In the 16 years that I was fortunate enough to work with him, Phil never took me by the scruff of my neck and said, “OK, young fellow, this is how you do this job.” He just told me once that, if the bosses believe that you can do the job, who are you to say you can’t.
Just work hard and prove to everyone they made the right choice.
For Andy, this “labor of love” was therapy for losing his father, his mentor and his best friend unexpectedly when Phil was taken away by cancer seven years ago.
“Losing my dad was just brutal, one of the hardest things I ever had to go through because it was so unexpected,” Andy Jasner said.
He began as the beat writer for Villanova University basketball and was promoted to columnist in 1995.
“I went through thousands of articles and cut it to 60,” Andy Jasner said. I wanted to show the kind of hard worker and deep thinker my dad was.” Andy Jasner will do book signings on Dec. His focus now is on writing Philly.com's Sports Tonight columns.Long-time Daily News sports writer and Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame inductee Phil Jasner didn’t set out to become one of my mentors.Born and raised in West London, Collins started playing drums at home from the age of five, as well as completing drama school acting, which secured him roles as a child actor.
Collins’ big break came in 1970, when he answered a newspaper advertisement for a drummer in a new band called Genesis.Chapters are introduced by Philadelphia sports figures such as long-time Eagles radio voice Merrill Reese, beloved former Eagle Vince Papale, Big Five Hall of Fame coach Paul Westhead, former Atoms coach Al Miller, plus ex-Sixers Doug Collins, Billy Cunningham, Earl Cureton, Charles Barkley and Allen Iverson.