Doug Williams brought his football, Ali Haji-Sheikh brought his movie camera and Dave Butz brought his son.

Meanwhile, the White House supplied President Reagan, who, among other things yesterday, wished Dexter Manley a happy birthday, said he used to play right guard and threw a perfect spiral to Super Bowl standout Ricky Sanders.

The NFL champion Washington Redskins were on stage at the White House's South Lawn, where the grass was more freshly manicured than that of RFK Stadium on game days.

Their cross-town caravan had begun near the U.S. Capitol at 11 a.m., had paused for a rally at the District Building at 12:15 and ended with a 2 p.m. visit with Reagan, during which Williams -- the Redskins' quarterback and MVP of Sunday's Super Bowl -- hung out with Reagan in the Oval Office.

"He told me he used to be a guard," said Williams, who was still on crutches with a sore knee. "He said he wore number 33. He said he was tough."

Most of the Redskins rated yesterday's victory celebration ahead of their last one in January 1983, when it poured rain and players were confined to bulky buses.

This time, it was gray outside, but not a drop of rain fell, which allowed players to duck their heads out of tour bus windows. Manley, the Redskins defensive end who said he felt like "The Boss, Bruce Springsteen" yesterday, kept a foot-long victory cigar tucked neatly between his teeth and brandished the Super Bowl trophy, too. Coach Joe Gibbs, meanwhile, pasted a hand-made sign onto his window that said: "Thank You, You're No. 1."

Butz, the 37-year-old defensive tackle, was asked to speak at the District Building and he boomed: "We came, we saw, we kicked their butts!"

Williams was a little more subdued at the District Building, where a mass of Redskins fans were hurrying to get a close glimpse of him and needed to be reminded several times to "take two steps back." The Hogs had given Williams better protection than this.

"I thought there were a tremendous amount of people," Butz said afterward. "And I was kind of worried someone would get hurt. Actually, the Park Police did a hell of a job."

Still, center Jeff Bostic said this year's Super Bowl parade was "much more organized" and was "no comparison" to the one in 1983.

"It's amazing you can have that effect on a city," Bostic said. "We'd like to do it every year."

Of the 45 active Redskins, 12 were absent for a variety of reasons.

Cornerback Darrell Green, defensive end Charles Mann and wide receiver Gary Clark were stuck in Hawaii for this week's Pro Bowl -- though they hardly minded the weather -- and quarterback Jay Schroeder had stayed behind with relatives in California.

Running back George Rogers was reportedly back home in South Carolina, and others who didn't drop by were right guard R.C. Thielemann -- perhaps threatened by former right guard Reagan -- tight end Clint Didier, defensive tackles Darryl Grant and Markus Koch, linebackers Kurt Gouveia (in the hospital for an appendectomy) and Rich Milot and center/guard Russ Grimm.

The players who attended were most enthralled by their visit to the White House, though only Williams, Gibbs, General Manager Bobby Beathard and team photographer Nate Fine were invited to the Oval Office.

Haji-Sheikh, the place kicker, recorded as much as he could inside with his portable movie camera, and then all of the players walked triumphantly onto a platform in the South Lawn to the tune of "Hail To The Redskins."

Reagan shook hands with everyone on stage, including Butz's eldest son, Dave II, age 9.

"{Reagan} talked to little Dave," Butz recalled yesterday. "He told Dave he used to play right guard, and he asked Dave, 'What do you play?' Little Dave said he played 'son.' "

Reagan also visited with Manley, who told Reagan he ought to "renegotiate for four more years." Earlier, Reagan, in a speech, had wished Manley a happy 29th birthday. Manley's birthday was Tuesday.

"It shocked me when he wished me a happy birthday," said Manley, who added that his wife, Glenda, cried with joy after the ceremony. "Coming from the president, it has a lot of meaning. My heart melted."

Of all the commotion yesterday, Manley said, "Thank God I'm not a movie star. What if I was The Boss, Bruce Springsteen? I felt like him today.

"I've been mobbed before, but today was great. It was hard to have humility today. It's good to be humble, but it was hard today."

Williams delivered another speech at the White House, where he said he was giving his engraved football to Reagan "under one circumstance -- if you run the right play."

Williams told Reagan to run "Trips Right, Fake Zoom, Larry Criss-Cross," a play the Redskins used in their NFC championship game victory over Minnesota.

Reagan grabbed the ball, shouted, "Where's Ricky Sanders?" and promptly threw a five-yard timing pattern pass to a jogging Sanders, who caught the ball in perfect stride.

Williams said it was Reagan who had choreographed the pass.

"Reagan's a good coach," Williams said. "He had a game plan. He's kind of like Coach Gibbs."