Rick Gosselin

Outstanding Alumni Award

Rick Gosselin 2014 Outstanding Alumni Award WinnerRick Gosselin worked for United Press International for two years in his hometown of Detroit on the state desk, then transferred to New York City in 1975 to cover the New York Giants and coordinate NFC coverage for the wire service. He transferred to Kansas City in 1977, spending nine years as UPI's Midlands Sports Editor, before moving to the Kansas City Star in 1986.

He covered the Chiefs and the NFL for four years there before moving to The Dallas Morning News in 1990. He covered the Cowboys from 1990-91, then served as the newspaper's NFL columnist from 1992-2010 until his appointment as a general sports columnist in August 2011.

In his career, he has covered two summer and one winter Olympics, five World Series, four Final Fours, both the Stanley Cup and NBA playoffs, a World Cup in addition to 31 Super Bowls. Gosselin won the inaugural Bill Reed Award as the outstanding student sports writer in the Big Ten in 1971. He was named the Missouri Sports Writer of the Year in 1980 by The National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters, and won the Dick McCann Award in 2004 for "long and distinguished reporting on professional football."

He has won writing awards from The Associated Press, The Professional Football Writers of America and The Dallas Press Club. Gosselin serves on the national advisory board of the John Wooden Award and also votes on both the major league baseball and pro football Halls of Fame.

He wrote his first book in 2009 about his high school and its prep football dynasty in Detroit in the 1950s and 1960s titled, "Goodfellows: The Champions of St. Ambrose." His writings have also appeared in Playboy and the Sporting News.

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