Thank you, Jack McCallum, for a wonderful story about Jerry Sandusky (Last Call, Dec. 20). I was one of Jerry's kids living in the Second Mile foster home. Being a child or young adult without having someone to love or care for you makes for a hard life. Luckily, I had Jerry to pick me up and put me in the right direction. The one thing I still can't figure out is how he does it. He's the defensive coordinator for a powerhouse football team, yet he still has time for all the kids and to be a father. He is compassionate, dedicated, humble, funny and, of course, heroic. Thank you, Jerry, and sorry about giving you some of those gray hairs.
CHALMER (C.B.) BREON
Vero Beach, Fla.
College football's coach of the year should be Sandusky. What Jerry and his wife, Dottie, have done is a tribute to what love and character is about. As parents of four adopted boys, we were extremely touched. Just one question for Jerry: Where do we now send our boys if they're linebacker material?
TONY and MARCELLINE CERATO, Camarillo, Calif.
As an avid Penn State football fan for many years, I always admired the cohesiveness and longevity of the Nittany Lions' football staff. It was great to see Sandusky recognized not only as an outstanding defensive coordinator but also as an individual devoted to troubled young people. If the world had a few thousand more Jerry Sanduskys, it would be a much better place.
GARY J. SAUKA, Nazareth, Pa.
Money Talks, Nick Walks
Let there be no mistake about it: Nick Saban said to LSU, "Show me the money!" and it did just that (INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL, Dec. 13). Nick says he left Michigan State because he was tired of being the No. 2 team in the state. If you want to be thought of as the No. 1 football program in Michigan, you have to beat the No. 1 team year after year. That is what Tom Izzo has done with the Michigan State basketball team and what new coach Bobby Williams now has the opportunity to do with Spartans football.
DONALD C. WARNKE, Stevensville, Mich.
So, Eat Already!
As a Jewish sports fan, I always have been intrigued by Jewish athletes making it big. Reading about Shawn Green (Promised Land, Dec. 13) gave me a sense of pride. The fact that Green (above, in black) would probably not play a game on Yom Kippur, albeit not for religious reasons, seems to be a strong statement of his convictions both as a person and a Jew.
DAVID GOLDBERG, Providence