Rick Reilly Biography
Rick Reilly (Richard Paul Reilly) is an American sportswriter, long known for being the “back page” columnist for Sports Illustrated.
He moved to ESPN on June 1, 2008, where he was a featured columnist for ESPN.com and wrote the back page column for ESPN the Magazine. Rick also hosted ESPN’s Homecoming with Rick Reilly, an interview show, and he is a contributing essayist for ESPN SportsCenter and ABC Sports.
Rick Reilly Age
Rick was born on 3 February 1958.
Rick Reilly Wife
Rick is married to Cynthia Puchniarz. He and Cynthia got married in October 2008.
He was previously, married to Linda Campbell of Boulder, Colorado, from 1983 to 2003. The couple had three children together.
Rick Reilly ESPN
Rick joined ESPN on June 1, 2008. At ESPN, his column “Life of Reilly” appeared in ESPN The Magazine and on ESPN.com.
Later in 2010, Rick announced that he would no longer be writing his opinion column for the magazine, but was going to a regular essay on SportsCenter. He delivered essays from live sporting events for SportsCenter and other ESPN telecasts, such as the U.S. Open, Wimbledon, and the British Open. Also, he hosted “Homecoming”, an interview program, on ESPN, which was taped in the hometowns of featured guests. The series launched in April 2009.
Later on March 12, 2014, he announced his retirement from sports writing, and his last column was published on ESPN.com on June 10, 2014. ESPN announced that Rick would continue working for them in a television-only capacity, including SportsCenter and Sunday NFL Countdown.
Rick Reilly Nothing But Nets
Rick wrote a column in Sports Illustrated about a program dedicated to providing anti-malaria nets to African children at a cost of $10 per net in 2006. He was requesting for contributions and this elicited a response from thousands and led to the creation of the Nothing But Nets foundation in partnership with the United Nations Foundation.
Rick Reilly On Trump
Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump
Rick’s New book is called Commander in Cheat. The book explains how golf explains Trump. Rick claims that President Donald Trump frequently cheats at golf and he likened Trump’s habit to a way of “showing you that he’s better than you.”
Speaking to CNN’s John Berman on “New Day” Tuesday, Rick said “He cheats like a mafia accountant. He cheats crazy. He cheats whether you’re watching or not. He cheats whether you like it or not.”
According to Rick, Trump hit two balls in the water when he played professional golfer Tiger Woods and then claimed to have almost tied with him, kicked sportscaster Mike Tirico’s ball into a bunker when the two played, and claims to have a 2.8 handicap despite professionals such as Dustin Johnson assessing him to be a 9 or 10.
Rick attributed Trump’s motivation to cheat to a compulsion to win at all costs.
“He has to win no matter what — it’s not that he loves golf, he just loves beating you,” Reilly said. “So these guys always say he’s fun to play with, always wins but then he doesn’t even take your money. It’s not about beating you out of the 10 bucks, it’s about showing you that he’s better than you.”
Rick went ahead and even offered $100,000 to charity to play Trump in golf. He said, “I’ll play him for 100 grand, (for) either of our charities. But the rule is, we can’t play his course, can’t use his cheating caddies, and there’s got to be a rules guy with each of us. And I’ll play him all day.”
Rick Reilly Net Worth
Online estimates of Rick’s net worth vary making it hard to know how much he really is worth.
Rick Reilly Books
Below are some of Rick’s books;
- Slo Mo! – (Doubleday) – A fictional diary of a naive 7’8″ kid taken from high school to the NBA.
- Missing Links – (Doubleday) – A novel about an eccentric group of golfers who are regulars at the worst public golf course in America.
- Shanks for Nothing – (Doubleday) – This sequel to Missing Links cracked the New York Times bestseller list. Like Missing Links, it revolves around the antics and camaraderie of the regulars of the Ponkaquogue Municipal Golf Links and Deli.
- The Life of Reilly – An anthology of Reilly’s best early works from Sports Illustrated. A New York Times bestseller.
- Hate Mail from Cheerleaders and Other Adventures from the
- Life of Reilly – An anthology consisting of one-hundred Reilly’s best weekly articles from 2000-2006. An instant success, it hit the New York Times bestseller list in its first week.
- Who’s Your Caddy – (Doubleday) – A collection of stories about Reilly caddying for several remarkable people ranging from Donald Trump to the blind golfing world champion. A New York Times bestseller.
- The Boz – Co-author of the best-selling autobiography of Oklahoma linebacker Brian Bosworth.
- I’d Love to but I Have a Game – co-author with announcer Marv Albert.
- The Wit and Wisdom of Charles Barkley – co-author with Charles Barkley.
- Gretzky – The autobiography of hockey superstar, Wayne Gretzky. Reilly was the co-author with Gretzky.
Rick Reilly Golf Books
- Who’s Your Caddy
- Shanks for Nothing
- Missing Links
- Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump