People, Aug. 23, 1971

Like anyone in the six-figure bracket, Quarterback Fran Tarkenton of the New York Giants has tax problems. So the business-minded scrambler played hookey instead of football in the first pre-season game because the Giants management would not give him a large loan (paying interest on such a loan while putting the money to work is one way to beat the tax man). With the Jets' Joe Namath hospitalized by a knee injury, it appeared for a while that pro football fans in New York would have no first-string quarterback playing for them this fall....

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