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.
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.