- Episode 70 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features Lisa Fenn, a former ESPN producer and the author of "Carry On: A Story of Resilience, Redemption, and an Unlikely Family".
Episode 70 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features Lisa Fenn, a former ESPN producer and the author of "Carry On: A Story of Resilience, Redemption, and an Unlikely Family".
In this episode, Fenn explains the story the remarkable friendship between former Cleveland high school wrestlers Dartanyon Crockett and Leroy Sutton. Crockett, who is legally blind, earned a Judo medal at the 2012 Paralympics in London, and now lives and studies in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he trains with USA Judo. Sutton, who lost his legs at age 11 when he was hit by a train, works in Game Production for EA Sports in Baton Rouge. The two high school friends were originally profiled by ESPN in 2009, and in that piece, ESPN reporter Tom Rinaldi described Crockett and Sutton as "a wrestler who couldn't walk carried to matches by a wrestler who couldn't see." The updated story in 2013 featured ESPN coordinating producer Jose Morales reintroducing the main characters and the extraordinary events that took place since the original piece aired including Fenn, who produced the original piece for ESPN before leaving the company to raise a family and become an integral part of the lives of Crockett and Sutton, the unlikely trio formed a remarkable family unit. The 2013 feature on the three is the best piece ESPN has ever run, in my opinion. During our conversation, Fenn updates how the lives of Crockett and Sutton are proceeding. Crockett will be competing in the Paralympics in Rio.
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