ESPN's Adam Schefter, right, talks with HBO "Real Sports" correspondent...

ESPN's Adam Schefter, right, talks with HBO "Real Sports" correspondent Jon Frankel in the Jan. 29, 2019, edition of the show. Credit: HBO

HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” premieres its 25th season on Tuesday night with a segment featuring ESPN NFL reporter – and Bellmore JFK High School alumnus – Adam Schefter.

The primary focus is Schefter’s breakneck reporting schedule, one that keeps his more than 7.2 million Twitter followers, as well as ESPN viewers, up to date on league news.

Correspondent Jon Frankel observes that ESPN appears to “own” him.

“ESPN owns me, and is not shy about exercising its ownership,” Schefter says about a schedule that has him appearing in studios in Manhattan, Bristol and his own home, often on the same day.

But the most emotional part of the story regards the unusual bond Schefter and Frankel share: Both married women who lost husbands in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, both when the women had young sons.

Frankel’s marriage preceded Schefter’s, so Schefter reached out to him for advice. Schefter eventually married Sharri Maio, who kept the last name of her late husband, Joe, and lives with Schefter in the house Sharri and Joe shared.

Schefter last year wrote a book about Joe called, “The Man I Never Met.”

“You always know that if Joe were here, how would it be different?” Schefter tells Frankel. “I know she wonders that. She wonders that, too. So you live in that shadow.”

Schefter then asks Frankel if he ever feels that way. “Sure, you wonder.”

Says Schefter, “It’s there, and it doesn’t go away.”

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