Reggie Williams, who served on the Cincinnati City Council while he was a Bengals linebacker, resigned from the council yesterday to return to professional football.
Williams, 36, left the council to accept a job as general manager of the New York franchise of the World League of American Football, a project of the National Football League. The 10-team world league is to start play in March.
Williams was appointed to the Cincinnati council in May 1988 to fill a vacancy, then won re-election in November 1989, retiring from the Bengals after the 1989 season to end a 14-year NFL career. He submitted his resignation to council members yesterday, saying the football opportunity was too good to pass.
* PATRIOTS: The courtship of Sam Jankovich that apparently will end today with his appointment as New England's director of operations is another distraction in a season filled with them for -- Patriots players.
"We've had a lot of off-the-field distractions," tackle Bruce Armstrong said. "Unfortunately, we've gotten good at trying to concentrate on playing football and ignoring some of the other things going on."
The Boston Globe and Boston Herald reported that Jankovich, athletic director at the University of Miami, had agreed to a
* EAGLES: Although nobody admitted knowing their origin, T-shirts inscribed "Buddy's Bounty Hunters" were being worn by Philadelphia players.
The allusion was to last season's hassle between Eagles coach Buddy Ryan and Jimmy Johnson, coach of the Dallas Cowboys.
"We just found them in our lockers today," offensive guard Mike Schad said. "Buddy said an anonymous guy brought them in in a box and gave them to the PR department."
BEARS: Chicago has added running back Neal Anderson to its list of injured players after discovering he has a cracked rib.
Anderson won't play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday and likely will be sidelined for the Bears' final regular-season game Dec. 29 against the Kansas City Chiefs, coach Mike Ditka said.