Thanks Jeff. The side to side while out of the crank is what I was referring to. So that is great to hear. When I rebuilt the engine, 40K miles ago, that was what I saw. Nothing in it felt like it was bad by turning it by hand, etc. I suspected that the pilot bearing was the other major support after looking at an exploded diagram, but it's always better to check first. I'll check it again for feel, etc when I have it out and hopefully it will still be the same.
It has had the typical TJ growl in neutral that I've seen referenced here several times, but it's been that way since I bought it. It isn't getting worse so I don't think the bearing is worse. And I definately don't want to undertake a major rebuild of the tranny myself.
Thanks again, and I appreciate the info.