I think we can all learn something from Mike Powell when it comes to pursuing goals and giving your all. While I respect the talented athletes who compete in events like the Super Bowl and win championships, I really wish I had some of Powell's inner strength, determination and drive.
Jay B. O'Neal, Deerfield, Ill.
As one of Powell's former wrestlers, it was an honor to read your article (Man in Full, Feb. 13) and reflect on how blessed I am to have been taught by him. My proudest accomplishments under him came not on the wrestling mat but in the ways in which he helped me as a person. He taught me that every day is a battle worth fighting and that whether you're battling a muscle-eating disease, an opponent two feet in front of you or a math exam, your success depends on the character and effort you bring.
Aaron Minnis, Oak Park, Ill.
Chris Ballard's story is a timely counterpoint to Phil Taylor's POINT AFTER from the Jan. 9 issue on the doubts many youth coaches are having in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. People like Powell tend to change the world around them. I can only hope that he inspires others to take on the responsibilities of coaching and that they can have a similar positive influence on our youth.
Ralph Chester, Hoover, Ala.
Thank you for your wonderful feature on David Freese (The New Man in St. Louis, Feb. 13). The big smile on Freese's face mirrors that of all Cardinals fans. Four months later we are still walking around with that grin, one that even the free-spending Angels can't wipe off.
Jeff Hohl, Toledo
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