Forrest Gregg, some folks' NFL coach of the year 1976 at Cleveland who failed to last out the Browns' 1977, has bounced on to AFC coach of year 1981 (says UPI) as befits his Cincinnati Bengals' best record in the conference. Gregg, in his second year as boss Paul Brown's kind of disciplinarian, drew 46 votes from the 56-writer panel. Eight went to Miami's Don Shula, two to Denver's Danny Reeves, none to Sam Rutigliano, Gregg's Cleveland successor who won UPI's AFC vote back to back in '79 and '80 . . .

Bill Shoemaker, Eclipse awardee as year's top jockey, at last, now receives the Eclipse Award of Merit, thoroughbred racing's version of man of the year. And The Washington Post's Dave Kindred scores again, Eclipse Award for outstanding newspaper writing about the sport of kings: his piece on jockey Sammy Boulmetis after the crippling spill.

Ex-Cowboy Thomas (Hollywood) Henderson rolls along as the latter-day Marvin (Newsy) Barnes--as in "What next?!" Now sometime linebacker Henderson (1981 Miami Dolphin injured reserve) is in a jam in theft of a $1,200 electric typewriter--from police headquarters, yet, in Richardson, Tex. Police said Henderson was arrested for speeding and companion Patricia Smith secured his bond of $500 on six outstanding traffic warrants; on the way out, she allegedly appropriated the typewriter and put it in the back seat of her auto. Somebody informed officers and when Dallas police stopped Smith's car, Henderson allegedly admitted moving the typewriter to the trunk, aware it was stolen. The two were jailed under $1,500 bond.

A. They began calling Jack Reynolds, the 49er linebacker, Hacksaw at Tennessee when he cut a 1953 Chevrolet in half following a bitter loss to Ole Miss . . . Q. The latest record set by Steve Scott, America's fastest miler?