Congratulations to Troy Aikman for being the exception to the rule that nice guys finish last.
EMILY ELSESSER, ARLINGTON, TEXAS
Great article on Dallas quarterback Troy Aikman (Mr. Lonelyhearts, Jan. 15). It's good to see a man with fame and fortune who can keep both feet on the ground. Aikman is a class act.
DAN CIAMBOR, Bowie, Md.
I am glad to see SI jump on the profitable sideline of running personal ads. Please accept my ad for next week's publication:
SWM, 32, 6 feet, 190 lbs., swimmer, triathlete, seeks female, age 27-35, for romantic fun. Not a millionaire, but I do quite well as editor of an on-line magazine on the World Wide Web. This brown-haired, brown-eyed, handsome bachelor is an accomplished cook who gives fantastic back rubs and sends cards and flowers for no reason. Eligible females should be fit, tall and as comfortable in hiking gear as they are in an evening gown. Interested?
Who knows, if you can get Aikman a date, maybe you can do the same for me.
THOM GABRUKIEWICZ, Dallas
If Aikman thought he had problems meeting women and having weirdos pursue him before his personal ad/article was published, he can be assured that his difficulties will only get worse. WILLIAM H. MORRIS, Hillsdale, Mich.
Does Peter King hold a grudge against the Seattle Seahawks? He found a way to deny not one but two Seahawks places in his postseason honors (INSIDE THE NFL, Dec. 25-Jan. 1). He gives rookie of the year to Curtis Martin of the Patriots over Terrell Davis of the Broncos, with no mention of Seattle's Joey Galloway, who scored nine touchdowns and averaged 48 yards per touchdown. One of Galloway's scores this year was the longest run from scrimmage in the league, 86 yards, and a second was the longest punt return in the NFL this season, 89 yards. Galloway was also only the 10th rookie ever to post more than 1,000 yards receiving.
King calls Martin the third-best back in the league, behind the Cowboys' Emmitt Smith and the Lions' Barry Sanders. The Seahawks' Chris Warren averaged almost half a yard better per carry than Martin en route to his fourth consecutive 1,000-yard season.
Both Galloway and Warren were instrumental in the Seahawks' drive for the playoffs after an off-season full of well-publicized turmoil.
BEN WILSON, Seattle
The inclusion of Herschel Walker on King's All-Underachiever Team (INSIDE THE NFL, Dec. 18) is nothing but a cheap shot at a classically misused athlete. King gives 31 carries in 14 games as his rationale. Walker is not the offensive coordinator for the New York Giants. The media have bought into the self-hype of players like Deion Sanders instead of recognizing a real role model like Walker.