The Over the Hill Gang is really over the hill now.

A year ago a group of retired Washington Redskins played some old-time Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium. The game was football. Flag football. Former Redskins defensive tackle Diron Talbert, the team organizer and captain of sorts, gathered his teammates around him for a pregame chat before sending them to hear a pep talk from their coach, George Allen.

"I told the guys before the game: 'The main thing is, don't get hurt. Whatever you do, don't get hurt. Don't be diving and doing anything stupid,' " said Talbert, who came to town this week from his home in Houston to promote the game.

Talbert knew he was in trouble last year when everyone wandered over to listen to their old coach.

"George Allen was waiting to talk to them," Talbert said. "I wanted to talk to them first because I knew George would tell them, 'Go kill somebody.' And, sure enough, George tells them just the opposite of what I tell them. He tells them to go out and kill somebody."

Flag football is not real football, and the old Redskins aren't real players anymore. They found out the hard way.

"So, the first play of the game, Roy Jefferson is running a deep route and pulls a muscle, so we lose him for the game," Talbert said. "Then Drew Pearson runs an up {pattern} on Pat Fischer, a long pass on him, and Fischer's chasing him one-on-one, foot-for-foot, and he falls down, scratches his knee and breaks his glasses."

Talbert concluded: "They didn't know how to play the game. They were just a little too serious because they still remember the old days."

Remembering the old days is what Saturday's 2 p.m. Redskins-Cowboys flag football game at RFK Stadium is all about. The game, which will benefit the March of Dimes, will draw some of the biggest names in Washington-Dallas lore, including Roger Staubach, Charlie Waters, Harvey Martin, Calvin Hill, Mel Renfro, Bob Hayes and Pearson for the Cowboys, and Mark Moseley, John Riggins, Dave Butz, Charley Taylor, Chris Hanburger, Mark Murphy and Billy Kilmer for the Redskins.

"This will be fun," said Murphy, the former Washington free safety. "This is a rare chance to see some of your old friends and teammates. Everyone is scattered now. We rarely see each other. Look at other sports: There is senior golf and tennis and baseball. But not senior football. Football doesn't really lend itself to 50-year-olds running around on the field."

They will play without shoulder pads and with flags hanging from their waists. Most won't risk life or limb. They're doing it, by and large, because it's for charity and because it will be fun. That old Dallas-Washington rivalry means more to the fans now than it does to the former players.

"The last time I played flag football was in grade school," said Butz, a former Redskins defensive tackle who is coming from his home in Belleville, Ill. "Without equipment on, I don't think about the rivalry. Without equipment on, there's no reason to get steamed up. Diron was telling me that now that he's gotten to know Roger, he likes him."

And Staubach likes Talbert.

"We did not like each other when we played, but it was strictly competition," Staubach said by phone from Dallas. "If we had been on the same team, we would have gotten along fine. That's what was great about playing those guys. Being out of football, I probably miss the Dallas-Washington feeling more than anything."

Hill has divided loyalties. He played running back for both teams.

"I'm supposed to play for Dallas, but I might be drafted by George Allen," he said. "I really don't care whom I play for. This is an old pickup game, like a reunion. It's great fun. It gives us all one more chance to lie."

Talbert has played in a half-dozen flag football games over the last five years, several as part of an all-star team facing the Cowboys, a couple as a member of the Redskins' squad.

The first time he played in one of these games, it was at halftime of a Cardinals-Cowboys game at Texas Stadium. At one point, Staubach said to Talbert: "Diron, look up in the stands. Nobody's getting up to go get refreshments."

No one knows how many fans will turn out at RFK for this game, but in this town, with the Redskins involved, it could be a big crowd. Tickets, available in advance at TicketCenter outlets or at the stadium the day of the game, are $10 for general admission and $15 for reserved seats.

"To draw fans out there, I'd like to say that we're going to kill them, we're going to try to knock them out, which we did back in the old days," Talbert said. "But in this particular situation, it's a real fun-filled game."