I just wanted to write in about your cover story “From Tiger Stripes to Pinstripes” (September). Madieu Williams’s story is a refreshing and inspiring change of pace from what we’ve been getting from the NFL these days.
With other players out financing interstate dogfight rings or getting arrested in Vegas strip clubs, I was shocked to see an NFL star who spends his free time not only pursuing an MBA from an Ivy League school, but working an internship.
Of course, I’m sure there are a lot of stand-up guys like Williams in the NFL. The problem is, we never hear about them. It was a great move for your magazine to throw the focus on a player the NFL — and Cincinnati — can actually be proud of. I hope other magazines take note, and begin giving us some positive stories from the league.
Kyle Swenson

I really enjoyed the article on Madieu Williams and his connection to Mercy Hospital. He certainly appreciates the opportunities the NFL can bring, but he also understands the privilege it is to play in the league.
Madieu is a mature and engaging young man who lives his life with a dedication to service. I will be rooting for him while on the field on Sundays and off the field as well.
Jim Breech

(Jim Breech was a standout NFL kicker for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1980 to 1992.)