July 20, 1961

In Scotty Stirling’s piece in today’s Tribune, Eddie Erdelatz talked about the departed Billy Lott and Don Manoukian..

Erdelatz: “We’ll miss their playing ability, of course, but even more, we’ll miss their leadership. Every football team—high school, college, or pro—has one or more leaders and Manouk and Bill were ours. Some guys are natural-born leaders and when a coach has three or four of them around, he’s in clover. Sometimes it takes a while to show up, but if it’s there it usually comes out.

“We’ve got 26 new men coming into camp and maybe among that group we’ll find replacements for Manoukian and Lott. Some of the rookies were college stars and captains of their teams so you can never tell.”

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