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Jim Trotter

Jim Trotter


Veteran NFL writer Jim Trotter joined NFL Media in April of 2018. He serves in a multitude of roles for NFL Network and NFL.com.

Trotter previously worked at ESPN, where he covered the NFL nationally since 2014 and contributed on multiple platforms. His primary focus was on long-form storytelling, including pieces on Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Atlanta Falcons standouts Julio Jones and Matt Ryan, and new Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. Trotter also reported extensively on player activism and social justice.

From 2007-14 Trotter was a senior writer at Sports Illustrated, where his work included an in-depth look at the rebuilding of the Oakland Raiders after the passing of iconic owner Al Davis and the media's coverage of Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor's death. Prior to Sports Illustrated, Trotter spent 18 years with The San Diego Union-Tribune, among them eight seasons as the lead beat writer for the San Diego Chargers and four as a national NFL columnist.

Trotter's work also includes two books on the late Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Junior Seau, including Junior Seau: The Life and Death of a Football Icon (2015). Currently, he is co-authoring a book with Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

Trotter has been a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee since 2007 and currently is president of the Pro Football Writers of America.

The Howard University graduate currently lives in San Diego.
November

Whenever someone breaks from the norms and traditions of a profession, people are quick to react negatively. Such has been the case with Le'Veon Bell, who has chosen to sit out the season rather than play for the Pittsburgh Steelers under a franchis... more

What's in store for the second half of the 2018 campaign? With the midway point behind us, Jim Trotter offers five big questions -- and answers for each -- as we enter the final eight weeks of the regular season. 1) Will the NFC South send three t... more

NEW ORLEANS -- There are moments that define teams, moments when clubs are forced to look in the mirror and answer whether they truly believe in the things they claim to stand for, moments when they discover whether adversity produces fear and hesita... more

October

NEW ORLEANS -- Deep creases frame the corner of his eyes when he smiles, and his walk sometimes resembles a waddle more than a purposeful stride. But beyond that, it's hard to tell that Kenneth Johnston is five months shy of his 70th birthday. The Ba... more

MINNEAPOLIS -- Once again, Stefon Diggs' timing is perfect. He pulls his black Mercedes-Benz S550 next to Revival, one of his favorite local restaurants, and jumps out to find no wait inside. He is wearing red gym shorts, sneakers and a gold hoodie t... more

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- We didn't learn anything new about Tom Brady in the Patriots' wild 43-40 victory over the Chiefs on Sunday night in Gillette Stadium. Brady is Brady, one of the greatest to ever play the game. It was almost expected he would lea... more

Shaken for the second time in two months, the Los Angeles Chargers family is mourning the death of patriarch Alex Spanos, who died from undisclosed causes Tuesday morning. He was 95. His passing comes almost two months to the day after the death of... more

CLEVELAND -- No one had to remind Hue Jackson of the importance of the victory. When your team has gone nearly three full years and 17 straight games without a division win, you know the significance. But as Jackson stood in the Browns locker room Su... more

September

LOS ANGELES -- We know about Jared Goff, the blossoming superstar QB who threw for 465 yards and tied a franchise record with five touchdown passes in the Rams' 38-31 win over the Vikings on Thursday night in the Coliseum. We also know about Cooper... more

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- He was not supposed to be on the football field in the first place. Keenan Allen was just 6 years old, and the minimum age requirement was 7. As if that weren't reason enough for concern, he was playing up two age divisions, agai... more

ARLINGTON, Texas -- With 58 seconds to go in the first half Sunday night in AT&T Stadium, Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence bullied past the Giants offensive line, sacked quarterback Eli Manning and hurriedly stumbled to his feet only to find G... more

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jared Goff walked into a cramped room in the belly of Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum and commanded the moment without saying a word. Dressed in a tailored plum-colored suit with thin blue window panes, a patterned open-collared wh... more

August

COSTA MESA, Calif. -- It is midweek during training camp. The Los Angeles Chargers are nearing the end of a practice at which many veteran starters have been given the day off. That means extra reps for those on the field. The heat is not oppressive,... more

On the eve of the Super Bowl each year, the Pro Football Hall of Fame's selection committee meets in a conference room to choose that year's class. The list of modern-era candidates starts with 15 finalists before being trimmed to 10 and then five.... more

CANTON, Ohio -- Bobby Beathard is standing against a rust-colored stucco wall in a private room at Gervasi Vineyard, reflecting on his upbringing in Southern California. Attired in blue jeans, a black polo shirt and black running shoes trimmed in whi... more

July

TRUCKEE, Calif. -- Everything about this postcard community suggests peace and serenity, from the majesty of the fir trees that stretch toward crisp blue skies to the clarity and calmness of the waters at nearby Lake Tahoe. But on this day there was... more

May

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The sights and sounds of economic redevelopment are seemingly around every corner. If bulldozers aren't puffing out tufts of white smoke as they move massive amounts of earth, towering cranes are swiveling from side to side, provid... more

NEW YORK -- The kickoff isn't going away for the 2018 NFL season, but it will look different. An unprecedented collaboration of owners, head coaches, position coaches, medical people and an active player and a union official took a significant step... more

April

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- When the Baltimore Ravens were on the clock for the first time Thursday night, it was understood within the draft room that they were not going to go defense if they used the pick. At that point, a staffer turned to a defensive c... more

There may be no tougher job for NFL scouts than confidently predicting whether a quarterback will make a successful transition from college. The evaluation can be particularly difficult late in the pre-draft process, when teams have completed their... more

Punter Marquette King is entering his seventh NFL season. He has seen players come and go. He knows the NFL is a business as well as a game. But if he needed a reminder at how quickly life can come at you, he got it a day or two before his March 30... more

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