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much spoken against. The public generally had been taught to regard
it as extremely dangerous, and there were some grounds for that fear
when pounds avoirdupois and brute strength counted so largely in the
qualifications of players in the line, and destructive formations, like
the somewhat later DeLand's "Flying Wedge," often left the ground
strewn with injured players, often permanently injured. It is well
authenticated that an enormous blacksmith was brought from
Salisbury to an institution of our State to be the "Center Rush," but
not being able to sign his name was refused admission by the
President, sorely to the disappointment of the students. At Wake
Forest a certain player, weighing 185, who could take much
punishment on the nose and strike hard from the elbow was regarded
as indispensable. In another institution the "Center Rush," weighing
about 225 pounds, had been run out of his position as railroad station
agent a few days before an important game. In a journalistic report of
the game between Wake Forest and the University on November 18,
1894, Mr. Eugene Harrell called the players "pugilists," and declared
that the institutions had "Chairs of Pugilism" for their training. A
Wake Forest writer moved by resentment insisted that "a gentlemanly,
courteous game was played." On the Wake Forest team that played
that last disastrous game was one player who had played on the Wake
Forest team in that initial game with the University in 1888, in which
Wake Forest was victorious. This was E. W. Sikes, who came to be
known as the "Old War Horse." As a result of his playing he wore a
somewhat flattened nose through life. He soon after left to enter Johns
Hopkins University, and chances for continuing the team were ruined.
With stories such as are told above going the rounds and discussed in
Associations and conferences it became increasingly difficult to get
players for the teams. Again, as the game improved it was necessary
to have much equipment and a salaried trainer, and the Wake Forest
students did not have the means to supply these. It was with the good
will of students, faculty, Trustees and friends that the playing of
football was discontinued at Wake Forest. For certain members of the
faculty the change
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