Rick Reilly

Rick Reilly

Rick Reilly is a member of the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame and is an 11 time National Sportswriter of the Year and the author of 11 books. He wrote for Sports Illustrated from 1985 to 2007, and for the last 10 of those years he authored the popular “Life of Reilly” column on the magazine’s backpage, the first signed weekly opinion column in the magazine’s history. He began his career in 1979 for his hometown Boulder (Colo.) Daily Camera while a sophomore at the University of Colorado, from which he graduated in 1981. He wrote for two years at the Camera, two more at the Denver Post and two more at the Los Angeles Times before moving to SI in 1985. After leaving SI, he wrote for and ESPN The Magazine before penning his last column in 2014 to focus on books and screenplays.

All Rick Reilly Stories

May 29, 2006

Be Unlike Mike

There are twoways to be heavyweight champion of the world. You can do it theMike Tyson way: Surround yourself with mooks and thugs, guys ...

April 16, 2001

Ain't It Grand!

A graybeard and a woman in a large red visor were under the oldoak tree at Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday afternoon,hoping to say ...

March 09, 1998

Fishing For Marlin Fans

Century 21 agent in Gary, Ind.? Piece of cake. Manners consultant to USA Hockey? A joy. Try selling Florida Marlins tickets. Since the Marlins ...

March 08, 1999

A Team With Some Pop

The best sub in college hoops has got to be the one who comes infor Issac Gildea at the College of the Redwoods. Not only doesthe guy pay ...

Oct. 30, 2006

It's Clear Who's Getting Creamed

BREATHE EASY, America. Two of the central players in the BALCO steroids scandal look like they're headed for the clink. One weighs 170 ...

Nov. 23, 1998

The Life Of Reilly Uphill Battle for a Downhill Skier

Picabo Street, the Olympic downhiller, is scared. "I'm just notsure I can be fearless anymore," she says. If you know Picabo, your jaw just hit ...

Jan. 15, 1990


The Pittsburgh Steelers almost flipped favored Denver out of the playoffs, but the Broncos righted themselves in time.