When the greatest running back in NFL history, Walter Payton,
dies, don't give me 10 pages devoted to Keyshawn Johnson.
--Anthony Fery, San Jose
This is an article from the Dec. 20, 1999 issue
PAEANS FOR PAYTON
Thank you for your tribute to Walter Payton (One of a Kind, Nov.
8). How touching to know that Walter exited this "game" with
dignity. True to Payton's unselfish nature, he did not use his
celebrity status or wealth to get preferential treatment. We
will take comfort in knowing he's now in the ultimate Hall of
CHUCK STANCIL, Tomball, Texas
As a former NFL official I have some great memories, the most
thrilling of which is to have been a member of the crew that
worked the Bears game against the Saints when Payton broke the
career record for yards gained. He was gracious and humble in
accepting the game ball and the accolades of the crowd as well
as those from the opposing team and the officials.
BOB RICE, Lyndhurst, Ohio
Walter Payton was living proof that one could turn into the
fiercest, most driven competitor on the field at the snap of the
ball and then, after the whistle blew, turn back into the nicest
person you would ever want to meet.
DAVE MILLIS, Greeley, Iowa
CORPS OF CADETS
I am outraged. The Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M is an official
student organization, not a "campus clique whose members shave
their heads and wear military-style uniforms," as you describe
it (SCORECARD, Nov. 29). The majority of the members of the
Corps of Cadets are enrolled as students in the university's
ROTC program, which has been training and commissioning
outstanding military officers for over 100 years.
MAJOR ROBERT R. JONES, Springfield, Va.
--SI regrets the error. --ED.
To compare Keyshawn Johnson to Tiger, Magic and Michael is
ridiculous (Muddied but Unbowed, Nov. 8). Johnson isn't the best
player at his position, let alone in his sport. To compare him
to Ali is ignorant. Ali stood for more than just himself.
MATT MORIN, San Francisco
I'm not an admirer of Keyshawn Johnson as a football player. I'm
a Pats fan, so how could I be? However, after reading your
article, I am now an admirer of Keyshawn as a person for one
principal reason--the scholarship program he runs from his
foundation. Wouldn't it be great if all athletes who make his
kind of money did something similar?
JEFF SOMERS, Needham, Mass.
IN MEMORY OF MOORE
I realize he wasn't Walter Payton or Payne Stewart, but I think
Greg Moore deserved more than a few paragraphs (SCORECARD, Nov.
8). He was an exceptional talent in a very complicated and
dangerous sport. As one of the 90,000-plus at California
Speedway who witnessed his horrific crash at the Marlboro 500, I
can report that it was the saddest sporting event I have ever
BRENT MAYNES, San Bernardino, Calif.
For once I don't disagree with the choices for your All-Century
college basketball team (Team for the Ages, Nov. 15). Readers
can quibble all they want, but I'll take Bill Bradley, David
Thompson, Oscar Robertson, Jerry Lucas and Lew Alcindor any day.
In fact, that group would have made a pretty good pro team too.
JEFFREY AUERBACH, Claremont, Calif.
Jack McCallum's attempt to promote Bradley's presidential
campaign is shameless and shallow.
CHIP HOWARD, Bryan, Texas
I can't believe you didn't include the accomplishments of
Michigan's Fab Five on your Top 20 list (Magic Moments, Nov.
15). Not only did they change the style of college basketball
with their long shorts, bald heads, black socks and big mouths,
but they were the first Final Four team ever to start five
freshmen. It's not as if they weren't any good: They made it to
the NCAA championship game both years they were together.
AARON EDGLEY, Walkersville, Md.
On Jan. 19, 1974, in South Bend, Notre Dame beat UCLA 71-70, and
the Bruins' 88-game winning streak came to an end.
SUE USHELA, South Bend
How can you justify excluding the contributions of women
athletes in college basketball? By overlooking the myriad magic
moments provided by women college players over the decades, you
contribute to the notion that women's sports and women athletes
are not worthy of being celebrated.
LEE ANN SCHELL, Denton, Texas
How could you have left Pete Maravich (above) off your
All-Century team? Sure he was a showoff, but his scoring records
(season, 1,381; career, 3,667; and season average, 44.5) will
never be broken. Don't forget that Pistol Pete was also well
known for his ball-handling and passing skills.
RONALD BEAM, Cedarville, Ill.