The Carson Show
Thanks, SI, for your story on The Rehabilitation of Carson Palmer (May 29). As a long-suffering Cincinnati Bengals fan, my heart broke on that awful day in January when Palmer left the field only moments into the game. Now that I have read about Palmer's determination and drive, I know he'll be back. Give 'em hell, Carson! Prove all those doubters wrong.
Barb Forthofer, Chillicothe, Ohio
I got the mail as I was coming back from my rehab center, and there was Palmer on the cover of SI. I tore my anterior crucial ligament playing volleyball three months ago--just as college recruiters were coming to look at my team. It was the worst feeling of my life. Reading Carson's story will help motivate me to never give up.
Allie Jonynas, Orland Park, Ill.
Although I'm a loyal Steelers fan, when Palmer was knocked out of the playoff game, my heart sank. I knew that no matter how badly the Steelers beat the Bengals, there would always be a "what if" looming over the result. I wish Palmer a speedy recovery--and when he comes back, Cincinnati fans will see that with or without their gutsy quarterback, the Bengals are no match for the Steelers.
Jim Shearer, New York City
Man and Beast
Two great athletes--Palmer and Barbaro (Shattered Hopes)--suffering severe leg injuries will be forever linked in your May 29 issue. Even the photos are eerily similar: pictures of each just after a horrific injury; Barbaro being lowered into a pool for rehab, and Carson on the cover rehabbing in a pool. Here's hoping both recover.
Mary Jo Berman, Warwick, R.I.