Testimonial Tuesday: Talking about Gary Shelton

by Gary Shelton on February 17, 2015 · 0 comments

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Going back to my days with the Devil Rays, you knew that Gary Shelton was the man in Tampa Bay sports. His columns were always a must read. With that being the case, I'm sure his new website will continue to be a must read, whether you agree with him or not.

Fred McGriff, former Tampa Bay Devil Ray

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Gary and I watched the Northern Lights transform the night sky in Lillehammer, Norway, one magic night at the 1994 Olympics. Two guys from Texas and Florida, eyes wide open and not saying a thing. A moment burned into my brain.
Bob Condron, US Olympic committee

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Gary Shelton is one of America's best sportswriters and has been for a quarter of a century. As a young writer, Gary was someone I studied to see how the job is done and now, as a slightly older writer, it is just as true. He mixes humor with storytelling with a splash of courage but more than anything he reports. That's the difference. Whenever I have wanted to know what was really happening in Florida, I have turned to Gary Shelton's column.

Joe Posnanski, NSSA Sportswriter of the Year

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Neither Warren Sapp nor any of his editors will ever believe this, but Gary Shelton is who I wanted to be when I grew up as a sports columnist. Funny, thoughtful, a writer who used the less-than-obvious angle to find larger truths, a man who found humanity behind all the hubris. He's unsparing with his words, sometimes fussy — hell, in a world of Instagramthis and #hashtagthat Gary actually cares about the language. How much of a dinosaur is he, right? Here's the thing, though: after all the posers and celebrity journalists are done passing through, his perspective endures.

— Mike Wise, ESPN Senior Writer

 

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