If you Google "Steve Greenberg," the results will introduce you to a record-company executive, an editorial cartoonist, a gay rabbi, and the son of Hank. Though our Steve has much in common with all of those men, the simple fact is he's way better than they are at writing about sports.
He's written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Inside Sports, Basketball News and, from 2000-13, in print and online for Sporting News. He's covered dozens of postseasons in college football, college basketball, the NFL, the NBA, the NHL and major league baseball.
But what he's best at? It’s probably interviewing people — getting them to talk. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar complained to Steve about the absence of a statue of him outside of Staples Center, and soon after a statue was erected. Jay Cutler boldly declared to Steve that he had a better right arm than John Elway. Ron Artest told Steve he drank alcohol before Bulls games early in his NBA career. At his home in 2008, John Wooden told Steve that he wished to die in order to be reunited with his wife, Nell, who’d been gone for 23 years. In 2011, when Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin was sick and rumors swirled about grave possibilities, his family members told Steve he’d be back on the field in no time — and he was.
Steve, a Chicago native and University of Wisconsin-Madison alum, lives in St. Louis with his family.
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