Heisman Trophy winner Tony Dorsett, of the University of Pittsburgh, heads a lineup of outstanding athletes to be honored at the 42d annual "Timmie" awards dinner of the washington Touchdown Club at the Sheraton park Hotel tonight.
A crowd of more than 2,000 is expected to see a Who's Who of the sports world along with head table guests from government, the military and civic life.
All proceeds go to the Touchdown Club Charities, Inc., which last year netted more than $27,000 from the banquet.
The dinner will honro athletes from a wide age span starting with Mary Daly, youngest award winner, from St. Bernadette's Staubach, of the dallas Cowboys and Bert Jones, of the Baltimore Colts.
There are special awards for athletes in other sports. The annual Clark Griffith Baseball Award will go to the veteran Carl Yastrzemski, of the Boston red Sox.
Basketball star Adrian Dantley, who came to the Buffalo Braves by way of Notre Dame and De Matha High School, will receive the "Local Boy Makes Good" award.
Others to receive Timmies include John Madden, of Oakland, pro coach of the year; Johnny Majors, of Pittsburgh, college coach of the year; Wilson Whitley, University of Houston, college lineman; Joe Campbell, Maryland, local college player; Matt Weathers, Fort Hunt High, Virginia player; Steve Truitt, Gaithersburg High, Maryland player; Leon Ellison, Theodore, Roosevelt, District player; Paul Adkins, Landon, prep player, and Mark Dalt schoolboy player.
Hall of Famer Bob Feller will receive the Board of Governors Award for his contributions to baseball.
Special Timmie awards will go to Eddie Brown, of the Redskins; Olympic gold medal winners Sugar Ray Leonard and Bruce Jenner, and Boston Celtics star John Havlicek.