Rick Reilly
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  • "Reilly could write about lawn bowling and make it funny, informative, and entertaining. You never know what the next page is going to bring."
    -Los Angeles Times

  • "Reilly may well be the funniest sportswriter in America."
    -Publishers Weekly

  • "He's that rare sports guy who can write about so much more than sports, even when he's writing about sports."
    -Bill Husted, Denver Post

  • "Rick Reilly has the best combination of wit and insight in sports writing today."
    -Mark Emmons, San Jose Mercury News

Rick Reilly

Rick Reilly is an 11-time National Sportswriter of the Year and front-page columnist for ESPN.com. He is also the host of Homecoming with Rick Reilly, ESPN's unique one-on-one interview show shot in the hometown of an A-list athlete in front of their friends, family and teammates. Guests have included Magic Johnson, Michael Phelps, Jerry Rice, Billie Jean King, and many others. He is a television essayist for all of ESPN and ABC's major golf coverage, as well as a contributor to SportsCenter, where he sometimes anchors.

For nearly 23 years—from 1985 until 2007—his unique, breezy, hilarious style graced the pages of Sports Illustrated. For the last 10 years there, he wrote the popular "Life of Reilly" column, which ran on the last page. It was the first signed weekly opinion column in the magazine's long history. Reilly moved to ESPN in 2008, where he wrote the back page column for ESPN the Magazine and on ESPN.com until early 2012.

A New York Times best-selling author, his column compilations and original works, including Who's Your Caddy?, Missing Links, and Slo-Mo: My Untrue Story, have garnered rave reviews and showcase his recognizable journalistic style.

Reilly co-wrote the screenplay for Leatherheads, a film directed by George Clooney, starring Clooney, Renee Zellweger and John Krasinski in 2008. His first novel, Missing Links, has been optioned for development as a feature film.

In a 2006 column for Sports Illustrated, he wrote about a program dedicated to providing anti-malaria nets to African children at a cost of $10 per net. His request for contributions received thousands of responses and led to the creation of the Nothing But Nets Foundation in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. Since the programs inception, they have distributed more than 7 million nets.

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