Author and commentator, Frank Deford was the author of eighteen books of both fiction and non-fiction, including his memoir, Over time: My Life As A Sportswriter.
Deford was among the most versatile of American journalists. On radio, he was heard as a commentator every Wednesday Morning Edition on National Public Radio and, on television, he was senior correspondent on the HBO show, Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel. In magazine, he was senior contributing writer at Sports Illustrated — in an association that dates back to 1962.
Moreover, two of Deford's books — the novel, Everybody's All-American, and Alex: The Life Of A Child, his remembrance of his daughter who died of cystic fibrosis — have been made into movies. Two of his original screenplays — Trading Hearts and Four Minutes — have also been filmed.
Deford was elected to the Hall of Fame of the National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters. Six times at Sports Illustrated Deford was voted by his peers as U.S. Sportswriter of The Year. The American Journalism Review likewise cited him as the nation's finest sportswriter, and twice he was voted Magazine Writer of The Year by the Washington Journalism Review. He also was chosen as the first magazine recipient of the Associated Press Sports Editors' Red Smith Award for "major contributions to sports journalism."
Deford has been presented with the National Magazine Award for profiles, a Christopher Award and earned journalism Honor Awards from the University of Missouri and Northeastern University. The University of Texas annually presents a lecture in his name. He has also been granted numerous honorary degrees. The Sporting News has described Deford as "the most influential sports voice among members of the print media," and the magazine GQ has called him, simply, "the world's greatest sportswriter." in broadcast, Deford has won both an Emmy and a George Foster Peabody Award. ESPN presented a television biography of Deford's life and work, You Write Better Than You Play. A popular lecturer, Deford has spoken at well over 100 colleges, as well as at forums, conventions and on cruise ships around the world.
For 16 years, Deford served as national chairman of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. A native of Baltimore, Deford was a graduate of Princeton University, where he taught American Studies.