Jerry Magee, a newspaper columnist, was a sports writer in San Diego for 52 years, retiring from the San Diego Union-Tribune in 2008. He began his career more than five decades earlier at the then-San Diego Union and also wrote for Pro Football Weekly.
His first job newspaper job was as a copyboy at the Omaha World-Herald, where one of his tasks was to mix flower and water into the paste used by copy readers. He joined the San Diego Union-Tribune in 1956.
Magee was called "an American Football League apologist" by his contemporaries who covered NFL football, adopting it himself and regularly quoting it. He took on what he has called the "NFL apologists," including William Wallace, sports columnist with The New York Times, and Jerry Green of the Detroit Free Press, in Magee's attempt to puncture what he called "NFL myths."
Magee brought attention to the AFL's style of football, including writing about Will McDonough and his service on the American Football League Hall of Fame board of selectors. Magee wrote frequently about interviews he had with American Football League superfan, archivist and historian Ange Coniglio.
Upon Magee's retirement in September 2008, the Union-Tribune published a tribute article about Magee that was written by people he covered and worked with, including former San Diego Chargers running back Hank Bauer.
In 1987, Magee was given the Dick McCann Memorial Award from the Professional Football Writers of America organization, which is handed out to reporters who have made "a long and distinguished contribution" to pro football through coverage.
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