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Frank Deford Biography

Senior Contributing Writer at Sports Illustrated
Con to the question "Should Performance-Enhancing Drugs Be Accepted in Sports?"

“Doping is to sport very much like terrorism is to nations. It is insidious. OK, there’s a lot of bad stuff that’s always gone on in sports. But, at the core, we are always drawn to the physical majesty of the young men and women who do wondrous things with their bodies. Sport is art, aesthetics -- tabulated. We are outraged at games that are fixed. Drugs fix bodies. It’s the same thing, and we know it.”

“Dope and Glory: Why Don’t Fixed Bodies Provoke the Same Outrage as Fixed Games?,” Sports Illustrated, Oct. 29, 2003

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Contributing Writer, Sports Illustrated, 1962-1989, Spring 1998-present
  • Commentator, Morning Edition, National Public Radio (NPR)
  • Regular Correspondent, RealSports With Bryant Gumbel, Home Box Office (HBO), 1995-present
  • Chairman Emeritus, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Member, Hall of Fame of the National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters
  • His books Everybody’s All-American (2004) and Alex: The Life of a Child (1997) were made into movies
  • Recipient, Christopher Award
  • Recipient, Cable Ace Award
  • Recipient, Emmy Award, 1988
  • Recipient, distinguished service-to-journalism awards, University of Missouri and Northeastern University
  • Former Editor-in-Chief, The National Sports Daily
  • AB, Princeton University, 1961
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