Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Times' Gary Shelton selected nation's top sports columnist

For the second time in his career, the St. Petersburg Times' Gary Shelton has been named the best newspaper sports columnist in the nation by a panel of Associated Press Sports Editors judges.

Shelton, 58, was also named the No. 1 columnist among major newspapers (circulations above 250,000) in 1995.

This is the sixth time he has been ranked in the top 10 by the APSE judges and the fourth time he has been recognized in the top five.

"Gary Shelton is a franchise player on the best sports news team in Florida and beyond," said Times executive editor Neil Brown. "This terrific honor is a great recognition of Gary's enormous talent as well as the vitality of the sports scene in Tampa Bay."

Shelton's honor was based on five entries from 2009:

• a column after the abrupt firing of Bucs coach Jon Gruden.

• an open letter to Delaney Cooper, the then-3-year-old daughter of former Bucs linebacker Marquis Cooper, who was one of three men who died when their fishing boat capsized in the Gulf of Mexico.

• a column on former Bucs defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, who had left the NFL to work for his son at the University of Tennessee.

• a column wondering what the English did to us to deserve having to watch the Bucs play the Patriots in London last season.

• a column on Bobby Bowden's final game as coach at Florida State.

Shelton joined the Times in 1990 as a sports writer covering the NFL. He became a columnist two years later. A graduate of Auburn, he had been a sports writer at the Columbus (Ga.) Enquirer and the Miami Herald before joining the Times.

Jack Sheppard, Times sports editor

Times' Gary Shelton selected nation's top sports columnist 04/10/10 [Last modified: Sunday, April 11, 2010 5:27pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Clemson reunion for Bucs' Adam Humphries, Vikings' Mackensie Alexander


    Bucs receiver Adam Humphries will have a familiar face lining up against him Sunday when he's in the slot and the Vikings have Mackensie Alexander guarding him as their nickel defensive back.

    Bucs wide receiver Adam Humphries (10) makes a reception before being tackled by Chicago Bears defensive back Marcus Cooper (31) Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  2. For starters: Rays vs. Cubs, trying to get even with Joe Maddon


    After a tough 2-1 loss on Tuesday, the Rays take on the Cubs again tonight, looking to split the two-game series with former manager Joe Maddon.

    The Rays are starting young lefty Blake Snell.
  3. Whatever USF has to say about Temple waits till Thursday


    "The holes were wide open. Anyone could have run through them."

    South Florida Bulls cornerback Mazzi Wilkins (23) intercepts a pass during the second half of the home opener for the South Florida Bulls against the Stony Brook Seawolves at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times
  4. Five reasons why Kentucky can beat Florida for the first time since 1986


    By Matt Baker

    GAINESVILLE — Florida's 30-game winning streak over Kentucky is one of the most impressive feats in the country.

    Florida Gators offensive lineman Martez Ivey (73) celebrates Florida Gators running back Mark Thompson's  (24) touch down in the first quarter, putting Florida on the board 6-0 during the game between the University of Florida and the University of Kentucky in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, in Gainesville, Fla. Florida defeated Kentucky 45-7. ANDRES LEIVA   |   Times

  5. Once targeted by the Bucs, Dalvin Cook thrills for the Vikings


    How good would the Bucs be with running back Dalvin Cook?

    Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) slips a tackle by Steelers strong safety Sean Davis (28) to score a touchdown Sunday in Pittsburgh. [AP photo]