| Thursday, October 4, 2012 .
Dropping back one more time
Jaynes enters Kansas Sports Hall of Fame By Stephen Montemayor
On Sunday in Wichita, David Jaynes will be inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame. So, a few months back, he picked up the phone to talk to a reporter about the honor. This meant he had to talk about football again, about the 21-year-old college kid he used to be rather than, say, pilot his airplane or tend land on his Telluride, Colo. property — both he’d much rather be doing than talking about football again. But before long David Jaynes is choked up, reliving one of the earliest, most pivotal memories he associates with the game. In the story he’s telling, he’s a 15-year-old Bonner Springs High sophomore again, years away from setting passing records at Kansas University, decades away from living happily and comfortably on the west coast. “Hang on a second,” he says, his voice cracking. ••• He’s in Monticello, N.Y. the summer
DAVID JAYNES (CENTER) led the 1973 Jayhawks to the Liberty Bowl and finished fourth in Heisman voting. Jaynes, who graduated from Bonner Springs High, will be inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday in Wichita. after being inserted into the Braves’ starting lineup as a sophomore. By this point, Jaynes is pretty serious about football, previously having grown up also playing baseball in Bonner Springs. On the third day of camp, director Hank Stram — yes, that Hank Stram — approached. “Say, you throw that ball awfully
well,” Stram told Jaynes. “Thank you,” the boy said. “Where are you from?” “Bonner Springs, Kansas.” Stram returned a look of amazement. “What are you doing here from Bonner Springs?” “You’re the director. And I want to
get better.” The next day, inside the camp’s mess hall, Stram towered over his seat at the head table. Jaynes was just settling into his own seat when he saw the coach’s finger pointing his direction. “No, you. Come here,” Stram said after Jaynes did the classic lookaround. “What do you do during the summer?” Stram asked Jaynes. “I haul hay on a farm in Kansas,” was the reply. “Do you have to work?” Stram asked. “How about you come over and stay with the Chiefs during our summer camp?” Hang on a second. “Even today I get emotional about that,” Jaynes now says over the phone. “Because that was really the event that moved me into their world for six weeks. I lived with the Chiefs. I threw to Otis (Taylor) during warm-ups … That just catapulted me into a totally different mentality about sports and whether you can accomplish something with them.” ••• Pretty soon, Bonner Springs junior quarterback Jordan Jackson will start hearing from college coaches, each pitching their programs in the evercompetitive college football recruiting landscape. Please see JAYNES, page 17
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