Usually your football coverage is beyond compare, and usually your staff writers are the first to acknowledge the little-appreciated work of the defense. But in your article, Vintage Year for Pro Rookies (Dec. 7), you failed to recognize the NFL's finest defensive rookie, Mel Renfro of the Dallas Cowboys. Mel has turned in outstanding performances weekly. He has already snared six pass interceptions, and is near the top in kickoff-and punt-return averages. He has been acclaimed " Dallas' most exciting player."
Highland Park, Ill.
It was heartening to notice that you picked Charley Taylor of the Washington Redskins as one of the outstanding rookies in the NFL this season. However, why no mention of two of the fine rookie defensive backs such as Dallas' Mel Renfro and the league leader in pass interceptions, Washington's Paul Krause? In the past two games against the Cowboys and the Giants, Paul intercepted in crucial situations to clinch both games.
As for the "usually unemotional 'Skins' fans," you've got to be kidding. I lose three pounds a game watching the Redskins' style of cardiac football.
ROBERT H. MOSS
Silver Spring, Md.
Defensive men such as Paul Krause of Washington, Ben McGee and Chuck Hinton of Pittsburgh, Dick Evey of Chicago, Carl Eller of Minnesota, Ken Kortas of St. Louis, Mel Renfro of Dallas and one offensive lineman, Bob Brown of Philadelphia, should get the credit they deserve.
I think you should have included the top rookies in the AFL like Matt Snell, Al Denson, J. D. Garrett, Scott Appleton and others.