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November 11, 1996
Most of these quarterbacks have had too high expectations placed on them. If they fall short, then they're no good.BRIAN TILLEY, BUFFALO GROVE, ILL.
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November 11, 1996


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Most of these quarterbacks have had too high expectations placed on them. If they fall short, then they're no good.

Long-term Investment
Peter King's article analyzing the disappointing performances of young quarterbacks in the NFL was insightful (Delay of Game, Oct. 14), but one aspect of the piece warrants further discussion: impatience of young signal-callers. If a team invests millions in a young arm, it should be prepared to wait three to five years for that investment to pay off. The Dallas Cowboys' Troy Aikman is a prime example. When he was drafted out of UCLA in '89, Aikman had all the tools to be an NFL quarterback, yet he suffered through a 1-15 season in his rookie year—the one win coming with Steve Walsh at the helm because Aikman was injured. But the Cowboys stuck with Aikman and allowed him and the team to grow up together. The result was three Super Bowl wins in four years.

In the article about the problems experienced by six quarterbacks who were high draft choices, there is no mention of how many of the six made themselves eligible for the draft early. There is probably no substitute for another year or two of experience in college football before entering the more complex and demanding NFL.
RORY FORAN, Glen Burnie, Md.

? David Klingler and Rick Mirer finished college. Drew Bledsoe, Dave Brown, Trent Dilfer and Heath Shuler were chosen after their junior years.—ED.

Lawrence Phillips
For St. Louis Rams assistant head coach Johnny Roland to suggest, in your article about running back Lawrence Phillips (The Face of Uncertainly, Oct. 7), that Phillips "harassed" someone when he assaulted a woman is disturbing. Perhaps Roland should visit Phillips's victim, Katherine McEwen, and find out what it feels and looks like to be "harassed."
KELLY D. ANDERSON, Lawrence, Kans.

Missing Defenseman
I loved your article on the changing of the guard among NHL defensemen (Rough and Ready, Oct. 7). However, you were remiss in not mentioning the youngster who may be the best of the new crop, Kyle McLaren of the Boston Bruins.
ERIC ROGERSON, Canton, Mass.

Busch Spotlights
The photograph of the Cardinals' Brian Jordan on the contents page of the Oct. 21 issue brought to mind a similar picture that Walter Iooss Jr. took in 1973 of Bob Gibson completing his classic follow-through (right). In that picture the pitching mound and Gibson are—like Jordan in your recent photo—bathed in the sunlight coming through one of the arches atop Busch Stadium.

?The Gibson photograph appeared in Diamond Dreams, a collection of 30 years of baseball pictures by Iooss published last year, by Little Brown.—ED.

The contents page photo of Jordan was virtually identical to the one we took of Tony Gwynn in Game 2 of the Cardinals-Padres Division Series at Busch Stadium (left).

?The McFarlands, twins, baseball fans and amateur photographers, took this shot with a 35-mm Pentax from their loge seats near the rightfield foul pole.—ED.