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 ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine before penning his last column in 2014 to focus on books and screenplays.
All Rick Reilly Stories
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 ...
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
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 ...
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.
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
'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.
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 ...
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 ...
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
Florida State claimed the national title with a down-to-the-wire win over Nebraska
Nick Faldo won a third green jacket but only after Greg Norman suffered the worst collapse in major tournament history
The Mourning Anchor
Bryant Gumbel, NBC's Olympic host, is alone at the top—all alone with the memory of his father
After winning the 1991 British Open, Ian Baker-Finch lost his game and, in a desperate effort to find it, nearly lost his mind
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
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
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
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.