The article by Alfred Wright on page 84 deals with a man popularly called "Whizzer" when he graduated from the University of Colorado in 1937. Exactly 25 years later he is properly called "Mr. Justice."
The evolution from the sports page sobriquet of 1937 to the majestic title of 1962 makes a special kind of happy news this week, when Mr. Justice Byron R. "Whizzer" White is twice honored—with the Silver Goal Posts of this magazine's Silver Anniversary All-America and the Gold Medal of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame.
The Gold Medal, awarded "In recognition of a lifetime of devotion to American Intercollegiate Football," has previously gone to President Kennedy, former Presidents Eisenhower and Hoover, General MacArthur and Amos Alonzo Stagg.
Our purpose here is to appeal to all of those who see a connection between performance on the college football field and performance afterward on the larger fields of life. There is no better exemplar of that connection than Justice White.
He has said, "Football is a game and a very exciting and enjoyable one. But for the player it is experience, too—experience with his own character and personality, experience with other people and of theirs with him and experience which repeatedly exposes him to demands for exceptional performance within the established rules of the game. Few have suffered from it. Many have gained immeasurably."
By no coincidence Justice White receives in one week two honors: for the prime purpose of the Foundation is "to preserve and dignify the game as an integral part of our educational processes" and the Silver Anniversary All-America aims to "emphasize the human values in which athletics and education are joined."
Now comes the plea.
Another purpose of the National Football Foundation is the construction of a Hall of Fame Building. In New Brunswick, N. J., where the Foundation presently has temporary quarters, this building will overlook the field on which Rutgers and Princeton played the first game of intercollegiate football. Designed by Edward Durell Stone, whose internationally acclaimed works include the Museum of Modern Art, the American Pavilion at the Brussels World's Fair and the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, the Hall of Fame is a $2,000,000 project, for which $400,000 has already been pledged.
Thus, it's first down and $1,600,000 to go.
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, already sharing one common cause with the National Football Foundation, is pleased to share in furthering another. We will receive gratefully and transmit promptly contributions (which are tax deductible) toward taking the Football Hall of Fame across the goal line.