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3008, 2022

Sayers’ bronze statue unveiling “bittersweet” for his widow

By |August 30th, 2022|Categories: Chicago Bears|

The recent dedication of a Gale Sayers statue in Omaha, Neb., offered a precious opportunity for friends and longtime acquaintances to extend emotional support for the Sayers family.

Sayers, who passed away Sept. 23, 2020, was an iconic Hall of Fame running back for the Chicago Bears who was further immortalized because of his relationship with teammate Brian Piccolo. They became […]

2208, 2022

Sister Jean’s urgent plea: “Work with people of other cultures and try to understand each other” 

By |August 22nd, 2022|Categories: Main|

As she celebrates her 103rd birthday, Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt offers sage advice for young students, parents and our nation as a whole.

The longtime Loyola University men’s basketball chaplain and internationally renowned symbol of ecumenical optimism and grace, spoke to me over the weekend about her views of today’s young generation and the future of our society.

“I think if we […]

808, 2022

Lloyd McClendon calls Gary Sports Hall of Fame induction “special”

By |August 8th, 2022|Categories: MLB|

The inaugural Gary Sports Hall of Fame ceremony was an enormous success as 12 former local athletes were inducted in the main auditorium of Indiana University Northwest.

Alex Karras, Tom Harmon, Fred “The Hammer” Williamson, Ron Kittle, George Taliaferro, Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson, Lee Calhoun, Hank Stram, Rhonda Brady, Tony Zale, Dick Barnett and Lloyd McClendon were recognized for their estimable accomplishments […]

2406, 2022

Patrick Arbor, former Chicago Board of Trade chairman, joins Fred Mitchell Award Selection Committee

By |June 24th, 2022|Categories: Fred Mitchell Award|

Internationally acclaimed businessman and philanthropist Patrick Arbor (right) joins the Fred Mitchell Award Selection Committee.

Patrick Arbor, former longtime chairman of the Chicago Board of Trade and a prominent community supporter, has joined the Selection Committee for the Fred Mitchell Award.

Arbor has backed numerous local, national and international initiatives and continues his worldwide travels. The Fred Mitchell Award annually has […]

1312, 2021

Ethan Ratke feels “lifted up” after winning Fred Mitchell Award

By |December 13th, 2021|Categories: Fred Mitchell Award|

In 2009, the National Football Foundation made me the namesake for an annual award that honors the most outstanding kicker among over 750 colleges in America. For that, this old straight-on kicker remains forever grateful, especially to Chicago chapter chairman Chris Kearney.

In addition to kicking performance, community service is considered by our 35-man selection committee, which includes several members of […]

507, 2021

Bears Hall of Famer Richard Dent tries to protect his business and reputation

By |July 5th, 2021|Categories: Chicago Bears, NFL|

Richard Dent made a name for himself as a dominant pass-rusher while becoming the Chicago Bears’ all-time leader in quarterback sacks.

The 2011 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame was a member of the Super Bowl XX champion Bears, placing himself on a pedestal in Chicago sports annals. But Dent, the Super Bowl XX MVP, now finds himself in […]

606, 2021

Former Bears great Steve McMichael says he is “feeling the love” as he battles ALS

By |June 6th, 2021|Categories: Chicago Bears, NFL|

Hundreds of friends and well-wishers turned out for a fundraiser for former Chicago Bears legend Steve “Mongo” McMichael in Romeoville, Il. on June 5.

My wife, Kim, and I were invited for a private visit to his home prior to the event, dubbed “MongoPalooza,” which was held at McMichael’s restaurant. The former Super Bowl XX champion defensive tackle revealed publicly on […]

305, 2021

Toni Ginnetti, Dan Roan and Cooper Rollow honored with Ring Lardner Awards

By |May 3rd, 2021|Categories: Ring Lardner Award|

Left to right: Cooper Rollow, Toni Ginnetti, Dan Roan.

The Ring Lardner Award is one of the most prestigious journalism honors bestowed on worthy sportswriters and sportscasters in America.

This year’s honorees were Toni Ginnetti (print), Dan Roan (broadcast) and Cooper Rollow (posthumous). The ceremony was held virtually since last spring’s annual dinner was postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions.

The event, […]

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 […]

3011, 2020

Dick Barnett scoring points off the court

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

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 […]

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