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George Allen: an honorable man

 Sen. George Allen and his wife Susan greet supporters in Stafford. Allen's friends say he has always been a quiet, confident leader.
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Date published: 10/17/2006

I am following up on the recent articles about George Allen during his time as a student at the University of Virginia ["Pols' offensive remarks loom large," Oct. 3].

I feel a strong responsibility to go on record about my experience at U.Va. with George.

I played football at the University of Virginia from 1969 to 1974, and was there when George Allen joined the team.

He and I quickly struck up a friendship that lasted through our remaining years at Virginia. We spent a lot of time together both on and off the field.

For the record:

1. From day one, George was consistent. He didn't talk much, didn't make excuses, and didn't accept excuses. He let his actions speak for themselves. He didn't tell you what he was going to do, he just did it.

2. I spent a lot of time with him at the University of Virginia and never heard him make any racist remarks. I also do not believe that he was in any way prejudiced. George Allen was a leader and well-respected on our team. I was proud to be his friend and teammate.

I also knew Ken Shelton very well. Ken and George were not close friends, but rather casual friends.

Dr. Shelton's statements about George using the N-word should not be believed. Not only did I not ever hear George use the N-word, I heard him tell other people not to use it and especially not to use it around him.

The story about the deer head is ridiculous. I never heard that, and it is not something that could be kept secret among a football team.

Just because Ken Shelton now has "Dr." in front of his name does not mean that he is telling the truth or that he should be believed.

Michael A. McGugan

Silver Spring, Md.