Greg Bishop is a senior writer for Sports Illustrated whose feature subjects have ranged from Ricky Williams to Adrian Peterson to Aaron Rodgers. He spent time as the Jets beat writer for the New York Times and the Seahawks beat writer for the Seattle Times.
A classic front-office grinder—passionate, ambitious, driven—Rick Smith lived football 24/7 as he dedicated himself to building the Texans into a contender. That changed last fall when his wife was diagnosed with cancer. Stepping away for a year, the man who was once the NFL’s youngest GM has found new priorities and new balance in life, even as a season is set to kick off without him for the first time in more than two decades
Deshaun Watson begins as a backup. He takes over the starting job. He puts up insane numbers—then tears an ACL. You think the Texans’ QB—one of dozens of stars who missed major time in 2017—won’t come back stronger? His past says to think again...
Terrell Owens created a controversial career in the NFL by always separating himself from what was expected. This weekend, by rejecting a trip to Canton and heading to his alma mater, the former wideout defiantly inducted himself.
Mental coaches, sleep consultants, an army of data analysts, a dizzying number of trades ... as a week with the Seattle Mariners reveals, they have a plan for ending the longest playoff drought in sports.