Sunday, 25 June, 2017

Renowned Sportswriter, NPR Commentator Frank Deford Dies

In Memoriam Influential People We've Lost This Year In Memoriam Frank DefordAP
Melody Ballard | 30 May, 2017, 06:43

Legendary sportswriter Frank Deford passed away Monday at the age of 78, per the Washington Post.

Deford first began writing for Sports Illustrated in 1962 not long after he was graduated from Princeton University and for the last three decades was a reliable presence on National Public Radio.

Deford called the award the one he is most proud of. Deford was known to millions for weekly commentaries he delivered on NPR's Morning Edition for 37 years.

Frank Deford was awarded a National Humanities Medal by President Obama in 2013.

"A dedicated writer and storyteller, Mr. Deford has offered a consistent, compelling voice in print and on radio, reaching beyond scores and statistics to reveal the humanity woven into the games we love", Obama said.

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Sports columnist Bill Simmons paid tribute to Deford on Twitter with a link to his favorite story the sports writer wrote. "He dressed up every event he attended".

During his lifetime Deford was the author of over a dozen books, most recently "Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter" in 2012.

"In addition to being an enormous talent, he was a consummate gentleman, a dear friend, and a beloved, original member of our "Real Sports" family".

"In addition to his reporting for Real Sports, Deford wrote several documentaries for HBO including "Dare to Compete: The Struggle of Women in Sports", Sports on the Silver Screen", and "Barbaro". "Frank was a giant in the world of sports".

Deford is survived by his wife Carol and two adult children, Christian and Scarlet.

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