WALKER IN STRIDE
As a devoted Generals follower, I read with great interest Douglas S. Looney's May 27 cover story A Runner On A Roll. With national exposure like this, maybe more people will realize that Herschel Walker is the most talented running back in professional football.
I can hardly wait for the fall of '86, when people will further realize that the USFL is the more exciting pro football league. Watch out, Jets and Giants!
RICHARD E. RUGGERI
Many thanks to Doug Looney for the article on Herschel Walker. I, too, thought he was losing it. But I apologize to Herschel, because even though I'm from Boston, Doug Flutie isn't the only General I watch.
I have been one of Herschel Walker's biggest fans since he was a freshman at Georgia, and I'm glad to see that finally his critics are being forced to cat their words. I just hope he eventually does go to the NFL, so he can prove he is bettter than Walter Payton.
If Herschel Walker were having the same kind of season in the NFL that he's having in the USFL, I might be impressed. I have tried to be objective while watching several USFL games this year, but there is no comparison with the NFL in terms of player quality. Until Walker plays against the best, who cares?
I can't believe you put Herschel Walker on the cover. Stories about the Useless Football League shouldn't even be in your fine publication, let alone on the cover.
Ugh. A football cover on Memorial Day weekend. Down with the USFL.
Surf City, N.J.
JIM FIXX'S LEGACY
I congratulate Dan Levin (The Telltale Heart, May 20) for having the courage to determine, conclusively, whether his chest pain was a sign of serious heart trouble. I'm glad it wasn't. For an athlete, it is particularly frightening to think that a doctor might tell him he must curtail an exercise program in order to avoid a heart attack. The quality of life, rather than its length, suddenly becomes even more important.
When our bodies send us distress signals, it is tempting and far too easy to rationalize the signs as insignificant. My father, Jim Fixx, was acutely responsive to his body's minor annoyances, but he tried to ignore chest discomfort. The lesson, at least for me, is that it is better to learn the truth and adjust our lifestyles, than to suffer the anxiety of ambiguity. After all, we can't hide from our bodies.
If Levin or anyone else lives more happily or more sensibly because of my father's tragic experience, my father would be pleased.