"Do the Redskins play the Packers this year?" asked Michael Butler, Green Bay's No. 1 draft choice via Coolidge High and the University of Kansas.
"They do? "That's hip. I'll be coming home this year," he said.
So that brings up a familiar problem for many Washingtonians: how to secure Redskin tickets? Butler's mother, two brothers and two sisters live here.
"Oh," he said in a telephone inerview from Lawrence, Kan., "I'll need more than five. I'm going to need quite a few. Another one for my stepfather; I know I'll have to get one for my grandmother.
"Then I'll need a couple for my aunt and uncle, my nephew, my cousins and some friends. I'll have to get 10 or 15, probably."
For Butler, a 6-foot-6, 265-pound defensive tackle, Tuesday's National Football League draft was something of a disappointment. He said he had been led to believe he would be the first defensive lineman taken. He wasn't. He was the fifth.
But he insist he is not brooding as he sits back and lets his Washington lawyer, Donald Dell, negotiate with the Packers.
"It's a good opportunity for me," Butler said. "I can play, and they need help. They're going to play met at the same position (left tackle) I played out here. The only thing I regret is the cold weather, but I guess I can take it."
In the weeks preceding the draft, Butler had been a cross-country traveler. Nine teams invited him to meet with them and there were trips to Seattle, Cincinnati, the New York Jets and Giants, Atlanta, New Orleans, Green Bay, St. Louis and Los Angeles.
"All of them told me, in a way, that they'd take me if I was available," Butler said. "They just about all passed me up. Cincinnati, they passed me up twice. I was heartbroken about that. But there's nothing I can do about it; I'll have to live with it."
Butler's late selection also mystified Gil Brandt, the Dallas Cowboy's director of scouting, a man generally acknowledged as one of the best judges of talent in pro football.
"We thought he would be the fourth player selected, after Marvin Powell (the offensive tackle from Southern California)," said Brandt. "Butler will be a fine football player; three years from now, he'll be in the Pro Bowl."
Brandt rated Butler so highly because "he's 6-5 3/4, 268 pounds and runs a five-flat in the 40 and he's pretty smart. He's got one problem - two floating kneecaps - but that's a minor operation to correct. He's a premier player; we didn't have any negatives on him."
Brandt suggested that Cincinnati opted for Miami's Eddie Edwards instead of Butler because the Bengals preferred quickness over pure power in their pass rushers.
Butler's presence will give Coolidge's 1971 city champions two players in the NFL. The other is Rick Jennings, the former Maryland star who ranked among the league's top kick returners with Oakland last season.
"Most of the major white schools don't recruit D.C. in football," said Butler. "They do it in basketball because D.C. is known for basketball. They're starting to do it now. I had only three scholarship offers: Here, Southern Cal and North Carolina A&T."