The year is 1965. It's a few weeks before Christmas. And the Oilers are doing everything they can to make Tommy Nobis a Houston resident. But that wasn't meant to be. No sir. Becuase Tommy was born to wear red and black. It was his destiny. The Miami News - a now-defunct South Florida newspaper - had some interesting things to say about the young All-American.
Nobis has been negotiating the Houston Oilers and the Atlanta Falcons of the American Football League, both of whom made him their number one draft choice.
Houston has indicated it is offering $250,000, but Nobis, it was learned, will take the Atlanta offer because of prestige, player pensions, etc.
So here's what I'm wondering: what would Nobis have done if a lockout were in-the-works during his tenure? Would he have scoffed at such a thing, or would revenue sharing, post-career health insurance, et cetera have mattered in his eyes? We know he was interested in a quality pension, but maximum earning capacity obviously wasn't his foremost consideration.