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Michael Vick deserves respect because he is exactly what the NFL needs in a quarterback. He has a cannon for an arm and the legs of a running back. Instead of sliding to the ground before tacklers get him, Vick will juke out the defender or just flat-out outrun him.
Benjamin R. Blair, Bluefield, Va.
Maybe Michael Vick gets too much respect. He went to the Pro Bowl last season on reputation, not merit. Consider his stats: 2,313 passing yards (fewer than the immortal Josh McCown); 14 touchdowns (behind part-time Titans QB Billy Volek and retreads Brian Griese and Kerry Collins). And his sack total of 46--tied for second most in the NFL--seems extremely high for a player touted as being so elusive. Meanwhile, according to your ranking of highest-paid athletes, Vick earned $30.1 million last season, compared with Tom Brady's $15.5 million. Patriots owner Bob Kraft may be careless with his Super Bowl rings, but he runs circles around Falcons owner Arthur Blank as a shrewd businessman.
William Wells, Richmond
Is Vick the most electrifying player in the game? Yes. Is he a quality quarterback? I'm afraid the answer is no.
Andrew Menzoni, Vineland, N.J.
Jonah Freedman's list of highest-paid U.S. athletes made a sad point (The Fortunate 50, July 4). The top 10 make a combined total of more than $390 million per year, and yet only two of them are listed in the top 10 charitable foundations organized and funded by active pro athletes (for a total of $12.5 million or roughly .03% of their combined earnings).
Andy Dean, Jamaica Plain, Mass.
You failed to list Michelle Wie under "It Won't Be Long." The moment she turns pro she will sign an endorsement deal that will no doubt make her the No. 1 female athlete in earnings.