Minutes after Coach Ray Jauch released him from the Washington Federals today, Dale Castro collected his resume and publicity photos from the team office and made reservations for the next plane home.
"I never had a fair shot," said Castro, a former all-America kicker for Maryland. "The whole thing was predetermined. They never charted anything."
Castro was one of 15 players released by the Federals today, leaving the United States Football League team with a roster of 68. The only remaining place-kicker in camp is Obed Ariri, who was born in Owerri, Nigeria, and set four NCAA kicking records with Clemson. Ariri played for the Chicago Sting of the North American Soccer League in the summer of 1980.
"(Jauch) said I wasn't as consistent as Ariri, but I kept records and I hit more kicks than he did," said Castro.
On the way out of the office, Castro declared his professional football career over. "I've had enough of this. That's it. I'm going to go into education."
Castro tried out unsuccessfully for the Dallas Cowboys in 1981 and the Seattle Seahawks in 1982.
The Federals also released tight end Bob Raba, who played eight games with the Washington Redskins in 1981 before being let go.
The Federals also released James Madison kicker Greg Caldwell, Georgetown defensive back Jim Corcoran, Hampton Institute running back Howard Jackson, Northern Iowa running back Marvin Oliver, Nicholls State running back Ron Harkless, Maryland linebacker Mark Wilson, East Tennessee defensive back Paul McKenney, South Carolina guard Bill Lane, Clemson tackle Brad Fisher, South Carolina guard Steve Gettel, Wisconsin guard Tom Houston, Virginia tackle Grant Hudson and Frostburg State tackle Bill Ridge.
William and Mary quarterback Chris Garrity, who arrived in camp with a broken bone in his right foot after a jogging accident, is still with the team. The Federals obtained a roster exemption for Garrity because his injury is not football-related.
The USFL's other 11 franchises also reduced their rosters to 70 or fewer today. The next major cut, to 58 players, comes Feb. 20, the day after the Federals play an exhibition game against the Boston Breakers at the Gator Bowl.