DORSETT VS. BELL
Isn't the first week of November a little early to be handing out the Heisman Trophy? In Myron Cope's 1,656-word Heisman snow job in favor of Tony Dorsett (My, How He Does Run On, Nov. 8), he generously allots Ricky Bell all of 36 words. Let's see who goes highest in the draft and makes a greater impact in the NFL.
Santa Monica, Calif.
The Heisman Trophy should not be handed out until everyone gets to see Ricky Bell run against UCLA and Notre Dame. As much as one might wish to honor Dorsett for his fantastic career, Bell did run for 1,875 yards last year. And Ricky, not Tony, might now be the alltime leading rusher if USC had not had a tailback named Anthony Davis in 1973 and 1974. So, let's reserve judgment.
I can only be thankful that it was Archie Griffin who won back-to-back Heisman honors. Griffin was proud of his Heisman "book-ends," but he also was always generous with praise of his teammates. He stated that he would gladly have traded his personal honors for a No. 1 rating for his Ohio State team. Unfortunately, those dreams fell short.
Tony Dorsett, on the other hand, does not paint a picture of an ideal athlete concerned With teamwork or support of his fellow players. Instead, he chooses a vain self-portrayal of wanting Tony to be No. 1. In one brief quote he uses the word "I" nine times. Dorsett has an enormous talent. It is too bad that he also has an enormous mouth and ego.
Although much of Dorsett's yardage is gained via his own expertise, Myron Cope forgot to mention the people who block for the Hawk. The teamwork of George Messich, John Hanhauser, Joe Stone, John Pelusi, Tom Brzoza, Art Bortnick and Matt Carroll on the offensive line allows Dorsett to burst into the secondary and rewrite the NCAA record book.
JOHN DI STAZIO
I am a Michigan fan, but in my opinion Tony Dorsett is the only real choice for the Heisman Trophy. Dorsett has got to be the outstanding college football player of the last four years.
To quote from Myron Cope's description of the final period of the Pitt- Syracuse game: "Third and one on the Pitt 11...Hurley handed off to James Sessler.... Nothing. On fourth down it was Sessler again. And again nothing. Saved by its defense, Pitt...."
Your article should have read, "Saved by the referees, Pitt...." Game films show conclusively that Sessler's forward motion brought him to the nine-yard line, more than enough for a first down both times.
Your Nov. 8 cover photo of Tony Dorsett was great. But who or what are the apes in the upper right-hand corner?
I know Tony makes monkeys of opponents, but his own fans? That's ridiculous.