Sport: Excellence by the Yard

Franco Harris and Walter Payton: doing it up Brown

The jarring sight of an old athlete in a new uniform is common, though these images fade with such dispatch that the players are wise not to do the same. No one pictures Babe Ruth, Johnny Unitas and Bob Cousy as a Boston Brave, a San Diego Charger and a Cincinnati Royal. Joe Namath's farewell passes wobbled not in the cause of the New York Jets but on behalf of the Los Angeles Rams. The sweeping fullback of the Green Bay Packers, Jim Taylor, was swept...

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