Congratulations to SI and Dan Jenkins on the fine article on the greatest quarterback ever (The Best of Them All, Nov. 10). It's a pity all football fans do not realize the achievements of Fran Tarkenton, not only as a passer, runner or play-caller but as a human being.
As a longtime Viking and Fran Tarkenton fan, I thank you for the cover picture and well-written article. Tarkenton is finally getting the recognition he deserves.
Former Minnesota Viking Coach Norm Van Brocklin said it all about Fran Tarkenton: "He'll win some games that he shouldn't win and he'll lose some games that he shouldn't lose." That's Fran in a nutshell. Dan Jenkins can throw all the statistics he wants at us, but the real criteria for greatness is winning the big ones.
BILL ST. ANGELO
If you recall what happened to Tarkenton against the Steeler defense last Jan. 12 in New Orleans, you can imagine how he would fare against a schedule of top teams instead of having a Cakewalk. Fran not only lost that big game, he was humiliated.
Fayette City, Pa.
Bravo on your article. Fran Tarkenton has been the most underrated quarterback in football. In the past he has been blamed for everything from defeats to the San Francisco earthquake. But his records will speak louder than words, even Van Brocklin's words.
WILLIAM G. PAPA
Glen Ridge, N.J.
HUSKING THE CORN
I enjoyed Douglas Looney's articles on Nebraska football and its super fan Charles Winkler (Plainly Stated, It's Nebraska, Nov. 10). I even accept the ever-popular geographic description of Nebraska as 500 miles of tundra sparsely populated by a few red-clad nomads. But allow me to offer a word of caution to anyone desirous of vacationing in Nebraska after reading Looney's list of things to do in the state. His assertion that one can "go to any town and applaud the changing traffic signal" is a bit inaccurate since at last count only 28% of the towns in Nebraska had traffic signals. Much safer advice would be to "sit on a fence and wait for a pheasant to fly up." People come here from all over the country to do that.
The assessment that Nebraska is nothing but a "landscape of wall-to-wall dust" is about all that could be expected. Come to the Platte River Valley area and we'll show you farmland that provides food for you city folks.
MRS. CARL GANGWISH
Did Douglas Looney really think he could get away with the insults he aimed at Nebraska?
We Nebraskans have a simpler way of putting it: "The beauty of Nebraska is that there is nothing, but nothing, to obstruct your view of the scenery."
Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
I found it amusing that Nebraska super fan Charlie Winkler was pictured wearing what is known down South as a Bear Bryant hat.
TERRY L. JOHNSON