Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing Eye Openers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing Eye Openers

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Now that GEORGE BOONE has resurfaced in the National Football League as director of college player personnel for the Indianapolis Colts, can we anticipate a STEVE PISARKIEWICZ comeback?

The Colts need a strong right arm now that JEFF GEORGE has been shipped to the Atlanta Falcons. So Our Boy Zark just might be the ticket.

By George, the former Big Red draft chief could round up any number of former prospects (suspects) for his new team.

How about CLYDE DUNCAN, ANTHONY BELL, JOHN LEE, TIM GRAY, KELLY STOUFFER and GEORGE FRANKLIN.

Yeah, we know, we're going back in time here. Gray was from the Class of '75, a first-round draft pick who never made it at defensive back with the Big Red and was traded to Kansas City. The second-rounder in '75 was running back JIM GERMANY, who never played in the NFL and went to the Canadian Football League.

First Add Boone: Our all-time favorite Boonie was Zark. He played at McCluer High, went on to a nice career at the University of Missouri, and wound up a surprising No. 1 pick in the 1977 draft.

"They'd put me in the crazy house if I don't take Pisarkiewicz when he's available," were Boone's immortal words on draft day.

Unfortunately, Pisarkiewicz didn't work out so well. He threw touchdown passes in three all-star games after his senior season. He led the North to a come-from-behind victory in the Senior Bowl with two fourth-quarter touchdown passes.

Properly impressed, Boone ignored other scouting reports and projections and made Zark a first-round pick.

Pisarkiewicz lasted only three seasons and completed only 45 percent of his passes. Before he was released, however, he helped give owner BILL BIDWILL an excuse to fire the late BUD WILKINSON as head coach. Bidwill wanted Zark to start in place of JIM HART late in the 1979 season. Wilkinson said no. He was fired and replaced on an interim basis by LARRY WILSON. …

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