Speaking of "brainy but immature" quarterbacks (that's how your Sept. 13 Scouting Report describes St. Louis Cardinal signal-caller Charley Johnson), I think it only fair to point out that recently Johnson hurled six TD passes, one shy of the NFL mark, to lead the Big Red to a smashing 49-13 rout of Dr. Frank Ryan and the defending champion Cleveland Browns. We Cardinal football fans trust that SI will now recognize "Chucking" Charley for his maturity as well as his brains.
If you are going to write about a pro quarterback, why not Bart Starr of the Packers? First you write a feature on Y.A. Tittle and now Frank Ryan. Starr is the most underrated quarterback in either league. Ask the best coach—Vince Lombardi.
"The Packers," you say, "came back in the second half for a 41-9 victory and underlined their rating as the best team in football" (Those Fearsome New Packers, Sept. 27). It may well be that this lopsided-conquest did more to establish Pittsburgh's rating as one of the worst teams in football.
Isn't it about time NFL supporters realize that a growing number of fans no longer accept a team's claim to national superiority merely because that team shows well in National League playgrounds? Let them prove their right to thrust their noses in the air by actually rubbing the noses of the AFL champs into the turf in gridiron battle.
DON J. HUMAN
I read with interest Tex Maule's article about the "fearsome" Packers. Since Maule and Lombardi are such vehement knockers of the AFL and the article emphasized the Packers' drafting programs, I would like to cite a few facts.
In 1964 the Packers drafted and failed to sign the following "top" players: Larry Elkins, drafted second, signed by Houston, and Alphonse Dotson, drafted third, signed by Kansas City. In 1963 the Packers lost three of their top choices to the AFL: Jon Morris, drafted second, signed by Boston; Ode Burrell, drafted third, signed by Houston; and Joe O'Donnell, drafted third (trade from Giants), signed by Buffalo.
And speaking of young quarterbacks with the "equipment," the Packers also drafted and failed to sign Daryle Lamonica of the Buffalo Bills.
For a league which Maule and Lombardi often criticize, the AFL seems to have acquired quite a few players that were highly regarded by Mr. Lombardi.
Lake Worth, Fla.
Your praises of Lloyd Cardwell as the college football "legend" of the Midwest (Scouting Reports, Sept. 20) fell on the very receptive ears of one who often spent his dollar to sit in the end zone of the University of Nebraska stadium and watch The Wild Hoss rampage back in the '30s. Although he could not do anything but run, there was no one else to match him in that. However, even though The Wild Hoss was a boyhood hero, I must reject your implication that Jay Berwanger owes his greater reputation to a better publicist. I was lucky enough to see that 1935 Chicago-Nebraska game and came away with the feeling that in Berwanger I had seen a real All-America. Despite the fact that his ineffectual teammates could neither block nor tackle with any degree of skill and even dropped perfectly executed passes thrown to wide-open receivers in the end zone, never once did he give less than 100% of himself and an equal amount of leadership to the other Chicago players. He was truly magnificent.
The Wild Hoss need apologize to no one, but Jay Berwanger was his peer.
KENNETH F. HANST JR.