Dann Halem

Rookie Scores as NFL’s First Player From Former Soviet Union

Basketball may have been the first American sport to squeeze an arm around the old Iron Curtain, but before the Soviet Union fell, it wouldn’t be the last.In the late 1980s, glasnost and perestroika delivered rock stars and blue jeans to the curious masses, as well as American football — played by hardscrabble groups of working-class men