You might read Dan’s NFL stories at The Athletic. He writes NFL
features and Bears stories for them. You might have read his book
with Don Pierson: Chicago Bears Centennial Scrapbook. You might
have read his New York Times best-seller Fearless: How An
Underdog Becomes A Champion, with Doug Pederson.
Maybe you remember reading him at Bleacher Report,
Sports on Earth, in the Chicago Tribune, in The Sporting News
or in the Chicago Sun-Times.
You may have heard him on WSCR. He is one of the station’s football
experts. You may watch him on Pro Football Weekly on TV.
Dan has been covering the NFL for more than 30 years. His first NFL
interview came in 1980 with Doug Plank, who taught him how to lead
with his head. He has covered more than 500 NFL games in more
than 60 stadiums, including venues in London, Germany and Sweden.
He has sat in the press box for 32 Super Bowls. He has come to know
some fascinating people, from Joe DiMaggio to Adrian Peterson. He
has had in-depth strategy talks with many of the game’s most
accomplished coaches, including Bill Belichick, Bill Walsh, Jimmy
Johnson, Jon Gruden, Mike Martz, Pete Carroll, Mike McCarthy, Jim
Harbaugh, Buddy Ryan and Mike Ditka.
Along the way, he served as a pool reporter at five Super Bowls, getting an exclusive look at the participants’ practice weeks prior to the game. He watched two teams run their drafts from inside their war rooms. He went behind the curtain at the Senior Bowl and scouting combine to observe team player interviews. He was named one of 48 members on the Pro Football Hall of Fame board of selectors, one of nine members on the seniors committee and one of 25 members of the Blue Ribbon Centennial committee. He is a longtime voter for Associate Press NFL awards and all pro teams. He was elected vice president of the Pro Football Writers of America.
He had a bit role as a reporter in the Mark Wahlberg movie Invincible. He did promotional work for the country band Lonestar.
He is a cancer survivor.
Dan was given the Dick McCann Memorial award for long and distinguished contributions to pro football in 2013. His name is written on a plaque in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Here is the story Dan wrote when he received the McCann Award.
Here is an interview with Dan from when he won the McCann Award.
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