Rick Reilly

Rick Reilly

Rick Reilly is a member of the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame and is an 11 time National Sportswriter of the Year and the author of 11 books. He wrote for Sports Illustrated from 1985 to 2007, and for the last 10 of those years he authored the popular “Life of Reilly” column on the magazine’s backpage, the first signed weekly opinion column in the magazine’s history. He began his career in 1979 for his hometown Boulder (Colo.) Daily Camera while a sophomore at the University of Colorado, from which he graduated in 1981. He wrote for two years at the Camera, two more at the Denver Post and two more at the Los Angeles Times before moving to SI in 1985. After leaving SI, he wrote for and ESPN The Magazine before penning his last column in 2014 to focus on books and screenplays.

All Rick Reilly Stories

Nov. 22, 2004

The Silent Treatment

That's because my favorite football team is California School for the Deaf at Riverside, which is 9-1 and plays like a light-rail train. The Cubs are ...

Jan. 22, 1990

Once More...With Feeling

The Denver Broncos, 0 for 3 in the Super Bowl, earned the chance to try again after beating the Cleveland Browns 37-21 for the AFC crown

May 01, 2006

Nothing But Nets

I've never asked for anything before, right? Well, sorry, I'm asking now. We need nets. Not hoop nets, soccer nets or lacrosse nets. Not New ...

May 20, 1996

Heaven Help Marge Schott

The Reds' owner, long ago reduced to a life of loneliness, has further isolated herself by her spiteful words and witless deeds.

Sept. 14, 1992

What Is The Citadel?

Sir, it is a fortress of duty, a sentinel of responsibility, a bastion of antiquity, a towering bulwark of rigid discipline, instilling within us high ideals, honor, uprightness, loyalty, patriotism, obedience, initiative, leadership, professional knowledge and pride in achievement—from the school handbook

Dec. 27, 1999

'Twas The Fight Before Christmas

The best Christmas story is about a boxing match—a 1923 bout between Bill Brennan and a dying Billy Miske, who hoped to stay on his feet long enough to bring home a $2,400 purse.

Sept. 20, 1999

On A Wing And A Prayer

Now this message for America's most famous athletes: Someday you may be invited to fly in the backseat of one of your country's most powerful ...

April 26, 1999

No Fuss Necessary In Wayne's World

It was like trying to draw personal revelations out of a 1970 Plymouth Duster. The only thing Gretzky hates worse than going into the corners is ...

April 21, 1986

Day Of Glory For A Golden Oldie

At 46, Jack Nicklaus won his sixth and most dramatic Masters with a final-round 65 that had all of America cheering for him

Jan. 10, 1994

Wide Left

Florida State claimed the national title with a down-to-the-wire win over Nebraska

April 22, 1996

Master Strokes

Nick Faldo won a third green jacket but only after Greg Norman suffered the worst collapse in major tournament history

Sept. 26, 1988

The Mourning Anchor

Bryant Gumbel, NBC's Olympic host, is alone at the top—all alone with the memory of his father

Feb. 23, 1998

Driven Mad

After winning the 1991 British Open, Ian Baker-Finch lost his game and, in a desperate effort to find it, nearly lost his mind

April 21, 1997

Strokes Of Genius

Overpowering a storied course and a stellar field, Tiger Woods heralded a new era in golf with an awesome 12-shot victory in the Masters

Dec. 26, 1994

When Your Dream Dies

After a high school referee blew a call that helped cost him a chance to work a championship football game, his life no longer seemed worth living

May 11, 1998

Last Call?

The greatest sports dynasty of the '90s may (or may not) be about to hang it up, but behind the scenes the Chicago Bulls' season has certainly felt like a farewell tour

Oct. 08, 2001


Me, I like to be alone. I like wide open spaces and crickets andlong walks without seeing a soul. That's why I like MontrealExpos games.

March 07, 2016


IT'S NOT GOING TO LAST, of course, this team, this moment, this selfie of pure unselfishness. It's too perfect, the way these Golden State ...