Here is another one that occurred with a friend who played for the N.Y. Giants and then the Washington Redskins. When he was a rookie and had come out of USC he was a fullback the Giants drafted. At this particular time Fran Tarkenton (hall of fame quarterback) had been traded to N.Y. by the Minnesota Vikings. (he later ended up back at Minnesota and I believe finished his famed career there) By my friend's own account (I didn't meet him until he was 50) he said he was on the sidelines and had not been in a game yet. However this particular game N.Y. was definitely in control and then Coach Allie Sherman said, "Get ready to go in" My friend was so excited he hurriedly ran out on the field and into the huddle where Tarkenton and "crew" were waiting. He said he leaned in and Fran said, "You doing okay kid?" He nodded vigorously. "You excited about playing?" And "C" responded again with a vigorous nod. Tarkenton then smiled real big and said, "Well.....you might want to go back and get your helmet"! (where in front of 65,000 fans he trotted back to the bench mortified... to retrieve his helmet. He said even Coach Sherman was dying laughing!) Anyway, "C" scored his first T.D. in that game.
Another good story,Jerry.The Vikings made a mistake trading away Tarkenton(his playing style didn't please old school head coach,Norm Van Brocklin.Later,he was replaced by Bud Grant).