THE BOZ (CONT.)
If any readers need proof that the conduct of "star" athletes affects young people, they have only to turn to page 29 of your Sept. 15 issue (No. 1—And Then Some) to the photos of Oklahoma's Brian Bosworth and the young man who has adopted his haircut.
Like it or not, our athletes are not just ordinary human beings. Their actions have a profound effect on our youth. They must learn to accept this role and act accordingly.
Foster City, Calif.
In his book Sports in America, James Michener says that sports do not develop character so much as they reveal it. Your articles in the 1986 College & Pro Football Spectacular (Sept. 3) on Brian Bosworth (The Boz) and Jim McMahon ( Chicago's Easy Rider), and in the Sept. 15 issue on Oklahoma football under Barry Switzer, prove that statement.
The true character of sport is found today on the sandlot or in the open gym where there are no coaches, parents, sports reporters or spoiled athletes to blow it out of proportion.
Rick Reilly's article on the Boz in your special football issue was more than I could stand. I am 6'4", 285 pounds and a 1984 All Gulf South offensive lineman (for Delta State). I wish I had an opportunity to meet the Boz between the white lines. Who does this guy think he is? Where are my brothers on the offensive front? I'd like nothing better than to stick my face mask through his chest. This guy needs a serious attitude adjustment. A one-hour session on some Saturday afternoon should put him in line. Please—and I'm sure I speak for all offensive linemen who have left the college game—somebody needs to show the Boz that nobody intimidates any of our offensive players and gets away with it. What I wouldn't give for one year of eligibility in the Big Eight!
JIMMIE L. ADAMS III
I read the reactions to the Sept. 3 article on the Boz (19TH HOLE, Sept. 22). His status as a college student was questioned, and he was even called a clown.
The story described the football side of the Boz and mentioned his 3.3 grade point average, but it said little about another side of Bosworth that is rarely seen. He has spoken at elementary schools, sports banquets and graduations about the dangers of drugs and the futures of the students he was addressing. He has made public-service announcements about the hazards of using drugs. During a 1985 spring game he stood on the sideline with a young boy who was facing a major operation. After the game the boy was given a tour of the locker room and a BOZ 44 towel.
On the field he is the BOZ, but off it he is an individual who cares about and helps the people in the community around him.
Fort Wayne, Ind.
I got frustrated reading the letters about Brian Bosworth (19TH HOLE, Sept. 22). The people who wrote know nothing about football. I play football and our whole team thinks he is great. Most of us got Boz haircuts. He is cool, not to mention the best.
Thanks for Alexander Wolff's article "To Find Out Why I'm Out There" (Sept. 22). I hope it will counteract the many misconceptions concerning Ralph Sampson. As a fellow " Virginia gentleman" and native of Harrisonburg, and a faculty member at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, I certainly cannot condone actions such as the Jerry Sichting incident. However, after the articles in your special football issue about the exploits of Oklahoma's Brian Bosworth and the Bears' Jim McMahon, it is a breath of fresh air to read about Sampson. Wolff has educated the sports world to a fact that I have known for 13 years: Sampson is already a winner.
C. RONALD KERSH M.D.
Assistant Professor of Radiology
UVa School of Medicine