TAMPA, JAN. 23 -- Former Washington Redskins quarterback Doug Williams says he's not bitter and talks about "being content with my life right now," even if it does not include playing in the NFL.

"It's over for me," Williams said here today a few minutes after he had played 18 holes in a charity golf tournament bearing his name held in conjunction with the Super Bowl. "I know that, and I've dealt with it. This year, for the first time in my life, I had to face reality. This is the time to do something else."

Sometime Thursday, Williams will learn if he will be the new football coach and athletic director of a high school in Pointe Coupee Parish, a 35-minute drive from his home in Zachary, La., and light-years from the high-profile world of a Super Bowl championship quarterback, an NFL veteran of nine years.

The school board will take a vote, and while Williams said "I know better than to take things for granted," he is expected to get the job of starting a team and a program from scratch as three local high schools merge into one next fall.

He could have started higher. He affirmed today he recently turned down the job as head coach at Virginia State, a black college in Petersburg, Va., because it would have meant hitting the road immediately on the recruiting trail, and he wanted to spend more time at home with his family. He also declined a chance to be an assistant at Long Beach State under former Raider Willie Brown, like Williams a Grambling graduate.

He said he got no calls from NFL teams about the possibility of coaching, nor does he expect to.

"How many black coaches are there in the NFL right now?" he said. "James Harris {another former Grambling player} has been working as a scout for Tampa Bay for a long time {four years}. He's a guy who played a lot of years {12} at quarterback in this league, and they make Mike Shula the quarterback coach this year. He's just a kid. So what do you think, somebody's going to call Doug Williams?

"I was in Mobile, Alabama last week. They inducted me into the Senior Bowl Hall of Fame. I saw all those {NFL} guys -- Joe Gibbs, {Charley} Casserly, {Bobby} Beathard, all the scouts and GMs. Not one said, 'Hey Doug, would you like to work for us?'

"My goal now is being successful as a high school coach and go to a small college. I don't want to be in those political things anymore, and that's what the NFL is. It's a big fraternity. If one guy is out of a job, it's always 'help your buddy.' "

Williams said he met briefly with Gibbs for the first time since the Redskins head coach said during the season he had decided not to bring Williams back this year because he feared for his health. Williams was not re-signed, though he said today there was no doubt in his mind he could have played, and contributed.

"Yes, I talked to Joe, and I told him that was not his decision to make," Williams said. "We're talking about my livelihood, and how can you make that choice? Don't release me because he's concerned about my health, I have to make that decision. But that's history, and I just have to deal with it."

Williams is still convinced the decision was made for economic reasons, and he wonders out loud how much the Redskins actually saved on their quarterback costs after bringing in veteran Gary Hogeboom in the third week of the season when Mark Rypien was injured. Williams would have been paid $1 million this past season; Hogeboom earned $400,000 and Jeff Rutledge, the man Gibbs signed to replace Williams, was paid $425,000.

"It was the first time we had talked," Williams said of his conversation with Gibbs. "It was tough. We both aired our feelings. Some of the things I felt when it happened haven't changed. For a man to make that kind of a decision for me is just not fair."

Williams said he watched the Redskins whenever he could and said he feels badly that Rypien took so much heat this season for his play, particularly in the playoff loss against the 49ers.

"Rip's got to feel bad, and I know what he's going through," he said. "All I can say is we got along great, he's a good guy, and he's got to keep plugging and keep playing."

Williams did a lot of plugging and a lot of playing on the Rogers Park municipal golf course today. He was one of more than 100 players taking part in a tournament designed to benefit the Boy Scouts, Boys Clubs and the United Negro College Fund. He played for the Buccaneers here for five seasons and is still a popular figure around town.