Seth Wickersham is a senior writer for ESPN. The journalism major published an article on the relationship between New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, the team’s coach, Bill Belichick, and owner, Robert Kraft.
Here is what you need to know:
1. Wickersham Claims There’s Some Bad Blood Amongst the Patriots’ Top 3
Without naming names or getting into specifics, Wickersham made some bold claims about the relationship between Brady, Belichick, and Kraft.
“According to interviews with more than a dozen New England staffers, executives, players and league sources with knowledge of the team’s inner workings, the three most powerful people in the franchise — Belichick, Brady and owner Robert Kraft — have had serious disagreements. They differ on Brady’s trainer, body coach and business partner Alex Guerrero; over the team’s long-term plans at quarterback; over Belichick’s bracing coaching style; and most of all, over who will be the last man standing. Those interviewed describe a palpable sense in the building that this might be the last year together for this group,” Wickersham writes.
Unsurprisingly, there has been a ton of backlash and Wickersham has heard just about every name you could imagine from Patriots fans all over the world. Regardless, he’s not backing down.
“Well, I stand by my reporting, and it’s OK. That’s what makes it part of the fun,” he told Toucher & Rich on 98.5 The Sports Hub.
Not long after Wickersham’s interview, Brady, Belichick, and Kraft released a joint statement, which you can read below.
2. This Isn’t the First Time He Has Taken Aim at the Patriots
Back in October 2017, Wickersham co-wrote a similar article about the Patriots, which was the cover story of ESPN The Magazine’s Nov. 13 QBs at a Crossroads issue. The piece, which was co-written by Tom Junod, assessed Brady’s remaining career potential. Together, Wickersham and Junod attempted to detail the phenomenon that is Tom Brady, considered by most experts to be one of the best quarterbacks in history.
3. He Has a Book That’s About to Be Released
Wickersham is working on a book, called Powerball, with fellow writer Don Van Natta. The book, to be released by Crown Publishing’s Crown Archetype imprint, will be the “definitive look at [National Football League] Commissioner Roger Goodell and the hidden power struggles that have shaped the modern NFL,” according to a Crown Publishing press release.
“Beginning in 2006, when Roger Goodell was elected NFL Commissioner on a secret ballot by the NFL team owners, Powerball will trace how the league’s owners evolved from a mainly cohesive group of legacy owners’ families to a raucous, divisive membership that has splintered into cliques, and it will examine how what happens in the inner circles of the league affects the games watched by millions every season,” the press release reads.
4. He Attended the University of Missouri-Columbia & Has Worked for ESPN Since 2000
Wickersham earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. According to his LinkedIn page, he graduated in 2000, the same year that he got a job working for ESPN, one of the biggest sports media outlets in the world.
In August 2017, Wickersham was signed to a new extension by ESPN.
“Seth has long been one of our most talented journalists whose stories on the inner-workings of the NFL have elevated our coverage and delighted fans. Re-signing him as well as adding Joel and Phil increases what’s possible for our editorial team and elevates our ability to serve fans,” Chad Millman, ESPN vice president, editorial director, domestic digital content said.
He has been featured on Outside the Lines, SportsCenter, NFL Live, The Ryen Russillo Show, and E:60.
Over the years, Wickersham has earned several accolades for his work in sports journalism.
“Wickersham’s work has been anthologized or cited as an honorable mention seven times in The Best American Sports Writing. He was also anthologized in Next Wave: America’s New Generation of Great Literary Journalists and in Words Matter: Writing to Make a Difference. In 2015, he won a Folio Award for Best Single Story – Sports, and received a second-place National Headliner Award in Magazine Feature Writing. Additionally, he has won seven awards from the Pro Football Writers of America. He was part of the staff at ESPN The Magazine that won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence three times (2003, 2006, 2017).”
5. He’s Married to the Editor-In-Chief of ESPN Magazine, Alison Overholt, & Has 2 Kids
Wickersham is married to Alison Overholt, the current Editor-In-Chief at ESPN Magazine, a position that she took on in January 2016. Overhold graduated from Harvard University in 1998 and started working as a Senior Management Analyst the following year. In 2000, she got into publishing and worked as an associate editor for Fast Company Magazine. From there, she worked for Seventeen Magazine before landing a job at ESPN in 2005. She became the Editor-in-Chief of espnW in 2014, a position that she still holds, according to her LinkedIn page.
Wickersham and Overhold have two children together, a daughter named Maddie, and a son named Grant. They also have a dog named Tucker. They currently live in West Hartford, Connecticut.