Former Broncos great Floyd Little told me he recently spent several days with Sports Illustrated feature writer Gary Smith. The magazine, Little said, is preparing a profile that will run in connection to Little’s August induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Smith isn’t your typical sports writer. His profiles are quirky, detailed and extremely intense. At times, Smith seems more a psychologist than a reporter. When Smith is at his best, he’s one of the finest sports writers ever.
Here’s my favorite Smith profile, a look at Dick Vermeil. This one is nearly 27 years old, and was written before Smith used a more straight-forward style: