Here is my bull gear. The valve lash was still in spec and the bull gear had almost no play. It's not something that I would've caught just by taking an accessory drive off. This came off a 97 FLD with 1.5 million. Not sure if it was ever replaced or not.
On a side note, in 2003 Detroit went to a compact geartrain and it's a lot beefier. That's what both a Detroit mechanic and the guy who I bought my remanufactured bull gear from told me. Apparently those don't have a taper bearing anymore and don't fail. I will confirm this when I take my 2003 apart to fix an oil leak behind the front cover.