"I can't pretend that I'm not hurt, and I'm not ready to get on with my life," says Lewis, who has an economics degree from Pitt. He plans to remain in Green Bay to pursue business opportunities. "Actually, that I can still walk and get around on my own is a blessing. If I hadn't had those X-rays, I'd still be playing. And who knows what might have happened."
Harvey Salem is happy to be out of Houston, but he didn't go quietly. After being docked $44,000 for missing training camp—as well as losing a $12,500 game check—Salem was traded to Detroit on Sept. 22 in exchange for a second-round draft pick in 1987. He had demanded to be traded prior to the '86 draft because he didn't like the way the Oilers organization operated—i.e., general manager Ladd Herzeg's public chastisement, and eventual firing, of head coach Hugh Campbell.
"He [Herzeg] and I—he and a lot of people—don't see eye to eye," Salem says. "There are different ways of dealing with people. I think things are better other places."
Salem also had harsh words for Houston's new coach, Jerry Glanville. One day, according to some Oiler players, Glanville took Salem's nameplate from his locker and placed it over a toilet stall. Glanville denies that story.
"I think he [Glanville] is trying to create the tough Billy Jack image," Salem says. "He's dressing all in black, speaking these one-liners [like] 'Let's create an image.' I was treated more like an ax murderer than a football player."
Mike Quick, Eagles wide receiver, has a theory about why Earnest Jackson, the Steelers' new running back, was released by Philadelphia two weeks ago even though Jackson rushed for 1,028 yards in '85: "Sometimes Buddy Ryan has a lot of nitpicking things he thinks are important, things that are not even related to football. For instance, everybody has to have his chin strap buckled, and when we line up for the national anthem, we have to have our helmets under our left arms and our toes on the line. I think maybe Earnest had his toes a couple of inches off the line."
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