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1201, 2021

Nothing will replace the written word

By |January 12th, 2021|Categories: Chicago Bears, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Cubs|

From Michael Jordan to Muhammad Ali, Ernie Banks, Walter Payton, Tiger Woods, Dick Butkus and George Halas, I have interviewed many of the biggest names in sports

I have written newspaper articles on deadline from inside a cramped toll way phone booth during the middle of a snowstorm. Relentlessly, I have pounded out artful prose from the driver’s seat of my car, from the middle seat in row 25 of an overseas United Airlines flight, from the dank bowels of a sweaty gym and, of course most frequently, from the overbearing writing quarters of a stadium press box.

During my 41-year career as a sportswriter and columnist with the Chicago Tribune, I learned to adapt and focus on the writing process and not the sometimes-uncomfortable venues that beckon. Whether the dateline read: Sydney, Australia or Mesa, Arizona, my job was to tell the stories in the most compelling, accurate and […]

3011, 2020

Dick Barnett scoring points off the court

By |November 30th, 2020|Categories: NBA|0 Comments

Inspiring Gary product on lecture tour

My home town of Gary, Indiana, has a rich history of world-class athletes, contradicting the unfortunate national narrative of it being simply beset with extreme poverty, rampant crime and virtual hopelessness.

Countless names roll off my tongue when it comes to decades-long athletic excellence from Gary products. Heisman Trophy winner Tom Harmon, boxing great […]

2310, 2020

Otis Wilson calls on NFL to support ailing former players

By |October 23rd, 2020|Categories: NFL|0 Comments

“The NFL needs to be shamed”

Sleepless nights, excruciating headaches, throbbing pain and ongoing depression.

This is no way to go through life when viable solutions could be made available

Professional football players should not be considered disposal entities, only to be cheered and celebrated during their youthful playing days, and then virtually disregarded as they deal with a life of […]

1910, 2020

Sayers family “blown away” by statue and tributes for the late Kansas Comet

By |October 19th, 2020|Categories: Chicago Bears, Main, NFL|0 Comments

Celebration of his life to be planned for my longtime friend

An imposing 8-foot statue of former Chicago Bears and Kansas icon Gale Sayers was unveiled on Oct. 3 during halftime of the Jayhawks game against Oklahoma State.

Sayers passed away at the age of 77 on Sept.  23, following a lengthy battle with dementia.

The unveiling of Sayers’ statue coincided […]

805, 2017

Bob Stearnes inducted into Indiana Football Hall of Fame

By |May 8th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Good evening. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Coach Bob Stearnes’ induction into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame.

I can’t believe how fortunate we were at Tolleston High School to have two Hall of Fame coaches mentoring us in Coach Earl Smith and Coach Bob Stearnes. Their legacy as athletes and coaches in the […]

903, 2017

When I crossed paths with Vince Lombardi and the Packers

By |March 9th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

So, speaking of the upcoming NFL draft, here’s a curious story about my brief interaction with the legendary Vince Lombardi and the Green Bay Packers nearly a half century ago.

Lombardi exchanged communications with a business colleague of my father just three weeks before the 1969 NFL/AFL draft, which took place Jan. 28-29 in New York of that year, and saw […]

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