The Pigskin Club of Washington drew some of the top names in college and professional sports last night for its 50th anniversary awards dinner at the Capital Hilton Hotel.
More than 1,000 members and their families turned out for the black tie affair that also honored a number of the top Washington-area high school and collegiate stars for 1987.
Receiving special notice were Oklahoma tight end Keith Jackson; Syracuse all-America quarterback Don McPherson, runner-up in the Heisman Trophy voting; Howard's Division I-AA all-America running back Harvey Reed, the MEAC player of the year; Arizona all-America guard Randall McDaniel, and Virginia State running back Daniel Boynton, the CIAA player of the year.
One of the warmest receptions of the evening was for Howard Coach Willie Jeffries, the MEAC football coach of the year. Jeffries, whose school sued the NCAA after it was excluded from the postseason football playoffs, took some ribbing from some of his colleagues, but he gave as much as he got.
"I can tell you this," Jeffries said. "We were undefeated in the playoffs."
Billy Joe, a former Maryland assistant who is now head coach at Central State University in Ohio, was honored as independent college coach of the year, and George Moody of Virginia State was cited as CIAA coach of the year.
Former Washington Redskins tackle George Starke was presented with the Lawrence Augustus Oxley Trophy for his contributions to the Washington community.
Also honored last night was Seneca Valley High School Coach Al Thomas as area high school coach of the year. Heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, who was to have presented a special boxing award, was a no-show, but Thomas Hearns, the world champion in four divisions, was on hand to receive a special award.