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.