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The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California · 129

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1 6 Part IllThursday, November 13, 1986 Coo Angeles Slimes PLUNKETT Continued from Page 1 Orleans firm of Keegan Morgan after retiring from the quarterback biz after the '84 season. "Jim went to New England on the first pick in the draft," Manning said from new Orleans. "I came to New Orleans on the second, and Pastorini went to Houston on the third pick. "Lynn Dickey went to Houston on the second round. Ken Anderson went to Cincinnati on the third round. Theismann got drafted by Miami on the fifth round and went to Canada. "There were more quarterbacks. Scott Hunter from Alabama went to Green Bay. ... Joe Reed from Mississippi State went to the 49ers. Rex Kern from Ohio State got a lot of notoriety. I think he played defensive back in the pros. They called it the year of the quarterback pretty much until that group in '83. Believe me, 1983 is the year of the quarterback. "I knew Jim pretty good. We went to a couple preseason All-America things before our senior year. I don't see that much of him but we're friends. ... I think there was more of a rivalry between Pastorini and Jim. Dan had been in the shadow of Jim at Santa Clara. I don't think they were close. "It all started with the Heisman Trophy. Going into our senior year. I guess a majority of people thought I was a notch ahead of Jim. I broke my arm and we got upset in a big game. Jim probably would have won anyway. He had a good year and they won the Rose Bowl. "Jim had a pretty strong arm coming out of college but not an Elway-, Marino-type arm. I remember Jim had great touch. He was a classic pro quarterback. Stanford ran a classic pro system. I didn't know anything about the pro game. I was a sprint-out running quarterback. He was big. I promise you, I don't think Jim ran as well then as he does now. "I'll be very honest, I was glad Jim was drafted first. We were all going to poor teams. If I had to go to a bad team, I'd just as soon be close to home. "It's an ironic thing. Jim was the one who got traded first. His career looked like it was going to be over. Plunkett was traded to the 49ers in 1975, waived before the 78 season and signed by the Raiders as a free agent. "The game has changed. Ten or 15 years ago, you had Fran Tar-kenton, John Brodie, Sonny Jur-gensen, Len Dawson still starting in their 17th-18th years. For one thing, they were great quarterbacks. No. 2, there weren't as many quarterbacks around. There weren't the (John Elways. Tony) Easons. Jim Kellys, Ken O'Bri-. ens. Plus the linemen and the linebackers got bigger. When you're 37-38, it's hard to take that punishment week after week. "It used to be in the old days, the '50s and '60s, quarterbacks played golf in the off-season, showed up in training camp and got in shape. You can't do that anymore. These guys are huge, fast and they'll hurt you. I get the feeling Mr. Jim McMa-hon is finding that out now. If you want to play with reckless abandon, you've got to be in tip-top shape." Punishment is nature's way of suggesting another life style. When Plunkett was 37, the 49ers' Jeff Stover drove him halfway to China, dislocating his left shoulder. Plunkett was still worrying about that one a year later. In all, he's had three operations on his shoulders. "I didn't get one hit like that," Manning said. "I had to quit. I had a severed tendon in my elbow and I just couldn't make the throws. "It was time. I was ud in Minne sota, a long way from home. I was backing up Tommy Kramer in 1984. Tommy got hurt and we had the Bears the next week. They were just coming into their own with that 46 defense. "I got sacked 11 times that day. The next week the Bears sacked all those Raider quarterbacks knocking Marc Wilson out of the game, breaking David Humm's jaw, forcing Ray Guy to warm up before Wilson came back. "I'll tell you, sometimes you get sacked 6-7 times but you get dragged down on three or four, or get tripped. I mean, these were 11 shots. I couldn't function at all. The next morning, I couldn't walk, I couldn't move, I couldn't practice. " 'Bout the 19th sack, Dan Hampton spun me around and almost like set me up. Otis Wilson hit me. My chin was split open. I wasn't totally out but I was halfway out. That kind of makes you wonder: 'I'm 35, I'm a long way from home, we're not winning. What am I doing here?' " When he finally ran out of answers, he became a stockbroker full-time. Now he's considered a young man once more. He is booed no longer and no one like Otis Wilson ever comes diving across his desk. So why does everyone hold on until the waiver wire cuts the ties. Remember Theismann trying to RAMS Continued from Page 1 burner for a while," Everett said. "But things are coming along as anticipated. Coach Robinson wants me to go in under positive circumstances. In the long run, I will thank him for that." Robinson wanted to wait for a home game to play Everett, when the environment was right. "If he does well, he might play longer," Robinson said. "But it was illogical for me to put him in one Sunday and say 'play.' We had to try to do it right." But it's clear that Robinson can't wait for the Everett era to begin. "He's perfect for everything we want," Robinson said of Everett. "He can take the position as far as it can go." Several Rams spent about six hours Tuesday night laying down the sound track for the team's upcoming video, "Let's Ram It." The video is being produced by the same company that made the Chicago Bears' "Super Bowl Shuffle." Among the Rams starring are running back Eric Dickerson, guard Dennis Harrah, wide receiver Ron Brown, tight end David Hill, linebacker Carl Ekern, defensive end Gary Jeter, safeties Nolan Cromwell and Johnnie Johnson and cornerback LeRoy Irvin. "David Hill was the best singer," Irvin said. "And we didn't say anything about a Super Bowl in it." The Rams will film the actual video next Tuesday at a studio in Santa Ana. No release date has been announced. Ram Notes The Ram defense again ranks first in the NFL this week. The Rams are third against the pass and ninth against the run. . . . Running backs Erie Dickerson of the Rams and Cnig James of New England will face each other for the first time Sunday. Dickerson and James, of course, were teammates in the famed Pony Express backfield at Southern Methodist University. . . . New England kicker Tony Franklin leads the NFL in scoring with 100 points, which is 20 points ahead of his nearest competitor, Chicago's Kevin Butler. . . . Patriot All-Pro linebacker Andre Tippett is out for at least another three weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. . . . Wide receiver Ron Brown, who suffered a mild concussion in last Sunday's loss to New Orleans, complained of dizziness Wednesday morning and did not practice. If Brown is unable to play Sunday, he'll be replaced by Kevin House. 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