I fully enjoyed Douglas S. Looney's article on the Morris brothers (The Fearsome Foursome, Aug. 24). Having had the opportunity to run against three of them, I'm pleased to see they are being recognized for their great achievements. The team spirit they generate is fantastic. It's wonderful to see these guys all using their talents to the fullest and I wish them the best of luck.
Having lived in Ayer, Mass., I'm well aware of the Morris brothers' reputation both on and off the field. In this day it's hard to find one gifted athlete who is modest, unselfish and hardworking, much less four such athletes in one household! The Morris brothers are a credit to their family, their friends, their school and themselves. My only hope is that they will share the same wisdom with their children that their father imparted to them when he said, "I want to be the best soldier I can be." With the Morrises as examples, I know that my children will see that success doesn't breed success; hard work does.
I have covered the Morris brothers for many years for local papers, and they are sensational.
In discussing Mike Morris' track records, you referred to Darren Walker, former National High School Federation 100-meter-dash champion, as "the senior Stanford running back." This is incorrect. The Darren Walker who set the 100-meter record of 10.4 in the 1980 Maryland State Class AA track and field meet attended Meade High School in Fort Meade, Md. and was a freshman this past academic year at the University of Maryland. This summer he ran a personal best of 10.21 while placing fourth in the 100 meters at the National Sports Festival in Syracuse.
Meade High School
Fort Meade, Md.
Darren Walker, the Stanford running back? Surely SI has heard of Darrin Nelson, the real Stanford running back. After all, Nelson was the first college player to rush for more than 1,000 yards and catch 50 passes in a single season, something he now has done twice.
Nelson, who is listed at 5'9", 185 pounds, has about the same build as Joe Morris. He also has a younger brother following in his footsteps. Kevin Nelson starred as a freshman tailback last year at UCLA.
Mountain View, Calif.
?Right. We got the Nelson brothers sorted out in our college football scouting reports (The Top 20), Aug. 31).—ED.
HADEN & CO.
Finally someone has taken the time to give Pat Haden the credit he deserves (L.A. Will Stand Pat, Aug. 24). Ram Coach Ray Malavasi may fall asleep during an interview (SCORECARD, Aug. 24), but on the football field he knows exactly what to do. He has built one of the best defenses in all of the NFL, and Haden and the explosive Ram offense can score points as well as anyone can. I'm looking forward to seeing a lot more of the Rams in SI as they breeze through the NFC West and then go on to victory in the Super Bowl.
BERNELL B. HIRNING
Mott, N. Dak.
I think the fans in Anaheim should be ashamed of themselves for the way they treat Pat Haden. Pat belongs to a much higher class of quarterbacks than does Vince Ferragamo. To show it, Haden remains loyal to his team while Ferragamo is getting "rich" in Canada.
Your cover shows Wendell Tyler "ramming ahead." Maybe the only reason he's gaining yardage is because the Cowboys' Randy White apparently is being illegally held by a Ram lineman. Maybe the Rams would have done better to hold on to Vince Ferragamo.
JOHN R. CURRENT