VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) _ Actor Karl Malden, who grew up in the shadow of northern Indiana's steel mills, says he toiled as a steelworker for three years because he lost a college scholarship.

The reason: He didn't want to play football.

After graduating from a Gary high school in 1931, Malden _ who will receive an honorary degree this spring from Valparaiso University _ headed to a small Arkansas college with a full scholarship.

When Malden said he was interested in basketball or track, but not football, ``They said, `There goes your scholarship.'''

So he returned home and worked at U.S. Steel's Gary Works mills for three years until winning a scholarship to Chicago's Goodman Dramatic School.

Malden, 88, will receive his honorary doctor of humane letters degree at the school's May 20 commencement.