Bengal Ken Anderson is the NFL's most valuable player, says AP; Cowboy Tony Dorsett is the NFC player of the year, says UPI--and Viking Ted Brown is a case in point for gun control, a bullet in his thigh and his football future in the balance.
Former N.C. State star Brown, a 1,063-yard rusher (274 carries) and 694-yard receiver (83 catches) for Minnesota in 1981, had been saying, when it was learned he was hospitalized at High Point, N.C., "I took quite a beating this season and now I'm here for a rest."
It turns out that on Dec. 27, police and Brown agree, he was trying to move a magnum revolver to a safe place at his parents' home when it fell out of a holster and discharged. The bullet hit a chair, then struck Brown in back of upper thigh. Brown pulled the bullet out of his leg and walked into the hospital, where Dr. H. Slade Howell said bits of chair and missile were surgically removed. At that, a fragment remained lodged in pelvic muscle and Howell said it will not be removed unless complications make it "severely necessary."
Brown is expected to leave the hospital this week. Howell said: "It will probably take six to eight weeks to determine" any possible lingering effects. "Right now, it looks promising". . .
Pam Parsons quit as coach of the No. 2 women's college basketball team, South Carolina, yesterday, denying the university version that she resigned last week for "health reasons." Parsons believes women should run their own programs, says the school doesn't see it her way . . .
Georgetown's Big East basketball opener Wednesday pits Hoyas against conference player of the week (David Russell) and rookie of week (Chris Mullin) in Madison Square Garden, the very place they earned the citations for leading St. John's to Holiday Festival title . . . American U. boasts ECC player of week in 5-11 Gordon Austin, point guard/Senior Bowl MVP/league leader in assists and steals . . . Gary Carter, star guard, has flunked out of Tennessee--too late not to beat AU with that steal and 40-foot heave at the Dec. 18 buzzer.
Dave Rimington, Nebraska's Outland Trophy football center with a year's college eligibility left, wants to turn pro in '82 and NFL might go along, if he can cram in enough credits to graduate this spring . . . Sioux Center, Iowa, farmer Vern Den Herder, 11-year Dolphin and last of Miami's Super Bowl defensive unit, says, "If I go by what I feel now, I'm going to retire now". . .
Tragedy touches Jim Steffen, Redskin defensive back 1961-65 and still a capital-area resident: stepson Brent Steffen, 19, killed in a six-story fall in an elevator shaft in the Key West, Fla., hotel where he was working. Young Steffen was moving champagne about the premises New Year's Eve; took a fatal misstep, having forgotten he left the service elevator on the first floor. Funeral in Key West today; Redskin alumnus George Izo advises that memorial contributions might be sent to Diane Steffen, 1311 Grinnell St., Key West 33040.
Fernando Valenzuela, in his first start as a newlywed, lost, 4-1, to Hermosillo, lowering his Mexican winter league W-L for Navojoa to 1-2.