In the fall of 2006, Mark Schlichach began a career as a writer and columnist for ESPN.
He has written for the New York Post, the Washington Post, ESPN.com, ESPN Deportes and other publications, and he’s also a regular contributor to ESPN.
“I started out writing for the NFL Network, and it’s been pretty crazy,” he said.
“It’s been an incredible journey.
I’m very fortunate to have a job and a network.
I’ve been doing this for 10 years now.
I love it.”
The journey started for Schlichak in 2006 when he started at the Post as a sports columnist, and after six years he moved to ESPN to be a sports and entertainment writer.
“ESPN is the place where I was born, where I’ve had the privilege of growing up,” he explained.
“So to be here is incredible.
And it’s an honor and a privilege to write for them.
It’s the best job in sports.”
Schlichbeck has written on the college and pro game for ESPN since 2005, covering both the NFL and the NBA, as well as other sports, including college football and the NFL.
He was named ESPN Sports Writer of the Year in 2012.
His work on the NFL has included work covering the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Schlichbach’s career in sports has also included a stint as a contributor to Fox Sports.
He served as a commentator for Fox Sports from 2002 to 2004 and has also worked on FOX Sports Live.
He’s been named a finalist for the ESPN Sports Writers Association of America’s John Madden Award for Outstanding Sports Columnist.
Schlangach said he has never felt pressure to write about the game, and has always considered the job a career.
“To have that privilege is an honor.
You get a chance to make a living doing something that you love and you really care about,” he continued.
“The only thing that I do feel pressure to do is write about it.”
Schlangah said he feels like he has a very close relationship with the NFL, but he has always felt like there is a lot of pressure to be in the right place at the right time.
“You always have to do what’s right for your career, and that’s what you always want to do, and if you do that and you make the right decisions, you’ll get rewarded.
That’s what I do every day,” he added.
“There’s always going to be pressure, but I don’t feel like there’s any kind of pressure.
It is what it is.”
Scholach said being a writer is also a part of the job, and being able to put his thoughts out there for the world to see.
“When I was a kid growing up, I was told I could only do one thing.
I could never write, and I couldn’t play,” he shared.
“My whole life has been a way of telling my story.
When I was 18, my parents divorced and my father took me to the movies, and they told me I had to go to college to be an actor.
So I went to the University of Southern California and played football and baseball for three years, and played in the Olympics and was the first African American to do that.
So my story is just that.”
He continued, “It wasn’t until I started college at USC that I began to realize that I was not the only African American athlete that played football, so it was a blessing in disguise.
It was the beginning of a lifelong love of sports, and for me, that’s always been a huge part of my life.”
Schlach added, “I always thought I could be an NFL writer.
I always thought that I could do it, and so I always did.
When my wife and I divorced, we knew we needed to have our kids, so we knew that the only way we were going to make it was to have the kids, and now I know I can do that too.
It just keeps pushing me forward.”
Schlabaches passion for writing and sports has been well-documented.
In 2016, Schlichhaus book The Football Writers Guide to the NFL was released, and Schlichhes book “The NFL: An Introduction” was published in 2018.
Schlaghach has also been a regular panelist on NFL Network.
“We talk about it all the time,” Schlichah said.
In addition to being a panelist, Schlaches books also have been a source of enjoyment for many people.
He shared his favorite part of being a football fan, and the one that has the most meaning to him is when he read something that his father had written for him, something that