ONE MAN'S VICTORY
Congratulations to Pat Jordan for his frank but sensitive treatment of one athlete's struggle with himself (What Made Richie Run? Jan. 24).
The conditions of life sometimes prevent the most gifted among us from attaining cherished goals. However, as Richie Connors has demonstrated, both in his dedication to athletics and in his unwavering sense of personal worth, there can be even greater value for the individual in overcoming obstacles in the pursuit of an objective than in the mere fulfillment of that objective.
The message in the life of Richard Connors lies not in the circumstances of his tragedy but in the perseverance of will displayed in his triumph over addiction, imprisonment and the ensuing social rejection. He may never have had the opportunity to distinguish himself in the realm of professional football, but he has proved himself a champion in a larger sense.
A few days ago, I was deeply impressed by the speaker at our Police Athletic League football dinner. He seemed to speak directly to each boy about the values of participating in sports, about the values of living a clean life and, most of all, about how to learn to lose and then to win a game. Even his lighter remarks had meaning. The speaker was the Bridgeport Jets' Richie Connors, and we all applauded him.
Then I read your amazing article on Connors! It really shook me up to discover what he has been through. I am sorry it took him so long to find himself, but I am glad he did. My son is one of the Mount Snow boys, and he, too, voted Mr. Connors his favorite coach. Thank you for the insight.
SANDRA G. KRAKOFF
As a teen-ager who has read many articles and stories about the plights of drug users, both inside and outside the world of sports, I find this article to be one of the best. Let us just hope that it serves a higher purpose than that of merely entertaining the readers of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.
Little Neck, N.Y.
It was one of the finest, if not the finest, article I have ever read in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. I am of the younger generation (15 years old) and in love with sports just as Dick Connors was, but this article will make me think twice about drugs.
Pat Jordan's article shows in depth what drugs can do to your life. The fate of Richie Connors was a happy one but, unfortunately, this is not usually the case with most drug addicts. I have read many of your articles, but I got more out of this one than any of your others. Thank you for printing it.
Richie Connors played the game of football beautifully—but he plays the game of life even better.
East Lansing, Mich.
MR. BRUNDAGE'S OLYMPICS
Mr. Brundage rules by a double standard. There can be little difference between allowing Martini, the name of a sponsor of the Sestriere FIS event, to appear on the bibs of the skiers (The Big Man Lowers His Olympic Boom, Jan. 17) and allowing the name of the television network that pays a huge sum for the broadcast rights to the Games to appear on the television screen in the form of a logo on overlays, microphones, TV cameras and announcers' blazers. In addition, the network is allowed to sell advertising time to sponsors whose commercials are aired during the televising of the events. If Brundage were to apply the same criterion of amateurism to the organization and staging of the Olympics, then where would the Games be?