November 07, 2019

It's The Struggle That Made Shaquil Barrett

Once, a rat scurried across the baseboard of his bedroom wall. There were 16 homes in 13 years, give or take. There was plenty of time for Myspace, but not for football practice. There was a belly that affirmed a weakness for soul food, spaghetti and potato salad. There was no college scholarship after high school, and there were no takers in the NFL draft.

October 23, 2019

Ed O'Bradovich Is Urban Legend -- This Is Why

An older gentleman pushes a shopping cart through a grocery store near downtown Chicago. He is a big man with white hair, and he has a certain presence about him. But he’s hunched over, as if he’s in pain. His wife asks him to get some tomatoes while she browses for other produce. He returns empty-handed.

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Just Call Him Money Mike

October 16, 2019

METAIRIE, La.— Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas jogged to the sideline after a punt, confused by a defensive coverage he had just seen. He approached wide receivers coach Curtis Johnson. Thomas: “I didn’t understand why the corner reacted the way he did. Johnson: “You’re Money Mike, you need to figure it out. You are the one who makes all the money.”

No Matter What, The Pouncey Brothers Are Together

October 11, 2019

If Chargers center Mike Pouncey never takes another snap in the National Football League, Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey will be playing for two. The identical twins have lived the same dream from the first time they put on helmets as 6-year-olds. They have won eight championships at various levels and made a combined 11 Pro Bowls in the NFL.  Their teams were separated by 2,400 miles, but nothing in the game has ever come between them.

The Impossible Odyssey of Aqib Talib

October 03, 2019

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.—The first headline Aqib Talib made as an NFL player was for getting in a fight. With a teammate. At the NFL’s rookie symposium, the purpose of which is to teach young men life skills. The second notable thing Talib did as an NFL player? Miss a team flight.

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The Chicago Bears Centennial Scrapbook

You might think you know it all about the Bears, but there is plenty of new material here, some of it coming from more than 15 hours of interviews with team matriarch Virginia McCaskey, who spoke at length about her team for the first time in her 96 years. She also provides the forward to the book. There are sections about the draft, rivalries, how the 1985 team was built, the characters and many of the greats like Halas, Payton, Butkus, Sayers and Ditka. Co-author Don Pierson and I provide an all-time Bears team, and a list of the top 100 Bears of all-time. This book celebrating 100 years of Bears football is unlike anything previously published.

Fearless: How An Underdog Becomes A Champion

Dan and Doug reveal the principles that guided Doug through the ups and downs and tough times of his career, and what it took to become a champion. Fearless captures Pederson's coaching and leadership philosophies and reveals the brilliant mind and indomitable spirit of a man who has entered the pantheon of great coaches. Available at Amazon.com and bookstores everywhere.

Mully and Haugh Show

Dan joins the boys on 670 AM in Chicago in the  6:00 hour on Wednesdays to talk Bears and NFL.

Pro Football Weekly On TV

Dan joins host Pat Boyle and Hub Arkush, Dan Hampton and Dave Wannstedt for a weekly look at the NFL in-season.

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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 and one of nine members on the seniors 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.









Tony Dungy

Pro Football Hall of Fame coach, NBC analyst

“During my NFL career I always enjoyed talking to Dan Pompei. Dan has been one of the premier voices covering NFL for quite some time, and I have tremendous respect for his work. He was one of the writers who always took the time to investigate stories and write informative and balanced pieces. I still enjoy his work and I believe you will too.”

Dan Hampton

Pro Football Hall of Fame Defensive Lineman

“In a career of over 30 years, Dan Pompei has been the “Voice” of Chicago football scribes. From the early days of covering the Super Bowl-bound Bears to being inducted into the Pro Football HOF, he has used a keen insight and sharp wit to entertain the masses in print, radio and television.”

Peter King

Editor-in-chief, The MMQB, Pro Football Hall of Fame Writer

“There have been a few people in my 31 years covering the NFL who are appointment reading for me. When Dan Pompei writes something--about any NFL person, team or trend--I immediately read it. Reading Dan, I find insight about the game I find from only a small handful of people in the media. When I say small, I mean four, five, six people. For me, Dan's on my Mount Rushmore of football writers, and football commentators. You know what I else I like about Dan's words? He progresses. He learns. He moves on to the new and interesting and compelling, rather than be stuck in the nineties or some other supposedly golden era. He understands that for readers and listeners who follow football avidly, today is the most important day, and today's stories are the most important stories.”

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