Ron Tepper

Ron Tepper

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Worked for many years, side by side, with legendary Pittsburgh icon Myron Cope at Pittsburgh Steelers Headquarters covering the NFL Draft. I was the first writer to interview Bill Cowher, live at his very first Steelers press conference. I have a 2 hour annual NFL Draft Preview TV Special, picked up by Fox Sports Net.

Contributing writer for Kansas City's official Warpaint Magazine, which is an advocate for creative and original writing, making them very unique and truly proven that traditional sports writing is still alive and well.

With technology being what it is today, most people have plenty of time to read. Anything else is nothing but superficial catch phrases. That's your new world age writing. Commentary and free expression have become obsolete. What a travesty.

Over my lifetime, I have had interviews with celebrities ranging from Bob Dylan to Charles Bronson, and won many awards. Pitched one year of Minor League baseball for the Montreal Expos with HOFer Gary Carter as my battery mate. Devoted most of my life working with Crippled Children and their families.

I have been a diehard Chief fan for decades now and remember every draft, every regime change, and fan reaction, but I have learned that the quote "HOW USELESS IS WISDOM WHEN IT BRINGS NO PROFIT TO THE WISE" is true in every way, and so sad for it only brings big profit for a select few that are undeserving.

I would like to give a big "thank you" to those listed as fans of mine. I had forgotten I had so many. You are all truly special to me, many of whom I have gotten to know quite well. I appreciate your support, especially when I was an active writer. I have contributed a lot of time, writing 75 articles over the years, (Some good and some fair) like everyone else, and are one of the few with enough integrity to say it.

Had some heated debates over the years. I have little respect for writers who are so vain, they label themselves as their "Favorite Writer". That's not confidence, its arrogance and self obsession, especially when they have no idea what they are talking about, and lead to delusional thinking about "stalking" behavior. That leads to credibility issues, and all the style and "state of the art" gimmicks in the world will never replace one's character.

In the end, good sense and journalistic acumen win, not smoke and mirrors with flair. People will devote time to read that which is credible, not diluted for the sake of time. Pulitzer prize winning author Rod Serling once said "People should care more about quality of content and not be obsessed with "run on" sentences. He was right, and has the body of work to prove it.

I am a big fan of James Adkins, Shannon Hollenbeck, Bill Robbins, Russell Fike, Derek Estes, and other writers who, in the early stages of infancy on this site, and years of contributions (along with mine), helped lay the foundation for others to follow and financially benefit from. They should never be forgotten. They believed that integrity should not be compromised, and they are all true heroes in my eyes. They will forever be my friends.

I have been "official fans" of over 200 people, some of whom only comment and don't write. I admire their intelligent insight and want to give find a way to encourage them and root for them, no matter what their situation. Rarely have I gotten a "thank you" in return, despite being for some, their ONLY fan, but in truth my giving has been unconditional. Please feel free to look over my body of work which is archived.

Things that I learned over the years is there is no substitute for experience. Older writers should be considered a valuable resource instead of a liability. Age is a positive, not a negative. Age discrimination is not only unethical but illegal. Makes you wonder when older writers seem to disappear from certain blog sites. I would rather hear stories of people who actually remember rather than young writers who have to look up names on Wikipedia because they have no knowledge of history.

If you are going to write or voice an opinion, make sure you know what you're talking about. I think one could apply that message to all areas of life, not restricted to writing by any means. Creativity is the key to writing, otherwise people will tire from formula. Surprise as a writer, and you'll surprise yourself. Don't be predictable. Be yourself. Write in the truest of forms.

I wish good luck to all the young writers. Don't be discouraged by rejection. It comes with the territory. Integrity is all that matters in the end. Nobody can ever take that away from you. Technology has come long way, but flash will never replace substance. Respect others, and if they have knowledge that few younger people have, give them the benefit of the doubt

Don't leave me messages by the way, because I can no longer address them, although I would like to. Thanks

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  • Farzin Vousoughian posted 432 days ago

    Farzin Vousoughian

    If you're going to excessively stalk me on LinkedIn, at least hide the evidence by signing off. Stalking 101.

  • Cherish Life posted 497 days ago

    Cherish Life

    Ron,
    How do you figure that Otha Foster III will only make the practice squad? Have you seen him play? Do you know his work ethic, heart and passion? Apparently not. You just watch and see that he makes the KC Chiefs 53 man roster!!!!

  • suzi conger posted 515 days ago

    suzi conger

    Hi Ron, can I reach you on FaceBook or ?

  • suzi conger posted 520 days ago

    suzi conger

    Hi Ron, I do really enjoy your articles and comments; I appreciate your professional knowledge and fact-based information ( well shucks,,,your sprinklin' of humor is great, also :-)

    Your Bio demonstrates your solid character; I especially admire your contribution of time and energy given to disabled children.

    I, too, root for the underdog; though basicly semi-retired, I've been dubbed ' a blonde Erin Brockovich " ( except she doesn't like Harley's....lol )

    GO CHIEFS!!!! Ah yes, I confess that as an X-SF supporter, I defected to KCC with AS; and am having a Blast getting to know the 'kingdom'...management, players, fans. You know Ron, I'm discovering a substantially different general attitude within the KCC culture as compared to the 'Bay Area'....less emphasis/admiration for 'Flashy'....I like it; it fits better for me........Hmmmmm, must be my Oaklahoma rodeo and Cherokee heritage roots, huh? :-D

    PS.....I like Mello now that he's dramatically improved his D and got rid ( for the most part ) of his 'sticky-hands ) ,,,,yes?

  • Christopher Almeras posted 616 days ago

    Christopher Almeras

    Thanks for the fan add, it is much appreciated.

  • Lawrence posted 625 days ago

    Lawrence

    Well, if you had any doubt that Ruth was what's his face, check out his more recent comments made about the Chiefs, almost word for word what you would see that one guy (His name truly does escape me atm) post all the time.

    It's whatever though, just proving a point because you know....

    I'm right.

  • Nick Sawyer posted 670 days ago

    Nick Sawyer

    Hey Ron, I am a big fan but I really want to know why you hate Jon Baldwin so much.

  • John Mosher posted 873 days ago

    John Mosher

    Are you still going to post your Mock Draft with the surprise in round 2?

  • Joe Workman posted 905 days ago

    Joe  Workman

    Hey Ron, do you think the Chiefs should be looking at a Fullback since they let Le'Ron McClain go?

  • Jeff Chase posted 918 days ago

    Jeff Chase

    Hey Ron, thanks for the suggestion. I do enjoy the classics, but as for my favorites, Goodfellas is oldest on my list. But Paul Thomas Anderson has taken over the most of my list.

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