The sports world is mourning the loss of Prince George’s County native Bryan Burwell who passed away last Thursday after a brief battle with cancer. He was 59. Burwell, a DuVal High School graduate, was a sports columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch but was also known nationally for his work with cable networks ESPN […]
The sports world is mourning the loss of Prince George’s County native Bryan Burwell who passed away last Thursday after a brief battle with cancer. He was 59.
Burwell, a DuVal High School graduate, was a sports columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch but was also known nationally for his work with cable networks ESPN and HBO. He was also once a USA Today sports columnist.
“Burwell was the consummate journalist,” said Lee Ivory, former Executive Editor and Publisher of USA Today Sports Weekly. “There wasn’t a subject he couldn’t write about or talk about on-air and we all marveled at how seamlessly he could move from print to TV to radio. Bryan was a team guy and a great role model for us all. We will miss him greatly.”
Burwell joined the Post-Dispatch in 2002 after working as a sports correspondent for HBO’s “Inside the NFL.”
He was also a regular contributor to ESPN’s “The Sports Reporters” Sunday morning talk show program and contributed to various ESPN “30 For 30” documentaries.
“He was a great role model, someone to admire and try to duplicate,” said Rob Parker, a Detroit-based sports journalist and former ESPN “First Take” panelist.
Burwell’s distinguished career also included stints at The Detroit News, the New York Daily News and New York Newsday.
He was not only beloved by friends and colleagues but also by the coaches and athletes he covered and the general public.
“He was the first high profile black columnist with his picture in the paper I probably ever saw,” said Parker. “It gave me a great sense of pride, something to strive for.”
Burwell, a respected member of the National Association of Black Journalists, was also a well-known sports radio personality and author who penned the book “Madden: A Biography” in 2011 with former NFL head coach turned broadcaster John Madden.
He is survived by his wife, Dawn, and daughter, Victoria.
“I was saddened to hear of the passing of Bryan Burwell,” said University of Maryland Director of Athletics Kevin Anderson. “He was an extremely talented columnist whose thought-provoking style of writing was something that I always connected with. Through the years, I would cross paths with Bryan at different events and always enjoyed our conversations. I sincerely appreciate all of his contributions to the world of sports. He will truly be missed.”