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Dr Z, former SI writer, still happy after strokes

Posted on: November 28, 2011 12:25 pm
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In case you were pondering the whereabouts of one of the most influential pro football writers of the past four decades,’s Peter King, in his MMQB, has a health update on former Sports Illustrated writer Paul Zimmerman.

Zimmerman, better known as Dr. Z, has reached the three-year anniversary of a series of three strokes that left him unable to read, write and speak, and for now, it seems the improvement of his health has plateaued.

King spoke with Zimmerman’s wife, Linda, last week, and even though her husband has limitations, he still keeps on top of the news regularly, maintains a positive attitude and exercises every day.

“We're not depressed,'' Linda told King. “I think it's because we have each other.”

Zimmerman also continues to watch football -- which, if you grew up reading Dr. Z in SI (and, like me, have used extensively a few of his pieces for help with an upcoming book project) is encouraging news. Sure, Zimmerman can’t communicate and might never do so again, but life has continued.

As King writes, “Not every story has a happy ending, but it doesn't mean the ending is sad either.”

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Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 7:41 pm

Dr Z, former SI writer, still happy after strokes

Good to hear. I myself am recovering from a minor stroke and so I have some idea what the challenges are. I grew up reading Zimmerman and Frank DeFord and miss his insights.

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