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William "Will" McDonough (July 6, 1935–January 9, 2003) was an American sportswriter for the Boston Globe.


McDonough attended the English High School of Boston, where he starred in baseball as a pitcher and in football as a quarterback. After graduating from Northeastern Universitymarker he started at the Boston Globe as a copy boy in 1955, becoming a sportswriter in 1960.

McDonough became a hero among Boston sportswriters after a 1979 altercation with Patriots cornerback Raymond Clayborn, in which McDonough leveled Clayborn after Clayborn had poked him in the eye.

McDonough's TV experience included a stint as part of NBC's NFL Live pregame show from 1991-1993.

McDonough regularly referred to Roger Clemens as the "Texas Con Man" during Clemens' tenure with the Boston Red Sox.


He died of a heart attack at his home in Hingham, Massachusettsmarker at age 67.


One of his sons, Sean McDonough is a sportscaster for ESPN. His other son, Terry McDonough, is Director of Player Personnel for the Jacksonville Jaguars in the National Football League.

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  1. Loss of a legend Boston Globe. Accessed 20 October 2007
  2. [1]Boston Globe 10 - 28 - 2000
  3. [2]Boston Globe 11 - 03 - 2002

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