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ESPN's Rick Reilly Posts Final Column As Sportswriter, Looks For New Challenges
Published June 12, 2014
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SAYING GOODBYE: Reilly in his farewell column wrote, "I see now how I was raised by sports, how it became my second family, and how I learned at its feet every day." Reilly: "Never let anyone tell you sports doesn't matter. Never let them tell you it's all about the wins, the losses and the stats. Sports is so much more than that." He added, "So why leave the best job in the world after 36 years? To see what else is out there. To learn new lessons from new teachers. To live in Italy, make amends to my piano and never have to care about groin pulls again." Reilly wrote, "It's been my privilege to be your sports writer. If I'd have known so many people would reach out and say so many kind things, I'd have quit years ago. To be told by a young journalist that you were the reason she got into the business; to be told by a grieving son that you made his dying mother laugh; to be told by a reader that a column you wrote changed the direction of his life? It swells the heart." He added, "You've been better to me than I deserve. No writer in history is more flawed than me, but it was never for lack of trying. It was always in my attempt to get to the truth, or to make it fun, or to make it add up to something meaningful to you" (ESPN.com, 6/10).