Don Banks, whose 36-year sports activities writing profession included greater than 16 years at Sports activities Illustrated’s web site, has been chosen as…
Don Banks, whose 36-year sports activities writing profession included greater than 16 years at Sports activities Illustrated’s web site, has been chosen because the Dick McCann Award winner by the Skilled Soccer Writers of America.
Banks, who died final August whereas masking the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame weekend, had lately been employed by the Las Vegas Overview-Journal as its NFL correspondent earlier than his loss of life.
The McCann Award is given to a reporter who has made a protracted and distinguished contribution to professional soccer by protection. The award is known as for the primary director of the Corridor of Fame (1962-67) and a longtime sports activities author and columnist.
“I want to express my sincere appreciation and thanks to the PFWA for recognizing Don with this award, as well as to the loyal readers who supported him throughout his career,” mentioned Alissa Banks, his widow. “Don’s work was his passion, and he would truly be humbled by this recognition. I choose to think that he is celebrating this great honor right along with those who love and miss him.”
Banks started his profession masking prep sports activities as an intern with the St. Petersburg (Florida) Instances. He went on to cowl the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1990 for the Instances earlier than transferring to Minnesota to cowl the Vikings and the NFL for the Minneapolis Star Tribune (1996-99) and later the St. Paul Pioneer Press (1999-2000).
In 2000, he was employed as NFL columnist for SI.com. His “Snap Judgments” columns on Sunday evenings have been learn constantly by followers and his colleagues.
His first story for the Overview-Journal was printed hours earlier than he died in Canton, Ohio, the place his shut buddy Sam Farmer was being honored with the McCann Award.
“On top of being a dogged and tireless reporter and an unforgettable storyteller, Don could do uncanny impersonations. That spoke to his meticulous eye for detail, and that carried over into his stories,” mentioned Farmer, of the Los Angeles Instances. “He may establish a granular trait or aspect or pattern that may in any other case have gone unnoticed, and he put it into phrases. From that time ahead, you by no means checked out one thing the identical method.
Don was universally favored and revered, and unfailingly beneficiant in sharing his expertise and knowledge with youthful reporters.”
Different nominees for the McCann Award have been Jarrett Bell (USA Right this moment), Vic Carucci (Buffalo Information), Jeff Legwold (ESPN.com), Gary Myers, and Barry Wilner (The Related Press).
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