Greg Bishop is a senior writer for Sports Illustrated whose feature subjects have ranged from Ricky Williams to Adrian Peterson to Aaron Rodgers. He spent time as the Jets beat writer for the New York Times and the Seahawks beat writer for the Seattle Times.
The short guy with the shoulder injury. The rejection in San Diego and the posthurricane redemption in New Orleans. Six feet of calm, cool and collected dad, overshadowed by his glitzier quarterback cohort. If this is how you see the Saints’ quarterback—boy, are you missing out.
A classic front-office grinder—passionate, ambitious, driven—Rick Smith lived football 24/7 as he dedicated himself to building the Texans into a contender. That changed last fall when his wife was diagnosed with cancer. Stepping away for a year, the man who was once the NFL’s youngest GM has found new priorities and new balance in life, even as a season is set to kick off without him for the first time in more than two decades