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After watching Walker's terrific performance for the Vikings on Nov. 18 [99 yards, one touchdown in a 24-21 defeat of the Seattle Seahawks], I felt sorry for him. A flash of the old brilliance lashed out against the wave of criticism that has engulfed him these past few weeks. For one day he triumphed over a system and a team that, deliberately or not, hold him back from achieving his full potential.
I'm a Florida Gator fan, and Herschel Walker broke my heart and brought tears to my eyes with his performances against us in the 1980, '81 and '82 Georgia-Florida games—all Bulldog wins, thanks to Walker. Nevertheless, I have a great respect and admiration for him. He's one of a dying breed of true role models. Minnesota, you just don't know what you've got.
THE ITALIAN STALLION
Unfortunately, the images projected by these films involve negative and fictional characterizations of professional boxing. These damaging portrayals include fighters dying in the ring, punch-drunk ex-champions, cornermen performing eye surgery, double-digit knockdowns and enough blood and gore to satisfy any horror-film fanatic. People who have never been to a prizefight are left with the impression that all are as violent and abusive as Rocky's title bouts.
Years of reading your magazine cover-to-cover has broadened my sports horizons. Nowadays I appreciate and enjoy features on a variety of athletic endeavors. But, yo, editor! Sylvester Stallone and his mammoth ego? Nobody's horizons should be that broad.