Score one for Willie Wood -- a big one. Name of Bruce Clark.
Wood, Green Bay hall-of-fame defensive back recently named Toronto head coach, suddenly has on his Argonauts the firstround pick of the 1980 National Football league draft by his old pals, the Packers. No hard feeling?
And the Canadian Football League has, for the second straight year, coaxed away the first defensive player taken in the whole NFL draft. Last year the Montreal Alouettes outbid the Buffalo Bills for No. 1 overall, Ohio State linebacker Tom Cousineau. And now, Toronto has proven more persuasive than Green Bay for Clark, the multiple-award lineman from Penn State (1978 Vince Lombardi Trophy -- oops, there's Green Bay again; 1979 NCAA defensive lineman of year, etc.).
There's all 6 feet 3 and 270 pounds of Clark saying he is intrigued by the Canadian game and its bigger field; saying, "I was not disillusioned with Green Bay or anything like that, I was just too impatient, I guess, and I wanted to get established with a team as soon as possible." He spoke in Toronto at contract-signing ceremonies.
And, who knows? Joe Theismann can tell you about developing in Toronto and making it in the States. Maybe some day, Coach Willie Wood ditto? . . .
The strange run of fate that has played havoc with Dallas Cowboys past and present over the past several months has touched Tony Dorsett with tragedy a second time.
Last June, the star running back lost a young woman to whom he had been engaged when she died of a nerve disorder, Guillain-Barre syndrome, that rarely causes death. Now Princess Collins, 22, a Dallas fashion model who dated Dorsett "every now and then" for the past six mounts, her relatives said, has died of a seizure attributed to another ailment that is rarely fatal -- epilepsy . . .
George Gervin has been given permission by the San Antonio Spurs, unable to satify his hefty contract demands, to "test the water" around the NBA for a possible trade. So says the scoring king's agent, with no denying it by owner Angelo Drossos, who still has a piece of paper showing the Iceman tied for three more years to a contract renegotiated upward two years ago . . . Leon Douglas, youngest of the good NBA centers currently free agents (Marvin Webster, Dave Robisch, Tom Owens), has been offered a five-year deal by the Kansas City Kings. Leaving the Detroit Pistons, Douglas -- if he takes K. C. over other offers -- could spell the end for King backup pivot Len Elmore . . .