This is the inaugural edition of Lazy Sunday Reads, a series in which The Big Lead will steer you into sportswriting — both new and old — that’s worth delving into.
In a 1993 edition of Sports Illustrated, Gary Smith profiled Jim Valvano, who was battling cancer:
In this week’s Pittsburgh Magazine, Sean Conboy pleads with the NFL to take genuinely legitimate action to help its players in their future lives:
At MMQB, Robert Klemko discovered that NFL players hate the Thursday night slopfests perhaps even more than we do:
For Sports on Earth, Colin McGowan discusses LeBron James’ upcoming movie:
And in these parts, Ty Duffy diaries a weekend with ESPN’s College GameDay crew: