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Rick Telander

Rick Telander

Rick Telander began his writing career after graduating from Northwestern where he was a 4-year scholarship football player and an English lit major.  His first major piece was for Sports Illustrated, describing the heartbreak of being cut by the Kansas City Chiefs. He worked as a waiter, played guitar in his band, the Del-Crustaceans, and hopped freights for years while freelance writing. His heroes are his father, Henry Miller, Jack Kerouac, and former Bradley basketball player Chet Walker.

All Rick Telander Stories

Oct. 15, 2012

HOOPS COMES HOME

Four decades after he chronicled Brooklyn's vibrant street basketball scene, the author returns to the borough that spawned generations of ...

Feb. 09, 1995

12 Drew Bledsoe

HE'S PRETTY cool, this guy Bledsoe. He's 6 ft. 5 in., 230 pounds,and he stands in the pocket, head on a swivel, patting the ball theway you ...

Nov. 12, 1984

Easley's something special

Seattle's strong safety Ken Easley is a high-powered punt returner, too

May 01, 1989

A QUESTION OF FAIRNESS

Why am I bothered by the conviction on April 13 of sports agents Nor by Walters and Lloyd Bloom on various counts of fraud, conspiracy and ...

Nov. 04, 1985

Monster Of The Midway

William (The Refrigerator) Perry, the Bears’ favorite appliance, is one cool commodity in Chicago

May 19, 1986

Stopped In Mid-stride

Felled by an ominous knee injury, Atlanta running back William Andrews is attempting a comeback after missing two seasons

Aug. 02, 1982

Thunder, but no gray skies

Andre Thornton has been sorely tried en route to his booming eminence

Jan. 17, 1983

He Ain't A Hound Dog

Keith Lee of top-ranked Memphis State is the biggest thing to hit town since Elvis Presley

Sept. 05, 1984

He's Aiming To Make History

Walter Payton of the Chicago Bears is on target to become pro football's alltime leading rusher this season

Oct. 31, 1983

CHAMPION JIGSAW PUZZLERS GET THE PICTURE WITHOUT FALLING TO PIECES

One piece every seven seconds. That's what 21-year-old Joellen Beifuss averaged during the 59 minutes and 43 seconds it took her to win the ...

Nov. 16, 1981

ARE YOU BUGGED? BY REAL INSECTS? YOU COULD GET YOURSELF A GECKO

Let's talk for a minute about geckos. Geckos are soft-skinned, insect-eating lizards with short, stout bodies, large eyes and sticky pads on their ...

Feb. 08, 1988

ANOTHER FREEDOM ISSUE

Pitt's Craig Heyward wants to turn pro. Why stop him?

July 19, 1976

MAN GOES HOME TO THE SEA, AND HANS HASS IS UNEASY ABOUT THE RESULTS

"All life on land is life in exile," proclaims the Austrian-born underwater adventurer Hans Hass at the beginning of his book, Men Beneath the ...

Dec. 25, 1989

DOLLARS AND CHANGE

Sport in the '80s was altered for richer and for poorer.

Nov. 26, 1979

WHAT DO ARCARO, DIMAGGIO, LOMBARDI HAVE IN COMMON? A NEW HALL OF FAME

"Here, you'll like this," says George Randazzo, a 38-year-old Italian-American with fire in his eyes. Randazzo walks into a storage room and ...

Oct. 10, 1977

A SORE ARM AND CHIN MUSIC WERE FACETS OF A TRYING WHITE SOX TRYOUT

Danny Cohen had the inside dope. Danny worked in the ticket sales office at Comiskey Park and back in February was one of the first to find ...

Sept. 27, 1993

Unbeaten, Unbelievable

How can the Cleveland Browns be 3-0, and how about that Vinny Testaverde?

Nov. 21, 1994

Stuffed!

In a battle for NFC supremacy, the 49ers stopped the Cowboys dead in their tracks