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Neuheisel: Gunslinger before UW villian

Obviously, I have come to understand what the name "Rick Neuheisel" means up here.

But all the name meant to me for a decade or so was the name of a mediocre quarterback of my awful local pro team -- the San Antonio Gunslingers of the USFL -- when I lived in the Alamo City in the mid-1980s.

I asked Neuheisel today if he had any particular memories of those days.

"I thought those were great days," he said. "It was unpredictable as to whether we were going to get paid or not. But I cherish the memory of playing with all the characters that were on the team. It was a great chapter of my life."

Neuheisel isn't joking when he mentions the missing paychecks. The Gunslingers were one of the least stable teams of instable league. They lasted two seasons and were gone. But for both of those seasons, Neuheisel was their quarterback.

And by Gunslinger standards, he was quite a catch. A golden guy from the golden West and with a Rose Bowl background to boot.

Here's a little background, for anyone who might care.

And by the way, I'll have a story Wednesday on a different UCLA coach: defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker.

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