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10 memorable Rick Reilly SI articles

A collection of the 10 most memorable articles from Sports Illustrated writer Rick Reilly.
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For nearly 23 years from 1985 until 2007, Rick Reilly's writing graced the pages of Sports Illustrated, anchored by the back-page column “Life of Reilly” that largely defined his career at the magazine. In seven of the 10 years he wrote the column he was named National Sportswriter of the Year. In honor of Reilly's return to the pages of SI since his last column on Dec. 3, 2007, here is a collection of 10 of the most memorable articles from his SI career. 

. On A Wing And A Prayer

Reilly shares his adventure on a F-14D Tomcat fighter jet.

. When Your Dream Dies

The tale of high school referee Kenny Wilcoxen.

. Twas The Fight Before Christmas

The story of the 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.

. What Is The Citadel?

Inside the dark world of hazing and harassment of and by athletes at The Citadel, a military college in South Carolina.

. Master Strokes

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

. 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.

. Nothing But Nets

Reilly asks his Sports Illustrated readers to send $10 each to hang malaria nets over kids in Africa.

. 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.

. The Silent Treatment

Reilly writes about the football team at the California School for the Deaf at Riverside.

. Getting a Second Wind

The story of Korinne Shroyer, who's tragic suicide gave life to others in need.

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