Jeff Pearlman

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Meet Jeff

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In an effort to try and seem cool and professional, I’m required by law to write this biography in the third person—as if someone has been hired by Jeff Pearlman to write a bio of Jeff Pearlman.

Eh, that’s not really my style.

So, to be clear. It’s me! Jeff Pearlman! I’m the New York Times best-selling author of eight books. My latest release, “Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL,” comes out in paperback Sept. 2019 and is available now in myriad places. I am a former Sports Illustrated senior writer, a former columnist and a former staff writer for Newsday and The (Nashville) Tennessean. I write a weekly column for The Athletic, and contribute to a whole bunch of places, ranging from Bleacher Report to the Wall Street Journal to Sports Illustrated to I also co-host the Two Writers Slinging Yang podcast as a solo artist. I’m a habitual blogger, an addicted Tweeter and a guy who knows how lucky and fortunate he is to make his career as a writer/author/Tom Cruise lookalike. There are plenty of people in this world who hate their jobs; hate starting the day; hate what they do and dream of retirement.

That’s not me. I’m the luckiest guy in the world. I do what I love.

If you e-mail me, I will always write back—unless you insult my mother or refer to me as Larry. I’m a former (awful) cross country and track runner at the University of Delaware, I’m a lover of all things Hall and Oates, I have ridiculously thin skin and my wife is only 5-feet tall. We have two children, and a dog, Norma, named after a grandmother.

Of late, I’ve taken to wearing my T-shirts inside out. Which helps explain why, in the above photograph, my T-shirt is inside out.

Some quick facts:

Born and raised: The mean streets of Mahopac, N.Y.

College: University of Delaware.

Wife: The stupendous Catherine Pearlman.

Kids: Casey, Emmett, Enrique, Mel, John, John II, Steve, Edward, Bobby, Malik, Yoba.

Highest moment (not included cliched stuff like wedding, arrival of kids): My wife donating her kidney to a stranger. Full story here.

Lowest moment: Sitting in my NYC apartment in 1999 and being told my Grandma Marta was dead.

Five favorite musical artists: Hall and Oates. Tupac. A Tribe Called Quest. Blind Melon. MC White Owl.

Five favorite athletes: Ken Griffey, Sr., Garry Templeton, J.R. Richard, Wesley Walker, Ken O’Brien.

Greatest Athletic Achievement: Walking on to the University of Delaware track and cross country teams.

Lowest Athletic Non-Achievement: Placing last in the mile at the East Coast Conference indoor track and field championships, 1991.

Favorite writing spot: Anywhere with hot drinks, wood tables, outlets and some mojo.

Favorite word: Serendipity.

The things I love the most …: My family, writing, playing hoops.

The things I hate the most …: iPhones, loud iPhone talkers, loud iPhone talkers in coffee shops.

Showtime Book
Love Me, Hate Me Barry Bonds Book
Sweetness Walter Peyton Book
The Bad Guys Won Book
The Rocket that Fell to Earth Book
Boys Will Be Boys Book

Once again, Jeff Pearlman has produced an exhaustively researched, elegantly written book that re-creates one of the most colorful and memorable teams of the modern era. No basketball fan's bookshelf will be complete without it.

— Seth Davis, author of Wooden: A Coach's Life