The story behind the story of Zak Keefer’s epic article on ex-mobster John Franzese Jr.

Ed Odeven Reporting

on Monday, March 26, 2018.Zak Keefer interviews Sugar Ray Seales, an aging boxing champ who went broke and blind but still coaches kids in Indy in 2018. (credit Mykal McEldowney/IndyStar)

By Ed Odeven
TOKYO (April 15, 2019) — Zak Keefer covers the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts for The Indianapolis Star. He’s also a sports enterprise reporter for the Indy paper and USA Today.

He provided a revealing introduction to his ambitious work on his LinkedIn Page:

For example, he wrote this: “I’ve written about an ambitious kid from Plum, Pennsylvania, who lied to his parents, took $100 to a basement poker game and turned that night into an NFL career. His name is Pat McAfee.”

And this: “I spent 18 consecutive hours with the president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during race week for a peek inside the most hectic job in motor sports.”

Plus this: “I told the story of Clarence Walker, John Wooden’s…

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