Finally! I've been an Atlanta Falcons fan for 25 years, and during that time there had never been a cover featuring a Falcon in uniform, until now (Sept. 20). Even their magical 1998--99 Super Bowl run didn't make the cut.
Pete Riendeau Attleboro, Mass.
As soon as I pulled the magazine out of my mailbox and saw Michael Vick on the cover, I stuck it back in and went inside. Other athletes had a great opening week as well, but no Tom Brady, Daunte Culpepper, Curtis Martin or even Chad Pennington? Brady once again showed up Peyton Manning and garnered only a comment in Who's Hot (SI PLAYERS). When are these other guys going to get cover time and well-deserved praise?
Angel Morton, Richmond
Thank you, thank you for creating the SI Players section (Sept. 20). I went to college with Eagles defensive end N.D. Kalu. One day, as I sat with him at lunch, it struck me that here I was, talking to a future NFL draft pick about normal, everyday things. Yes, star athletes, like many celebrities, live lives that most of us can only dream of. But it's nice to be reminded that they too put their pants on one leg at a time.
Joel Allan, Los Angeles
Quick, get me the unintended irony department. Ty Law's workouts are very impressive, but the more lasting impression is his quote, "I don't have a problem leaving everything behind--my cars, my jewelry, my comforts of home--and just concentrating on myself." How courageous of him to sacrifice those things that bring him pleasure and instead dedicate his efforts to ... himself!
Dave Tuchler, Northbrook, Ill.