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February 03, 1997
Elway is the only quarterback who got to the super Bowl three times on the strength of his arm alone. DAVID HOWE, Bertha, Minn.
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Elway is the only quarterback who got to the super Bowl three times on the strength of his arm alone.
DAVID HOWE, Bertha, Minn.

John Elway
To me, Denver's John Elway always was a poseur. Now Rick Reilly has to come along and wreck my I-hate-John-Elway way of thinking. Thanks for a superb article (A Great Run, Dec. 30-Jan. 6).

Surely you could have shown more compassion for Browns-in-exile fans by choosing a cover photo other than one showing a brown-and-orange-clad pursuer trying to stop number 7. No doubt Elway completed the pass on third-and-long.
BILL MARTIN, Worthington, Ohio

Reilly states that Elway never had a Jerry Rice to throw to or a Guy McIntyre to block for him and that, had Montana played in Denver, he would have been out of football by the time he was 28, while Elway would have been successful in San Francisco. But in Super Bowls XVI and XIX, Montana's receivers were Dwight Clark and Freddie Solomon, and the guys protecting him included Keith Fahnhorst and John Ayers, not exactly Hall of Famers. In fact, in Super Bowl XVI, Roger Craig was not even a part of Montana's arsenal. So what happens this year when Elway finally gets his thousand-yard runner (Terrell Davis) and outstanding receivers (Anthony Miller and Shannon Sharpe)? The Broncos lose to an expansion team in the playoffs.

Renaming the franchise the Denver Elways would only begin to pay the debt the Broncos owe Elway. I actually thought the Broncos had a good chance against the Jacksonville Jaguars, down 10 with 3:39 left—just because of Elway.
BRIAN MONE, Carlsbad, Calif.

Reilly left out a very important adjective in his description of John Elway: selfish. As Colts fans remember, it was Elway who spurned their franchise, which drafted him when he came out of Stanford, and demanded to be traded. If Elway never wins a Super Bowl, it will be too soon. Keep giving the Vince Lombardi Trophy to quarterbacks like Troy Aikman and Steve Young, players who care more about winning for the team than about being the best quarterback ever to play the game.
M. ANDREW REDMOND, Woodsboro, Md.

In defense of Dan Reeves, he was hired to win games and not to enhance Elway's statistics. He took those mediocre players you wrote about and, with Elway, fused them into winners who rose higher than they should have. Isn't that what coaches are supposed to do?

NHL Helmets
Let me get this straight: There are men who fly around the ice at 25 mph while what we playfully call "enforcers" are hunting them down, and these men still refuse to wear a truly protective helmet (Heads Up!, Dec. 30-Jan. 6)? Maybe the cliché is right: Jocks are stupid.
KEVIN RANSOM, Lock Haven, Pa.

Now I know how Wayne Gretzky scored a beautiful Hollywood wife. It was the helmet. How could she resist!
DORN McGAW, East Lansing, Mich.

Forget the mirror test. Forget the informed freedom of choice. Standardized helmet use should be a must in the NHL, just as it is in the NFL.

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