THE TONY DORSETT STORY by Phil Musick

THE TONY DORSETT STORY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

As a kid he was told ""you don't try hard enough,"" but T.D. knew better. In his freshman year at the University of Pittsburgh--where the Panthers' record the year before had been a dismal 1 and 10--he was already being compared to Gale Sayers and O.J. Even though the kid then weighed a measly 155 lbs., there was no stopping him--""he poured through like the tide"" whenever a slice of daylight was visible between two defensemen. Musick enthusiastically reels off yardage statistics, but if there's more to Dorsett than football and the coveted Heisman trophy, it's been carefully omitted from Musick's line of scrimmage. Hyperbole carries the day: ""Fantastic,"" ""Marvelous,"" ""Superb isn't a good enough adjective."" And why not? In his senior year Dorsett beat the unbeatable rushing record set by Archie Griffin (5,177 yards), reaching an incredible 6,082 four-year total as the Panthers had themselves a perfect 11 and 0 season. Everyone loves a winner and T.D., now with the Dallas Cowboys, is winner enough to carry this flimsy bio with him.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1978
Publisher: Ridley Enslow (60 Crescent Place, Box 301, Short Hills, N.J. 07078)