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NSSA Inducts Rick Reilly, Marv Albert Into HOF, Honors Peter King, Mike Emrick At Banquet
Published June 10, 2014
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MONDAY NIGHT QB: King in accepting his third Sportswriter of the Year award stressed the importance of originality in a crowded sports media landscape, noting that while he was one of about 15 reporters at the ’99 NFL Combine, the league issued 941 credentials for the ’14 event. King: “One of the things that I told our new staff is 'I don't care about volume. I only care about originality.'” He used a story from The MMQB in which he embedded himself with an NFL officiating crew as an example of finding unique ways to capture and tell stories. King also shared that he recently received a death threat from a reader, and that when he told his wife, she responded, “Only one?” King: “Our world has changed. People are going to know you because of social media, because you put yourself out there. … It's a small price to pay for what it is that we do.” Meanwhile, Emrick accepted in absentia his first NSSA award, as he was calling Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. In a prerecorded acceptance speech from inside Staples Center, he thanked Albert for helping him land his first NHL gig -- as Albert’s backup calling Rangers games on the radio in the mid '80s.
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS: More than 60 Sportscasters and Sportswriters of the Year from 40 individual states also were on hand to accept their trophies, while the Boston Globe’s Bob Ryan was introduced as the NSSA’s incoming President. Ryan, an ’11 HOF inductee, gushed about the impact the organization has had on his career and expressed excitement about the opportunity to give back to it. ESPN Coordinating Producer Jose Morales received the Story of the Year award for “Carry On,” a follow-up to a ’09 piece produced by Lisa Fenn. The bond Fenn formed with the two high school wrestlers featured in the original segment was the focus of Morales’ story and, as such, she was retroactively awarded the ’09 Story of the Year Award. Fenn said of the ethical line regarding forming relationships with subjects, “The good stuff, the stuff that really matters, is often on the other side of that line.”