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Shelley Smith

ESPN                      

   

What advice do you have for an aspiring sports reporter?

To get out and meet as many people as you can, go to as many events as you can, and read newspapers/internet sites/magazines. Be a sponge.

 

Who was the first person you interviewed?

Probably  my high school classmate who went on to play football at Nebraska and was a decathlete. Lee Kunz!

 

What was the most bizarre interview you have ever done?

Mike Tyson in Tokyo. He was heavily medicated and weird.

 

What was your favorite subject in school and why?

Journalism. It was post-Watergate and we all thought we were going to expose corrupt governments.

 

What is your favorite quote and why?

“Good thing they’re not testing for martinis,” the late Jack Elway when asked what he thought of drug testing athletes and coaches

 

I saw that you wrote two books, what inspired you to write these?  Any plans for other books?

Actually – three. “Games Girls Play,” Lessons to Guiding and Understanding young female Athletes -- -You Play To Win the Game, with Herm Edwards and “Just Give Me the Damn Ball,” with Keyshawn Johnson. Currently am working on a book about Raiders owner Al Davis.