baseball is my favorite sport.

BOB LARUE JR.
Son of Pittsburgh halfback, 1934-36
Neither. When people tell me what a great football player my father was I am very proud. But it also imbues me with the desire to make as impressive a reputation. However, I'm sure I would have played football even if Dad had never starred because I love the game.

MARY ANN HUTCHINSON
Daughter of Wm. D. Hutchinson, 1937-40 Dartmouth halfback
Definitely a help, especially since I am not required to be a chip off the old block. Kids who love athletics are more inclined to be friendly, and boys who are ordinarily girl-shy at this age are always ready to talk as long as the conversation is about football and my dad.

KEN STRONG JR.
Son of NYU's All-America halfback, 1928
The extra pressure has handicapped me in sports. Few players are as great as Dad, and people expected too much of me. But I have a hunch that Dad is just as happy about my engineering. There's a Ken Strong III, who we hope will fill his celebrated grandfather's shoes.

BILLY WALKER
Age 11, son of William B. Walker, VMI guard, 1942
I think it's a help because I play football. My father played at VMI, with the Boston Yanks and the Los Angeles Dons. I am proud of him because he knows his stuff. He was a great guard, and he gives me lots of tips. My ambition is to be a greater center than he was a guard.

DON BROWN
Age 10, son of Joe L. Brown, UCLA end, 1938
It makes no difference to me. It's how good you yourself are. Sure I like it when the kids tell me that my father was a famous end at UCLA. But I didn't see him play. I'm more proud of Pop for the wonderful job he's doing now as general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

ROYCE N. FLIPPIN JR.
Son of Annapolis star halfback, 1922-25
Nothing but an asset in every way. We shared the same problems on and off the field because we both played college football. He always offered constructive criticism and never failed to serve as the finest possible example of how an athlete should conduct himself.

FRITZ POLLARD JR.
Son of Brown's All-America halfback, 1916
It is a help. Dad was the second Negro to be named All-America by Walter Camp. I followed his footsteps in football and in the Olympic high hurdles. Everywhere I've gone, I've always been asked: "Are you the great football player's son?" It's like an open door.

TEN PHOTOS

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