Drew says he believes that formula helped him stay healthy and play effectively in nearly every game of his career ... adding, "I missed three games in 11 years."
"Billy Joe Dupree missed none. 'Too Tall' [Ed Jones] played 15, missed none. Randy White, 15, missed none. That's because we were in condition to handle the physical part of the game."
Regular season for the Cowboys kicks off on Sept. 9 ... guess we'll know soon enough if the Cowboys made the right call.
By the way, Pearson is still riding on a big high from finally being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame ... and you gotta see his reaction when we got his grandkids to congratulate him once more on the accomplishment -- it's priceless!!