Cowboys-Saints: A Reunion of Rivals

<i> From Times Wire Services </i>

Herschel Walker will concentrate on an old rivalry with Sam Mills tonight, then consider issuing another challenge to heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson in the future.

Walker leads the Dallas Cowboys (2-2) in both rushing and receiving. Mills is a Pro Bowl inside linebacker with the New Orleans Saints (3-1).

“Yes, sir, I remember Sam Mills from the USFL,” Walker said. “Very well.

“He is a very hard-nosed linebacker. He’s the type of linebacker a lot of people would love to have on their team.”


At 5 foot, 9 inches and 225 pounds, Mills is the smallest inside linebacker in the NFL.

“He’s one of the guys who will show you that size doesn’t matter,” said Walker, 6-1 and 225. “He’s one of those guys who’ll stick it up in there and give you a shot. He is a great football player.”

Walker has done pretty well for the Cowboys, too--averaging 23 carries and 100 yards a game, plus catching an average of 5 passes for more than 46 yards.

During the off-season, Walker danced with the Dallas ballet and expressed an interest in fighting Tyson. The joke was that it would be smarter for Walker to fight the ballet troupe and dance with Tyson, but he said he wasn’t kidding.


Dallas lost to Pittsburgh by 3 points and to the Giants by 2, beat Phoenix, 17-14, and Atlanta, 26-20.

The Saints lost the opener to San Francisco, 34-33, then beat Atlanta, 29-21, Detroit, 22-14, and Tampa Bay, 13-9.