John Eisenberg grew up with books in his hands – his first summer job was at his mother’s bookstore in his hometown of Dallas, Texas. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, he wrote for newspapers for almost three decades, mostly as a sports columnist at The Baltimore Sun covering major events while also paying attention to his hometown teams – the Baltimore Ravens, Baltimore Orioles, and Maryland Terrapins. Along the way he wrote 3,000 columns and won more than 20 awards, including several first-places in the prestigious Associated Press Sports Editors contest.
He has authored seven books of sports-themed nonfiction, most recently That First Season: How Vince Lombardi Took the Worst Team in the NFL and Set It on the Path to Glory, published in October 2009 by Houghton Mifflin. He lives in Towson, Maryland, with his wife, Mary Wynne, and their college-age children, Anna and Wick. He has also written for Sports Illustrated, Smithsonian Magazine, and Details, and since 2007 has taught an upper-level sports journalism class at Towson University.