Paul Warfield, Bobby Bell, Sid Gillman: not bad company for Sonny Jurgensen and Bobby Mitchell as 1983 inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
From Canton, Ohio, comes affirmation of the class of five--largest group since 1978--to be enshrined at ceremonies there this summer, featuring Warfield, pass receiver de luxe from right there in northeast Ohio, elected in his first year of eligibility for the Pro Football Writers voting.
Warfield was five times an all-pro with Browns and Dolphins, averaging 20.2 yards per catch--the NFL record over a long career--and scoring 85 touchdowns. Linebacker Bell made all-pro eight years in a 1963-74 stand with the Kansas City Chiefs. Gillman had a 122-99-7 record as a pro head coach, guiding San Diego to five divisional championships and the 1963 AFL title in his first six seasons with the Chargers . . .
Darryl Stingley, the quadriplegic former New England receiver, was rescued from a fire last night in his Chicago apartment, but two persons died when they apparently panicked and jumped from upper levels of the 12-story building as firefighters were raising a ladder.
"This is the second time I'm lucky to be alive," Stingley said, between coughs, after being carried out of his 11th-floor abode, through considerable smoke, and taken to a hospital emergency room; he was not burned. He has been paralyzed since being hit in the Oakland secondary in a Patriots-Raiders NFL exhibition Aug. 12, 1978.