By PAUL NEWBERRY
AP Sports Writer
ATLANTA (AP) – Former Associated Press sports writer Ed Shearer has died at age 82.
Shearer’s son, Jim, says his father’s health deteriorated after he took a fall last month. He was in hospice care when he died Monday at an assisted-living facility in Talking Rock, a small town in north Georgia.
Shearer worked at the AP for more than 40 years and covered the Olympics, Super Bowl, World Series, Masters and Hank Aaron’s 715th homer. But he left his most lasting mark as the “SEC Seer,” a prognosticator of Southern football known throughout the nation.
During an era when many states did not have a full-time AP sports writer, he traveled the region extensively covering the biggest college games of the week. He was a regular at major postseason games such as the Sugar Bowl.
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