When Bob Lilly ran over Redskins guard Vince Promuto and sacked Sonny Jurgensen in a Washington-Dallas game in the mid-'60s, it never crossed Promuto's mind that one day he would be honored by having his name and number hanging over that same field.
But yesterday, along with Chuck Hinton, Len Hauss, Bob Ferry and Deane Beman, Promuto was presented as a new inductee in the RFK Hall of Stars at a luncheon reception at the Touchdown Club.
"I went to the sideline and trainer Joe Kuczo said that Lilly had separated my shoulder. He put it back in place and I played for the rest of the game and was awarded the game ball," Promuto said. "Having my name in the stadium is a legacy that I never thought I'd have. I spent a big part of my life in Washington, 14 years, and this is a big honor."
All the recipients except former Redskins center Hauss, whose law practice kept him in Georgia, attended the reception. They will officially be enshrined at halftime of Sunday's Redskins-Cowboys game.
Hinton, who played four years for the Senators and has coached at Howard University for 10 seasons, said he always enjoyed playing in Washington. "I look around and say, 'Oh my goodness, is this for real?' " said Hinton, the Senators' last .300 hitter.
Ferry, general manager of the Washington Bullets, was twice named National Basketball Association executive of the year. "I thought these kind of things were for retired people," he said. "Nothing but good has happened to me and my family in Washington and I'm very appreciative to be honored this way."
Beman, commissioner of the Professional Golfers Association, was a golfer at Maryland. He won four PGA tournaments and played on four World Cup teams. "I feel a little out of place with all these team athletes," he said. "It's great to be inducted but it's more fun to give something back to the community. To be singled out in the Hall of Stars with Lee Elder is a very special tribute."