Ken Jolly, the Chiefs' right outside linebacker, hails from that football powerhouse, Mid-America Nazarene, an NAIA school in Olathe, Kans. "After games, when all the other guys on the Chiefs go across the field to shake hands with their college buddies," Jolly says, "I head straight to the locker room. There's nobody I can relive old times with."
Not that he wants to relive them that much. "It was such a strict, religious school that it made BYU look liberal," says Jolly, a Baptist. "I lived off campus, so it wouldn't cramp my life-style. Let's just say I'd go to chapel, then I'd chase girls."
Notes and quotes from the NFL owners' meetings:
•Game film is out, videotape is in. Initial cost per club: about $400,000. Says George Young, the Giants' general manager, "I'd rather have four extra players on the roster and take a chance on coaches having eyestrain."
•The owners will retain a consultant to possibly look into additional forms of revenue sharing, including stadium luxury boxes. Currently, luxury-box revenue is not shared. Twenty-four teams play in stadiums with luxury boxes, but only 20 derive "significant" income. "The league was founded on revenue sharing," says Cleveland's Art Modell, a leader in the movement for sharing, who also happens to own the boxes in Cleveland Stadium. Says Steelers president Dan Rooney, "It was the most generous, statesmanlike move to happen in the NFL in a decade."
•Remember all the measures taken to speed up the games and make them shorter? Well, they are a bit longer. After six weeks, the '85 average was 3:09:45, compared to the overall '84 average of 3:08:33.
Drew Pearson, the former Dallas All-Pro wide receiver, has had trouble sorting out life after football. Forced to retire in July '84 because of a liver injury suffered in an auto accident, Pearson caught on last season as a booth analyst for CBS. But he was considered unanimated and his contract wasn't renewed.
Last June, Pearson starred in a Cowboys old timers' game, and he started thinking about a comeback. He worked out with the Cowboy quarterbacks. But a month later, doctors nixed the idea, saying that further injury to his liver could be fatal.
Now Pearson is helping coach the Cowboys' rookie wide receivers. His next goal—to be a general manager.
"It's really weird being a coach," Pearson says. "When I was a player, I said I'd never coach. To me, you've seen one coach, you've seen them all. Sometimes, it's a bit empty. But I don't think anybody feels I'm hanging around."