My favorite player, Peyton Manning, will certainly be inducted into the Hall of Fame as soon as he's eligible. But after reading about Tom Mackie's crusade for Floyd Little, I wish Manning's walk into Canton weren't going to be so easy—just so I could show the same loyalty for my hero that Mackie did for his.
Sara Nguyen, Harrisburg, Pa.
I'm very upset with Gary Smith for writing about Tom Mackie's insane devotion to Floyd Little and Mackie's crusade to get Little into the Hall of Fame (The Unexpected Hero, July 26). Now I need to quit my job and begin researching 54 facts to support the candidacy of linebacker Chris Spielman. And either Smith or Mackie is going to have to explain my decision to my wife because I won't be able to do it with such eloquence.
Steve Brown, Fair Lawn, N.J.
Gary Smith's story is one of the many reasons I subscribe to SI. I was reading it yesterday when my wife passed by. "You're crying," she said. "Sad story?"
"No," I replied. "Happy one!"
Walt Brown, Roseville, Calif.
Floyd Little shouldn't have been angry about Benny Friedman and Fritz Pollard going into Canton instead of him in 2005. Friedman was the outstanding pro football player of his time—in 1929 Giants owner Tim Mara bought the Detroit Wolverines just to acquire Friedman. Pollard was the first African-American coach in the NFL and one of the first African-American players in the league. Walter Camp said he was among the greatest runners he had ever seen.
Abbot Friedland, New York City
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