Garo Yepremian could be saving the best lines for a book he says he is going to do if he does not catch on with another National Football League team this season.
The 35-year-old placekicker was dropped by the Miami Dolphins on Monday after nine seasons and replaced by rookie Uwe von Schamann, 23, No. 7 draft pick from the University of Oklahoma.
"The kid was quoted as saying he was kept because he was younger and cheaper," Yepremian remarked yesterday. "I say you get what you pay for."
The 5-foot-8, 175-pound native of Cyprus had been kicking all those field goals with a size 7 1/2 shoe but, as he said, "They're big enough for that other kid to try to fill."
Yepremian connected on his last 16 field goal attempts last season and was selected for the Pro Bowl.
The news of his severance was greeted in Miami as if "Three's Company" had been canceled by ABC. "It shocked a lot of people," Yepremian said. "They didn't understand; neither did I."
Coach Don Shula said, "We decided to go with the younger man and the stronger leg; von Schamann had good college credentials. Whether he can perform under pressure in the pros remains to be seen. That's the gamble I'm taking."
Yepremian said his agent has called most of the other teams in the NFL. "They showed interest, but they want to wait a week or so," the placekicker said. "I could play for another five or six years."
Yepremian said, "I thought I did better than von Schamann in practices, in kickoffs and field goals. I kicked only extra points in the exhibition games. I was not beaten out."
Perhaps it was Yepremian's passing that Shula objected to?
"Maybe," he said, laughing at the recollection of trying to throw the ball after a messed-up field goal attempt against the Redskins in the seventh Super Bowl, and having it intercepted and run back for a touchdown as the Dolphins completed a 17-0 season with a 14-7 victory.
Yepremian's brother, Krikor, is general manager of the Cosmos soccer team and the beached Dolphin was asked if he might try that sport again.
"Oh, no," Yepremian said. "I'm not too old for football, but I am for soccer; too much running. I haven't played in 15 years."