Sun Media scores NFL Columnist

As Sun Media's new NFL columnist, John Kryk becomes the first full-time, year-round NFL beat...

As Sun Media's new NFL columnist, John Kryk becomes the first full-time, year-round NFL beat columnist in Canadian sports journalism history. (QMI Agency)

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Our NFL coverage already is super but we're about to bowl you over, football fans.

Today, Sun Media appoints John Kryk to the newly created position of NFL columnist, effective after the Super Bowl.

Kryk becomes the first full-time, year-round NFL beat columnist in Canadian sports journalism history.

He will complement Sun Media's existing team of NFL experts with his multi-media, multi-platform analysis and insight.

Sports is a big part of the Sun franchise and we're always looking for ways to get better and appeal to a broader audience," says Glenn Garnett, Sun Media's v-p of Editorial. "With John, and his proven track record for creativity and innovation, along with his engaging and thoughtful writing style, we have the opportunity to enhance our coverage of the most avidly followed sporting spectacle on the continent, the National Football League.

In appointing John to this exciting new role, we have a respected American football historian with a depth of knowledge and passion for the game that he will be sharing with our readers on all our multi-media platforms throughout the year."

It's a job Kryk seemingly was born to do. He grew up a huge fan of American college and pro football in Windsor, Ont. "the closest suburb to downtown Detroit," as Kryk always calls it.

Over the past 20 years Kryk has built a reputation south of the border as an historical expert on the sport.

In 1994 he authored Natural Enemies: The Notre Dame-Michigan Football Feud, which the Chicago Tribune has called the "definitive history" of that fabled college rivalry. After five printings and two updates, Natural Enemies has sold more than 14,000 copies across the United States and Canada.

Best-selling U.S. college sports author Murray Sperber said of Natural Enemies: "Kryk's scholarship is as good as any college professor's but his writing style is a lot better. Thus, readers get the best of both worlds: A superbly researched and well-written work."

As a football historian, Kryk has written two NFL historical calendars; offered insight in a documentary about iconic Michigan coach Bo Schembechler for the Chicago-based Big Ten Network; has guested dozens of times on U.S. sports radio stations; has written features for U.S. football magazines, websites and game programs; spoke to the University of Michigan's governing Board of Regents to correct public misinformation as to why its own massive football stadium was built; and currently is writing a revelations-filled history of pre-1906 football in the Midwest.

He doesn't just live in the past. Kryk is a devout follower of today's NFL and college football.

"No other sport can compare to the drama of football American or Canadian," Kryk said. "The great mystery and elixir of the sport is how a game's trajectory can flip so suddenly. As an old Hall of Fame coach once said, both in homage and in frustration, 'Football is a game played by momentum, and it changes in the dog-gone thing.' Yeah, I love it too."

"John Kryk will do it from the draft combines in February, to the Super Bowl the following February," said Sun Media's National Sports Editor, David Langford. Sun Media recognizes that its readers have a never-ending thirst for NFL coverage 365 days a year. John will be able to provide full-time insight and analysis of the league that never takes a day off.

Kryk began his journalism career in Northern Ontario in 1986 as a sports writer at the Timmins Daily Press, and from 1987 to 1989 as sports editor of the Sudbury Star, where he won Ontario Wire News and Northern Ontario sports photography awards.

He joined the Toronto Sun in 1989 as a sports design and copy editor. Kryk helped to run the department as Associate Sports Editor from 1993 to 1999, and it was during that time that he wrote about U.S. college football for three years, covering the first BCS championship game.

From 1999 to 2005 Kryk was the Toronto Sun's Executive Entertainment Editor, and for the next two years moved up to Deputy Managing Editor. Since 2007 Kryk has been National Entertainment Editor co-ordinating entertainment content for all of Sun Media's and QMI Agency's English-language platforms. He regularly weighed in himself with entertainment news stories and features.

In 1999 Kryk shared a Sun Media journalism award for spot news, for his on-the-scene coverage of the tragic, fog-caused highway pileup outside Windsor. In 2006 his Entertainment department won a Sun Media award for editorial direction, for its special section on the 50th anniversary of rock and roll.

Now Kryk goes back to Sports, where his career began.

"The NFL job is a dream come true," said Kryk, 47. "I began my journalism career with the hope of some day becoming a full-time football beat writer. I've loved every minute of section editing in sports, news and especially entertainment. It's hard to leave, but there's a reason I've been writing about football on the side throughout my career. I can't wait to do it as my day job."

A father of four who resides in Newmarket, Ont., Kryk is a graduate of both the University of Windsor and St. Clair College. He received an Alumnus of Distinction Award in 2010 from St. Clair College, and was its 2011 arts nominee for the Ontario Premier's Awards.


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