WOLFSBURG, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 02: Mario Gomez of Wolfsburg reacts during the friendly match between VfL Wolfsbrug and Dynamo Dresden at Volkswagen Arena on September 2, 2016 in Wolfsburg, Germany. (Photo by Ronny Hartmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The Moment You’re Weightless

One thing has never changed. And that’s the feeling of scoring a goal. No matter where I’m playing or how old I am, that’s the moment I’ve lived for for 20 years.


The Story of My Life

My dad sat me down when I was eight years old and told me, “You’re gonna be a catcher.” I immediately started crying. I wanted to be a third baseman. He said, “You can cry as much as you want,…


Letter to My Future Self

Do you remember the lunch rush at McDonald’s? Just two years before the Rio Olympics, you were a 21-year-old college dropout, bagging fries.


Family Over Everything

I know I belong. I got my family by my side. What is there to lose?

December 16, 2014: Anaheim Ducks Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov (80) [2252] in warm ups before the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks at Air Canada  Centre in Toronto, ON (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)

Mailbag: Ilya Bryzgalov

We met up with Bryz at a Mediterranean restaurant (his choice) near where he calls home in New Jersey for a no-nonsense Q&A session.

Mikey Nichols and Eric LeGrand at Mickey's house in Monroe, New Jersey on October 10, 2016.(Photo by Taylor Baucom/The Players' Tribune)

We All Got Angels, We All Got Demons

The kid who hit me fell on top of me, and we slid toward the boards. It wasn’t in slow motion or anything like that, but I knew it wasn’t going to be good.


Why I’m Coming Back to Houston

Astros fans, I’m here to tell you: It’s going to be a special year. Mark it down. I can already tell.


No Matter What Happens

No matter what happens next, I know I’ll never experience something as special as being a Tar Heel.

Jay Williams visits the Players' Tribune office  on Monday, January 25, 2016 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Taylor Baucom/The Players' Tribune)

What College Football Is Really All About

It’s easy to say that there’s nothing like college football … because it’s true. There isn’t. But those words mean different things to different people.


A Letter to My Mom

You’ve spent your whole life giving me the support I needed to achieve my dreams. Someday soon, I promise you, I’m going to help you live yours.


Renaissance Man

I ran track, played soccer, drew pictures and was pretty good at playing a few instruments. My mom was my biggest cheerleader, always trying to motivate me and making sure I never got complacent.


A Letter to the Gator Nation

The University of Florida has changed my life. And I don’t mean that in the cliché way. I mean every single syllable of it.