REILLY'S HEISMAN PICK
Rick Reilly deserves a Wise Man award for his humorous, but timely and truthful article What The Heck, Why Not Dudek? (Dec. 2) about the Heisman award, which sometimes is undeserved.
GEORGE W. LEE
Toms River, N.J.
Hooray! It's about time someone told the truth about the "sacred" Heisman Trophy and all the nonsense surrounding it. Reilly is correct in stating that a candidate must play for a big Division I school, must come off an exceptional junior year and must play for a college that spends more time and money on its publicity departments than it does educating its athletes. Let's take the Heisman back where it belongs, to being an award for a college player, any division, who excels on the gridiron. No hype.
JOHN M. KAY
How can you possibly compare statistics achieved in Division III football with those earned in Division I? If you are so enamored of Joe Dudek's Division III performance, propose a Heisman Trophy for each division; that idea may have some merit. In the meantime, don't even try to consider the statistics as equal.
As a test to determine the validity of this statement, why not have a national playoff among the three division champions? I'll bet my house, car and surfboard on the Division I winner every year.
THOMAS A. MILLER
Huntington Beach, Calif.
December 16, 1985
If you people are going to give the Heisman to Joe Dudek, then you had better give the national championship to Bowling Green!
My heartfelt thanks to Gary Smith for his outstanding article Nose To Nose Again (Nov. 25). It is reassuring to know that guys like Denver noseguard Rubin Carter and San Diego center Don Macek are still a part of the NFL game. They are the last of a dying breed. Throughout their 10 years of banging heads, they have developed a genuine mutual respect and go about their jobs in a blue-collar manner: no whining or complaining, just clean, hard-hitting football.
After reading about Carter and Macek, my day seems brighter and no task too difficult to tackle. I am convinced that this is how football was intended to be played.
BROWN AND FOSTER ON BROWN
In regard to Gary Smith's article Hello, Trouble, I'm Dale Brown (Nov. 18), particularly the passage concerning the recruiting of Rod Foster, we resent Brown's statement that he had $1,000 "three quarters of the way out of my pocket 32 different times and I could not pull it out. Guess where [Foster] signs two days later? UCLA."
Brown's remark could be interpreted to mean that UCLA broke NCAA rules and offered Foster improper inducements. As the player and the then UCLA coach, we resent any such implication and feel that it was totally unnecessary for Brown to mention Foster and UCLA in this manner. Rod selected UCLA for its quality basketball program and fine academics.
Dale Brown's statements do more harm than good to a profession he professes to love.
Coach, University of Kansas
Re your Sportsman of the Year award: What the heck, why not Dudek?
Regarding the article Robbie's An Air Force, Too (Nov. 25), Robbie Bosco of BYU is pictured holding a football with the letters QB marked on it. I know Bosco has a national championship under his belt, that he will lead his team to the 1985 Citrus Bowl, that he was a Heisman candidate and that he is a future pro draft pick, but was this ball specially marked just to be given to him as the game ball?
•No. BYU marks QB on new balls so the kickers won't use them and get them battered. Balls intended for the kickers are marked with a K. In all other respects, the balls are identical.—ED.
On page 41 of your Dec. 2 issue, I noticed that Chuck Long of the Iowa Hawkeyes was wearing a round yellow sticker on the top of his helmet, with what appears to be initials on it. What is the reason for this?
Bowman, N. Dak.
•The initials are ANF, and they stand for America Needs Farmers. Aware that the Hawkeyes have provided a bright spot in an otherwise hard-hit area, coach Hayden Fry and his team have adopted the sticker as a reminder of the country's farm crisis.—ED.
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