Watching his play and his life for 17 years, we just didn't see Brett Favre in that number 4 jersey. We saw our uncle, our brother-in-law or our fishing buddy. No, Brett wasn't the greatest quarterback ever to have played. He was just the greatest guy to ever play quarterback. We're going to miss you, Brett.
Scott Powell, Rexford, N.Y.
People would laugh when I said "we" won or lost a game because "You're not part of the team. You didn't win or lose." But I always felt like Brett Favre (Top of His Game, March 17) played for me, the fan, so, yes, we did win and lose together. Every emotion he felt, I felt with him. Brett, enjoy your retirement. We love you, respect you and, most of all, we will miss you.
Anna Garcia, Arbuckle, Calif.
As a Chicago Bears fan I look at Favre retiring and say, "Whew! Finally." But as a football fan I say, "Thanks for the memories."
Frank E. Schobert, Naperville, Ill.
The NBA will never replace Michael Jordan, and the NFL will never replace Brett Favre.
Craig Earl, North Logan, Utah
On page 62 I finally found what I have been looking for since his March 6 announcement: A photo of our favorite Packer taken on his retirement day, with a smile on his face. That's how it really looks when a man is ready to ride off into the sunset.
Karen Clark, Oconomowoc, Wis.
I have July 23 in the pool on when Favre will announce he is coming back.
Bill Kauzlarich, Farmington, Ill.
While I must compliment Keith Srakocic on a wonderful overhead photograph of Johnny Damon signing autographs (LEADING OFF, March 17), one thing about the shot bothered me. Of the nine hands extended through a fence, holding items to be signed, not one belonged to a child.
Robert Speirs, Winnipeg
I wonder how many of those balls Damon signed were listed on eBay an hour later.
Steve Mitchell, Las Vegas
Jack McCallum's article about how the Lakers and Kobe Bryant have turned things around this season ( L.A.'s Story, March 17) quotes coach Phil Jackson as saying of Bryant, "His style of leadership has matured." But it is easy being a leader when things are going well for your team. I think the true Kobe will surface once again.
Ed Sheahin, Adamstown, Md.
What a great set of articles on steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs in your March 17 issue. I was unaware of the early history and why usage spread so much in the 1980s. As a physical education teacher and coach, I now have additional information and resources I can use when talking to my students and players about steroids.
Aaron Holm, Boone, Iowa