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Fantastic 4
Watching his play and his life for 17 years, we just didn't see Brett Favre in that number 4 jersey. We saw our uncle, our brother-in-law or our fishing buddy. No, Brett wasn't the greatest quarterback ever to have played. He was just the greatest guy to ever play quarterback. We're going to miss you, Brett.
Scott Powell, Rexford, N.Y.

People would laugh when I said "we" won or lost a game because "You're not part of the team. You didn't win or lose." But I always felt like Brett Favre (Top of His Game, March 17) played for me, the fan, so, yes, we did win and lose together. Every emotion he felt, I felt with him. Brett, enjoy your retirement. We love you, respect you and, most of all, we will miss you.
Anna Garcia, Arbuckle, Calif.

As a Chicago Bears fan I look at Favre retiring and say, "Whew! Finally." But as a football fan I say, "Thanks for the memories."
Frank E. Schobert, Naperville, Ill.

The NBA will never replace Michael Jordan, and the NFL will never replace Brett Favre.
Craig Earl, North Logan, Utah

On page 62 I finally found what I have been looking for since his March 6 announcement: A photo of our favorite Packer taken on his retirement day, with a smile on his face. That's how it really looks when a man is ready to ride off into the sunset.
Karen Clark, Oconomowoc, Wis.

I have July 23 in the pool on when Favre will announce he is coming back.
Bill Kauzlarich, Farmington, Ill.

Manly Pursuits
While I must compliment Keith Srakocic on a wonderful overhead photograph of Johnny Damon signing autographs (LEADING OFF, March 17), one thing about the shot bothered me. Of the nine hands extended through a fence, holding items to be signed, not one belonged to a child.
Robert Speirs, Winnipeg

I wonder how many of those balls Damon signed were listed on eBay an hour later.
Steve Mitchell, Las Vegas

Turning Point
Jack McCallum's article about how the Lakers and Kobe Bryant have turned things around this season (L.A.'s Story, March 17) quotes coach Phil Jackson as saying of Bryant, "His style of leadership has matured." But it is easy being a leader when things are going well for your team. I think the true Kobe will surface once again.
Ed Sheahin, Adamstown, Md.

Steroid Nation
What a great set of articles on steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs in your March 17 issue. I was unaware of the early history and why usage spread so much in the 1980s. As a physical education teacher and coach, I now have additional information and resources I can use when talking to my students and players about steroids.
Aaron Holm, Boone, Iowa

When justifying his dealing steroids (The Godfather, March 17), former powerlifter Tony Fitton asks, "Life isn't fair, so why should sports be fair?" Because sports is our getaway from real life, our safe haven and escape. Steroid use, however, blurs that boundary.
Gage Rodriguez, Ashton, La.

I am a doctor and hormone specialist who believes the crackdown on athletes is only hurting the accessibility to hormones for those Americans who can really benefit from them. Bioidentical hormones (hormones that are naturally produced by the body) taken in proper doses not only improve quality of life but also can prevent many age-related disease processes. If we still lived a natural existence by ignoring advancements in science and medicine, the average life expectancy would be less than 50, as it was in 1900.
Kenton Bruice, Denver

As a medical professional, I laughed out loud while reading Mark Gordon's justification for prescribing steroids and HGH. To place these drugs in the same category with medications that lower blood pressure is absurd. Blood pressure medications have proven lifesaving benefits while steroids and HGH appear to do the opposite.
Don Anderson, Mahtomedi, Minn.

The logical outcome of the medical developments you describe in your story on the potential of genetic engineering (The Future, March 17) will not just be "larger-than-life behemoths swatting 600-foot home runs." It will be the waning of public interest in elite physical competition. When genetic engineering comes to determine strength and speed, we will no longer idolize the strongest and fastest.
Robert Brantl, Irvington, N.Y.

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