FOR DEC. 11, 2017
The earlier Legacy Award winners—including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Russell and Jack Nicklaus—are iconic figures who were the best of their respective eras. So I wonder how SI could disparage the greatness and dignity of these giants by giving the same award to Colin Kaepernick, a backup quarterback who protests an injustice with an act of disrespect toward his country, flag and national anthem.
Jim Kendig, LANCASTER, PA.
When the controversy surrounding Kaepernick's protest initially gripped the country, I, unlike many, didn't take a firm stance on either side. Nonetheless I always felt the act itself was juvenile and doubted that Kaepernick was changing the world for the better. Upon reading about his charitable contributions, I've discovered that I could not have been more mistaken (The Kap Effect). While there are still some things (such as his choice of socks) that I don't agree with, your article has demonstrated what he has stood for all along. Kudos to Colin and kudos to SI for providing clarity on this social issue.
Tony Pardo, WEYMOUTH, MASS.
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S.L. Price's article about Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer(Partners in Prime) captures the essence of what we in the mental-conditioning profession attempt to impart to aspiring pro athletes: One does not have to sacrifice character, integrity or sportsmanship to rise to the pinnacle. I feel fortunate for the years I have been able to point to Roger and Rafa as the ultimate examples of fierce athletes who compete, win and lose with class.
Jeff Troesch, SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIF.
The Sportsperson edition reminds us that even with all the negativity, divisiveness and uncertainty in the country, we can find hope in seeing highly paid athletes do wonders. José Altuve and J.J. Watt are exemplary role models. Thank you for shining light on these two powerful individuals.
I do not know Greg Schiano personally, and Tennessee can do what it will, but I find it hard to convict a man on third-person testimony. And any institution that bends to a group of vocal partisans only puts its future at risk.
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