No surprise, linebacker Stan White is the signee introduced at Blitz Park (North Maine High School, Des Plaines, Ill.) as the first active NFL player to jump to the USFL. White, 11 seasons with Colts and Lions, enlisted with George Allen's Chicago club for three years; wouldn't say if the pay is better than in Detroit/Pontiac. NFLPA v.p. White joins ex-Lions quarterback Greg Landry in Chicago . . . NFL's most valuable player, decrees Pro Football Writers Association: a passer who won't be passing this weekend, Charger Dan Fouts . . .
A rarity among the dismal dozen NFL clubs that missed the playoffs, Denver wanted to extend, not end, Coach Dan Reeves' contract that has a year left. No, thanks, says he to the Broncos, "When I've had a good year is the time to talk to me. I think you have to earn such things" . . . Atlanta's Falcons, who fired Leeman Bennett though he did make the playoffs, reportedly want to see Reeves' successor on Dallas' offensive staff, John Mackovic, when the Cowboys' season is over, about replacing Bennett . . . That old offensive genius, Sid Gillman, has resigned as Philadelphia's quarterback coach, his second stint on Eagles staff at tail end of a long, long coaching career. But, at 71, Gillman says, "I'll be back. Something always happens" . . .
Super Bowl ticket scoop, direct from NFL headquarters: 25,000 tickets to each of the two participating teams; 4,000 to each of three host teams (Rams, Raiders, Chargers); 1,000 to each of the other 23 clubs; 15,000 to commissioner's office. Redskins will announce after Saturday's game how any of their allotment unsold to season-ticket holders (entitled to order up to six) may be purchased; $40 a seat . . .
NCAA rules changes: 15-yard penalties hereafter for end zone demonstrations celebrating touchdowns, teams swarming onto the field after scores, or taunting beaten defenders; two-yard buffer zone for punt receivers; a seventh official (optional) to act as side judge and free the referee to concentrate on roughing-the-passer and the like.