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Edited by Gay Flood
July 24, 1989
JOHNSON'S RECORDI could not disagree more with Merrell Noden's POINT AFTER (June 26) regarding Ben Johnson's 1987 world record of 9.83 in the 100 meters. I do not feel that Johnson should be allowed to keep this mark any more than a bank robber, upon getting caught on his second heist and later admitting to the first, should be allowed to keep the money from the first theft.
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Granted, Jerry Rice, number 80, is the best receiver in the NFL right now, but Steve Largent's accomplishments in the art of pass receiving simply cannot be overlooked.
Chehalis, Wash.

With apologies to Terry Bradshaw, I would have nominated Bear Bryant for number 12. That's the number he wore as the "other end" on the University of Alabama's 1934 national championship team.
Montgomery, Ala.

Mike Schmidt, not Josh Gibson, should own number 20. And I don't care what the telegram from heaven says, Walter Payton should share number 34 with The Ryan Express.
Mt. Horeb, Wis.

How could Reilly not have put Sammy Baugh at number 33? He had a much greater impact on pro football than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had on basketball.
Columbia, Md.

I've found it. After weeks of searching, I have uncovered the proof I need to take my rightful place among the immortals of sport in Rick Reilly's Heavenly Hundred (POINT AFTER, May 22).

Reilly says that the number 93 space is still available. Well, in 1975 and '76, I wore number 93 for the Methuen (Mass.) Youth Football C Division Patriots (below). Does that qualify me for immortality? No? Just check the facts. In both seasons I started at offensive and defensive tackle. A two-way player! In '75 we went 6-1, allowing only one touchdown and winning the Merrimack Valley League title (one of several Massachusetts Pop Warner leagues). The next year we were 7-0 and allowed no points in winning the league again. Are we talking history, or what?

I would be honored to be added to Reilly's list.
Methuen, Mass.

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