Sam Fortier

Staff writer at The Washington Post


Present: Staff writer at The Washington Post

Past: Los Angeles Chargers beat at The Athletic. Contributor at The Ringer. Intern at The Washington Post, Esquire, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and WEEI, a Boston sports radio station. Sports editor at The Daily Orange. Bylines in The New York Times, Boston Globe and Syracuse Post-Standard, among others. 


A day in Philip Rivers’
trusted routine 

Sun up to sundown with the QB

Before the Chargers played the Ravens in the first round of the playoffs, I dove into a meticulously planned Wednesday.

St. Anthony’s 
Unanswered Prayer

An inner-city Catholic school closes  

Over 45 years, Bob Hurley turned his Jersey City basketball program into an unlikely national power. Now, after 28 state titles and decades of staving off closure, St. Anthony is shutting its doors, and the Friars family is trying to cope with running out of miracles.

Are pro athletes playing too much Fortnite? 

Some teams are worried.

Amid the Fortnite craze of summer 2018, this story. ‘We used to be worried about drinking’: Video games are players’ newest distraction away from practice and competition.

RGIII had a shot at the Olympics 

But when Ravens called, it was ‘a message from God.’

Out of football for a year, the former Redskins QB was training with Olympians. Now he’s fighting for a roster spot in Baltimore and feels called “to play football at a high level.”

Power Move

Inside Mike Hopkins' departure from Syracuse

Mike Hopkins spent more time in Syracuse than he had anywhere else in his life. He was supposedly one year away from inheriting the SU men's basketball team from its legendary coach. Then, suddenly, Hopkins left.

Boise State Mounts a Paper Defense of its Home Turf

Protecting Boise's famous blue field

The blue field at Boise State University's Bronco Stadium was installed in 1986, and ever since, BSU has protected its gimmick with a trademark.

Inside the Chargers’ final drive that stunned the Chiefs

"Oh, my gracious!"

After the Chargers churned 60 yards in 2:33 to become the first team in the NFL that season to overcome a 14-point deficit and win, a dispatch of how it all happened from the locker room, where QB1 was fired up.

The Making of Myles Garrett 

Spending draft night with the No. 1 pick

I spent draft night with the 2017 no. 1 pick — and the formative friends and family he wanted to honor before setting off to begin his NFL career in Cleveland..