Record-setting wide receiver Jerry Rice of the San Francisco 49ers has won the Maxwell Football Club of Philadelphia's Bert Bell Award as the NFL's player of the year. This past season, Rice set records of 22 total touchdown receptions and at least one catch for a touchdown in 13 straight games . . .
Mike Ditka, Al Davis and Bob Griese were among the survivors when the list of Pro Football Hall of Fame candidates was pared to 15.
Ditka, coach of the Chicago Bears, played as a tight end for the Bears, Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys. Griese was a quarterback for the Miami Dolphins and Davis, the Los Angeles Raiders' managing general partner, was nominated as a contributor.
Others who remain as candidates: Oakland Raiders wide receiver Fred Biletnikoff, Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Buck Buchanan, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jack Ham, Dallas Cowboys linebacker Lee Roy Jordan, Cleveland Browns running back Leroy Kelly, Los Angeles Rams guard Tom Mack, Vikings and Bears defensive tackle Alan Page, Redskins and Browns tackle Lou Rymkus, Raiders tackle Art Shell and Steelers wide receiver Lynn Swann.
The final seven candidates will be selected Jan. 30. Results of the election will be announced Feb. 2.