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 […]

2310, 2020

Otis Wilson calls on NFL to support ailing former players

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

“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|

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|

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 […]

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