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Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Deford III[1] (December 16, 1938 – May 28, 2017) was an American sportswriter, novelist and health activist. Over his 40 year career, he was a regular sports commentator on NPR's Morning Edition radio program (from 1980 to 2017).

Deford was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He studied at Princeton University. He was married to Carol Penner until his death in 2017. They had three children.

Deford wrote for Sports Illustrated magazine from 1962 until his death in 2017,[2] and was a correspondent for the Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel television program on HBO.[3] He wrote 18 books, nine of them novels such as Everybody's All-American (1981).

Deford died on May 28, 2017, at the age of 78, at his home in Key West, Florida.[3]


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