I came to Tennessee initially as a football player; ACL surgery on my left knee curtailed those efforts. Coach Rohe, however, was a name known to me, as it should be remembered that he was, in addition to his track duties, also the head football recruiter. The 1969 NCAA Track & Field Championships were at Tennessee & I met a guy there from West Point named Dale Frederick – a hammer thrower. He had started out at The Academy as a Football player and because of injury had taken up The Hammer. I was impressed with his attitude and enthusiasm for throwing. I remember going to Coach Rohe and asking him if I could begin practicing this event at the track. Ken Garvey had completed his eligibility and was, to my knowledge, the first hammer thrower at UT. Coach said, “Go right ahead,” and told me that Coach Polhemus would be my weight coach for the event. Coach Polhemus worked hard with all of the weight men on the team and certainly spent a considerable amount of time helping me learn this event.