During one of his frequent halftime visits to the clubhouse, Marshall directed his anger at linebacker/defensive back Pete Stout, who had been beaten badly in pass coverage. Stout told Marshall that he was playing hurt and giving it his best. At one point, according to lineman Joe Tereshinski, Stout grabbed Marshall and nobody moved to stop him. Stout quickly let go. Marshall gathered himself, got up on a stool and shouted: "Now that's the kind of fight I want."
He was not eager for any fight, though, when it came to players' pay. The salaries were not exactly munificent: several hundred dollars a game. Payments were weekly and in cash, usually in a brown envelope, and 25 percent was withheld each week and given in a lump sum after the year's last game. That way, players had enough money to get home at the end of the season. When the NFL became prosperous and players whose careers ended before 1959 were included in the pension plan, the yearly retirement money for many was more than they had earned during their highest-paid seasons as players.