Thanks to Rick Telander for the excellent article on New Jersey
Generals quarterback Jim Kelly (Life With Lord Jim, July 21).
Although I'm not an avid supporter of the USFL, there is no doubt in
my mind that Kelly is the best quarterback in any pro league. His
great ability, combined with the wide-open run-and-shoot offense, has
created nonstop excitement for fans like me who love those 500-yard
passing games. Watching him pick apart defenses and ring up points is
seeing football at its best -- regardless of league.
Kelly in the same class as Dan Fouts and Dan Marino? Surely you
jest. How can you compare a man who has never played a down of real
professional football with the NFL's best?
While playing in the USFL, Kelly has gotten his big passing
statistics by throwing through secondaries routinely dissected by
former NFL players like Cliff Stoudt. Fouts and Marino meanwhile have
had to throw through the likes of Mike Haynes, Lester Hayes and
Granted, passing for 5,000 yards is quite an achievement in any
league, but let's not forget the dramatic impact that the last member
of the 5,000-yard club -- CFL variety -- has had on the NFL. Has
anyone heard Warren Moon being compared with the NFL's best
Wappingers Falls, N.Y.
I agree that Kelly is a good quarterback. But if he thinks the
Generals can score 35 points against the Chicago Bears, he has been
in the USFL too long.
JOHN E. WHITE
Michigan City, Ind.
Isn't it interesting that Kelly and three of the great
quarterbacks he is % compared with -- Dan Marino, Joe Montana and
Joe Namath -- all grew up within a radius of some 35 miles in
Beaver Falls, Pa.
Kelly was right when he said, ''Buffalo needs more than me, more
than a quarterback,'' but how are teams supposed to rebuild when
players like Kelly are interested only in money and playing on teams
that are proven winners?
Getting Kelly in a Bills uniform would be a step toward
respectability for a franchise and a city that are badly in need of
a new beginning. Come on, Jim, why don't you climb down off your
high horse and get out of that pickup league and help us recapture
our championship ways.