Joe Theismann has gone west with the Redskins as newly proclaimed 1982 NFL man of the year, an award administered by the Pro Football Hall of Fame on the basis of the player's contributions to his community as well as excellence on the field.
Presentation will be at the Pro Bowl in Hawaii, Feb. 6. Miller High Life will set up a $5,000 college scholarship in Theismann's name for students in the Washington area.
The selecting media committee's other finalists were Reggie Williams, Bengals; James Lofton, Packers; Marty Lyons, Jets, and Rolf Benirschke, Chargers . . .
Dan Marino could be on the verge of becoming USFL man of the year, of another sort. Nick Buoniconti, the former Dolphins linebacker (Super Bowl VII, etc.), headed for Los Angeles yesterday, too--as agent for Marino, Pitt quarterback made No. 1 pick in the USFL draft by the L.A. Express. Said Marino, "In the USFL I could come in, start right away and . . . be a sort of a pioneer. I could try it out. If it doesn't work, I can bounce over to the NFL" . . .
Super XVI winner Bill Walsh has decided to stick as San Francisco coach for 1983--now that Mike White, John Robinson, Dick Vermeil and Terry Donohue have declined becoming 49ers coach under General Manager Walsh. Walsh had told his assistants they could look for new jobs; now reiterates, "Change often can be a check against complacency, and change also infuses new ideas . . ." Goodbye, Defensive Coordinator Chuck Studley?