Journalists pay tribute, remember legendary sportswriter Frank Deford
Following the news that longtime Sports Illustrated writer Frank Deford died Sunday at the age of 78, journalists across the country reacted Monday, expressing admiration for the iconic writer and sadness about his death.
Deford, who joined Sports Illustrated in 1962, also provided commentary for NPR for 32 years and wrote more than a dozen books. He retired from NPR earlier this month.
Here is a sampling of reactions to Deford's death from fellow sportswriters on social media:
Frank Deford hired me once. I'd be happy if someone put that on my tombstone.— Ian O'Connor (@Ian_OConnor) May 29, 2017
It always felt like Frank Deford was too smart, too classy, too good to be a sportswriter. We are all better for him having been one. RIP.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 29, 2017
RIP: Frank Deford, who made us all want to be sportswriters and who was my boss for 18 glorious months. As they say, we knew the two days.— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) May 29, 2017
Don't know a better sports profile exists than Frank Deford's "The Rabbit Hunter." First SI piece I read and thought: This is literature.— Kevin Van Valkenburg (@KVanValkenburg) May 29, 2017
You'd read a Deford piece and want to write like him. But you couldn't. He wrote as he thought: originally.— Seth Wickersham (@SethWickersham) May 29, 2017
Frank Deford was the best sportswriter who ever lived and made SI what it is. We all owe him a debt. He couldn't have been nicer to me too— Ted Keith (@SI_TedKeith) May 29, 2017