There was Terence, sitting in his English class as a high school sophomore in Milwaukee during the early 1970s, and the guest speaker was Bill Dwyre, the sports editor of the Milwaukee Journal.

That’s when Terence wanted to be a sports journalist.

Terence has gone from working for his high school newspaper back then to becoming a national sports columnist and commentator these days.

What a country, indeed.

As for Terence’s professional life . . .

— He writes opinion pieces for CNN.com and The Undefeated (ESPN) while operating as a sports contributor for CNN, MSNBC, ESPN “Outside the lines.”

— He has a segment every Sunday night in Atlanta on a highly rated show called Sports Zone on WSB-TV (Channel 2), the most-watched ABC affiliate in the country.

— He appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show after a personal call from Oprah and spent five years as a regular panelist on “Rome Is Burning” for ESPN.

— He is featured on numerous shows by NFL Films.

— He spent 32 years working for major newspapers (Cincinnati Enquirer, San Francisco Examiner, Atlanta Journal-Constitution) as an award-winning writer and columnist.

— He has covered more than 30 Super Bowls, three sets of Olympic Games, along with numerous Final Fours, World Series events, NBA Finals, major golf tournaments, Indianapolis 500s, huge NASCAR races, championship fights and college football bowl games.

— He was the first full-time African-American sportswriter for the Cincinnati Enquirer and the San Francisco Examiner.

— He has voted for Baseball Hall of Famers longer than any other African-American in history after becoming just the second African-American ever to receive a Baseball Hall of Fame vote in 1991.

— He is a visiting professor of journalism at Miami (Ohio) University, his alma mater, where he is beginning his fifth year of teaching.