Joe Thomas

Catching up with ... former Colts defensive tackle Jim Bailey

Catching up with ... former Colts defensive tackle Jim Bailey

When the Colts selected Jim Bailey in the second round of the 1970 NFL draft, it took awhile to tell him. Bailey had no phone.

“My wife and I lived in an apartment off campus,” said Bailey, 69, then a defensive tackle at Kansas. “Someone came by and said the Colts were trying to reach me, so I went to a pay phone, dropped in a dime and called.”

That he was drafted at all surprised Bailey. The 44th player chosen, he hadn’t been named an All-American and his college team stunk (1-9).

“I came out of left field,” he said. But the Colts saw something in the 6-foot-5, 255-pound Jayhawk, who would replace Billy Ray Smith, a pillar on the Colts line for nine years and two NFL...

55°