Sayers’ bronze statue unveiling “bittersweet” for his widow
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 the first known interracial roommates in professional sports. After Piccolo died of a rare form of cancer at the age of 26, the movie “Brian’s Song” brilliantly depicted their unique and deeply caring relationship.
Sayers, a first-round draft pick out of Kansas in 1965, has been honored with statues at his alma mater and now Omaha Central High School, where he starred as a prep football and track athlete.
“It was a long time waiting for this; it was bittersweet. But I enjoyed it; I appreciated it,” said Sayers’ widow, Ardie, following […]
Bears Hall of Famer Richard Dent tries to protect his business and reputation
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 […]
Former Bears great Steve McMichael says he is “feeling the love” as he battles ALS
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 […]
Toni Ginnetti, Dan Roan and Cooper Rollow honored with Ring Lardner Awards
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, […]
Nothing will replace the written word
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 […]
Dick Barnett scoring points off the court
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 […]