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JaMarcus Russell needs to understand that he'll never be successful in anything if he doesn't learn how to take responsibility for his actions. If he wants to play in the NFL, he should be working out and selling himself to any team that will take him, even teams outside the NFL.
Donny Martin, Charlotte
I read your article about JaMarcus Russell (The Man Who Isn't There, Oct. 31) twice, trying to figure out why he is so disliked, and for the life of me I don't understand. Fans support other troubled players, who have committed crimes like assault or illegal possession of a firearm, but then get up in arms over a little youthful laziness. Russell is better off away from people whose values are so distorted.
Allison Brammer, Minneapolis
Your article on Russell made me look past popular belief and view the fallen star as more than a caricature. Russell seems to be honest about what went wrong in Oakland, and that is certainly better than being cagey.
I believe the media gives far too much credit to NASCAR for being on the cutting edge of racing safety after Dale Earnhardt's fatal crash in 2001 (SCORECARD, Oct. 31). For example, the HANS device was developed in the 1980s and was first worn by Jim Downing while driving in the IMSA racing series. CART later adopted it in 2000. The SAFER wall was first sponsored by the IRL in 1998 and was installed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in time for the 2002 Indianapolis 500.
Donald Allen, Urbana, Ill.