BAUGH, AGE 85
Redskins 1937-52; 6'2", 182 pounds; led the league in passing, punting and, as a safety, interceptions in 1943; charter enshrinee into the Hall of Fame, in 1963
MANNING, AGE 23
Colts, 1998-present; 6'5", 230 pounds; first pick in the 1998 draft; passed for an NFL-rookie record 3,739 yards last season
Manning has an unflagging interest in his host, and Slingin' Sammy is more than happy to oblige with stories from his playing days. At one point, standing alone in front of Baugh's modest trophy case, Manning says, "I'm a student of the game, and everyone should know about guys like Sammy." By day's end the 62 years separating the two quarterbacks have melted away in the triple-digit Texas heat. When Baugh finishes his last story and the men say their goodbyes, they do so with the closeness of kin. Manning smiles and waves as he departs, fortified by seeing what it is to be 85 and still slingin' 'em. As Manning's car pulls away, Baugh's blue eyes dance; the old quarterback knows that his legacy is secure with Manning. To no one in particular, he punctuates the thought: "That ol' Manning's one hell of a kid, isn't he?"
GREGG, AGE 65
Packers, Cowboys, 1956, '58-71; 6'4", 249 pounds; played on seven title teams and in nine Pro Bowls; appeared in 188 consecutive games; inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977