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SBD/August 30, 2011/People and Pop Culture
Longtime Lions Reporter Tom Kowalski Passes Away At 51
Published August 30, 2011
REMEMBERING A PROFESSIONAL: In Detroit, Michael Rosenberg writes, "It is impossible to imagine covering the Lions without him. ... He was an overwhelming presence in the media room, news conferences and the locker room" (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 8/30). In Grand Rapids, Greg Johnson writes, "You could work with him, and trust him to do his job. He was like a great teammate from back in my athletic days. You lined up next to him and you knew he would do his part" (GRAND RAPIDS PRESS, 8/30). NFL writers from around the country tweeted their thoughts on Kowalski. SI's Peter King wrote, "Tom Kowalski, one heck of a beat man covering the Lions, dead at 51. He covered the team aggressively, with a conscience. What a loss." Detroit News' Bob Wojnowski: "Tom Kowalski was full of life, a joy to spar with and a helluva reporter. I can't believe Killer is gone. Heartbreaking beyond words." Fox Sports' Jon Morosi: "Heartsick over the death of Tom Kowalski at 51. Terrific reporter, always encouraging to others, a pleasure to be around. Really sad news." ESPN's Kevin Seifert: "Few, if any, sportswriters had such a personal connection with fans/readers." Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson: "My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Tom Kowalski. He was a wonderful friend and human being. I will miss him immensely." Detroit News' John Niyo: "Pretty sure today's the first time I've cried at work. Tom Kowalski would've never let me hear the end of that. He is already missed."