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Rick Telander Biography

Senior Sports Columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times
Con to the question "Should Performance-Enhancing Drugs Be Accepted in Sports?"

“When we can’t prove anyone guilty [of using performance-enhancing drugs] until they finally are caught, by some incredible entrapment, then everyone is guilty. These dummies like [Andre] Dawson and the rest of these players don’t seem to get this. They keep saying, I’m not going to judge anybody, I don’t know what anybody else on the team does, that’s not for me to say. But you know what? It is for you to say. You should get up in the locker room, you should get up somewhere and scream to everybody, ‘If any of you guys are out there pumping up with juice with HGH with needles all over the place, I don’t want you on my team. You’re bringing down the entire sport.’ And Bud Selig and all of his shrugging like ‘Gee I don’t know what we can do.’ We have known about this…for not just five years or ten years or fifteen or twenty. This thing has been building for thirty or forty years…I remember in the late 60’s there were NFL [National Football League} teams that were already on steroids.”

Interview, “Rick Telander,” Mike Mulligan and Brian Hanley Show, 670 The Score Chicago Sportsradio [as transcribed by], Jan. 9, 2008

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Sports Columnist, Chicago Sun-Times, Apr. 1995-present
  • Freelance writer, former senior writer, ESPN The Magazine
  • Writer, “Rick Telander Blog,”
  • Named the Illinois Sportswriter of the Year by the National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
  • Panelist, The Sportswriters on TV, Sports Channel America cable, 1985-2000
  • Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated, 1974-1998
  • Drafted in the eighth round by the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League, 1971
  • Two-time Academic all-Big Ten selection
  • Inducted to the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame
  • Former Panelist, Sport Reporters, ESPN
  • BA, English Literature, Northwestern University, 1970
  • His book Heaven Is a Playground (1976) was made into a movie released in 1991
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Teammates of Athletes Who Are Found Guilty of Using Performance-Enhancing Drugs in the Olympics Also Return Their Medals?