FOR DEC. 1, 2014
Having grown up with family members who suffered serious mental illness, I want to thank George Dohrmann for his compelling article on Chris Craig (A Coach Unbalanced). It gave a great perspective on how a mind so brilliant can also bring both blessings and burdens.
Jack William Walker, Fort Worth
I enjoyed L. Jon Wertheim's interview with Jerry Kill (SCORECARD). I was a student at Southern Illinois University in 2005 when Coach Kill was first diagnosed with epilepsy and was always impressed by his effort. Now reading about his charity work has only increased my respect for him.
Downers Grove, Ill.
As the sports editor for UC Santa Barbara's independent student newspaper, The Daily Nexus, I was both thrilled and disappointed when I read your piece on Gauchos center Alan Williams(Beast of the Beach). Thrilled, because Big Al is finally getting the national recognition he deserves, but disappointed because the story I planned to write has now been so greatly told.
Mark Salay, Goleta, Calif.
Thank you for the cover story on Jordy Nelson. I thought it was interesting that both the Nelson piece and the article on Alan Williams spoke to their strong family backgrounds, work ethic and lives outside sports. I will be sharing both stories with my sons.
Jay S. Daughtry
While I enjoyed Steve Rushin's rundown of weird NHL player names, he omitted two former league journeymen: a man whose last name is an adjective used to describe hell getting chilly (Jeff Friesen) and another with the name of that locale's most famous resident (Miroslav Satan).
New York City
Rushin's column was terrific, but how could he have overlooked former NHL netminder Pete Peeters?
Due to an editing error, Wisconsin running back Dare Ogunbowale was misidentified as teammate Melvin Gordon in a photo in the Dec. 8 issue. SI regrets the error.
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ILLUSTRATION BY ALEX NABAUM
TODD ROSENBERG FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (COVER)
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