I was elated to receive the special issue SPORTS ILLUSTRATED CLASSIC (Fall 1992). I'm sure you will receive an unbelievable amount of mail concerning each sport's Dream Team (The All-Time Dream Teams), but I have to hand it to you, the choices are hard to argue with. Every player is as deserving as any who might have been selected in his place.
Paul Zimmerman's otherwise excellent football Dream Team can neither punt nor kick. I suggest adding Ray Guy and Jan Stenerud.
Zimmerman forgot to name a consistent, high-scoring placekicker. I suggest Lou Groza or George Blanda.
WILLIAM J. HANNA
John Unitas should not be the quarterback. Roger Staubach was every bit the quarterback Unitas was, and then some. Staubach played all but one of his seasons before 1978, the year passing lanes were opened up, and his career quarterback rating is still among the highest ever attained.
PHILIP W. ENGLE JR.
Freeport, N. Y.
November 30, 1992
How could Zimmerman not have mentioned the man who invented the safety blitz, tied an NFL record by making interceptions in seven consecutive games and even intercepted a pass while playing with two broken hands?
Larry Wilson is still the best free safety I've ever seen.
I was angered by the omission of Walter Payton, one of the best, if not the best, to play the game.
I was shocked to see football's alltime best receiver, Jerry Rice, not included.
LOUIS A. DEFREITAS JR.
Zimmerman omitted the greatest pass catcher of all time, Steve Largent.
PETER J. KIM
I can't envision any football Dream Team without Chuck Bednarik.
Del Mar, Calif.
Mickey Cochrane over Johnny Bench for catcher on a baseball Dream Team? Steve Wulf blew this call.
How could Steve Wulf have taken Cal Ripken over Honus Wagner at shortstop?
No offense to Mike Schmidt, but a Dream Team without Brooks Robinson at third base?
ESTHER SIEGEL JACOBSON
Owings Mills, Md.
How anyone could have left Hank Aaron off a baseball Dream Team is beyond comprehension.
MARK S. BARNES
A Dream Team without Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams? What a nightmare.
To have chosen Jackie Robinson over Rogers Hornsby, a .358 lifetime hitter, makes no sense.
Not putting Ray Bourque on your hockey Dream Team is like not putting Ted Williams on your baseball Dream Team.
Oops, I see you missed him, too.
East Hartford, Conn.
Pat Riley as hoops Dream Team coach over Red Auerbach? Not even close.
I want to commend Joseph Salina on the illustrations that accompanied the four Dream Team articles. The interaction among the legends brought to life your experts' selections.
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