Wrote the novel Everybody's All-American in 1981, which was adapted into film starring Dennis Quaid.
He graduated from Princeton in 1962 and then picked up a brief job with Sports Illustrated as a researcher.
He was a senior contributing writer for Sports Illustrated and a commentator on NPR.
He married Carol Penner Deford in 1965, and they had two grandchildren.
He was a correspondent with Bryant Gumbel on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.