Len Hauss stepped to the Touchdown Club microphone yesterday, after all the tributes and friendly barbs as the third Gene Brito Award recipient for inspirational excellence, and laid it right out front, his concept of a real Redskin.
"Pain is no object. You play with pain. You don't play if you can't function. I took a lot of dollars, and gave a lot of honest days' work. That's the only way."
Hauss not only played 196 consecutive games in a Washington uniform - the last 192 as starting center - despite six operations and in 1975 a phlebitis attack that nearly killed him, but as George Allen noted in a message of congratulations, he never missed a practice.
Bill Brundige, sitting out the year to let his ravaged foot heal, took note of other messages of praise to Hauss read by M. C. Johnny Holiday and needled, "Isn't it great to have Edward Bennett Williams and Jack Pardee in your corner?"
In turn, Hauss - unceremoniously cut six weeks into 1978 preseason - noted Brundige's introduction as one who will return to the Redskin defensive line in 1979 and cracked to the effect that sure, that'll be the day.
Larry Brown also testified about constantly playing hurt, Sonny Jurgensen about playing after hours, and Hauss, currently operating a package store down home in Jesup, Ga., attending evening law school and serving as NFL Players Association president, signed off with something like:
"I owe it all to Maggie's" Maggie's pub.
George Washington has booked a Nov. 18 Smith Center basketball exhibition with the AAU Marathon Oil Kentucky All-Stars and bills it as "Brian Magid's debut moved up a week" from the former Maryland sharpshooter's regular-season GW bow in U. of Virginia's Tipoff Tournament . . . Is another who left Maryland early, Brad Davis, rueful he did, now that he's only an ex-NBA Laker, waived after a year plus a couple of weeks? . . . When the People's Republic of China men's and women's basketball teams play Georgetown and Maryland, respectively, at D.C. Armory next Thursday; look for the Chinese men to field 7-foot-9 Mu Tieh-chu at center.
Not only have the N.Y. Yankees been trying to package a deal sending Sparky Lyle to the Texas Rangers, but the champs have circulated the name of their sore-shouldered one, Andy Messersmith, on the waiver list . . . UPI's baseball correspondents have voted Milwaukee's Mike Caldwell of Tarboro, N.C., the AL comeback player of the year over the Yank's Catfish Hunter of Hertford, N.C., 15 votes to six out of 30 cast. Caldwell (22-9) suffered through an elbow operation and three ensuing poor seasons since he was 14-5 with the 1974 S. F. Giants . . . Frank Robinson is not wanted back as manager at Rochester, lost his propective shot as Oriole TV analyst on WMAR-TV-2 to Channel 13 incumbent Brooks Robinson, now seems destined to rejoin Earl Weaver's Baltimore coaching staff . . .
That was no act by Bert Jones of the Colts, said Len Hauss, knowledgeably speaking of playing hurt, and Jones - given a cortisone shot yesterday while going a third day without throwing, chided the Redskin skeptics: Let them say what they want, but maybe they should put on my skin and see how the shoulder feels from inside.