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Nov 16, 2012 2:48 PM by Dax VanFossen - KAJ News

Ex-Griz Betters weighs in on the big game

KALISPELL - We've spoken to people all over the Flathead Valley this week about the upcoming Brawl of the Wild this weekend.

Reporter Dax VanFossen caught up with former Montana Grizzly player and coach, and 11 year NFL veteran Doug Betters, who says despite predictions the other way, he still thinks his Grizzlies can get the win.

"Well you know it's been kind of a rebuilding year for them. There's been a lot of things to overcome, the adversity, in the offseason and it's tough to be a Griz fan with all this stuff going on around us, but you know, they'll come out the other side," observed Betters.

Betters played for the Grizzlies and then played for the Miami Dolphins, where he won the 1983 NFL Defensive MVP Award. Betters rejoined the Griz as an assistant coach in 1995 and helped coach them to a National Championship.

Betters says that despite off the field issues, he's proud of their resilience.

"There's a good bunch of kids down there, a good bunch of coaches, and you know they're working their butt off to try and get back on track, and you just gotta be patient with them."

Betters says he knows how much the Montana-Montana State game means to both schools, but especially to the UM seniors who will be playing their last game. Betters also recalled that his Cat-Griz experience wasn't the best.

"We got spanked by them, so I've got no reason, no real gloating over my playing days. We got pelted in Bozeman on a snow day where we had to keep our helmets on all game because we had ice balls coming at us," Betters recalled.

He also told us that he hopes the game will be a good sign of things to come next season.

"I think it's gonna be a squeaker, I'm pulling for the Grizzlies to pull it off in the end by a field goal type of thing. I think it'll be a close, high scoring game."

Betters recently rang up Grizzly coach Mick Delaney to wish the team luck, and say he was behind the Griz. The big game kicks off on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in Washington Grizzly Stadium.

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