From corporate America to Main Street USA (and including all major-league franchises), loyalty in the marketplace is becoming obsolete, impractical and just plain inconvenient. Contracts are broken without hesitation if another company (or college/pro-football program) offers another $2 million or $3 million. Businesses shut down or declare bankruptcy without thought of the welfare of longtime employees. The bottom line is always money, and the relationship between labor and management is often impersonal and uncommitted and endures only as long as both parties are being financially fulfilled.
It is therefore with the greatest respect that I applaud Franco Harris' compassion for and loyalty to his old coach, and his commitment to seek justice and restore Joe Paterno's reputation ("Franco's Crusade," July 7). Yes, I am a Penn State alumna who bleeds blue and white and has seen almost every game Franco has played both as a Nittany Lion and a Steeler. But I would feel the same if this were a Pitt player/coach issue. It's not about the school; it's about one person's commitment to finding the truth and his ability to keep fighting for yards when those across the line tell him the game is lost.
Franco's legacy, at least for me, will not be the statistics, the community service or even the Immaculate Reception. It will be for teaching all of us what loyalty and friendship are all about.