The Player of the Year charity dinner scheduled Super Bowl eve by the NFL Alumni and its presenting sponsor, USF&G Corp., has been canceled because of U.S. involvement in the Persian Gulf war.
According to Bruce Bosley, executive director of the Alumni organization, "This decision was not made lightly. It was guided by the dictates of reason and propriety, as we see it."
In announcing the joint decision, senior vice president of USF&G Minor Carter added, "We feel badly because of the charitable aspects of this event. However, it is difficult to justify socializing at times like this."
Although USF&G has withdrawn its sponsorship of other sports activities to cut costs, that is not the reason behind this move, said USF&G's Sue Lovell. "It was definitely because of the war."
The dinner would have been the ninth in an annual series. Eleven members of the NFL Alumni were to be honored: Anthony Munoz (Cincinnati Bengals), Warren Moon (Houston Oilers), Barry Sanders (Detroit Lions), Keith Jackson (Philadelphia Eagles), Jerry Rice (San Francisco 49ers), Ron Woodson (Pittsburgh Steelers), Bruce Smith (Buffalo Bills), Derrick Thomas (Kansas City Chiefs), Nick Lowery (Chiefs), Rohn Stark (Indianapolis Colts) and Dave Meggett (New York Giants).