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Rick Reilly

(Richard Paul Reilly)
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Richard "Rick" Paul Reilly is an American sportswriter. Long known for being the "back page" columnist for Sports Illustrated, Reilly moved to ESPN on June 1, 2008. He has won the national Sportswriter of the Year award 11 times.

Reilly began his career in 1981 with the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colorado. He joined Sports Illustrated in 1985 and contributed a column for Sports Illustrated's annual swimsuit issue. He hosts The Riffs of Reilly on Verizon VCAST and SI.com.

Reilly has become a recognized name in the sportswriting industry because of his human interest pieces in SI. His column on Sports Illustrated's back page was called "The Life of Reilly." He announced in October 2007 that he would leaving Sports Illustrated to work at ESPN. He now writes a weekly column for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com, and reports live from sporting events for SportsCenter and other programs on the ESPN family of networks.

Reilly officially left SI during the week of November 29, 2007, after 23 years with the magazine.

He co-wrote "Leatherheads," a film starring and directed by George Clooney released in April 2008.