Four area high school players, three Chicago Bears and two Washington Redskins are among the winners of Timmie awards to be presented at the 51st annual Touchdown Club of Washington dinner Jan. 18 at the Washington Sheraton Hotel.
Penn State Coach Joe Paterno, Maryland lineman J.D. Maarleveld, Miami quarterback Vinny Testaverde, Michigan State running back Lorenzo White and Gallaudet Coach Bob Westerman are among others who will receive Timmie awards for distinctive achievement in football.
Others -- including actress Goldie Hawn, baseball player Rod Carew and Gea M. Johnson, a high school track star from Arizona -- will be honored for accomplishments in their fields.
Gary McIntosh, senior quarterback at Gonzaga, will be honored as local high school player of the year.
Mike McCall, a running back for Springbrook; Barry Johnson, a defensive back/offensive end/kicker for Herndon; and Rodney Purifoy, a tailback at H.D. Woodson, will be honored as the best players in their areas.
William (The Refrigerator) Perry, Walter Payton and Mike Ditka of the NFC Central champion Chicago Bears will be honored. Perry will get his Timmie for versatility, Payton as NFC player of the year and Ditka as NFL coach of the year.
Redskins lineman Russ Grimm and linebacker Neal Olkewicz will receive awards for being the team's outstanding offensive and defensive player, respectively.