I just finished reading Bill Reynolds' column about Frank Murgo ("Passages: Serious fun," Jan. 10). I have three sons, now in their late 40s and 50s, who played football at Barrington High School when Mungo was the trainer. When I informed them of his death, they all praised him to the skies.

My eldest just said, "Great guy." The middle one said, "He was old school with a heart. Always cared about the kids first. Had a temper, but who wouldn't dealing with teenagers every day." My youngest said, "He impacted a lot of people. I quote him to this day: 'Ice is nice, but motion is lotion.'"

Someone who worked with teenagers couldn't receive a greater tribute than those comments.

Edwin S. Mehlman

Warren