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John Ed Bradley

John Ed Bradley

John Ed Bradley is the author of seven novels and a memoir, It Never Rains in Tiger Stadium. He's been a special contributor at Sports Illustrated since 1993. The son of a high school coach, he was a four-year letterman on the football team at LSU in the late 1970s. He lives today in Mandeville, La., with his wife, Kimberly, and his daughter, Hannah.

All John Ed Bradley Stories

Dec 23, 2013

A Glimpse of The Future

EVEN WHEN HE WAS IN HIS TEENS, IT WAS EASY TO SEE THE SAVVY AND COMPETITIVE FIRE THAT WOULD MAKE PEYTON MANNING AN ALLTIME GREAT

Dec 21, 2009

Hang 'Em High

Never, it seems, have punters been more valuable to NFL teams. So who are these guys—and why hasn't a single punter been voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame?

Feb 16, 2009

Rocking Old Rocky Top

Brazen coach Lane Kiffin is winning few friends in his new job at Tennessee—raiding SEC foes for assistants, running off staffers and accusing a major rival of a recruiting violation

Jun 20, 2005

All Dressed Up And No Place to Go

John David Booty has been the Next Big Thing since the day he arrived at USC, but he'll have to wait yet another year before he gets a chance to make it big

Aug 16, 2004

IT WAS AN UGLY DAY,

exactly as forecast. A steady mist was falling; the air was cold. The thing about football is, nobody worth a damn ever ran out on the field believing he couldn’t win.

Sep 13, 2004

Army Salvation

Why would 67-year-old Bobby Ross leave a life of leisure to take over the worst team in college football?

Aug 14, 2000

A Cut Above The Rest

Blessed with talents rarely seen in a quarterback, Virginia Tech's Michael Vick is a physical marvel without a typical superstar's ego