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The Seattle Times | August 15, 2010

Seattle’s first modern superstar was an American pioneer: The first NFL player to truly conceive himself as a brand. Before Deion went neon or Ochocinco danced with the stars, there was The Boz. What has happened in the 20 years since then revolves around a house in Malibu, Calif.

2011 Best of American Sportswriting
Honorable mention
The Seattle Times | April 9, 2012

Ryan Leaf wasn’t recognized as the quarterback who led Washington State to its first Rose Bowl in 67 years. He wasn’t identified by his NFL infamy, either. Leaf was picked out of police photos by a victim who returned home to find a tall guy coming out of her trailer home wearing shiny black loafers, which led to Leaf being arrested for the second time in four days for a drug offense.

2013 Best of American Sportswriting
Honorable mention
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710Sports.com | Dec. 10, 2015

There is a gap between the results we see on a given NFL play and the underlying reasons for those results. It’s the gap between what players and coaches know and what the people who observe the game think they know. And actually, it’s really not so much a gap as a canyon, and while that doesn't explain why I was so snide in my assessment of Justin Britt's failure to block an opponent, it is the reason why I was so very wrong.

The Seattle Times | Jan. 13, 2011

Everyone saw what Marshawn Lynch did during one of the most unforgettable runs in NFL history. You need to talk to the other 10 players on the field to understand how he did it, though. This is the story of the second-most famous play in franchise history from the men who made it happen.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Dec. 21, 2004

Mark Pope buys two Subway sandwiches on the road and pockets the rest of the meal money. He learns the name of every member of a team's public-relations staff, he's quick to fetch a teammate a cup of Gatorade and he's always willing to give up his seat for a timeout. These are just some of the secrets that explain how he's made millions while sitting on the NBA's injured list without really being hurt.

The Giving Game

The Seattle Times | September 2007

A five-part series exploring the noble intentions behind athlete charities and how easily those ambitions can wind up producing minimal impact and embarrassing inefficiency.