NEW YORK, FEB. 9 -- Soon to be America's most famous couch potato, Doug Williams gave New York City a try today and found he's somewhat of a hero here, too.

In town for only a few hours, the Washington Redskins quarterback accepted his trophy this morning as Super Bowl most valuable player, caused a minor traffic skirmish on 42nd Street, yukked it up for the cameras, answered every single question with an impish grin and finally fled for Zachary, La., via Baton Rouge, via Atlanta. There are no direct flights to Zachary, he said.

Saturday in Zachary, he has a parade to catch. Other than that -- he plans on catching a lot of Zs.

The 1986 Super Bowl MVP, quarterback Phil Simms of the New York Giants, reportedly made $500,000 last year in an offseason of toasts, roasts, banquets and endorsements, but Williams said today he would "not run all over the country" and didn't even want to be the special guest of the upcoming Mardi Gras season, even though New Orleans Mayor Sidney J. Barthelemy plans to give Williams "full VIP attention."

Instead, Williams said today he'd rather lock his door and forget football. Naturally, the questions today centered around whether he expects to compete with Jay Schroeder for the starting job next year and whether he will ask the Redskins to renegotiate the final year of his estimated $475,000-a-year contract.

As for a possible showdown with Schroeder, Williams said, "Nobody ever told me about a quarterback battle. All I know is I'm the starting quarterback, and that's the way I'm looking at it."

(Anyway, Coach Joe Gibbs already has said Williams will be the incumbent heading into training camp.)

And as for the contract, Williams said, "I'm not going to ask for more money. First of all, I've got a contract, and I got a year left on my contract. The Washington Redskins are a class organization, and I feel like if they think I deserve more money, then they'd do it. I don't think I have to go to them."

General Manager Bobby Beathard, contacted at Redskin Park today, said the status of Williams' contract has yet to be brought up and added, "That's something that doesn't come for a while. I'm not even concerned about it and really have no comment."

Most of Beathard's time right now is spent in front of a movie screen -- as he prepares for the upcoming collegiate draft -- although he also said he has sent all 14 of his free agents (prominently including guard R.C. Thielemann, cornerback Barry Wilburn and linebacker Monte Coleman) "qualifying offers."

Williams said his left knee, the one that was tangled awkwardly behind him during the Super Bowl, is still swollen, and he continues to limp. The good news, he said, is that there was no cartilage or ligament damage -- that scar tissue from several old injuries had been torn to cause the pain. He said he wouldn't have been able to play this past Sunday if there had been a game.

"It's just good that {the Super Bowl} was the last game of the year, and I wouldn't have to worry about losing the {quarterback} job again," said Williams, who passed for a record 340 yards, and four touchdowns, in the 42-10 victory over the Denver Broncos in San Diego.

The irony is that Williams could have been more severely injured than he was if not for a Super Bowl-only shoe contract with Champion, a sporting goods firm.

As most Redskins recall, the footing at San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium was irregular at best, and many players soon switched to longer cleats for better traction. Williams, who had signed the deal with Champion, had no new cleats to switch to, and -- point is -- if he had, his knee would have been locked in the turf when it was twisted from under him. He agreed today he could have been a lot worse off.

The moral is never to underestimate the importance of endorsements, and Williams definitely isn't -- although he admits he will not pull a Phil Simms.

Asked today if he expected to take advantage of endorsement opportunities, Williams said, "I don't expect to take advantage; I just hope they take advantage of me."

In Williams' corner, to make sure the opportunities that knock are answered, is Eddie Sapir, a New Orleans criminal-court judge and attorney who also handles New York Yankees Manager Billy Martin. Bob Piper, a Washingtonian who owns a marketing company, also does some work for Williams, who has had several agents during his career.

Sapir, reached at his office, said he has been "inundated" with requests for Williams' services and added, "Right now, we're entertaining anything."

Prior to the Super Bowl, Williams and Sapir accepted the offer from Champion, not to mention an offer from Disneyland/Disney World, and those appear to be the only major deals that were consummated. During the season, Williams didn't even have a shoe contract and actually hand-painted a "W" -- for Williams and for Washington -- on the back of his cleats.

"That's when I was wearing the Williams-brand shoe," he said today with a wink.

As for the Disney deal, Sapir said Williams made more than $75,000 for simply saying to the television camera -- as he walked from the championship playing field -- "I'm going to Disneyland! I'm going to Disney World!"

Now that Williams is headed home to Louisiana, Sapir has even more of a plan. First, he said he'll let Williams relax with his wife Lisa and 5-year-old daughter Ashley, but then it will be time to entertain offers.

Oprah Winfrey wants Williams on her show, as does Dick Clark.

"And I'm just telling you the tip of the iceberg," Sapir said. "But we're not Houdinis. We'll talk and decide where we want to go and where we need to go contractually."

Williams reiterated that he wouldn't be writing an autobiography any time soon. "I'm sure I'll write a book," he said, "but it won't be this year. I mean, the story I have -- nobody else could steal. So, I don't have to worry about it."

Part of that story is his father, Robert Sr., who had a leg amputated five years ago because of arthritis. That's why Williams today donated a $10,000 check -- furnished by Sport magazine -- in the name of his father to the arthritis foundation.

His donation drew loud cheers here. Besides that, Sport magazine gave Williams a brand-new Subaru and parked it outside the Grand Hyatt Hotel in the middle of rush hour. Photographers wanted Williams to pose in front of the car. This took up two lanes of traffic on 42nd Street, and a policeman was found to redirect traffic.