Garo Jr.: Chip shot off old blockGaro Yepremian kicked an...

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September 21, 1991

Garo Jr.: Chip shot off old block

Garo Yepremian kicked an extra point last week. That's Garo Yepremian Jr.

The eldest son of the former NFL place-kicker made his debut for Oxford (Pa.) High last night, making an extra point and kicking off during a 34-14 victory over Rising Sun.

His father was in the stands, watching anxiously.

"I think my heart was pumping twice as hard," Garo Sr. told The Philadelphia Inquirer. "I was very nervous."

The younger Yepremian is a senior who hadn't participated in varsity sports before this year.

"I feel pressure to live up to his name," Garo Jr. said. His father is 13th on the NFL all-time scoring list with 1,074 points in 14 seasons, most of them with the Miami Dolphins.

"But I guess I'll just have to try to complement his name rather than live up to it. I know I can't ever accomplish what he did."

No Volunteer

Tennessee state Sen. Bud Gilbert turned down the University of Tennessee's offer of free football tickets, saying "I just thought they had too much value."

The freshman lawmaker stands alone among 233 congressmen, state commissioners, governor's aides, state college presidents and lobbyists offered tickets.

Sen. Stephen Cohen, a leader in ethics legislation, plans to use his complimentary tickets once or twice this season. He said the trips from his home 400 miles away in Memphis are almost fact-finding missions.

"Legislators should see every bit of state property that they can and if it is a football game that gets you there, more power to the football program," Cohen said. "In some ways you are kind of doing a field trip."

If sold, a pair of season tickets with parking privileges could carry up to a $1,000 premium on top of their $264 price.

The quote

Former Edmonton Oiler Grant Fuhr, who was traded Thursday to the Toronto Maple Leafs: "This is a fresh start. When you see the same faces in the same city for so long, you become stale. It's time to be a Maple Leaf."

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