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
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
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?
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
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
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‚Äôt win.
Why would 67-year-old Bobby Ross leave a life of leisure to take over the worst team in college football?
Ride Of His Life Though he fell short in the Super Bowl, the Panthers' Jake Delhomme played with a passion that captivated fellow Cajuns
The Other Brother Like his famous father, Archie, and younger siblings, Peyton and Eli, Cooper Manning had NFL-caliber talent. Then his body betrayed him
Body Blow Southern Mississippi running back Derrick Nix was bound for the NFL until he was blindsided by a life-threatening disease
Sitting Pretty Giants cornerback Jason Sehorn is back in action--and ready to tackle marriage with TV star Angie Harmon
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