APSE recognizes Go Long in beat coverage, feature writing
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It’s been a quieter week here at Go Long, but for good reason. I promise. Friday morning, be on the lookout for my two-part series on a former NFL quarterback who’s dealt with far more in life and football than anyone realizes.
The more we chatted, the more his story blew me away.
What a decade it’s been for Kevin Kolb.
In the meantime, let’s pass along some good news. Go Long was recognized in the Associated Press Sports Editors’ annual awards, placing third in feature writing and fourth in beat coverage within the D category. A very cool honor that’s only possible because of your support. Anyone who makes this leap into independent journalism — at Substack and beyond — has no clue what to expect.
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Here are those stories acknowledged by APSE if you missed them in real time:
Murder, cockroaches, belief: How Rachaad White bet on himself
Tua Time, Part I: Belief
Tua Time, Part II: The Takeover
The Detroit Lions Must Break You, Part I: Life and death
The Detroit Lions Must Break You, Part II: Bringing the pain
'It was a bad, bad situation'
You don't know Yannick Ngakoue
The Morning After: Are the New England Patriots... good?
Earlier this year, the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) also awarded our series on Erik Kramer third place in the features category. Those links if you’d like to read:
Congrats on the awards, Ty! Well done.
1978 Pats at Jets - first game my dad took me to. Pat Leahy hooks a short FG in our EZ, Pats win.
76/77 Raiders Vikings SB. First one I remember.