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that fact,” Jaynes said. “I’m just not there anymore. There are other things I’m doing in my life.” ••• CONTINUED FROM PAGE 16 Jaynes’ professional football career did not transpire as he had hoped. The full-court press put on Jaynes He played just one season with the in 1970 is now the stuff of lore: Ala- Chiefs, who picked him in the 1973 bama football deities Bear Bryant and National Football League Draft’s third Joe Namath in a jet, with them a pen round, before being traded to Atlanta and a letter of intent. and bouncing around the league for a Jaynes, enamored with the Crimson few short years. Tide’s mystique, signed. Back then, “My pro career was a moment,” however, a letter of intent bound stu- Jaynes said. dent athletes only to conferences. Transitioning into what he calls the After it was brought to his attention “real world,” wasn’t any easier. Not that Bryant had also promised a Las until 1981 when Jaynes took a real esVegas passer that he’d be Alabama’s tate job in San Francisco did he bridge “quarterback of the future,” Jaynes re- that gap. Out there, he enjoyed relaneged. The rest was history — more tive anonymity for the first time. than a quarter “It was a percentury of it to fect time to get We kind of want everyone be precise. on with it and to remain the same person Jaynes would leave everything go on to leave they were when we knew them. behind,” Jaynes KU as its most That’s just now how it works. said. prolific passer Hopefully, people change and Jaynes, 55, has and lead the 1973 grow and see things differremained in the Jayhawks to the ently.” real estate busiLiberty Bowl. ness and, five Jaynes’ 5,132 — David Jaynes years ago, picked career passing up flying as a yards remained a hobby. He bought record for nearly an airplane and, a decade. His 34 touchdowns stood before he knew, was learning to fly. atop the books for 34 years. Today, David and Barbara take his The clinching factor in Jaynes opt- twin engine jet from Los Angeles to ing out of playing for Bear Bryant and Dallas to Indianapolis and Colorado. coming to Lawrence? In the 30 days “Put it this way, I think she trusts me leading up to National Signing Day, a lot to get in the airplane and fly with KU assistant coach Terry Donahue me,” Jaynes said of his wife, whom he asked Jaynes to visit campus and at- met in 2001 on a blind date. tend the KU-Kansas State basketball ••• game at Allen Fieldhouse. When Jaynes is inducted into the “Allen Fieldhouse and everything Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, nostalaround it grabbed hold of me,” Jaynes gia will be inescapable. He’ll be asked said. “I changed my mind in two, three about the KU-Mizzou game in 1973, in hours time.” which he led a Jayhawks rally. He’ll ••• be asked about what it was like to be After his freshman season, Jaynes courted by Bear Bryant, play for Don watched the coach for whom he com- Fambrough, get drafted in the NFL. mitted to play leave for UCLA. In his Maybe someone will even bring up place was Don Fambrough, a man the football stadium at his old high about whom Jaynes knew very little. school that now bears his name. Jaynes stuck around, a choice that “He kind of put us on the map,” said paid off when, before the start of his Jim Finley, former Bonner Springs junior season, Fambrough looked at Chieftain sports editor. “He was a Jaynes and said, “You’re my quarter- good leader. The kids loved him, so he back.” made a big impression on the youth in “That gave me quite a bit of confi- Bonner.” dence,” he said. “He believed in me.” Jaynes says he’ll enjoy and appreciFrom the day Fambrough pegged ate the honor and recognition. He reJaynes as his starter until the coach ally will. died in 2011, Jaynes said the two never “But they’re really honoring a perreally talked football. son that was 40 years ago,” Jaynes “He just looked at the big picture,” says. “I’m just not that guy anymore. Jaynes said. “He reached out and gave Certainly I’m not the person to sit me the confidence to play better, and around and just focus on that football after he left KU he and I became bet- career and what happened then. Peoter friends. Still, we never talked about ple still want me to be the 21-year-old football.” guy.” So when mention of Jaynes’ career He continues: “We kind of want was invoked during Todd Reesing’s everyone to remain the same person resetting of KU passing records from they were when we knew them. That’s 2007 to 2009, Jaynes did little of the just not how it works. Hopefully, peotalking. ple change and grow and see things It’s a philosophy he follows today in differently.” the life he shares with his wife, BarThe 21-year-old David Jaynes will bara, flying between homes, living a be permanently enshrined in his home different life. state’s hall of fame this weekend. Af“Some people who played 40 years terward, today’s David Jaynes will be ago still talk about and remind you of on a plane pointed west.