When the greatest running back in NFL history, Walter Pay ton, dies, don't give me 10pages devoted to Keyshawn Johnson.
-ANTHONY FERY, San Jose
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.
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 Fame.
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 die 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 die 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 die 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 500,1 can report that it was the saddest sporting event I have ever attended.
BRENT MAYNES, San Bernardino, Calif.