Hats off to Paul Zimmerman for his much needed study of injuries, the most disturbing issue in pro football (The Agony Must End, Nov. 10). I hope Bo Jackson's critics read it and realize why he chose to play major league baseball over football.
As for anabolic steroids, as evil a drug as cocaine, I would add the following penalty system to Dr. Z's suggestion for testing: a one-year suspension for a first-time offense, with a lifetime ban from the NFL for the second time steroids are discovered in a urine sample. Why mess around?
My compliments for yet another responsible piece of sports journalism.
As a sports medicine professional I agree with Dr. Z that the carpet belongs in the playroom, not on the playing field. On the subject of steroids, genetic engineering belongs in the labs, not in the locker rooms.
Former Pitt Student Trainer ('83)
Hooray for Gordie Lockbaum and the coaching staff at Holy Cross (A Wonderful Throwback, Nov. 10). Who said properly conditioned football players can't go both ways? Go, Gordo, go!
How does he do it? That is the question I keep asking after reading Rick Reilly's article on Lockbaum. Lockbaum prepares at offensive and defensive positions, learns special-teams strategies and all the while maintains a 3.1 average as an economics major.
I love sports, but recently I have become very disheartened by all the negative occurrences. Reading about Lockbaum brightened my outlook, as I'm sure it has done the same for many others. Thank you, Gordo!
Last year SPORTS ILLUSTRATED voted for Joe Dudek for the Heisman Trophy (What The Heck, Why Not Dudek? Dec. 2). This year why not Lockbaum? What other player has matched his feats? He makes his presence felt on both sides of the line—and in the classroom as well.
This is what college athletics needs! The Heisman award should be refocused on the best athlete who also embodies the best qualities of a student. If we cannot find such a candidate in Division I-A, then why not look to Division I-AA and a player like Lockbaum?
FRANK R. MORAN JR.
New York City
Reading about Gordie Lockbaum and, in SCORECARD (Nov. 10), about those triple threats from Ohio brought back memories of my early years as the band director at a small high school in Moravia, N.Y.