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Our family noted with pleasure that Tedy Bruschi was on the cover (Jan. 24) two weeks after your story Every Team Needs a Bruschi (Jan. 10). Tedy was no doubt too humble to mention he is also tops as a community volunteer. Several times during the past year our son, Dan, has participated in events emceed by Tedy for the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital--the rehab facility used by the Patriots. At each event Tedy spent time talking to people, posing for pictures and signing autographs. He couldn't have been nicer.
Denise and Ted Winston, Wakefield, R.I.
Congratulations and thank you to Bill Frakes for the photograph of the Atlanta Falcons' offensive line (See How They Run, Jan. 24). Every now and then we get to see a picture that shows the artistry and precision of offensive line blocking.
Karl Taro Greenfeld's article on 14-year-old basketball player Demetrius Walker (The Fast Track, Jan. 24) contained the lines "I shouldn't be writing this. You shouldn't be reading it." You know, you're right. So I didn't. Why didn't you make the same easy call?
Steve Laffey, St. Louis
Your story on Walker raises compelling issues regarding the speed of advancement by today's talented young athletes, but Greenfeld focuses on the potential for failure. I would like to commend D for having passion and purpose in his life. Far too often young peoples' lack of direction, goals or aspirations leads to tragedy. We all might be able to learn something from this young man's discipline and motivation in his attempt to achieve his goals.