THEN & NOW Former guard now fights his battles in courtroom [size=-1]By RICK HERRIN[/size] [size=-1]Star-Telegram Staff Writer[/size] Blaine Nye has found someone more powerful in his life than Tom Landry ever was -- a courtroom judge. Nye, a former Cowboys guard from 1968-76, is busy these days running the Stanford Consulting Group, which offers expert testimony in court cases involving economic damages. Nye and his firm make more than 50 court appearances a year. It's a much different lifestyle for the former mainstay on the Cowboys offensive line. He was a member of three Super Bowl teams and ended his career in style by playing in the Pro Bowl. Why was Tom Landry so tough on his offensive linemen? Tom didn't horse around. That's why we were so light. That's the way he wanted us. We didn't have a choice. He wanted all the guards and centers at 255 pounds. He fined us $100 for every pound over the limit. I made $1,400 a week. I was terrified of coming home with $400. It was financially prohibitive. Why were offensive linemen so much smaller in your playing days? We dieted all the time to keep our weight down. At 250-270, that's just the way it was. We used to pull and trap and cut and all kinds of stuff, and didn't realize we could have gained 20 pounds and still be mobile. What was it like playing next to Ring of Honor member Rayfield Wright? If you get a really great tackle, it makes it a lot easier. He was fast as anything and he was just a great tackle. The whole line worked really well together. They don't make them any better than he was. Who was the nastiest defensive lineman you played against? The hardest-hitting son of a gun was Bob Brown from Green Bay. One time at the Cotton Bowl, when I was stepping to block him, Brown hit me. He was so strong he pushed me back so hard he plowed up the turf with my cleats. How hard was it to feed your three sons, now all 250 pounds or bigger and former offensive linemen, when they were growing up?He [Zachary] was a kid that wanted sausage for Christmas. He was eating three eggs for breakfast when he was 6. How was the transition from the field to the courtroom? I have learned judges are more powerful than head football coaches. IN THE KNOW Blaine Nye Position: Right guard NFL career: Cowboys, 1968-76 Highlights: Earned All-Pro honors in 1972. ... Two-time Pro Bowler (1974, 1976). ... Voted All-NFC in 1976. ... Started from 1970-76 and started in three Super Bowls. ... On teams that reached playoffs every year except one (1974). ... Fifth-round draft pick in 1968 out of Stanford. ... First-team All-Pac 8 selection. Age: 59 Residence: Menlo Park, Calif. Occupation: President of Stanford Consulting Group Family: Wife, Anabelle; sons, Blaine (35), Zachary (26), Matt (24); daughter, Melissa (37) Notable: Started Stanford Consulting in 1981. ... Last game he played was the Pro Bowl. ... Earned his MBA from Stanford in 1974 and his Ph.D. in financial economics from Stanford. ... Son Blaine played at Air Force and Zachary played at Princeton. Both were offensive tackles.