Bob Ward, a reminder of Maryland's best and worst football years, goes back to the best tonight with formal induction into the College Football Hall of Fame in ceremonies at New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
Giving us a chance to crib from a conversation in Ward's Annapolis waterfront liquor store as originally cribbed by the AP's blanket coverer of Free State sports, Gordon Beard: "Twelve relatives and 16 teammates will be at the dinner," said Ward, first-team-all-America as the epitome of the old "watch-charm" guard on Jim Tatum's mighty Terrapin teams of 1950 and '51. "My dad is 84, and he'll be there. Mom is 82, and she wants to come but it's a stag affair."
Ward, coach of the Terps in the depths of the late '60s, will be among 11 former Saturday's heroes constituting this year's player inductees, among them Sam Huff and Eddie LeBaron. Of his playing days, Ward says:
"I was a fanatic. I didn't have a normal college life. I didn't eat between meals, I studied hard, I was in bed by 10 o'clock. I felt it was more important to be a football player than 'Freddie Frat Rat."