DR. Z'S ALL-PROS
Paul Zimmerman's All-Pro team (The Best of the Best, Jan. 11) is perfect, except for his choice of running backs Herschel Walker and Curt Warner over Charles White and Eric Dickerson.
How could Dr. Z have left Seattle wide receiver Steve Largent off his team? Largent's statistics were only slightly lower than those of the Jets' Al Toon.
•When you subtract the stats Largent accumulated by playing during the NFL players' strike, his numbers are considerably lower than Toon's: 43 receptions to Toon's 68, 651 yards to Toon's 976, five touchdowns each.—ED.
How about Minnesota Vikings defensive end Chris Doleman? He was tied for fourth in the conference in sacks and was credited with forcing six fumbles.
Scarsdale, N. Y.
January 25, 1988
The choice of Colts kicker Dean Biasucci over the Saints' Morten Andersen befuddles me.
DAVID C. MARLOWE
The Miami Hurricanes are a group of arrogant, cocky, trash-talking athletes. However, they may be the most talented college football team I have seen (Raising 'Canes, Jan. 11). No, I still don't like them—I'm a die-hard Sooners fan—but they played a near-flawless game and are, by far, the best.
Miami football is what big-time sports are all about, giving the boy from the wrong side of the tracks a chance to become a man and get ahead in the world.
In 1986, its No. 1 season, Penn State had 16 of 24 starters who were fifth-year seniors. Notre Dame had seven fifth-year seniors this past season. You don't play at the top level with four-year student-athletes.
So, let's give Miami coach Jimmy Johnson and former coach Howard Schnellenberger credit for doing their job and winning two national championships in only five years. Give Miami president Tad Foote credit for working to produce good students along with good athletes.
The only thing worse than a tie (Why, Oh Why, Did Pat Stand Pat? Jan. 11) is hearing the coach of the team that was tied—in this case, Syracuse's Dick MacPherson—imply that his team didn't get a chance to win.
Before we resume crucifying Pat Dye, let's consider that for 58 minutes Syracuse either trailed or was tied with Auburn. And with two minutes left, MacPherson elected to kick a field goal on fourth and inches, thereby putting the ball back in the hands of All-SEC quarterback Jeff Burger, whose team had three timeouts remaining.
Boca Raton, Fla.
I have just completed my first journey through your Pictures '87 double issue (Dec. 28-Jan. 4). The photographs are compelling and deserve to be revisited with regularity. I was very impressed with the photo of wheelchair athlete Dave Kiley and his children, which appeared on pages 78-79. It was wonderful to vicariously share that tender moment with the Kileys.
Malverne, N. Y.
The photograph of Dave Kiley's children giving him a lift home was the most emotionally touching picture in the history of your magazine. If only the rest of society could see wheelchair athletes the way Kiley's children see him.
Speaking of Kiley and his children, how about letting us see a picture that shows them from the front?
STUART C. TENTONI
•Here you are. That's Justin, 7, on the left and Danielle, 3, on the right.—ED.
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