Finally you came through (Black and Gold Soul with Italian Legs, Dec. 11)! All season I have been waiting for an article on the exciting new Pittsburgh Steelers and their tremendous runner, Franco Harris.
I was also glad to see your recognition of the Pittsburgh fans. During the season these enthusiastic people have definitely aided the Steelers in their seven home games. On a recent Monday night Howard Cosell, Don Meredith and Frank Gifford repeatedly referred to Miami's "great" fans. I couldn't help but laugh. What city wouldn't support a winner? The Steelers have been losers for 40 years but still the people have turned out. These are great fans in every sense of the word.
Miami has gone undefeated in regular-season play because of its weak division, but wait until the AFC championship game. This is the Pittsburgh Steelers' year and there's no stopping them now.
Slippery Rock, Pa.
Thank you for the article. Larry Csonka, John Brockington, Larry Brown and O.J. Simpson are all great runners, but they're going to have to take a back seat to Franco Harris, the best runner to come along since Jimmy Brown—a fair comparison, since he has already tied Brown's record of six 100-yard games in a row. This is truly remarkable considering that he didn't become a regular starter until the sixth game. Also remarkable is his average gain per carry (5.6 yards), the best in the American Conference. Brown averaged 5.2 yards a try. Franco will run away with Rookie-of-the-Year honors, but he also gets my vote for Most Valuable Player. He deserves it.
Ellwood City, Pa.
Re Ron Reid's comment, "Would you believe the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl?": in one word, no!
JAMES H. GREENWOOD
I enjoyed your article on Franco Harris and the Pittsburgh Steelers very much, but I question your statement calling Harris "the certain Rookie of the Year." I suggest Chester Marcol, the star kicker of the Green Bay Packers. He has made the Packers tick.
"To put it in a kit bag, all the Packers can do this year is smile, smile, smile" (SI, Sept. 18, page 57).
Now that the Pack has destroyed the Detroit Lions and the Minnesota Vikings to win another division championship, you had better believe we will smile, smile, smile here in Green Bay.
Better luck to your forecasters in the 1973 season!
Thank you for mentioning my election to the Minnesota House of Representatives (PEOPLE, Dec. 4). Your report, however, had me supporting "regional government as opposed to the purely municipal variety." Actually, my position is the reverse. I believe that the government closest to the people is, in most instances, the best.