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...