Through My Eyes
A Sports Writer’s 58-Year Journey
by Jerry Izenberg
Former United States Senator Bill Bradley says it best—“Jerry is a conscience of sports. He is never afraid to take on the tough subjects…” Now in this revealing portrait of nearly six decades of sports writing, Jerry Izenberg takes his many readers and friends back over the long road of finding the truth and reporting it. What were the influences on Jerry that made him so consciencious of finding and reporting the truth, even when people did not want to hear it? Along the way you will meet the greats, near greats, and people you never heard of, but because of Jerry’s writing, you consider them friends. At times you might have disagreed with Jerry, but you never ignored him. His coverage of sports in New Jersey and on the national and international scene earned him selection into the Rutgers University Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 1997.
He took you to places you’ve never been to and he never forgot that you were with him. He introduced you to the heart and soul of all those he met along the way. He remembered the things his immigrant dad taught him and he taught you those same things with a preciseness of language that left no doubt of what he was telling you. He championed the underdog and didn’t care if it made him an outsider. To his thousands of readers, he was their conscience even when they did not want to listen. Now read his story of why he wrote this way and why he loved his readers.