For the American businessman, see Will McDonough (businessman).

William "Will" McDonough (July 6, 1935–January 9, 2003) was an American sportswriter for the Boston Globe.


McDonough attended Boston English High School (English High School of Boston), where he starred in baseball as a pitcher and in football as a quarterback. After graduating from Northeastern University, he started at the Boston Globe as a copy boy in 1955 and was promoted to sportswriter in 1960, working for many years with other legendary Globe sportswriters such as Peter Gammons, Bob Ryan and Leigh Montville.

He became a hero among Boston sportswriters after a 1979 altercation with Patriots cornerback Raymond Clayborn, in which McDonough leveled Clayborn after Clayborn had poked him in the eye.[1]

His TV appearances included stints as part of NBC's NFL Live pregame show from 1991-1993.

He regularly referred to Roger Clemens as the "Texas Con Man" during Clemens' tenure with the Boston Red Sox.[2][3]

For one season, he serverd as an analyst for New England Patriots preseason games.


He died of a heart attack at his home in Hingham, Massachusetts at age 67.


One of his sons, Sean McDonough, is a sportscaster for ESPN. His son, Terry McDonough, was director of player personnel for the Arizona Cardinals in the National Football League. Another son, Ryan McDonough, is General Manager of the Phoenix Suns.

Notes and references

  1. Loss of a legend Boston Globe. Accessed 20 October 2007
  2. [1] Boston Globe 10 - 28 - 2000
  3. [2] Boston Globe 11 - 03 - 2002

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