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A PRETTY GOOD RACQUET
Jill Lieber
December 09, 1985
So you think Richard Todd, the Saints' quarterback who will make $660,000 as a third-stringer this season, has the best life in the NFL. Well, Mike (Too Tan) Saxon, the Cowboys' punter, may not be in Todd's financial league—he makes $65,000—but he sure leads the good life.
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December 09, 1985

A Pretty Good Racquet

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So you think Richard Todd, the Saints' quarterback who will make $660,000 as a third-stringer this season, has the best life in the NFL. Well, Mike (Too Tan) Saxon, the Cowboys' punter, may not be in Todd's financial league—he makes $65,000—but he sure leads the good life.

"I give new meaning to the words 'laid back,' " says Saxon, a free agent from San Diego State.

Saxon has an apartment just two blocks from the Cowboys' practice facility. His typical day goes like this: "I get up about 9:35, shower, grab a cup of coffee, hop on my scooter and putt over to the 10 o'clock meeting. After roll call—about 10:10—I go home and have breakfast. I pay some bills, go grocery shopping, do my wash and watch All My Children"

So, you save the tough stuff for the afternoon, huh? "I zip back for the one o'clock meeting. Sit through roll call, and at 1:05, I go home for lunch and a nap."

Don't you ever work? "On Fridays, we have a half-hour special-teams meeting," Saxon says. "I don't like to hang around. You can only watch so much film of yourself kicking."

Saxon, who ranked 13th among NFL punters after Sunday's games, gets in a couple of hundred kicks a week (on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons). Some days, he and placekicker Rafael Septien work on their eye-foot coordination by playing racquetball—without the racquets. They kick the ball with their feet instead.

"I could go out and run laps with the rest of the guys," Saxon says, "but they're not going to think I'm an athlete like they are anyway, so why should I?"

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