It really warmed my heart to read Tex Maule's article Tomorrow's Generals (Feb. 15). I'm not a Cowboy fan, but it is evident that Gil Brandt, Maule's source, knows what he is talking about when it comes to evaluating pro material. Archie Manning is the best young pro prospect, and that's a fact.
Here in Mississippi we've known all along that Archie is good, but to have him made a Saint in our lifetime is enough to boggle the mind.
How dare Gil Brandt say that Archie Manning is a better quarterback than Jim Plunkett! Jim played 10 times tougher opponents for three years and came through without a scratch, while Archie played Puff State and the like and got hurt.
Mr. Brandt should be scouting girls' sewing circles—or else he needs glasses.
Santa Ana, Calif.
The order of the draft shows that Jim Plunkett is the No. 1 college quarterback.
ROBERT C. JOHNSON
Menlo Park, Calif.
All right, Tex Maule, I'll give you the benefit of the doubt. I'll assume that the only reason Cleveland's Mike Phipps was left off the list of top young quarterbacks is because those who were listed are only "prospects" for stardom. Phipps is a certainty for stardom.
The only thing that will hold Mike Phipps out of the Cleveland backfield next year will be a "full" Nelson (and maybe not even that).
Fort Wayne, Ind.
Thank you for your recognition of Dennis Shaw, the NFL's Rookie of the Year and quarterback for the Buffalo Bills. Shaw truly possesses all the natural talent, confidence and leadership needed to become a superstar. We who have followed Dennis through his first professional season have little doubt that he will be tomorrow's general.
I fail to understand the emphasis placed on speed by Gil Brandt in rating quarterbacks when the best in the game today has trouble walking up stairs—Joe Namath.
JOSEPH M. BUCZ
The ridiculous thing about the whole article is that Tex Maule bases his statements on the judgment of Gil Brandt, chief scout of the Dallas Cowboys. As the old saying goes, "If you are so damn smart, why aren't you rich?" Of the 26 teams in the NFL, Dallas ranks about 26th, quarterbackwise.