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In Bear's Tracks: Ralph Friedgen follows father's footsteps

In Bear's Tracks: Ralph Friedgen follows father's footsteps

With trembling hands, he reached for the phone and dialed the number. He was nervous, but his mind was clear. He was done with Maryland football. Finished. Three head coaches in three years had told him 300 different things, and none of them seemed able to give him a straight answer. He was going to put College Park in his rearview mirror and never look back. There were other schools that would take him, maybe even let him play quarterback again. He just needed an opportunity. Ralph Friedgen had only one thing left to do. It was time to break the news to The Bear. For as long as he could remember, people had given his father nicknames like "Big Ralph" and "Ice Box,"...

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