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

Mar 09, 2009

Tony Mandarich Is Very, Very Sorry

Two decades after insisting to SI that his massive physique came from eating and weightlifting, the former NFL tackle comes clean about the drugs he used as the sports world turned a blind eye

Sep 08, 2008

Friday Night Plight

High school football giveth, and taketh away, sometimes all too suddenly

Oct 15, 2012


Four decades after he chronicled Brooklyn's vibrant street basketball scene, the author returns to the borough that spawned generations of schoolboy legends (not to mention legendary characters)and finally has an NBA team of its own

Feb 09, 2009

The Fly Who Came in from the Cold

An unbridled streetball legend is honored by the school he made famous

Feb 08, 1993

Night On the Town

Two Cowboys set out to discover what's up in the City of Angels

Jan 10, 1994

Three's the Charm in Detroit

A third-string running back and a third choice at quarterback led the Lions to a victory over the Packers for the NFC Central crown

Nov 07, 1994

World Class

Dikembe Mutombo, the outgoing Nugget center, makes a big impression in the paint and in faraway lands

Oct 11, 1993

Headlong and Headstrong

Fined by the NFL for his savage hitting, Chuck Cecil (left) says that's the only way he knows to play

Aug 01, 1994

In Charge

New Dallas Cowboy coach Barry Switzer is out to prove he's equal to the task of filling Jimmy Johnson's shoes

Feb 06, 1995


To no one's surprise, the 49ers dismantled the Chargers 49–26 for a record fifth Super Bowl win, which liberated quarterback Steve Young from the ghost of Joe Montana

Dec 13, 1993

For Goodness' Sake

Dolphin rookie Terry Kirby is as admirable a person as he is a football player