As a longtime follower of Terry Kirby's career, I'd like to thank you for your article about this fine young man (For Goodness' Sake, Dec. 13). Through high school, college and now with the Miami Dolphins, he has been a great role model for local kids. An added note to the story: Terry's fourth cousin is New England Patriot defensive end Chris Slade (below). Like Terry, Slade is from Tabb, Va., was an All-America at Virginia and was one of the top rookies in the NFL this season.
HOWARD B. WATERS
Newport News, Va.