"Whatever I meant to you as a professional football player," Larry Brown told well-wishers at the retirement party the Touchdown Club threw him yesterday, "I want more to be remembered for what I did for the community."
What he did - good works aglore - he will do some more good for his adopted city. Yes, eight years and a storybook career at running back since he was drafted in the Year of Vince Lombardi, Brown is here to stay.
Eight years, as Redskin director of player personnel, Tim Temerario remembered, since Brown almost got away because, word was, "as he thinks this place is like Pittsburgh (where he grew up); he doesn't want to sign."
Eight years as Sonny Jurgenseu remembered, since "at the very first day of practice, coach Lombardi said. "Keep your eyes on that rookie, he's going to some player in this league, he's going to be here a long time."
Eight years, as Larry Brown remembered, since, "On the first play at the practice, a sweep to the right, our guards collided. Vince Lombardi said that would never happen again - you won't embarrass me Sundays - so we ran, and ran, that sweep, hours on end. Yes, it became just about our most effective play for the next five year, that sweep right."
No, newly liberated Jerry Smith and Brig Owens didn't make it to the Brown doings. Probably didn't want to divert any limelight - and their "day" is coming.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the George Allen 'Skins, suddenly public-relations conscious, followed up hiring of a P.R. specialist by turning the media upwardly mobile, you might say. In place of the accomodations at age closet in which reporters typed their stories and made their phone calls, a temporary press room has been set up for the 1977 season: a trailer. It features a stove, refrigerator, shower, toilet, kitchen sink, air-conditioning and no line of sight to closed practices. It was good enough for Diron Talbert; the club is renting it from him...