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Peter King (born 1957 in Springfieldmarker, Massachusettsmarker) is a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, the author of five books, most notably Inside the Helmet, as well as a TV analyst and reporter. Since 2006, he has been a part of Football Night in America, NBC's Sunday night NFL studio show.

Early life

After attending Enfield High School in Enfield, Connecticutmarker, King graduated from Ohio Universitymarker in 1979, and following graduation, began working for The Cincinnati Enquirer, where he covered college sports and professional football from 1980 to 1985. He was an NFL beat writer for Newsday from 1985 to 1989, when he joined the staff of Sports Illustrated. He writes regularly on the NFL for the magazine, and appears frequently as a commentator on radio and TV talk shows across the nation.

Sports Illustrated

King also writes the popular Monday Morning Quarterback column for as well as a "Monday Morning Quarterback: Tuesday Edition" edition. Typically, King will elaborate on the game or event he attended in person that weekend. Several recurring features are contained in the online column, including "The 10 Things I Think I Think", where he summarizes the highlights and lowlights of the prior week. He also makes personal observations on non-NFL issues, such as Starbucks (his favorite national chain coffee shop), other sporting events (often with respect to his favorite baseball team, the Boston Red Sox), his daughters, and travel and lodging (he has an issue with the Providence Westin and its policy of charging extra for use of the fitness room). King has also been outspoken in his columns - for example, he chided the Fox Network for putting a show such as Temptation Island on the air. "Monday Morning Quarterback: Tuesday Edition" is a mailbag column by King in which he typically answers between four and five reader questions.


He also joined the HBO show Inside the NFL in 2002 as a managing editor and reporter. With the return of NFL programming to NBC at the start of the 2006 season, NBC started a new studio show called Football Night in America, set between the end of the Sunday afternoon games, and the primetime Sunday Night Football. King joined Bob Costas, Cris Collinsworth, Sterling Sharpe and Jerome Bettis, serving as a special "insider" reporter and analyst for the show, typically highlighting one or two major topics from that day in football.


During the 2008 offseason, he became co-host of The Opening Drive on Sirius NFL Radio. During the season, he co-hosts the show on Wednesday mornings with Randy Cross and during the offseason he co-hosts on Monday & Wednesday with Randy Cross and Bob Papa. The show is available on SIRIUS and XM Radio on channel 124.

Other work

In 2005 the governor of New Jersey appointed him to a fact finding task force in an attempt to end steroid and human growth hormone use in high school athletics. The task force recommended a random drug testing program for high school athletes, the first of its kind for a state.

He is the author of four books on football: 'Inside the Helmet' (1993), 'Football: A History of the Professional Game' (1993), 'Football' (1997), and 'Greatest Quarterbacks' (1999).

In 2009 he was awarded the Dick McCann Memorial Award for his work in professional football.

Personal life

King lives in Montclair, New Jerseymarker and Bostonmarker, with his wife Ann and two daughters, Laura, who attended Tufts Universitymarker and Mary Beth, who attended Colgate Universitymarker.

References in popular culture

Beginning in 2008, King became the subject of a weekly sportswriters analysis column at the popular NFL website, Kissing Suzy Kolber.



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