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Duane Anthony Brown (born August 30, 1985) is an American football offensive tackle for the Houston Texans of the National Football League. He played college football for the Virginia Tech Hokies. Brown was drafted in the first round (26th overall) by the Texans in the 2008 NFL Draft.
Brown attended Hermitage High School in Richmond, Virginia, where he was teammates with Fontel Mines. Only 250 lb (110 kg) coming out of high school, Brown was regarded as a three-star tight end prospect by Rivals.com.
After red shirting his freshman year, Brown played in all 13 games in 2004, and caught his first collegiate pass against Western Michigan University that went for a touchdown. In 2005, he moved from tight end to offensive tackle, where he started every game and played in 673 offensive snaps during the regular season.
As a junior, Brown earned second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference recognition and was voted state Offensive Lineman/End of the Year by the Richmond Touchdown Club. During his senior season in 2007, Brown switched to left offensive tackle and earned second-team All-ACC honors and Offensive Lineman/End of the Year by the Richmond Touchdown Club for the second consecutive
DeAngelo Eugene Hall (born November 19, 1983) is an American football cornerback for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted with the eighth overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. He played college football at Virginia Tech.
Hall was also a member of the Oakland Raiders.
Hall attended Deep Creek High School in Chesapeake, Virginia, where he lettered in high school football, basketball and in track and field. At Deep Creek, he was a teammate of Carolina Panthers' linebacker James Anderson (American football) and defensive end Darryl Tapp. Hall, Tapp and Anderson also played together collegiately at Virginia Tech.
As a junior at Deep Creek, Hall averaged 9.8 yards a carry as a running back and had seven interceptions as a cornerback. He was chosen as the district offensive and defensive player of the year and was a first-team pick as a defensive back on the All-Tidewater team.
As a senior, Hall scored 30 touchdowns and rushed for over 1,300 yards while averaging ten yards per carry. He also intercepted nine passes, posted over 100 tackles and had 16 tackles for loss. During his senior season, Hall helped Deep Creek to the
Adrian Gonzalez (born May 8, 1982) is an American professional baseball first baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball.
Gonzalez was the first overall pick in the 2000 Major League Baseball Draft by the Florida Marlins. He was traded to the Texas Rangers, and later to the San Diego Padres, where he was an All-Star selection four times and two-time Gold Glove winner. The four-time Padres team Most Valuable Player (MVP) was traded to the Boston Red Sox before entering the final year of his contract during the 2010 offseason and traded again to the Dodgers in August 2012.
Gonzalez was born in San Diego, but played for Mexico in the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classic. His nicknames include Gonzo and A-Gon.
Gonzalez was projected to be a late first-round pick out of Eastlake High School in Chula Vista, California, but he advanced with his senior year performance. In June 2000, Gonzalez became the first infield position player to be drafted first overall since Alex Rodriguez in 1993. He was given a $3 million signing bonus by the Florida Marlins. While in the Marlins organization, Gonzalez played with the Gulf Coast League Marlins, Kane County Cougars, Utica Blue
Matthew Stephen Leinart (born May 11, 1983) is an American football quarterback for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). Leinart previously played for four seasons (2006–2009) with the Arizona Cardinals, largely in a backup role, before being released on September 4, 2010. He also played for the Houston Texans (2010–2011).
Leinart played college football for the University of Southern California (USC). In 2004, he was named that year's winner of the Heisman Trophy, and led the USC Trojans to the BCS national championship.
The left-handed passing Leinart was selected tenth overall in the 2006 NFL draft by the Arizona Cardinals. Despite possessing what draft experts believed was a good frame for a quarterback (6' 5", 230 pounds), they believed his lack of a strong throwing arm, such as that possessed by his predecessor at USC, Carson Palmer (now with the Oakland Raiders), would be a detriment in his professional career.
After Kurt Warner's retirement, Leinart was named the presumptive starter. However, he lost the starting job in training camp to veteran Derek Anderson, who signed with the Cardinals as a free agent before the 2010 season.
After some speculation,
Derrick Martell Rose (born October 4, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Born in Chicago, Rose learned the game of basketball from his three older brothers. In high school, he won two state championships and was rated by scouts as the top point guard prospect in the country after graduation. He played for the University of Memphis Tigers and reached the NCAA national championship game in 2008. Shortly after, Rose declared for the 2008 NBA Draft and was selected first overall by the Chicago Bulls. In his first year of professional basketball, Rose was voted the Rookie of the Year and was selected to the All-Rookie Team. In his second season, Rose was selected as an NBA All-Star for the 2010 NBA All-Star Game; he was also named a starter for the U.S. team at the 2010 FIBA World Championships. Since being drafted, Rose has led the Bulls to the NBA Playoffs every year. In 2011, he received the NBA Most Valuable Player Award, becoming the youngest player ever to win this award. He joined Michael Jordan as the only Chicago Bulls players to win the honor.
In 2009, an NCAA investigation revealed that
Gilbert Jay Arenas, Jr. (/əˈriːnɨs/; born January 6, 1982) is an American professional basketball player who has most recently played for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He plays as a point guard and shooting guard.
Arenas attended Grant High School in Valley Glen, California, and accepted a scholarship offer to the University of Arizona late in his junior year. He entered the 2001 NBA Draft and was selected in the second round (30th pick) by the Golden State Warriors.
Arenas is a three-time NBA All-Star, three-time member of the All-NBA Teams, and was voted the NBA Most Improved Player in the 2002–03 season. Arenas was most often nicknamed "Agent Zero," due to his former jersey number, but has increasingly been referred to as "Hibachi," a nod to the small Japanese heating device, which literally translates to "bowl of fire." Both names quickly became fan favorites in the Washington area during his time there.
Arenas was suspended for most of the 2009–10 season because of handgun violations stemming from an episode on December 24, 2009, and for subsequent actions that appeared to make light of this episode.
In late 2010, Arenas was traded from
Patrick L. Willis (born January 25, 1985) is an American football player who plays inside linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Mississippi, and received All-American honors. The San Francisco 49ers chose him with the eleventh overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.
During Willis's senior season at Ole Miss, he received the Butkus Award and the Jack Lambert Award as the nation’s top linebacker. A year later as a member of the 49ers, Willis led the NFL in tackles, earned first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors while being named the 2007 AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. Willis has earned Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors in all five years he has played in the NFL. He is the only player to receive the Butkus Award for best linebacker in more than one category. He won the college Butkus Award in 2006 while at Ole Miss and in 2009, he won the professional Butkus Award while with the San Francisco 49ers.
Patrick Willis is regarded by many as one of the best inside linebackers in professional football.
Born in Bruceton, Tennessee, Willis attended Hollow Rock-Bruceton Central High School, where he was a
Jimmy Lee Smith Jr. (born February 9, 1969) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars.
Smith attended Callaway High School in Jackson, Mississippi and won All-Conference honors in football.
Jimmy Smith attended Jackson State University and played wide receiver.
Smith was drafted in the second round of the 1992 NFL Draft out of Jackson State University.
He spent two injury-plagued seasons with Dallas. After missing much of the 1992 season with a broken leg, early in 1993 he underwent an emergency appendectomy which led to a severe infection and was nearly fatal. In the aftermath, a dispute broke out between Smith and Cowboy owner Jerry Jones, who claimed that, since the condition wasn't football related, the Cowboys should not have to pay Smith for the 1993 season. Smith spent all of 1993 on the injured reserve list.
Before the 1994 season, Smith was cut by the Cowboys. He was subsequently signed by the Philadelphia Eagles but was cut before the 1994 season began.
He was signed by the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars in February 1995 after head coach Tom Coughlin saw the talent that Smith possessed,
Barry William Zito (born May 13, 1978) is a Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher for the San Francisco Giants. He previously played seven seasons with the Oakland Athletics, where he won the 2002 American League Cy Young Award and made three All-Star teams.
Zito never missed a scheduled start in his career until 2008, and led the American League in starts four times. After the 2006 season, Zito signed the most expensive contract in history for a pitcher at the time. Zito is well known for the drastic difference between his pre- and post- All Star Game pitching performance, and has been one of the greatest second half pitchers in MLB history throughout his career. He has also proven to be one of the greatest front running pitchers in recent memory, holding a record of 125-7 when getting at least 4 runs of support.
Zito played collegiately at UC Santa Barbara, Los Angeles Pierce College, and the University of Southern California. In the 1999 draft, he was drafted by the Oakland Athletics with the ninth pick of the first round. Zito is known for his idiosyncrasies, and his offbeat personality. He created the charity Strikeouts for Troops which provides money to hospitals for
Philip Joseph "Phil" Hughes (born June 24, 1986) is an American right-handed baseball pitcher who has played six seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees. He was the Yankees' first-round pick in the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft.
During his time in the Yankees' minor-league system, Hughes became one of the most highly anticipated prospects in baseball. He debuted in the Major Leagues in 2007, and quickly demonstrated his potential with a bid for a no-hitter in only his 2nd MLB start. However, injury cut short his start, as well as significant portions of his 2007 and 2008 seasons. Hughes began 2009 in the starting rotation, but after struggling, he was converted to a relief pitcher for the remainder of the season, where he excelled as a setup man in a World Series-winning season. He returned to the rotation in 2010, winning 18 games and earning his first All-Star selection. Arm fatigue cost Hughes nearly half of the season in 2011.
His pitching repertoire consists of a four-seam fastball, slider, curveball, and changeup.
Hughes was born in Mission Viejo, California, and attended Foothill High School in Santa Ana, California, where he was a first-team High
LaDainian Tramayne Tomlinson (born June 23, 1979) is a former American college and professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons. He played college football for Texas Christian University (TCU), earned consensus All-American honors, and was recognized as the best college running back. The San Diego Chargers chose him with the fifth overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft, and he spent nine seasons with the Chargers before moving to the New York Jets as a free agent. He played with the Jets for two seasons before retiring after the 2011 season. He currently serves as an analyst on NFL Network.
Tomlinson, often referred to by his initials, L. T., was selected to five Pro Bowls and was an All-Pro six times. Tomlinson won two rushing titles, in 2006 and 2007. At the time of his retirement, he ranked fifth in career rushing yards (13,684), seventh in all-purpose yards (18,456), second in career rushing touchdowns (145), and third in total touchdowns (162). During the 2006 NFL season, he set several records and received numerous honors and awards including the NFL's Most Valuable Player Award and the Associated Press' Offensive
Vlade Divac (Serbian: Владе Дивац, pronounced [ʋlǎːde dǐːʋats]) (born February 3, 1968 in Prijepolje, Serbia, Yugoslavia) is a retired Yugoslav and Serbian professional basketball player who spent most of his career in the NBA. At 7 ft 1 in, he played center and was known for his passing skills. Divac was among the first group of European basketball players to transfer to the NBA in the late 1980s and was named one of the 50 Greatest Euroleague Contributors. Divac is one of six players in NBA history to record 13,000 points, 9,000 rebounds, 3,000 assists and 1,500 blocked shots, along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Duncan, Shaquille O'Neal, Kevin Garnett and Hakeem Olajuwon. (The NBA hasn't always tracked blocked shots, so other players such as Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain probably had similar career achievements.) Divac was also the first player born and trained outside the United States to play in over 1,000 games in the NBA. On August 20, 2010, Divac was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame in recognition of his play in international competition.
Aside from being noticed for his basketball abilities, Divac is also known as a humanitarian, helping children in his native
Chad Ryan Billingsley (born July 29, 1984) is a Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
As a senior at Defiance High School in 2003, Billingsley pitched in 11 games and was 6–1 with a 1.49 ERA, striking out 113 and walking only 16 in 56.0 innings. He pitched three games and went 3–0 with a 2.45 ERA for Team USA, which won the bronze medal in the 2002 IBAF World Junior Championships in Sherbrooke, Quebec and would have attended the University of South Carolina had he not signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was signed by Dodger scout Marty Lamb.
Billingsley was a high school teammate of New York Mets pitcher Jon Niese.
Billingsley was the first round pick (24th overall) of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft and had a signing bonus of $1,375,000.
Billingsley pitched in 2003 for Ogden of the Rookie Leagues, compiling a record of 5–4 with a 2.83 ERA. He went 7–4 with a 2.35 ERA for the Vero Beach Dodgers in 2004 before being promoted to the Double-A Jacksonville Suns where he pitched through 2005. He was 13–6 with a 3.51 ERA for Jacksonville in 2005. He started 2006 with the Las Vegas 51s before being promoted to
Jordan Robert Farmar (born November 30, 1986) is an American professional basketball player who plays the point guard position for Anadolu Efes of the Turkish Basketball League. In high school, he was named the Los Angeles Times High-School Player of the Year in 2003–04. Playing for UCLA in college, he was the Rivals.com National Freshman of the Year in 2004–05.
Farmar was selected 26th overall in the first round of the 2006 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. He played for them from 2006 to 2010, winning two consecutive NBA Championships in 2009 and 2010.
Farmar was born in Los Angeles, California, to his father Damon Farmar (a former minor league baseball outfielder who was a second round draft pick in both 1982 and 1983), and mother, Melinda. His parents divorced when he was 2, and he went to live with his mother, who soon met and married her current husband (Farmar's stepfather), Israeli Yehuda Kolani from Tel Aviv. His mother and stepfather are Jewish. His father is African-American.
Farmar started playing basketball at age 4. Farmar inherited his competitive drive from his father and mentor, Damon Farmar, who played football and baseball at University High and baseball in
Dallas McKinley Williams is a former professional baseball outfielder and coach. He played parts of two seasons in Major League Baseball with the Baltimore Orioles and Cincinnati Reds, and one season in Nippon Professional Baseball in 1988. Since 1989, he has been a baseball coach at various minor league levels, including serving as first base coach for the Colorado Rockies and Boston Red Sox. He most recently served as the third base coach of the Gary SouthShore RailCats of the Northern League.
Williams was selected by the Orioles with the 20th pick in the first round of the 1976 Major League Baseball Draft. He played for several years in their minor league system, but only had one brief cup of coffee at the major league level in 1981, when he went 1-for-2 in 2 games. Earlier in 1981, Williams played in the longest game in professional baseball history, Rochester's 3-2 33-inning loss at Pawtucket. Williams went 0-for-13 in the game. Williams' 0-13 line is also a record in futility in any single professional baseball game.
The following spring, the Orioles traded Williams to the Reds along with another minor leaguer in exchange for catcher Joe Nolan. Williams got a slightly more
Felix Jones, Jr. (born May 8, 1987) is an American football running back for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Arkansas, and was a consensus All-American. He was drafted by the Cowboys in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
Jones was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He attended Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, where he was a football standout and a teammate of Robert Meachem, a 2010 member of the New Orleans Saints and Mark Anderson, a 2010 member of the Houston Texans.
Jones attend the University of Arkansas, where he majored in kinesiology and played for the Arkansas Razorbacks football team. While serving primarily as the back-up for All-American and two-time Doak Walker Award winner Darren McFadden, Jones was used in a variety of ways alongside McFadden and fullback Peyton Hillis in the Arkansas backfield. In the Wildhog formation, Jones was used as a runner, receiver, blocker, or simply a decoy. Jones gained fame for his ability in returning kickoffs, returning four for touchdowns during his college career.
In the 2006 season, Jones rushed for 1,168 yards and scored 6 touchdowns on only 154 carries,
Francisco Vázquez González (Galician pronunciation: [fɾaŋˈθiskɔ ˈβaθkeθ]) (born May 1, 1983 in Chantada, Lugo, Spain), commonly known as Fran Vázquez, is a Galician professional basketball player for Unicaja Málaga of the Spanish ACB League.He plays at center position. Originally drafted by the Orlando Magic, Vazquez infamously remained in the Spanish ACB League, enraging many Magic fans and reporters.
Vázquez was selected 11th overall in the 2005 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic. He made headlines when he announced that he would remain playing in the Spanish ACB League for at least the following season. This came as a surprise to the Magic, who expected him to join Dwight Howard in the front court for the 2005-06 season, and it enraged many Magic fans.
Vázquez originally gave no indication that he would be returning to Europe after he was drafted and had indicated that he would like to join the Magic. The Magic retain his NBA rights while he plays in a non-NBA League. In 2010, he signed a one year contract extension with the Euroleague club Barcelona.
In July 2012, Barcelona decided to trade his rights to Unicaja Málaga for the rights of Álex Abrines who moved to FC Barcelona
Adam Thomas Kennedy (born January 10, 1976) is an American Major League Baseball second baseman who plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He previously played for the Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Washington Nationals, Seattle Mariners and had two stints with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Kennedy was born in Riverside, California. He attended J.W. North High School in Riverside, playing baseball and basketball. He is the son of Tom Kennedy, who teaches Health at North High School.
He attended Cal State Northridge, where he played shortstop for the Matador baseball squad. He set school records in career hits, RBI and batting average and was a three-time All American. He led the nation in hits as a sophomore and junior.
Kennedy was drafted in the first round (twentieth overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1997 MLB Draft. In 1999 with the Memphis Redbirds he hit .327 with 10 home runs and 63 RBI. He was selected as a Pacific Coast League All-Star, Baseball America first-team Minor League All-Star and Triple-A All-Star
He made his major league debut on August 21, 1999 for the Cardinals against the New York Mets at second base. He was hitless in four at-bats in that
Terence Newman (born September 4, 1978) is an American football cornerback for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League. He played college football for Kansas State University, and received All-American recognition. The Dallas Cowboys selected him with the fifth overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, and he has been chosen for the Pro Bowl twice.
Newman was born in Salina, Kansas. He attended Salina High School Central, where he played high school football for the Salina Central Mustangs. He was an all-state Class 5A selection, he won three varsity letters in basketball, three in track, two more varsity letters in football, and one in baseball. He graduated from Salina Central High School in 1998.
Newman attended Kansas State University, where he played for head coach Bill Snyder's Kansas State Wildcats football from 1998 to 2002. He redshirted his first year, and then played from 1999 to 2002. His first two seasons he was a backup, until he became a starter and a second-team Big 12 selection as a junior. During his college career he was also a special teams returner (second player in team history to score on a kickoff and punt return in the same season) and was used
Barry Lamar Bonds (born July 24, 1964) is an American former Major League Baseball outfielder. Bonds played from 1986 to 2007, for the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants. He is the son of former major league All-Star Bobby Bonds. He debuted in the Major Leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986 and joined the San Francisco Giants in 1993, where he stayed through 2007.
Bonds' accomplishments during his baseball career place him among the greatest baseball players of all-time. He has a record-setting seven Most Valuable Player awards, including a record-setting four consecutive MVPs. He is a 14-time All-Star and 8-time Gold Glove-winner. He holds numerous Major League Baseball records, including the all-time Major League Baseball home run record with 762 and the single-season Major League record for home runs with 73 (set in 2001), and is also the all-time career leader in both walks (2,558) and intentional walks (688).
Bonds has led a controversial career, notably as a central figure in baseball's steroids scandal. In 2007, he was indicted on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice for allegedly lying to the grand jury during the government's investigation of BALCO,
Gary Steven Roenicke (born in Covina, California on December 5, 1954) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder for the Montreal Expos (1976), Baltimore Orioles (1978–85), New York Yankees (1986) and Atlanta Braves (1987–88).
He was originally drafted by the Montreal Expos as the eighth pick of the first round of the 1973 amateur draft. He earned the MVP Award in the Eastern League (U.S. baseball) in 1975. A year later, he made his major league debut for the Montreal Expos, hitting .222 in 29 games with two home runs and five runs batted in.
In 1977, Roenicke was traded with Joe Kerrigan and Don Stanhouse to the Baltimore Orioles for Rudy May, Randy Miller, and Bryn Smith.
Roenicke appeared in 27 games in his first season with the Orioles in 1978. A year later, in his first full season, he had perhaps the best season of his career, appearing in 133 games and hitting .261 with 25 home runs and 64 runs batted in. He even made the top ten in at-bats per home run, with one home run every 15.0 AB. The next year, he hit .239 with 10 home runs, 28 runs batted in. In 1981 he hit .269, but his power numbers were still significantly down, slugging only .384, whereas he had slugged .508 in
Brayden Tyler "Brady" Quinn (born October 27, 1984) is an American football quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Notre Dame. Quinn has also played for the Denver Broncos.
Brayden Tyler "Brady" Quinn was born on October 27, 1984 in Columbus, Ohio, the middle child of Tyrone J. Quinn and Robin D. (née Slates) Quinn. He has an older sister, Laura Quinn, and a younger sister, Kelly Katherine Quinn. Laura Quinn is married to Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk, who played college football at the Ohio State University.
Quinn attended Dublin Coffman High School in Dublin, Ohio, and ranked sixth on the Detroit Free Press "Best of the Midwest" team and was listed at number 20 on ESPN's list of the nation's top 100 prospects.
As a junior in 2001, Quinn threw for 2,200 yards and 21 touchdowns to go along with 15 interceptions, posting a 9–4 record and helped lead Coffman to the Division I state semi-finals. As a senior in 2002, he threw for 2,149 yards, threw 25 touchdowns with four interceptions, and completed 143 of 258 pass attempts, and
Shawn Cornelius Andrews (born December 25, 1982) is a former American college and professional football guard who played for the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Arkansas, and was a two-time consensus All-American. The Philadelphia Eagles chose him in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft, and he earned three Pro Bowl selections during his career.
Shawn Andrews was born on Christmas Day in 1982 to his mother Linda Andrews. He was raised, along with his two brothers Stacy and Derrick, in the city of Camden, Arkansas. He attended Camden Fairview High School, where he was successful as an offensive lineman for the football team. Andrews earned numerous accolades including Parade, USA Today and Prep Football Report first-team All-American honors. He also participated for the high school track team in shot put and discus.
Andrews received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where he played for the Arkansas Razorbacks football team from 2001 to 2003. He started as a freshman. Andrews was a two-time first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection,
Thabo Patrick Sefolosha ( /ˈtɑːboʊ ˌsɛfəˈloʊʃə/; born May 2, 1984) is a Swiss professional basketball player who plays as a shooting guard and small forward for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Sefolosha has lived in several countries and speaks three languages (Italian, French and English). He was born in Vevey, Switzerland to a Swiss mother and a South African father.
Sefolosha was invited to join the junior Swiss national basketball team, and at 17 he began a professional career with Tege Riviera Basket, in Switzerland's top domestic league. On a team trip to France, Sefolosha was approached by a French talent scout to play with Elan Chalon in the premier pro league in France.
Sefolosha spent his first year in Chalon-sur-Saône playing with the junior under-21 squad, which traveled alongside the senior club. The following year (2002–03), he earned a rotation spot on the senior club, where he played 30 games and averaged 4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1 assist per game.
The following season, Sefolosha earned a starting spot on the senior team, which he helped lead to a third place finish in the French league, where his team advanced to the
Andrew Charles Benes (born August 20, 1967 in Evansville, Indiana) is a former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher. During a 14-year career from 1989 to 2002. Benes played for four different teams: the San Diego Padres, the Seattle Mariners, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Arizona Diamondbacks. His brother Alan also pitched in the Major Leagues, and was his teammate in 1996–97 and 2000–01. He and his brother Alan attended Evansville Lutheran School and Evansville Central High School.
Benes was the first person selected in the 1988 Major League Baseball Draft after playing college baseball at the University of Evansville. Benes pitched well enough in his first year to make it to the majors and be named National League Rookie Pitcher of the Year by The Sporting News. Benes was an All-Star in 1993 after a 15–15 season with the Padres, and led the Majors in losses with 14 and in strikeouts with 189 the next season. Benes finished third in the Cy Young Award balloting in 1996 after a 18–10, 3.83 earned run average season. After the 1997 season, Benes agreed to sign a 5-Yr / 30 Million dollar contract to return to the Cardinals. Unfortunately, the contract was signed after the
William Henry "Bollicky Bill" Taylor (1855 – May 14, 1900) was a pitcher, outfielder, and catcher in Major League Baseball. He played for the Worcester Ruby Legs, Detroit Wolverines, Cleveland Blues, Pittsburgh Alleghenys, St. Louis Maroons, Philadelphia Athletics, and Baltimore Orioles during the 1880s. Taylor was 5' 11" and weighed 204 lb.
Taylor was born in 1855 in Washington, D.C. He started his professional baseball career in 1879 with the Northwestern League's Dubuque Red Stockings. The following year, he played for San Francisco of the California League.
In 1881, Taylor had stints with three teams in the National League. He made his major league debut on May 21 with the Worcester Ruby Legs, played six games for them, then appeared in one game for the Detroit Wolverines, and then appeared in 24 games for the Cleveland Blues. Mostly playing in the outfield, he batted .222 that year.
Taylor spent 1882 and 1883 with the American Association's Pittsburgh Alleghenys. He had arguably his best hitting season in 1882 when – splitting his time between five positions – he batted .281 and ranked third in the league with a .452 slugging percentage. In 1883, Taylor batted .260 and also
Robert Allen "R.A." Dickey (born October 29, 1974) is an American baseball pitcher for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, and Minnesota Twins.
After limited success in the majors as a conventional starting pitcher, he learned to throw a knuckleball. As of the 2012 season, Dickey is the only active player in the majors who uses the knuckleball as his primary pitch. In 2012, Dickey was selected to his first career All-Star Game. He also led the National League in strikeouts.
Dickey attended the University of Tennessee, where he played college baseball for the Tennessee Volunteers baseball team in the Southeastern Conference. He majored in English literature at Tennessee, where he had a 3.35 GPA and was named Academic All-American. He was also named Academic All-SEC.
Dickey was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the first round (18th overall) of the 1996 Major League Baseball Draft. After being drafted by the Rangers, Dickey was initially offered a signing bonus of $810,000, before a Rangers team physician saw Dickey's throwing (right) arm hanging oddly in a picture. The Rangers subsequently did further
Terrell Raymonn Suggs (born October 11, 1982) is an American football linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Arizona State University, and was recognized as an All-American. The Baltimore Ravens selected him with the tenth overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, and he has been chosen for five Pro Bowls.
Suggs was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. While growing up in Saint Paul, Suggs played youth football, as a center, with future baseball player Joe Mauer. Suggs moved to Arizona either after eighth grade or after playing on Johnson Senior High School's freshman football team. As a teenager, he attended multiple schools, the first being Chandler High School. He later transferred to Hamilton High School where he set the Arizona Class 5A record for rushing yards in a game with 367 against Yuma Kofa as a junior in 1999.
As a senior, Suggs was named a Parade high school All-American in 2000, Gatorade Arizona Player of the Year, the No. 1 jumbo athlete in the nation by SuperPrep Magazine, Arizona Player of the Year by USA Today as well as an All-American by USA Today and the 60th-best player
Brandon Marshall (born March 23, 1984) is an American football wide receiver for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. He was selected by the Denver Broncos out of the University of Central Florida, with the 119th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft.
Marshall is known for his ability to break and dodge tackles. He led all NFL wide receivers in yards after first contact for the 2007 NFL season. Regarding Marshall's breakaway ability, Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers said, "Brandon Marshall is a defensive lineman playing wide receiver. He wants to inflict punishment on you. He wants you to try to tackle him so he can shove you off of him and get more yards." Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha said Marshall is "the toughest guy to bring down, one-on-one."
On December 13, 2009, Marshall set an NFL record for receptions in a game with 21. He is also one of only five players in NFL history to catch at least 100 passes in three consecutive seasons.
On April 14, 2010, Marshall was traded from the Denver Broncos to the Miami Dolphins for a second round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft and a second round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Matthew Vincent LaPorta (born January 8, 1985) is an American professional baseball player who is a first baseman and left fielder for the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball. LaPorta played college baseball for the University of Florida. He was drafted 7th overall in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers.
LaPorta was born in Port Charlotte, Florida. He attended Charlotte High School after transferring from Port Charlotte High. He played fullback on his freshman football team for the PCHS Pirates.
LaPorta was originally drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 14th round of the 2003 MLB Draft, but instead accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Pat McMahon's Florida Gators baseball team from 2004 to 2007. He led NCAA Division I baseball with 26 home runs, which garnered LaPorta All-American honors as he helped lead the team to the 2005 College World Series final. In 2006, his batting average dipped from .328 to .259. In June, LaPorta was drafted in the fourteenth round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft by the Boston Red Sox, but he chose to stay at Florida for his senior
Dewon Cortez Brazelton (born June 16, 1980 in Tullahoma, Tennessee) is a professional baseball pitcher. He pitched all or part of five seasons in Major League Baseball, and is currently a free agent.
While pitching in high school, Brazelton had knee surgery in 1995, then Tommy John surgery in 1996. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays selected him with the third overall draft pick in the first round of the 2001 MLB amateur draft, and Brazelton made his MLB debut September 13, 2002. In 2004, Brazelton, after being called the second coming of Roger Clemens by Peter Gammons, received the Tony Conigliaro Award.
After Stuart Sternberg took over as principal owner of the Devil Rays, Brazelton was traded during the 2005 annual baseball winter meetings to the Padres for third baseman Sean Burroughs.
In spring training of 2006, Brazelton appeared impressive, going 1–0 with a 1.77 ERA in 5 starts and earned the position of fourth starter in the Padres's four-man rotation, behind Jake Peavy, Chris Young, and Shawn Estes. However, Brazelton's first two starts were disastrous, taking the loss for both while pitching a combined 6⅓ innings and giving up 17 hits and 17 earned runs. Brazelton was then moved to
Felipe López (born May 12, 1980, in Bayamón, Puerto Rico) is a Puerto Rican professional baseball infielder who is a free agent.
In 1998, López graduated from Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs, Florida where he set school records by hitting .521 with 15 doubles, five triples, seven home runs, 28 runs batted in and 34 stolen bases in his senior year. He was also voted Florida's Player of the Year, was a USA Today All-USA selection, and was rated by Baseball America as the best defensive high school shortstop in the country.
López was a 1st round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays (8th pick overall) in the 1998 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his major league debut on August 3, 2001, and played second base and shortstop part-time.
On December 1, 2002, the Blue Jays traded the switch-hitting Lopez to the Reds as part of a four-team trade with the Oakland A's and the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Toronto Blue Jays sent him to the Cincinnati Reds, who sent pitcher Elmer Dessens to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks sent first baseman Erubiel Durazo to the Oakland Athletics, who, in turn, sent minor league pitcher Jason Arnold to the Blue Jays.
After backing up Barry
Genos Derwin "D.J." Williams, Jr. (born July 20, 1982 in Sacramento, California), more commonly known as D.J. Williams, is an American football linebacker for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. He played college football at the University of Miami.
On November 12, 2010, Williams was arrested for DUI but never faced suspension from the league.
Williams played high school football at California's De La Salle High School. He Earned USA Today Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior and was regarded as the top defensive player nationally. He compiled 130 tackles (87 solo) and rushed for 1,974 yards, six sacks, five forced fumbles, three fumbles recoveries. On offense, he broke the school record for touchdowns in a season with 42 (33 rushing, five receiving, three punt return and one kickoff return).
Williams started his collegiate career at the University of Miami at fullback due to a logjam at the linebacker position. Although he was used sparingly in his freshman year, he recorded 18 career rushes for 142 yards (7.9 avg.) with two touchdowns while catching 12 passes for 153 yards (11.9 avg.) over his career.
Williams switched back to his favored linebacker
Troy Edward Glaus ( /ˈɡlɔːs/; born August 3, 1976 in Tarzana, California) is a former Major League Baseball first baseman and third baseman. Previously, Glaus played with the Anaheim Angels (1998-2004), Arizona Diamondbacks (2005), Toronto Blue Jays (2006-2007), St. Louis Cardinals (2008-2009), and the Atlanta Braves (2010). Glaus lettered in baseball while attending UCLA. He bats and throws right-handed.
Through 10-plus seasons, Glaus has hit .256 with 304 home runs and 877 RBI in 1395 games. In 19 postseason games, he hit .347 with nine home runs and 16 RBI. Glaus has been selected to four All-Star Games.
Glaus began his career with the Angels in 1998 and was installed as the team's starting third baseman in 1999.
Glaus had a breakout season in 2000, becoming the all time single season home run leader for third basemen in Angels history with 47 while leading third baseman in adjusted range factor (2.95) in 2000.
Glaus started in the 2001 MLB All-Star Game and posted his second consecutive 40 home run season with 41 on the year.
In 2002, Glaus failed to reach the 40 home run club for the first time since the 1999 season, but he managed to hit thirty home runs in helping the Angels
Roger Royce Ring (born December 21, 1980 in La Mesa, California) is an American professional baseball pitcher.
Ring graduated from Monte Vista High School (Spring Valley, California) and attended San Diego State University where he was a star closer.
He was selected by the Chicago White Sox as the 18th overall pick in the first round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft.
In 2003, Ring was acquired by the Mets with Edwin Almonte and Andrew Salvo in the trade that sent Roberto Alomar and cash to the White Sox. Ring's performance suffered in the 2004 season and, for a time, he was no longer considered a top prospect. This was evidenced by the fact that the Mets left him unprotected in the Rule V Draft. Part of Ring's problem was his nonchalant attitude about physical fitness, as he gained body fat during his career downturn.
However, after a surprisingly strong spring training and minor league showing in 2005, Ring was added to the Mets' Major League roster and made his Major League debut on April 29 against the Washington Nationals. He posted a disappointing 5.06 ERA before being demoted to the minor leagues later in the season. He was recalled to the big leagues on August 2,
Chazeray "Chaz" Schilens (born November 7, 1985) is an American football wide receiver for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played high school football at Highland High School in Gilbert, Arizona, and college football at San Diego State.
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Entering Week 9 of the 2008 campaign, Schilens was named a starter, playing opposite Javon Walker. Schilens was also a factor in the outside blocking game, adding extra yardage on running plays with key blocks. In week 16, Schilens had his best game as a Raider, catching three passes for 52 yards including a 20 yard touchdown. He finished the 2008 campaign with 15 catches for 226 yards and two touchdowns.
Chaz broke the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot in August, 2009, but returned to action midway through the season and caught the game winning touchdown in an upset in Week 15 over the rival Denver Broncos.
In 2010, Schilens had another injury-plagued campaign, playing in only five games and catching five passes total.
Schilens was signed by the New York Jets on March 16, 2012. In Schilens' first game as a
Matthew Jones (born April 22, 1983) is a former American football wide receiver . He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft, and retired officially in November 2010. He played college football at Arkansas.
Matt was born to Steve and Paula Jones on April 22, 1983 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. His family soon moved to Van Buren, Arkansas where Matt was raised. He attended Van Buren Schools until his senior year. In high school, Jones was a quarterback at Northside High School in Fort Smith, Arkansas, as well as a sprinter on the school track team. He was also a member of the drama club at NHS and was an active participant in the "Keep Northside Red" campaign, which is an annual blood drive held on the Northside High School campus. Jones was a finalist for the KNWA's "Athlete of the Year" award but did not win. Jones was awarded with the "Hooten's Arkansas Football" Ft. Smith Northside Outstanding Student award as a senior at FSNHS. This award is for the most honorable student both on and off the playing field at FS Northside. Jones was also awarded the key to the city in Ft. Smith for his outstanding work with the local Boys & Girls Club. Jones
Robert J. Gallery (born July 26, 1980) is a former American college and professional football player who was a guard in the National Football League (NFL) for eight seasons. He played college football for the University of Iowa, and received All-American recognition. The Oakland Raiders selected him with the second overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, and he also played for the NFL's Seattle Seahawks.
Gallery was born in Manchester, Iowa. He attended East Buchanan High School in Winthrop, Iowa, and starred in football, basketball and track. In football, he played tight end and linebacker, and also handled punting and kickoff duties. He was an all-conference honorable mention selection as a sophomore before being named first-team all-conference as a junior and senior. Gallery helped his high school team to a three-year record of 24-8, including a 19-2 record in district play. He was a Des Moines Register Class 1A first-team all-state selection as a senior.
Gallery went to the University of Iowa, and played for the Iowa Hawkeyes football team from 1999 to 2003. His older brother, Nick, had been an All-Big Ten punter for the Hawkeyes, and his younger brother, John, later became a
Sun Yue (simplified Chinese: 孙悦; traditional Chinese: 孫悅; pinyin: Sūn Yuè, born November 6, 1985) is a 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) Chinese professional basketball player. He is currently playing for the Beijing Olympians. He became the fifth Chinese player to play in the NBA.
Sun started playing with the Beijing Olympians, which was the only privately owned club of the CBA, in 2002 at the age of 17. In 2004, Sun was selected to the Chinese national under-20 team, but when his team refused to release him to play, the CBA banned the Olympians from playing in the CBA. After touring in Taiwan, the team moved to play in the ABA. In Sun's first year in the ABA, the 2005-06 season, his final numbers included 9.5 points per game, 7 rebounds per game, and 6.7 assists per game. Sun also had his first triple-double of his career, with 12 points, 14 assists, and 12 rebounds, and was named to the All-ABA 2nd team. In the following year, Yue improved his numbers, making the All-ABA First Team with averages of 13.5 points per game, 6 rebounds per game, 10.5 assists per game, 1.9 steals per game, and 2 blocks per game.
After originally entering the 2006 NBA draft, but subsequently withdrawing, Sun entered
Matthew Brunson is the guitarist for sludge metal band Crowbar, replacing Steve Gibb, and bass player for Kingdom of Sorrow. He is from Metairie in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana and formerly played guitar in Shedding Old Skin. He attended East Jefferson High School in Metairie.
Darko Miličić (Serbian: Дарко Миличић; born June 20, 1985) is a Serbian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected by the Detroit Pistons as the second overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft after LeBron James, and ahead of players such as Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade. However, Miličić never received significant playing time during his 2½ seasons with the team and was traded to the Orlando Magic in 2006. After stints with the Memphis Grizzlies and New York Knicks, Miličić was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2010, then signed a four year contract in the off-season. However, he was released by Minnesota in 2012. He signed with Boston later that year.
Unlike most teams with high draft picks, the Pistons were a good team that made the Eastern Conference Finals the season before. They held the pick because of a trade that was made with the Vancouver Grizzlies in 1996. Miličić saw limited playing time during his tenure with the Pistons, but did become the youngest player to appear in an NBA Finals game (18 years and 356 days) when the Pistons defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in
Dmitri Dell Young (born October 11, 1973 in Vicksburg, Mississippi), nicknamed Da Meathook, is a former Major League Baseball player. He played all or part of thirteen seasons in the major leagues as an outfielder, first baseman and designated hitter.
Young attended Rio Mesa High School in Oxnard, California. As a senior, he batted .425 with 11 home runs, 31 RBI, 37 runs, and 8 doubles, and earned USA Today High School All-American honors.
Young was a first round draft pick (number four overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1991 June amateur draft. In 1995, Young punched a fan who had been heckling him, which earned him a suspension from the Texas League. Finally, in 1996, he had a big year at Triple-A Louisville, batting .333, being chosen as a Triple-A All-Star first baseman and the St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Player of the Year. He was called up at the end of the season and played a few games with St. Louis in the majors.
Young's first full season in Major League Baseball was with the Cardinals in 1997, in which he hit .258. After the season, he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds for Jeff Brantley. Eight days later, he was selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the
Frank Oliver Howard (born August 8, 1936 in Columbus, Ohio), nicknamed "Hondo," "The Washington Monument," and "The Capital Punisher," is a former left and right fielder, coach and manager in Major League Baseball who played most of his career for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Senators/Texas Rangers. One of the most physically intimidating (6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)) hitters in the sport, he was named the National League's Rookie of the Year in 1960, and went on to lead the American League in home runs and total bases twice each and in slugging average, runs batted in and walks once each. His 382 career home runs were the eighth most by a right-handed hitter when he retired; his 237 home runs in a Washington uniform are a record for any of that city's several franchises, as are his 1969 totals of 48 HRs and 340 total bases. His Washington/Texas franchise records of 1,172 games, 4,120 at bats, 246 HRs, 1,141 hits, 701 RBI, 544 runs, 155 doubles, 2,074 total bases and a .503 slugging average have variously been broken by Jim Sundberg, Toby Harrah and Juan González.
Howard was an All-American in both basketball and baseball at Ohio State, and was drafted by the Philadelphia Warriors
Kosta Perović (Serbian: Коста Перовић; born February 19, 1985) is a Serbian professional basketball player who plays for Unicaja Málaga of the Spanish League. In the 2006 NBA Draft he was a second-round selection of the NBA's Golden State Warriors, with whom he signed on August 3, 2007. A 2.18 m (7 ft 2 in) center, Perović was the tallest player taken in the 2006 NBA Draft. His game has been compared to that of Slovenian center Rasho Nesterović.
Perović was born in Osijek, SR Croatia, in the former Yugoslavia. He played basketball professionally for Partizan Belgrade at the time of his being drafted by the Golden State Warriors.
After being drafted in 2006, Perović did not immediately come to the NBA. Rather, he played the 2006–07 season in the Serbian League.
On August 3, 2007, Perović was signed to a two-year contract worth about US $3.5 million with a team option for a third season by Golden State. On November 18, 2007, he was assigned to the NBA D-League after going without an appearance in Golden State's first seven games. He played for the Warriors' affiliate team, the Bakersfield Jam until January 6, 2008, when he was recalled to the Warriors' squad after they waived D. J.
Randy Gene Moss (born February 13, 1977) is an American football wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Marshall University, and twice earned All-American honors. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round of the 1998 NFL Draft.
Moss played the first seven years of his career in Minnesota before a trade in 2005 brought him to the Oakland Raiders. On April 29, 2007, Moss was traded to the New England Patriots for a fourth-round draft pick. On October 6, 2010, Moss returned to the Vikings in a trade from the Patriots. However, his stint in Minnesota was short-lived, as he was waived by the team less than a month later, and claimed by the Tennessee Titans. After a season long retirement, Moss signed a one year contract with the 49ers for the 2012-2013 season.
Moss holds the NFL single season touchdown reception record (23, set in 2007), and the NFL single-season touchdown reception record for a rookie (17, in 1998).
Moss was born and grew up in Rand, West Virginia. He attended the now-defunct DuPont High School in Belle, West Virginia, where he lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track.
Adrian Lewis Peterson (born March 21, 1985), nicknamed "A. D." (for "All Day"), and "Purple Jesus", but also called "A. P.", is an American football running back for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). Peterson was selected by the Vikings with the seventh overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.
Peterson played college football for the University of Oklahoma, and set the NCAA freshman rushing record with 1,925 yards as a true freshman during the 2004 season. As a unanimous first-team All-American, he became the first freshman to finish as the runner-up in the Heisman Trophy balloting behind USC quarterback Matt Leinart. Peterson finished his college football career as the Sooners' third all-time leading rusher.
Following his stellar first pro season in which he set an NFL record for most rushing yards in a single game (296), Peterson was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. He was then awarded the MVP award for his performance in the Pro Bowl and became only the fifth player in NFL history to have more than 3,000 yards through his first two seasons. In 2010, he became the fifth fastest player to run for 5,000 yards, doing so in his 51st game.
Taurean Green (born November 28, 1986) is an American professional basketball player who is a point guard for Tofas Bursa in the Turkish Basketball League. Green played college basketball for the University of Florida, where he was a member of the Florida Gators teams that won back-to-back NCAA national championships in 2006 and 2007. He also plays internationally for Georgia after gaining citizenship in June 2010.
Green was born in Boca Raton, Florida in 1986.) He attended a different school for each of his four years of high school. Following his sophomore year, in which his Westminster Academy team won the Florida Class 2A State Championship, Green was named MVP of the State Playoff Tournament and Broward County 3A-2A-1A Player of the Year. His signature game came at home during the regular season against Dillard High School, the three-time defending Class 6A State Champions, where he scored 38 points and made nine 3-point shots in leading his team to a blow-out victory. Green completed his senior season and high school career at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Green played on the University of Florida Gators Men's Basketball team, which won the 2006
Danny Paul Bard (born June 25, 1985) is an American professional baseball pitcher with the Boston Red Sox organization. Bard made his debut with the Red Sox in May 2009.
At the midpoint of the 2004 season, Baseball America named Danny Bard the top freshman pitcher in the U.S. and gave him Freshman All-America honors. For the entire season, Bard was named to Baseball America's All-Freshman second team and was named as Freshman All-America by Collegiate Baseball. He was Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Freshman of the Year and earned first-team all-conference honors. In 16 games pitched, Bard was 8–4 with a 3.88 ERA; his eight wins tied the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill freshman record.
For the 2005 season, Bard was named preseason first-team All-America by Baseball America and was named preseason third-team All-America by Collegiate Baseball and by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Bard went 7–5 with a 4.22 ERA in 16 starts and was third in the ACC in opponents' batting average at .219. He was named to the Roger Clemens Award Watch List.
Bard was a second-team summer All-American selection in 2005 Cape Cod League after a successful summer with the
Evan Michael Longoria (born October 7, 1985) is a Major League Baseball third baseman for the Tampa Bay Rays. Formerly, Longoria was a star infielder for the Long Beach State University baseball team, the 2005 Cape Cod League MVP, and the 2006 Big West Co-Player of the Year.
He made his major league debut for the Rays in 2008, and was named to the American League team for the 2008 MLB All Star Game. Longoria was also named the 2008 American League Rookie of the Year on November 10. Longoria had one of the biggest hits in Rays history when he hit a walk-off home run in extra innings of the last game of the 2011 season, snapping a tie with the Red Sox in the race for the American League wildcard spot and sending his team into the post season. This home run won a GIBBY award for the best walk off home run of the 2011 season.
Born in Downey, California, Longoria graduated from Saint John Bosco High School in Bellflower. He was a two-year letterman in baseball and as a senior was a first team All-League selection. Longoria did not receive any scholarship offers to play college baseball. USC was the only program to consider him, but eventually backed out of recruiting him. At 6-foot-1
JaVale Lindy McGee (born January 19, 1988) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association. He was selected 18th overall by the Washington Wizards in the 2008 NBA Draft.
McGee was born in Flint, Michigan, and attended two high schools in Michigan: Detroit Country Day and Providence Christian, before transferring to Hales Franciscan High School in Chicago. McGee was the starting center for the University of Nevada. According to Hales Franciscan coach Gary London, McGee's natural position in college was ideally small forward, and that he could play both forward spots. After his sophomore campaign, in which he averaged 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds, shooting 53 percent from the field and 33 percent from three-point range, McGee decided to hire an agent and declare for the 2008 NBA Draft.
McGee was selected 18th overall by the Wizards in the 2008 NBA Draft. On July 9, 2008, he signed a two-year, $2.4 million deal with the Wizards.
On January 9, 2010, McGee was fined $10,000 by the Wizards for participating in Gilbert Arenas' antics before a game on January 5, 2010 against the Philadelphia 76ers. Arenas was being
Jermareo Davidson (born November 15, 1984, in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American basketball player. He played power forward for the Alabama Crimson Tide men's basketball team.
He attended Joseph Wheeler High School, where his team won back-to-back state titles. He posted career highs of 34 points, 15 rebounds, and 14 blocks, as well as setting school records for total rebounds and blocks.
Davidson averaged nearly a double-double per game in his senior year at the University of Alabama. After his junior year, Davidson tested the waters of the NBA Draft. However, he pulled his name out of the draft and decided to return to college for his senior year.
During his senior year, Davidson experienced much sorrow when his girlfriend and fellow student at Alabama Nicole Murphy died in a car accident on November 12, 2006. Davidson and Murphy were driving to an Atlanta hospital to visit Davidson's brother, Dewayne Watkins, who had suffered critical injuries from a gunshot. Murphy, who was driving the vehicle, lost control of the car and was ejected in the ensuing crash. She died the following morning. Davidson suffered no serious injuries in the accident.
Davidson went through even more
Reginald Williams, Jr. (born May 17, 1983) is an American football wide receiver who last played for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Washington, and earned All-American honors. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft, and played five seasons for the Jaguars. He is currently a free agent.
Williams was born in Landstuhl, Germany. He attended Lakes High School in Lakewood, Washington. He led his Lakes Lancer high school football team to the championship game in his senior year and was the Associated Press Washington State Player of the Year.
Williams attended the University of Washington, and played for the Washington Huskies football team from 2000 to 2002. He was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection in 2001 and 2002, and was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American in 2002.
Williams was drafted 9th overall in the 2004 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was the third receiver taken behind Larry Fitzgerald (3rd overall) and Roy Williams (7th overall).
Williams put up disappointing numbers in his rookie season of 2004. He rebounded the first half of
Alex Benjamin Barron (born September 28, 1982) is an American football offensive tackle for the National Football League (NFL) who is currently a free agent. He played college football for Florida State University, and was a two-time All-American. The St. Louis Rams selected him with the nineteenth overall pick of the 2005 NFL Draft, and he has also played for the NFL's Dallas Cowboys.
Barron was born in Orangeburg, South Carolina. He attended Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, and was a two-sport star in football and basketball for the Wilkinson Bruins. In football, he was named a high school All-American by both PrepStar and Football News, ranked the No. 3 lineman in the nation by PrepStar, named to the All-South team by the Orlando Sentinel, and selected as Jeff Whittaker's Deep South Recruiting Guide South Carolina Player of the Year.
Barron attended Florida State University, where he played for coach Bobby Bowden's Florida State Seminoles football team from 2001 to 2004. He was a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) selection in 2003 and 2004, and was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American in 2003 and a unanimous first-team All-American in 2004. As a senior
Elisha Nelson "Eli" Manning (born January 3, 1981) is an American football quarterback for the New York Giants of the National Football League. He is the son of former NFL quarterback Archie Manning and the younger brother of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. Manning played college football at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) after attending prep school at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans. He was drafted as the first overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers and immediately traded to the New York Giants, who in return gave up a package highlighted by fourth overall selection Philip Rivers.
Manning won the Most Valuable Player award in Super Bowl XLII in 2008 after leading the Giants to victory over the previously undefeated New England Patriots. On February 5, 2012 he again led his team to victory in Super Bowl XLVI, a rematch with the Patriots, in which Manning again won MVP honors and also set a new Super Bowl record with nine consecutive completions to start the game. Manning is one of five quarterbacks who have won multiple Super Bowl MVP awards.
Manning is also a former member of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and
George Jesse Hill, Jr. (born May 4, 1986) is an American professional basketball player with the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). While playing for Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) he received many honors, including Summit League 'Player of the Year' and was an 'Honorable Mention All-American' his junior season. He was selected 26th overall by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2008 NBA Draft.
Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Hill looked up to players like Michael Jordan while dreaming of one day playing in the NBA; when asked about his goal of becoming a first-round pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, Hill commented: "It's my childhood dream". An only child, Hill attended Broad Ripple High School where he excelled as one of the top high school players in the state and formed part of the 'Magnificent Seven' from Indianapolis (Greg Oden, Mike Conley, Jr., Josh McRoberts, Rodney Carney, Eric Gordon, & Courtney Lee). Carney remembers playing against Hill : "This little kid comes in hitting all kinds of 3s, and I was like, 'Who is this little dude?...I knew he was going to be something when I saw this little skinny kid handling the ball
James Anthony Loney (born May 7, 1984) is a Major League Baseball first baseman for the Boston Red Sox.
Loney had a stellar prep career (varsity 2000-02) at Elkins High School in Missouri City, Texas (suburban Houston). He hit .509 his senior season and also accumulated a record of 9-1 with a 1.80 earned run average as a pitcher, striking out 106 batters in 54 innings. After his senior year in 2002, he was named Player of the Year by Houston 5A Baseball, the Houston Chronicle and the Texas High School Writers Association, and was the Powerade Baseball Player of the Year (Texas). Prior to the draft, Baseball America tabbed him as the best pure hitter in the draft, as having the second-best professional debut by a high school player selected and the second-closest high school player to reaching the major leagues, sliding Daniel Kelly Calhoun (Mascoutah IL, 1994) down to the third-best in MLB history.
Loney was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first round (#19 overall). He had signed with Baylor University to play college baseball, but opted to sign a pro contract.
Loney began his professional career with the Great Falls Dodgers, where he hit .371 and was named the top
Kevin Wayne Durant (born September 29, 1988) is an American professional basketball player. Playing the small forward position, Durant currently is a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Standing at 6'9" (235 lbs) and playing the position of small forward, Durant was the consensus 2007 National College Player of the Year and the 2006–2007 Big 12 Player of the Year, amongst other awards. After a standout freshman season at the University of Texas, Durant opted to enter the NBA Draft, where he was selected second overall by the Seattle SuperSonics. There he went on to win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award after his debut season. In 2007, Durant signed an endorsement contract with Nike. In the 2009–2010 NBA season, Durant led the NBA in scoring and became the youngest player ever to win the NBA scoring title. He is a 3-time NBA scoring champion, a 3-time member of the All NBA First Team, and a member of the US national teams which won gold in the 2010 World Championship and the 2012 London Olympics.
Durant was born in Washington, D.C. on September 29, 1988, one of four children of Wanda and Wayne Pratt. Durant has one sister, Brianna, and
Matthew Antonio Antonelli (born April 8, 1985 in Peabody, Massachusetts) is an American professional baseball second baseman who is a free agent. He bats and throws right-handed.
Antonelli was the Massachusetts Player of the Year in both football and hockey, and was a runner-up for baseball in his senior year at St. John's Prep.
Antonelli attended Wake Forest University, where he played college baseball for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. In college, Antonelli displayed good plate discipline, walking 57 times as a sophomore, ranking seventh among collegiate hitters. He only struck out 38 times in 232 at bats, giving him one of the best strikeout-to-walk ratios in the nation.
Antonelli was originally drafted as a third baseman by the San Diego Padres with the 17th pick of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft. He had previously been drafted in the 19th round of the 2003 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers but did not sign.
In July 2007, Antonelli was named the best second base prospect in the minors by Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus. In November 2007, Antonelli was ranked as the #1 second base prospect and #27 overall in baseball, on a list polling 20 members of the scouting
Aleksandar "Sasha" Pavlović (Serbian: Александар Саша Павловић, born November 15, 1983) is a professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He began his NBA career with the Utah Jazz in 2003.
In his first season for Budućnost, Pavlović played in 14 games in the YUBA League and averaged 1.4 points per game. In his second season, Pavlović played in three games in the YUBA League and averaged 6.7 points. Also, Pavlović played two games in the Euroleague.
In his last season in Podgorica, Pavlović played in 20 games in the YUBA League and averaged 10.1 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. Pavlović averaged 9.6 points on 54% shooting for Budućnost Podgorica in the Euroleague, including a season high 21 points against Tau Ceramica.
Pavlović was selected by the Utah Jazz with the 19th pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. His American agent Marc Cornstein issued a clarification in response to a misleading Eurobasket.com biography mixing Aleksandar Pavlović with an Aleksander Pavlović who played college basketball at La Salle University and Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.
In 79 games played (14 starts), Pavlović averaged 4.8 points
Antoine Domonick Wright (born February 6, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for Guaiqueries de Margarita of the Venezuelan LPB. He attended preparatory school at Lawrence Academy at Groton; in 2002, he led the Spartans to an Independent School League Basketball Championship. He was selected 15th overall in the 2005 NBA Draft by the Nets (the highest pick from the Big 12 Conference that year and in Texas A&M University history until Acie Law was drafted 11th in the 2007 NBA Draft), after his junior year at Texas A&M University. Wright played his first five seasons of professional basketball with the NBA before signing with the Jiangsu Dragons in 2010.
Wright was born in West Covina, California to Wanda Wright.
Wright attended the Lawrence Academy prep school in Groton, Massachusetts, where in his three seasons he started 115 games and amassed 1800 points, 500 rebounds, 350 assists, 170 steals and 200 blocked shots. His career single game highs were 50 points, 14 rebounds, and 8 assists.
As a sophomore (1999–2000), Wright averaged 20 points per game, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists, helping his school to a 15-12 record and earning him All-ISL and team MVP honors. The
David Duke Carr (born July 21, 1979) is an American football quarterback for the New York Giants of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Houston Texans first overall in the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at Fresno State.
Carr has also played for the Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49ers.
Carr attended Stockdale High School in Bakersfield.
Carr began as the starting quarterback at Fresno State during the 2000 and 2001 seasons after redshirting in 1999. While he was quarterback, the Bulldogs went 7-5 and 11-3. In his senior season the team beat Colorado, Oregon State, and Wisconsin, all members of BCS conferences. There was speculation about whether the Bulldogs would qualify for a BCS bid, something then unprecedented for a 'Mid Major' conference team. They climbed to as high as number 8 in the polls, and Carr was on the cover of Sports Illustrated. During his collegiate career Carr completed 587 of 934 passes for 7,849 yards. He threw 70 touchdowns versus 23 interceptions. Carr collected the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award during his senior year.
On September 1, 2007, the Fresno State Bulldogs retired Carr's #8 jersey in his honor. Current Fresno State
Hiram Gabriel Bocachica Colon (born March 4, 1976 in Ponce, Puerto Rico) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder. He is 5'11" and weighs around 195 pounds.
He was drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 1st round (21st overall) of the 1994 Major League Baseball Draft and played for the Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Seattle Mariners before being released in 2005 and scooped up by Oakland from free agency.
Bocachica impressed scouts with his amazing spring training performance of 2006, and would have been on the MLB roster for that season, had he not suffered from a bone growth in his right hand. He was claimed off waivers by the San Diego Padres on May 31, 2007. He became a free agent at the end of the season.
Bocachica signed with the Saitama Seibu Lions on December 3, 2007. Despite playing only 78 games during the 2008 season, he hit 20 home runs, including one in the seventh game of the Japan Series, which the team won.
On April 12, 2010, Bocachica, along with fellow MLB alums Brian Barton and Tike Redman, was signed by the Bridgeport Bluefish for the 2010 season.
Immediately upon arriving in New York Hiram was called by a friend who was coaching in Mexico. He
Peyton Williams Manning (born March 24, 1976) is an American football quarterback for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played for the Indianapolis Colts for 14 seasons from 1998–2011. He is the son of former NFL quarterback Archie Manning and an elder brother of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning.
Manning played college football at the University of Tennessee, leading the Volunteers to the 1997 SEC Championship in his senior season. He was chosen by the Indianapolis Colts with the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft. From 1998 to 2010, he led the Colts to seven AFC South division championships, two AFC championships, and to a Super Bowl championship (Super Bowl XLI). He has won a record four league most valuable player awards, was the most valuable player of Super Bowl XLI, has been named to eleven Pro Bowls, has eleven 4,000-yard passing seasons (including a record six straight), and is the Indianapolis Colts' all-time leader in passing yards (54,828) and touchdown passes (399). In 2009, he was named the best player in the NFL and Fox Sports along with Sports Illustrated named him the NFL player of the decade of the 2000s.
In May 2011, he
Aaron Michael Heilman (born November 12, 1978) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is currently playing for the Texas Rangers' AAA farm team, the Round Rock Express. Heilman was drafted by the New York Mets out of Notre Dame in 2001. He came up through the Mets system as a starting pitcher but was converted to a relief pitcher in 2005.
Heilman was born in Logansport, Indiana and attended Logansport High School, where he was a letterman in baseball. As a senior, he was a team M.V.P. and an All-State selection. Heilman graduated from Logansport High School in 1997.
After a successful college career at the University of Notre Dame, he was selected by the New York Mets in the first round of the 2001 amateur draft with the 18th overall pick. Heilman was a management information systems and philosophy major in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.
He was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 55th round of the 1997 Major League Baseball Draft and by the Minnesota Twins in the first round (31st overall) of the 2000 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign either for either team.
Heilman was selected by the Mets in the first round (18th overall)
Melvin Emmaunel "B. J." Upton (born August 21, 1984) is a Major League Baseball (MLB) center fielder for the Tampa Bay Rays. Upton is a graduate of Greenbrier Christian Academy.
His nickname, B. J., is short for "Bossman Junior" because his father was once known as Bossman. His brother Justin Upton plays for the Arizona Diamondbacks. B.J. and Justin are the only two brothers in MLB history to be selected in the number one and two slot of the draft (in separate years). The Upton brothers are also the first brothers to make it into the 20–20 Club (both have hit 20 home runs and have 20 stolen bases in a season).
As a member of the 2001 Team USA Junior National team, Upton batted .462 (12-for-26) in nine games. The team went 9–2 and won the Silver Medal in Cuba that year. In 2002, Upton was named a first-team All-American by Baseball America, batting .641 (50-for-78) with 11 doubles, 4 triples, 11 home runs, and 32 RBIs during his senior year at Greenbrier.
Upton was drafted second overall in the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft by Tampa Bay out of Greenbrier Christian Academy in Chesapeake, Virginia. Widely considered a very polished prospect able to hit for both power and average,
Arron Agustin Afflalo (born October 15, 1985) is an American professional basketball player, currently with the Orlando Magic of the NBA. He completed a three-year career at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the Pacific-10 Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association as the starting shooting guard.
Afflalo was born at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, only a few minutes' walk from Pauley Pavilion, where the UCLA Bruins play their home games. His parents are Benjamin Afflalo and Gwendolyn Washington. He has a younger sister named Paris. Afflalo majored in sociology at UCLA and was on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll for Spring 2005. Afflalo declared for the 2006 NBA Draft, but pulled his name out before the deadline, opting to return to UCLA for his junior season. Afflalo was one of the top players in the country as a junior, earning a spot on the Associated Press All-America team. This honor made Afflalo UCLA's first consensus All-American since Ed O'Bannon in the 1994–95 season. He was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the 1st round of the 2007 NBA Draft, making him the 27th pick overall.
Noted for being the first player recruited by
Colbert Michael "Cole" Hamels (born December 27, 1983 in San Diego, California) is a left-handed starting pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies. Hamels throws a four-seam fastball, a circle changeup, a curveball, and a cut fastball, which he added in 2010 in place of a sinker he occasionally threw. He was named Most Valuable Player of the 2008 World Series and National League Championship Series after posting a 4–0 record in the postseason.
Cole Hamels attended Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego, California. Hamels received a score of 1510 on the SAT. According to Tony Gwynn, a lot of scouts were interested in Hamels while he was pitching for RBHS because his fastball was clocked as high as 94 miles per hour (151 km/h), and because his secondary offerings were considered advanced. However, he broke his pitching arm in his sophomore year, so teams, including the San Diego Padres, lost interest.
Nonetheless, Hamels was drafted in the first round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies, who held the 17th overall selection.
Hamels began his professional baseball career in 2003, pitching for the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws of the South Atlantic League.
Devean Jamar George (born August 29, 1977) is an American professional basketball player. He typically plays small forward but because of his athleticism and defensive activity, can defend many shooting guards as well.
He attended high school at Benilde-St. Margaret's School in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, where he played basketball. During his college career at Augsburg College, George was named Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player two consecutive years (1997–98 and 1998–99), and set school records as a senior by scoring 770 points and averaging 27.5 ppg in leading Augsburg to 24–4 record and the NCAA Division III tournament for the second year in a row.
He was taken by the Lakers with the 23rd overall pick of the 1999 NBA Draft, and showed considerable promise, especially by his third season where his hustle, outside shooting, and defense made him a key substitute and he appeared in every single game. The Lakers gave him a contract extension in 2002 as a result and over the years, his effort, defensive activity, three-point shooting, and willingness to do what the Lakers required of him endeared him to many Laker fans.
George signed a two-year $4.2
John Hollis Patterson (born January 30, 1978 in Orange, Texas) is a former Major League Baseball starting pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals franchise.
A USA Today prep All-American in his senior year at West Orange-Stark (TX) High School, Patterson was drafted by the Montreal Expos in the first round (5th overall pick) of the 1996 Major League Baseball Draft. Montreal lost the draft rights to Patterson on a legal technicality: they sent him a contract offer that was not printed on official team letterhead, and he signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks for $6.075 million. After a solid 2002 rookie season where he had a 3.22 ERA, he had a disappointing 2003 season with the Diamondbacks. Patterson was traded back to the Expos prior to the 2004 season in exchange for Randy Choate, a left-handed reliever.
Always filled with immense potential, Patterson started to realize it in 2004, when he had a 3.57 ERA in April. He got hurt soon after, though, and never regained his form for the rest of the year.
Patterson had a breakout season in 2005, posting a 9-7 record while setting career bests in ERA (3.13), innings pitched (198.3) and strikeouts
Kamerion Wimbley ( /kəˈmɪəri.ən/ kə-MEER-ee-ən; born October 13, 1983) is an American football defensive end for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at Florida State.
Wimbley has also played for the Oakland Raiders.
Attending Wichita Northwest High School in Kansas, Wimbley earned Parade and SuperPrep All-America honors during his senior season and was considered to be one of the top high school athletes in the nation. He participated in the 2002 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. In high school Wimbley played Quarterback as well as Linebacker
Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Wimbley was ranked 58th overall among football prospects of the class of 2002. He selected Florida State over Notre Dame, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Tennessee. Wimbley graduated from Northwest High School in December 2001 (a semester early) and enrolled at Florida State in the spring of 2002.
Wimbley played at Florida State. At Florida State, Wimbley switched from Linebacker to Defensive End, eventually becoming one of the top defensive ends in the country. As a senior, he recorded
LeBron Raymone James (/ləˈbrɒn/; born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A six foot, eight inch small forward, he is an NBA champion, NBA Finals MVP, three-time NBA MVP, and NBA Rookie of the Year. One of Miami's co-captains, he is an eight-time NBA All-Star and has earned eight All-NBA honors and four All-Defensive honors.
Nicknamed "King James", James had a storied high school basketball career at St. Vincent – St. Mary High School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. A three-time "Mr. Basketball of Ohio", he was highly promoted in the national media as a future NBA superstar. After graduating, he was selected with the first overall pick of the 2003 NBA Draft by his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers. In 2010, he left the Cavaliers for the Heat in a highly publicized free agency period. In 2012, he led Miami to their second ever NBA title, winning his first overall. His list of achievements and leadership during the Heats' 2012 championship run have led many basketball analysts, experts, and writers to consider him the best player in the NBA today.
Off the court, James has accumulated considerable
Lee Owen Tinsley (born March 4, 1969, in Shelbyville, Kentucky) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder and current coach for the Chicago Cubs.
Lee had a 5-year Major League playing career that included stops with the Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox, and Philadelphia Phillies. He collected his first Major League hit on April 11, 1993, with a ninth inning pinch-hit single off of Baltimore's Gregg Olson, eventually scoring the tying run to send the game into extra-innings. He was traded to Boston just prior to the start of the 1994 season and hit .222 in 78 games for them, while tying a club record by going 13-for-13 in stolen base attempts in his first full year in the majors. He opened the 1995 campaign with a 14-game hitting streak, while also making good on his first 2 stolen base attempts of the year to run his streak to a team record 15 in a row dating back to 1994. Lee later had a career-best 15-game hitting streak from June 10–25, finishing the campaign with a .284 average in 100 games for Boston. He opened the 1996 season with Philadelphia after joining the Phillies over the winter as part of a 6-player swap with the Red Sox, appearing in 31 games for the Phillies
Marcus Lavon Trufant (born December 25, 1980) is an American football cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks 11th overall in the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at Washington State.
Marcus first attended McCarver Elementary School and then Truman Middle School. While attending Wilson High School in Tacoma, Marcus Trufant lettered in three varsity sports: football, basketball and track. He was the team captain for two teams as a senior. As a junior, was Offensive Player of the Year in football and Mr. Defense in basketball. As a senior, he was named All-State by the Associated Press, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Washington Prep Report. Named Washington AAAA player of the year by The News Tribune as well as the Seattle PI and The Seattle Times All-League, All-Area and All-State teams. Lost the State AAAA championship as a senior and scored 30 TD and rushed for 1,800 yards on offense while recording 48 tackles and 8 interceptions on defense.
After being recruited by then-Washington State Cougars Head Coach Mike Price, he started for all four years and was a member of the 2003 Rose Bowl team that lost
Mike Martin, Sr. (born February 12, 1944) is the head baseball coach at Florida State University. Martin is the third all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division I college baseball history, and second in all-time winning percentage. Heading into the post-season of the 2012 season, Martin had compiled a record of 1,721 wins, 592 losses and four ties over 33 seasons of collegiate coaching.
Martin, himself a graduate of Florida State in 1966, began his collegiate playing career at Wingate Junior College where he was a Junior College All-American. He then transferred to Florida State where he played from 1965-1966. During his years as the center fielder at Florida State, Martin hit .354, and earned all-District honors in his senior season and played in the 1965 College World Series. After his college career was over, Martin played professional baseball in the New York Mets and Detroit Tigers minor league organizations for three seasons before beginning his career in coaching.
Martin began his career in coaching at the junior high school level. His first stint as a college coach, surprisingly came in a different sport, basketball when Martin became the head basketball coach at
Neil Martin Walker (born September 10, 1985) is an American professional baseball second and third baseman with the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball. He was drafted by his hometown Pirates in the first round of the 2004 MLB Draft.
Walker, the son of former major league pitcher Tom Walker (1972–77), was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended Pine-Richland High School in nearby Gibsonia, Pennsylvania. He graduated in 2004 as a catcher on the baseball team and a wide receiver for the football team. Walker, who also played on the Rams' basketball team until his senior year, was a two-time Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Male Athlete of the Year. His baseball jersey, #24, was retired from Pine-Richland during a pre-game ceremony before the Pittsburgh Pirates' July 22, 2010 game.
Neil grew up as a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and attended many of the team's games while sitting in the "Peanut Heaven" section of Three Rivers Stadium. In 1994, he attended the All-Star Game, where he obtained the signatures of Ken Griffey Jr. and Frank Thomas. To this day, those signed baseballs are among his most prized baseball possessions. Prior to being drafted by the Pirates, Walker
William Henry "Billy" Traber, Jr. (born September 18, 1979 in Torrance, California) is a left-handed pitcher who is currently a free agent.
Traber attended Loyola Marymount University, where he was First-Team All-American and West Coast Conference Player of the Year. He set a single-season school strikeout record with 156 strikeouts (in 123 innings pitched).
In 2000, Traber entered the draft and was picked in the first round (16th overall) by the New York Mets. The Mets were prepared to offer Traber a contract worth $1.3 million, but after an MRI showed some damage to his pitching elbow, he signed a contract worth only $400,000.
In 2001, the Mets traded Traber to the Cleveland Indians along with Matt Lawton, Alex Escobar, Earl Snyder, and Jerrod Riggan for Roberto Alomar, Mike Bacsik, and Danny Peoples.
In 2002, Traber was runner-up minor league pitcher of the year, going 17-5 for the Akron Aeros (Double-A) and Buffalo Bisons (Triple-A), and was voted by Baseball America as having the best control and curveball in the league. His numbers were also good enough to give him top-honors for Cleveland pitching prospects.
On April 4, 2003, Traber made his Major League debut. Although he
Robert "Bobby" Michael Seay (pronounced "See") (born June 20, 1978 in Sarasota, Florida) is a Major League Baseball relief pitcher who is currently a free agent. He has previously played for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays from 2001 to 2004, the Colorado Rockies in 2005, and the Detroit Tigers from 2006 to 2010.
Seay is a graduate of Sarasota High School in Sarasota, Florida, where he compiled a 30–4 record in three years (1994–1996) with a 0.79 earned run average (ERA) and 362 strikeouts in 221⅓ innings pitched. He led Sarasota High School to the Florida State Championship and #16 national ranking in his senior year, going 10–2 with an 0.70 ERA and 122 strikeouts and 29 base on balls in 70 innings. Seay was named First-team High School All-American and a finalist for Louisville Slugger's High School Player of the Year Award. Seay was drafted 12th overall by the Chicago White Sox in 1996 but was granted free agency based on Major League Baseball's amateur draft rule 4-3.
Seay was a member of the United States baseball team that won the gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics.
Seay was signed by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and made his Major League debut in 2001. After the season, Seay was
Gregory Michael "The Bull" Luzinski (born November 22, 1950) is a former left fielder in Major League Baseball.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, he attended Notre Dame High School in Niles, Illinois. Luzinski spent the majority of his career with the Philadelphia Phillies (1970–1980), and retired as a member of the Chicago White Sox (1981–1984).
At 6'1' and 255 pounds, Luzinski was a well-liked member of the Phillies and a feared slugger who could also hit for average despite striking out frequently. While he was a mediocre defensive left fielder, he hit .300 or better for 3 consecutive seasons during the prime of his career, and was a career .276 hitter with 307 home runs and 1,128 RBIs. He was selected an All-Star between 1975 and 1978, hitting a home run off Jim Palmer in 1977 and being the top vote-getter for the National League in 1978. He was also MVP runner up in 1975 (when he led the National League in RBIs with 120) and 1977, when he posted career highs in batting average (.309), home runs (39) and RBIs (130).
He hit safely in every game and had at least one home run in each of the 3 National League Championship Series played by the Phillies from 1976 to 1978, though
Jaroslav Halák (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈjaroslav ˈɦalaːk]; born May 13, 1985) is a Slovak professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL). Halák was the 271st overall pick by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
In the midst of a stellar season with the Montreal Canadiens' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs, Halák was called up to the Canadiens on February 15, 2007, after an injury to Montreal's starting goaltender, Cristobal Huet. At the time of his call-up, Halák had a 2.00 goals against average (GAA) with the Bulldogs, the lowest in the AHL. He played his first NHL game on February 18, 2007, stopping 31 shots in a 3–2 road win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Halák earned his first career NHL shutout on March 20, 2007, making thirty saves to give the Montreal Canadiens a 1–0 victory over the rival Boston Bruins. Halák's great play towards the end of the 2006–07 season helped keep Montreal in a fight for a playoff spot despite the injury to Huet.
Halák was assigned to the Bulldogs for the majority of the 2007–08 season. However, after the Canadiens traded Huet on February 26,
Javaris Cortez Crittenton (born December 31, 1987) is an American professional basketball player who has most recently played for the Dakota Wizards of the NBA D-League. He was previously the starting point guard for the Georgia Tech men's basketball team.
Crittenton was born to Sonya Dixon in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, where, as a high school sophomore, he played alongside Dwight Howard. Crittenton and Howard led Southwest Atlanta to victory in the GHSA class A state championship that season. As a junior, Crittenton averaged 28.4 points, 7.5 assists, and 8.2 rebounds. He led Southwest Atlanta to the GHSA class A state final again which they lost to powerhouse Randolph-Clay, finishing the season with a state championship and finals appearance for the year 2005. As a senior, Crittenton averaged 29 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds, and led Southwest Atlanta to the GHSA class A state championship. Following the season he was named a McDonald's All American. He was also named Mr. Georgia Basketball by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Crittenton carried a 3.5 GPA in high school, and was a member of the Future Business Leaders of America and the
John-Ford David Griffin (born November 19, 1979, in Sarasota, Florida) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder.
An All-State athlete at Sarasota High School, was part of a state championship team in 1996 for the Sailors. Griffin played college baseball under head coach Mike Martin for the Florida State University Seminoles from 1999 to 2001. Griffin's career batting average was .427, a Florida State record at the time.
Griffin was drafted out of Florida State by the New York Yankees with the 23rd overall pick in the 2001 First-Year Player Draft. On July 5, 2002, Griffin and future Blue Jay teammates Ted Lilly and Jason Arnold were traded to the Oakland Athletics as part of a three-team deal also involving the Detroit Tigers. On January 7, 2003, Griffin was traded to the Blue Jays in exchange for minor leaguer Jason Perry.
Griffin posted decent numbers in his 2004 campaign with the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats, hitting .248 with 22 home runs and 81 runs batted in. His 2005 season with the Syracuse Chiefs was even better, as he led the International League with 30 home runs and 103 RBIs on the way to earning both an International League All-Star selection and the Team MVP
Joshua "Josh" Patrick Beckett (born May 15, 1980) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball. During his career in the playoffs, he won the 2003 World Series with the Florida Marlins and the 2007 World Series with the Boston Red Sox, and received the 2007 ALCS MVP award for his play in that series.
A resident of Spring, Texas, Beckett was discovered by Florida Marlins scout Bob Laurie. Beckett had signed a letter of intent to play with the Texas A&M Aggies but went pro. Beckett spent most of his early years with the Marlins as a member of the team's young staff, but injuries (most frequently blister problems) limited him to only 99 starts (102 appearances) from 2002 to 2005.
Beckett's major league debut was on September 4, 2001, against the Chicago Cubs, in which he gave up one hit over six shutout innings. He finished 2001 with four games started, a 2–2 record, and an ERA of 1.50.
Beckett won the 2003 World Series MVP Award with two strong performances on three days' rest. Teamed up with catcher Iván Rodríguez, he helped the Marlins win the World Series, defeating the New York Yankees. During Game 6 at Yankee Stadium, he shut
Michael Patrick Barrett (born October 22, 1976 in Atlanta, Georgia) is a former Major League catcher. He started his professional career with the Montreal Expos at the age of eighteen. Barrett spent three years playing in Minor League Baseball as a shortstop and catcher. He played with the Honolulu Sharks, West Palm Beach Expos, and Delmarva Shorebirds, and was elected to two Minor League All-Star games. Barrett made his Major League debut in 1998 as a third baseman, but was shortly outrighted to the minor leagues to play with the Harrisburg Senators for a season.
Upon Barrett's return to the Major Leagues in 1999, he ranked among the top offensive rookies in various statistical categories. Barrett failed to stay healthy during the 2003 season, which prompted the Expos to trade him to the Oakland Athletics, who in turn, traded him to the Chicago Cubs. During his tenure with the Cubs, Barrett won a Silver Slugger award in 2005, and recorded near career-high statistics in 2004 season. The Cubs traded Barrett to the San Diego Padres in June of 2007. Barrett sustained two major injuries, which caused him to miss 115 games with the Padres, and was subsequently released after the 2008
Nick Fazekas (born June 17, 1985 in Arvada, Colorado) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the San Miguel Beermen (ABL) in the ASEAN Basketball League as an import.
Fazekas attended Ralston Valley High School in Arvada where he earned the statewide "Mr. Basketball-Colorado" for the 2002-03 season along with being a two-time 4A classification player of the year. As a senior he led the Mustangs to a 25-2 record and a state championship after an undefeated regular season and semi-finals appearance the previous year. During his high school career he wore number 22 and he continued to do so in college.
Fazekas was signed by the University of Nevada for the 2003-04 season. From that point forward, Fazekas led the Wolf Pack to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances during his matriculation, including a run to the Sweet 16 as a freshman. He became the school's all-time leading scorer on November 18, 2006, when he surpassed the old record of 1,877 points scored by Edgar Jones in 1979. He also surpassed the single-season scoring record formerly set by Jones during the 2005-06 season. Fazekas also earned his third straight WAC Player of the Year for the
Sidney R. Rice (born September 1, 1986) is an American football wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played collegiately for the University of South Carolina.
Rice was born to Ida Coleman in Pickens, South Carolina. Rice has two older brothers, Jarvis Rice and Tremell Austin. Rice grew up in Gaffney, where he played both football and basketball for the Gaffney Indians. Rice, who graduated from Gaffney High School in 2004 was named All-State in both sports, leading the hoops team to consecutive state titles and the football team to a state championship as well. He had 38 catches for 735 yards and 11 touchdowns his junior campaign. Rice was regarded as the best receiver in the state of South Carolina during his senior year. He was named to the High School Sports Report Statewide All-State team and selected Offensive Player of the Year. In 2003, Rice caught 77 passes for 1,414 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior. Rice ended his high school career with 167 receptions for 3,044 yards and 31 touchdowns. Rice also excelled in basketball, earning 2002 - 2003 Class 4A
Fabian Washington (born June 9, 1983) is an American football cornerback who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders 23rd overall in the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Nebraska.
Washington has also been a member of the Baltimore Ravens.
Fabian Washington attended Bayshore High School in Bradenton, Florida and was a letterman in football, basketball, and track. In football, he was a four-year starter at cornerback, a two-year starter at wide receiver, and a backup quarterback. As a Senior, he posted four interceptions, 60 tackles, and fourteen pass deflections. He ran a 4.29 in the 40 yard dash as a Senior. As a Junior, he posted three interceptions, and twelve pass deflections. In track, he placed third at the Florida State Meet on the 100 meter dash as a Junior, despite running the fastest time in the preliminaries. Next year he was the District Champion on the 100 meter dash as a Senior.
He went on to start for three years at cornerback at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln before leaving early to become a first round NFL Draft selection of the Oakland Raiders (pick 23 in 2005). Fabian was in All-Big 12 selection in each of his three
Samuel Lee Horn (born November 2, 1963 in Dallas, Texas) is a former baseball player who spent parts of 8 seasons in MLB and was an anchor for New England Sports Network, the flagship station of Boston sports teams.
The 1982 first round draft pick (16th Pick) of the Boston Red Sox, Horn hit .278 with 14 home runs in just 158 at-bats as a rookie in 1987. Sam Horn hit 23 home runs as a member of the Baltimore Orioles in 1991. During his career (1987–1995) with Boston, Baltimore, Cleveland, and Texas, the powerful 6'5", 250 pound first baseman Horn hit .240 with a total of 62 home runs. After leaving MLB, Horn played for the Taipei Gida in 1997 and 1998. He hit the first home run in the Taiwan Major League and held the record of being the highest paid player in the Taiwan professional baseball history (US[$] 216,000 dollars for the 1997 season) until surpassed by Chin-Feng Chen in 2006.
On April 6, 1992 he scored the first ever run at Camden Yards.
Horn is perhaps best remembered as the origin of the term horn, referring to the act of striking out six times in a single game, a feat Horn accomplished in 1992 while with the Baltimore Orioles.
Horn worked for New England Sports Network,
Manuel Arístides "Manny" Ramírez Onelcida (born May 30, 1972) is a Dominican-American professional baseball outfielder and designated hitter. He is currently an unsigned free agent, following a 2nd suspenstion for violating Major League Baseball's substance abuse policy.
Ramirez is recognized for great batting skill and power, a nine-time Silver Slugger and one of 25 players to hit 500 career home runs. His 21 grand slams are third all-time, 29 post-season home runs the most in big league history. He appeared in 12 All-Star Games, a streak of eleven consecutive beginning in 1998 including every season that he played with the Boston Red Sox.
Ramirez was allegedly among a group of 104 major league players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs during 2003. In 2009 he was suspended 50 games for violating baseball's drug policy by taking human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), a women's fertility drug. According to steroid dealer Victor Conte, hCG is often used to restart natural testosterone production after a steroid cycle.
In the spring of 2011 Ramirez was informed by MLB of another violation its drug policy, retiring on April 8 rather than face a 100-game suspension. Later
Ryan Scott Wagner (born July 15, 1982 in Yoakum, Texas) is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher who pitched for the Cincinnati Reds and the Washington Nationals.
Prior to playing in the major league, Wagner played college baseball with the Houston Cougars. He was selected in the first round (14th overall) by the Reds in the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft.
He made his debut as a major leaguer in 2003 with the Cincinnati Reds, appearing in 108 games over the next 2+ seasons. In 2006, Wagner was back in the minors when the Reds included him in an 8-player trade that sent Austin Kearns and Felipe López to the Washington Nationals in exchange for Gary Majewski, Royce Clayton, Bill Bray, Brendan Harris, and Daryl Thompson.
Wagner appeared in 14 games for Washington in 2007 before going on the disabled list. He missed the remainder of the 2007 season after having surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder
Wagner along with Pete Orr and Chad Cordero rejected their assignments to Triple-A becoming free agents on October 30, 2008. Shortly thereafter, Wagner re-signed with Washington.
Wagner announced his retirement from baseball on May 18, 2009.
Jerry Lee Rice (born October 13, 1962) is a retired American football wide receiver. He is widely considered to be the greatest wide receiver in NFL history and among the greatest NFL players at any position. On November 4, 2010, Rice was chosen by NFL Network's NFL Films production The Top 100: NFL's Greatest Players as the greatest player in NFL history.
The all-time leader in most major statistical categories for wide receivers and the all-time NFL leader in receptions, touchdown receptions, and yards, Rice was selected to the Pro Bowl 13 times (1986–1996, 1998, 2002) and named All-Pro 12 times in his 20 NFL seasons. He won three Super Bowl rings playing for the San Francisco 49ers and an AFC Championship with the Oakland Raiders.
Jerry Rice was born and raised in Starkville, Mississippi, as the son of a brick mason. He developed his hands while working for his father. His speed also helped him excel in football in high school. He enjoyed watching football on television.
According to his book "Rice" (written with Michael Silver), the school's principal tracked him down for skipping class, but when he called his name the startled Rice sprinted off running, after seeing him run,
Joshua "Josh" Warren Vitters (born August 27, 1989) is an American professional baseball third baseman. He plays for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball.
Vitters was an AFLAC All-American Prep Third Baseman for Cypress High School in Cypress, California. He was also named the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year for California in 2007. Vitters committed to attend Arizona State University on a scholarship, to play for the Arizona State Sun Devils baseball team.
The Chicago Cubs drafted Vitters with the third overall selection of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his professional debut with the Rookie-level Arizona Cubs of the Arizona League.
Vitters was selected to appear in the 2009 All-Star Futures Game. In mid-2009, the Cubs promoted Vitters from the Peoria Chiefs of the Class A Midwest League to the Daytona Cubs of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League. He spent the 2010 season with Daytona and the Tennessee Smokies of the Class AA Southern League.
The Cubs promoted Vitters and fellow prospect Brett Jackson from the Iowa Cubs of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League on August 5, 2012. He made his Major League debut later that day as a pinch hitter in the
Kobe Bean Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American professional basketball player who plays shooting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Bryant enjoyed a successful high school basketball career at Lower Merion High School, where he was recognized as the top high school basketball player in the country. He declared his eligibility for the NBA Draft upon graduation, and was selected with the 13th overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Hornets, then traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. As a rookie, Bryant earned himself a reputation as a high-flyer and a fan favorite by winning the 1997 Slam Dunk Contest.
Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal led the Lakers to three consecutive NBA championships from 2000 to 2002. A heated feud between the duo and a loss in the 2004 NBA Finals was followed by O'Neal's trade from the Lakers after the 2003–04 season. Following O'Neal's departure Bryant became the cornerstone of the Los Angeles Lakers franchise. He led the NBA in scoring during the 2005–06 and 2006–07 seasons, setting numerous scoring records in the process. In 2006, Bryant scored a career-high 81 points against the Toronto Raptors, the
Aaron Jamal Brooks (born January 14, 1985, in Seattle, Washington) is an American basketball player who plays for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected 26th overall in the 2007 NBA Draft. He won the NBA Most Improved Player Award for the 2009-2010 season.
Brooks, a high profile recruit out of Franklin High School in Seattle, "earned just about every honor possible" while leading his team to the Washington 4A State Championship as a senior. As a high school senior he averaged 24.3 points, 7.0 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game. In that championship game, Brooks went head-to-head with future Gonzaga Bulldog and NBA player Adam Morrison. Brooks finished with 38 points in the 67-55 win. Morrison finished with 37 in the loss but was still named Tournament MVP after matching the then four-game scoring total.
Brooks finished his college career at the University of Oregon in 2007. He was a four-year starter for the Ducks, and finished his career with 13.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. In his first year at Oregon, Brooks took over the starting point guard role previously occupied by current NBA guard Luke Ridnour.
Ronald Glen Davis (born January 1, 1986), commonly known as Glen Davis and by his nickname Big Baby, is an American basketball player who plays for the NBA's Orlando Magic. Formerly a college basketball player for LSU, Davis was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics with the 35th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft and shortly after traded to Boston. Davis is listed at 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m), 289 lb (131 kg; 20.6 st) and plays the power forward and center positions.
The Southeastern Conference's coaches voted him the 2006 SEC Player of the Year, and he was also named to the All-SEC first team. In 2006 as a sophomore, Davis led the Tigers to their first Final Four appearance since 1986. In the crucial game of the National Semifinals, LSU lost to UCLA, trailing by a wide margin in the first half and never managing a comeback. Davis scored 17 points and only made 4 out of 10 free throws before eventually fouling out.
On March 20, 2007, Davis held a press conference to announce that he would forgo his senior season at LSU and enter his name into the NBA Draft in 2007. He signed with agent John Hamilton of Performance Sports Management.
Davis was drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics with the
Laurence Maroney (born February 5, 1985 in St. Louis, Missouri) is an American football running back who is currently a free agent in the National Football League. He was drafted by the New England Patriots 21st overall in the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at Minnesota.
Maroney attended Normandy Senior High School in St. Louis, Missouri, where he gained four varsity letters in football, three in track, two in basketball, and one in baseball. In basketball, he was twice named team MVP; in track, he placed fifth at the state meet in the 200-meter dash, and third in the 100-meter dash as a senior. Maroney holds Normandy High School's single season rushing record, with 1,903 yards in 2002.
At the University of Minnesota, he split duties with Marion Barber III in 2003 and 2004 and then with Gary Russell in 2005. As such, he started only 14 of 36 games, but still became the first Golden Gopher and the third in Big Ten Conference history to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first three seasons. He gained a total of 3,933 yards with the Golden Gophers and was a two time All-Big Ten First Team selection (2004–2005). He was also selected an All-American by Pro Football Weekly
Rajon Pierre Rondo (born February 22, 1986) is an American professional basketball point guard with the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Rondo attended Eastern High School and Oak Hill Academy for his high-school basketball career, before receiving a scholarship from the University of Kentucky. He played for two years at Kentucky before declaring for the 2006 NBA Draft. During the draft, he was selected 21st overall by the Phoenix Suns, and was subsequently traded to the Boston Celtics, where he made his NBA debut as a rookie during the 2006–07 season.
Rondo played a supporting role before he established himself as the starting point guard for the Celtics during the 2007–08 season. That season, Rondo earned his first NBA championship, playing alongside All-Stars Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce. His breakout performance came during the 2009 NBA Playoffs, where he nearly averaged a triple-double, and helped his team take the eventual Eastern-conference champion Orlando Magic seven games in the Eastern semi-finals. He is a three-time All-Star, one-time All-NBA team selection and a four-time All-Defensive member. He
Wayne Anthony Simien, Jr. (born March 9, 1983, in Leavenworth, Kansas) is an American former professional basketball player, who last played with Spain's Cáceres Ciudad de Baloncesto. He was a member of the Miami Heat team that won the 2005–06 NBA championship.
Growing up, Simien was a University of Kansas fan due to his proximity to Lawrence. He committed to play for Roy Williams and the University of Kansas as early as the 8th or 9th grade, and was later named to the 2001 McDonald's All-American Team. He played for the Leavenworth Pioneers in high school with Coach Larry Hogan and led the Pioneers to a 6A-State Championship his junior year in high school. During his high school career, he began working with world-renowned conditioning coach Istvan Javorek.
At Kansas, Simien received All American honors his junior and senior years. He was a Wooden Award finalist both years, and was the Big 12 Player of the Year his senior year. His college career ended when Kansas was defeated by 14th-seeded Bucknell in the first round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament. While at Kansas he won three Big 12 Championships and earned four NCAA Tournament berths including two Final Four appearances (one
Raymond Bernard Felton, Jr. (born June 26, 1984 in Marion, South Carolina) is an American professional basketball player with the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A point guard, Felton is listed at 6'1" and 205 lbs. Felton played college basketball for North Carolina under head coach Roy Williams. At North Carolina, Felton led the Tar Heels to a national championship before declaring for the NBA Draft. Felton was drafted 5th overall in the 2005 NBA Draft. Over his career, Felton has been a member of the Charlotte Bobcats, New York Knicks (twice), Denver Nuggets, and Portland Trail Blazers.
Felton began his basketball career at Latta High School in Latta, South Carolina. There he led his high school to two state championships and a career record of 104–9. In the process, he set state scoring records with 2,992 points and 117 3 pointers.
Felton won the South Carolina Mr. Basketball award as both a junior and senior, and was named Naismith Prep Player of the Year in 2002. He was MVP of the 2002 Roundball Classic at the United Center in Chicago, and was selected for the 2002 McDonald's All-American Game (at Madison Square Garden in New York City). Felton
Aaron James Hawk (born January 6, 1984) is an American football linebacker for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Ohio State University, where he earned All-American honors twice and was recognized as the top college linebacker. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers fifth overall in the 2006 NFL Draft, and was a member of the Packers' Super Bowl XLV championship team.
Hawk was born in Kettering, Ohio. He attended Centerville High School, near Dayton, Ohio. He holds multiple defensive records and is one of two active NFL players who played for the Centerville Elks high school football team. A. J. Hawk's records include most tackles in a game (31) on three separate occasions. He also has the most career tackles (583). Hawk was a 2-time All-State player in high school (1999 and 2000). Other NFL players from Centerville are Hawk's former Ohio State University teammates Mike Nugent (the other active NFL player from Centerville High School) and Nick Mangold, who attended Alter High School.
Hawk enrolled in Ohio State University, and played for coach Jim Tressel's Ohio State Buckeyes football team from 2002 to 2005. During his
Ian Mahinmi (born November 5, 1986, in Rouen) is a French professional basketball player who plays for the Indiana Pacers of the NBA. At 6'11" and 230 lbs, he plays the position of power forward and center. He was drafted with the 28th overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs.
Mahinmi was born to a Beninese father who helped other Africans immigrate to France and a Jamaican mother who taught preschool. Mahinmi preferred playing soccer as a child along with his older brother, but eventually switched to playing basketball. He was 6 feet tall when he was 14 years old. He also played some volleyball.
Mahinmi made his impression on international scouts at the 2004 Under-18 European Championships in Zaragoza, Spain. It was there that he first caught the attention of international scouts, including San Antonio Spurs scout Sam Presti. After playing with the French national team he signed his first contract with the club STB Le Havre (France). He played three seasons with Le Havre, averaging 9.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in 2005–06.
In the summer of 2006, he signed a contract to play for Pau Orthez in France's top professional league. He averaged 4.3 points and 3.2
James Rodney Richard (born March 7, 1950) is a former right-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played his entire career, from 1971 to 1980, with the Houston Astros.
After leaving high school, Richard was selected by the Astros as the second pick in the first round of the 1969 amateur draft. From the time he made his major league debut with the Astros in 1971 until 1975, Richard had a limited role as an Astros pitcher, throwing no more than 72 innings in a season. In 1975, Richard played his first full season in the majors as a starting pitcher.
From 1976 to 1980, he was one of the premier pitchers in the majors, leading the National League twice in strikeouts, once in earned run average, and three times in hits allowed per nine innings, winning at least 18 games between 1976 and 1979. On July 30, 1980, Richard suffered a stroke and collapsed while playing a game of catch before an Astros game, and was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery to remove a life-threatening blood clot in his neck. His condition brought a sudden end to his major league career at the age of 30. His 313 strikeouts in 1979 remains an Astros franchise record, and he held the team's
Mark Steven Kotsay (born December 2, 1975) is an American professional baseball outfielder with the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball. He has previously played for the Florida Marlins, San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics, Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, and Milwaukee Brewers.
A native of Whittier, California, Kotsay was selected by the Florida Marlins the 9th pick of the Amateur Draft in 1996 out of Cal State Fullerton. Kotsay spent the summer of 1994 playing for the Bourne Braves of the Cape Cod Baseball League. In 1995, Kotsay won the Golden Spikes Award and was the Most Outstanding Player of the College World Series, as CS-Fullerton won its third Series championship. In addition to being an outfielder, Kotsay was a closer in college; he pitched the final five outs to clinch his team's CWS title.
Kotsay appeared in 14 games for the Florida Marlins in 1997 before taking over as the team's center fielder in 1998. He was moved to right field after Gary Sheffield was traded, a position better suited for the strong throwing arm which Kotsay regularly showed off. As a rookie, he led all National League outfielders with 20 assists, and led them again in his
Matthew "Matt" Scott Garza (born November 26, 1983) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball.
Garza was born in Selma, California. He attended Washington Union High School and Fresno State.
He was the 25th pick in the first round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft, drafted by the Minnesota Twins.
Entering 2006, Garza was ranked as the Minnesota Twins seventh-best prospect by Baseball America. He gained attention for rising through the ranks of the Twins' minor league system, starting the season at Single-A Fort Myers and ending at the major league level, pitching with the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats and the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings in between. Garza was a combined 14–4 at the three minor league levels in 2006, with a 1.99 ERA and 154 strikeouts in 135 ⅔ innings. He earned All-Star berths in the Single-A Florida State League and Double-A Eastern League. Backed by those numbers, Garza earned the USA Today Minor League Player of the Year Award for 2006, the second consecutive year in which a Twin won the award (in 2005, Garza's teammate Francisco Liriano was the winner). On August 8, Minnesota purchased Garza's contract,
Paul Leo Molitor (born August 22, 1956), nicknamed "Molly" and "The Ignitor", is an American former Major League Baseball designated hitter and infielder. During his 21-year baseball career, he played for the Milwaukee Brewers (1978–1992), Toronto Blue Jays (1993–1995), and Minnesota Twins (1996–1998). In 2004, he was elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, becoming one of the first players who spent a significant portion of his career as a designated hitter to be enshrined. He was known for his exceptional hitting and speed.
Molitor was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota. After graduating from Cretin-Derham Hall High School, he was selected in the 28th round of the 1974 free agent draft as a pitcher by the St. Louis Cardinals, but opted instead to attend college at the University of Minnesota. He was a three year starter for the Golden Gophers, earning All American honors as a shortstop for his sophomore and junior years. After his junior year in college, he was selected third overall in the 1978 free agent draft by the Milwaukee Brewers. He signed with the Brewers and began his professional career in Iowa, playing for the Class A Burlington Bees of the Midwest
Wilton Norman "Wilt" Chamberlain (August 21, 1936 – October 12, 1999) was an American basketball player. He played for the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA; he played for the University of Kansas and also for the Harlem Globetrotters before playing in the NBA. The 7 foot 1 inch Chamberlain weighed 250 pounds as a rookie before bulking up to 275 and eventually to over 300 pounds with the Lakers. He played the center position and is widely considered one of the greatest and most dominant players in NBA history.
Chamberlain holds numerous NBA all-time records in scoring, rebounding and durability categories. He is the only player to score 100 points in a single NBA game or average more than 40 and 50 points in a season. He also won seven scoring, nine field goal percentage, and eleven rebounding titles, and once even led the league in assists. Although he suffered a long string of professional losses, Chamberlain had a successful career, winning two NBA championships, earning four regular-season Most Valuable Player awards, the Rookie of the Year award, one NBA Finals MVP award, and being selected to 13 All-Star Games
Jerod Mayo (born February 23, 1986) is an American football linebacker for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Patriots tenth overall in the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Tennessee.
He was named the 2008 AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Mayo was born in Hampton, Virginia. He attended Kecoughtan High School in Hampton, where he earned three letters in football as a linebacker and a running back. As a senior, Mayo recorded 110 tackles, including 18 for loss, and two interceptions. Also playing running back for seven games, he picked up 1,245 rushing yards and scored 13 touchdowns and five two-point conversions during his final campaign. As a junior, he recorded 68 tackles including 22 for loss, four interceptions and three sacks and earned first-team All-District, All-Area and All-Region honors.
Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Mayo ranked eleventh among outside linebackers nation-wide.
Mayo played college football for the Tennessee Volunteers. After redshirting the 2004 season, he appeared in six games at weak-side outside linebacker in 2005, finishing with 13 tackles (10 solo). Mayo made the
Noah Ryan Lowry (born October 10, 1980, in Ventura, California) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent.
Lowry was first drafted out of Nordhoff High School, in Ojai, California, by the Texas Rangers in the nineteenth round of the 1999 MLB Draft, but instead opted to attend Pepperdine University. At Pepperdine, Lowry went 14-2 with a 1.71 ERA as a junior. In 2001, the San Francisco Giants drafted Lowry with the 30th and last pick of the first round in the 2001 MLB Draft.
Following a September call-up in 2003, Lowry enjoyed a very successful partial rookie year for the Giants in 2004, going 6-0, and finishing with a 3.82 ERA in fourteen starts. He was named the National League's Player of the Week for the week of August 9. With an early victory to start off the 2005 season, Lowry began his career with a 7-0 record, the longest winning streak for any pitcher in San Francisco Giants history (and the second longest in Giants franchise history, behind Hooks Wiltse's 12-0 start in 1904).
In eighteen starts before the 2005 Major League Baseball All-Star Game and a 2.43 ERA after the break. Lowry's best month came in August, when he went 5-0 with a 0.69 ERA, which
David Dontay Thornton (born November 1, 1978 in Goldsboro, North Carolina) is a former outside linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans of the National Football League.
Thornton played college football at the University of North Carolina where he was team-mates with Julius Peppers, and Ryan Sims. Originally a walk-on, Thornton's play eventually earned him a scholarship. In his senior year, Thornton was named second team All-ACC and team MVP.
Thornton was drafted in the fourth round in the 2002 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. Thornton best season came in 2003 when he led the Colts with 145 tackles and made two interceptions. In the 2005 season Thornton made 83 tackles and two quarterback sacks.
He became an unrestricted free agent and signed a five-year deal with the Titans on March 13, 2006 . He retired on August 5, 2011.
Jared Anthony Dudley (born July 10, 1985 in San Diego, California) is an American professional basketball player. He is a forward for the NBA's Phoenix Suns. During his college years he played with the Boston College Eagles. Along with fellow senior Sean Marshall, he was one of the team's two captains, and was the leading scorer and rebounder on the team during his final season. Dudley was a four-year starter for the Eagles, and played in every BC game in his first three years. He had a streak of over 100 consecutive starts snapped when he suffered a stress fracture in December 2006. In his college days he earned the nickname "Junkyard Dog" for his toughness and nose for the ball.
Jared Dudley scored 30 points on November 29, 2006 against Michigan State on national television. His career-high in points is 36, which he scored against Villanova in a January 19, 2005 victory during his sophomore season. He averaged 19 points and 3 assists per game during his senior year.
After his senior season, Dudley was voted the ACC Player of the Year for 2007 and was a second team All-American.
Dudley will appear in the comedy film Movie 43 as a basketball player.
On June 28, 2007, Dudley was
Shawn David Green (born November 10, 1972) is a former Major League Baseball player.
Green was a 1st round draft pick and a two-time major league All-Star. He drove in 100 runs four times and scored 100 runs four times, hit 40 or more home runs three times, led the league in doubles, extra base hits, and total bases, won both a Gold Glove Award and a Silver Slugger Award, and set the Dodgers single-season record in home runs. Green was also in the top five in the league in home runs, RBIs, intentional walks, and MVP voting.
Green holds or is tied for the following major league records: most home runs in a game (4), most extra base hits in a game (5), most total bases in a game (19), most runs scored in a game (6), most home runs in two consecutive games (5), most home runs in three consecutive games (7), and most consecutive home runs (4). He hit his 4 home runs, 5 extra base hits, and 19 total bases against the Milwaukee Brewers in 2002. Green broke the record of 18 total bases (4 home runs and double) set by Joe Adcock of the Milwaukee Braves (vs. Brooklyn Dodgers) in 1954.
At the time of his retirement, he was one of only four active players with at least 300 home runs, 1,000
Zachary Michael Thomas (born September 1, 1973) is a former American college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for thirteen seasons. He played college football for Texas Tech University, and was recognized as an All-American. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the fifth round of the 1996 NFL Draft, and played for the Dolphins his first twelve seasons in the NFL. He was selected to the Pro Bowl eight times and recorded over 1,700 tackles.
Thomas was born in Pampa, Texas. He attended White Deer Schools in White Deer, Texas until he was a sophomore then transferred to Pampa High School in his junior year. He was a standout high school football player and was named a first-team all-state selection as a senior. Thomas and his older brother, Bart, were high school teammates at White Deer High School in White Deer, Texas; in 1988, Thomas' freshman year, the White Deer team went 16–0 and won the Class 1A state championship.
Thomas attended Texas Tech University, where he was a three-year starter at linebacker for the Texas Tech Red Raiders football team. As a junior in 1994, he was a first-team All-American. As a senior in
Carson Hilton Palmer (born December 27, 1979) is an American football quarterback for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Southern California and won the Heisman Trophy in 2002. The Cincinnati Bengals chose him with the first overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. He has been selected to two Pro Bowls.
Palmer was born in Fresno, California. He attended Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Rancho Santa Margarita, California.
By the time he was in seventh grade, Palmer had remarkable size and arm strength for his age. His father, Bill Palmer, enrolled him in private classes in Orange County taught by quarterback guru Bob Johnson.
Palmer's father was working on the East Coast when Palmer was scheduled to enroll in Santa Margarita Catholic High School as a freshman. Initially, the plan was to move the family to the East Coast but after careful consideration, Bill Palmer realized that the level of competition in California was best for Palmer. Palmer enrolled at Santa Margarita and Bill Palmer commuted home on weekends via airplane.
After a successful stint as a starter his junior year, Palmer started to field
Jason Dior Maxiell (born February 18, 1983 in Chicago, Illinois) is a professional basketball player. He currently plays for the Detroit Pistons.
A 6 feet 7 inches, 260 lb power forward, Maxiell was selected by the Pistons with the 26th pick in the first round of the 2005 NBA Draft. He attended Newman Smith High School in Carrollton, Texas. During his career at the University of Cincinnati, where he was coached by Bob Huggins, Jason earned All-Conference USA Second Team honors. He led Conference USA in blocked shots (2.8 bpg) and ranked 18th in the nation. His 91 blocks are the second-highest University of Cincinnati single-season total. He averaged 17.3 points in three postseason games and shot .607 from the field.
Maxiell finished 11th on Cincinnati's career scoring list with 1,566 points (13th in Conference USA history) and second on the Cincinnati career chart for blocked shots with 252 (4th in Conference USA). He played 129 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in Bearcats' history, and started the last 77 contests.
On October 30, 2008, Maxiell agreed to a four year, $20 million deal.
Quincy Douby (born May 16, 1984 in Brooklyn, New York) is an Haitian-American professional basketball player who plays for UCAM Murcia in Spain. At 6'3", 175 lb, Douby played shooting guard for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. The Sacramento Kings made him the 19th selection of the 2006 NBA Draft.
As a freshman at Rutgers, Douby scored 35 points to lead the team to an overtime victory in the NIT semifinal game. Douby was named to the Big East All-Rookie Team at the end of his freshman year.
Douby improved on his freshman season by averaging 15.1 points a game (11th in the Big East) and 3.38 assists a game, while posting an assist-turnover ratio (2 to 1). He was named Big East player of the Week along with West Virginia's Tyrone Sally the week of November 29. Despite finishing last in the Big East, Rutgers upset Notre Dame in the first round of the Big East Tournament behind the play of Douby.
In his junior year, Douby, as guard, was named to the All Big-East team. He led the Big East in scoring with 25.4 points a game, becoming the first Rutgers player to lead the Big East in scoring. In addition, he broke the all-time single season scoring record at Rutgers. Douby scored a Big East
Tamba Boimah Hali (born November 3, 1983) is a Liberian-born American football outside linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Pennsylvania State University, and earned All-American honors. The Kansas City Chiefs chose him with the twentieth overall pick of the 2006 NFL Draft, and he has been selected for the Pro Bowl twice.
Hali became a U.S. citizen on July 31, 2006.
Hali was born in Monrovia, Liberia. He fled civil war-torn Liberia at age ten, joining his father Henry, a Fairleigh Dickinson University chemistry professor and Teaneck High School chemistry teacher, in the United States. He was motivated to become an NFL-caliber player by his desire to reunite with his mother, Rachel Keita, and bring her to the United States after not having seen her for more than twelve years.
He attended Teaneck High School in Teaneck, New Jersey, and played for the Teaneck Highwaymen high school football team. He was named a high school All-American and the No. 1 overall college football prospect in New Jersey. He also lettered in basketball.
Hali received an athletic scholarship to attend Pennsylvania State University, where he
Anthony Erwin Randolph, Jr. (born July 15, 1989) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Born in Germany to two parents who served in the military there, Randolph's family eventually relocated to the United States, where he grew up in Pasadena, California. The family later moved to Dallas, Texas, where Randolph soon became a standout at Woodrow Wilson High School, eventually being recruited by the Louisiana State Tigers. After one year, Randolph left college and entered the 2008 NBA Draft, where he was chosen as the fourteenth pick overall by the Golden State Warriors.
Anthony Erwin Randolph, Jr. was born to Anthony and Crystal Randolph in Wurzbach, West Germany, where both of his parents served in the military. Randolph spent the first year of his life in Germany before his family moved to Pasadena, California, where he spent the majority of his childhood. Randolph attended schools in Pasadena as well as North Little Rock High School in North Little Rock, Arkansas before heading to Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, Texas for his junior year. Randolph's mother decided the school he was
William Edward Wagner (born July 25, 1971), nicknamed "Billy the Kid", is a retired Major League Baseball relief pitcher. He pitched for the Houston Astros (1995–2003), the Philadelphia Phillies (2004–2005), the New York Mets (2006–2009), the Boston Red Sox (2009), and the Atlanta Braves (2010). Wagner is one of the few Major League relief pitchers to accumulate a total of 400 or more saves in his baseball career.
Wagner was a natural-born right-handed person, but after breaking his right arm twice in accidents as a young boy, he taught himself to throw baseballs using his left arm by throwing thousands of balls against the wall of a barn, and then fielding the rebounds, and repeating.
Wagner went to school in the Tazewell school system, and he graduated from the Tazewell High School, where he was named the Baseball Player of the Year in 1990. He next attended Ferrum College, a small liberal arts college in Virginia, and in his one year as a student-athlete there, he recorded a record of 16 wins and four losses. Wagner also set single-season NCAA records for strikeouts per nine innings, with 19⅓ in 1992, and fewest hits allowed per nine innings, with 1.88.
Wagner was selected in
Joe Alexander (born December 26, 1986) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for BC Krasnye Krylya Samara of the Russian Professional Basketball League. Alexander, who at 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) and 230 lb (100 kg) plays both forward positions, was selected for the 2007 All-Big East squad during his collegiate career with West Virginia and was an All-American Honorable Mention. He was selected eighth overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. He is the first-ever Taiwanese-born NBA player.
Born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Alexander moved to Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S., when he was two. When he was eight, his family relocated to China when his father got a job working for Nestlé. Alexander lived for the next six years in China (in Hong Kong for six months, and then in Beijing) where he became conversant in Mandarin. While Alexander lived in Hong Kong, he attended the Hong Kong International School in Tai Tam. Alexander and his family lived in a separated ex-pat community with other Americans in Beijing. There he attended the International School of Beijing from 1996–2002, where he first became acquainted with basketball. His brothers, John and Jeremy,
Joseph "Joe" Patrick Mauer (born April 19, 1983) is an American baseball catcher in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Minnesota Twins. He is the only catcher in MLB history to win three batting titles. He also won three consecutive Gold Glove awards (2008–2010), and the 2009 American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award.
Joe Mauer played football, basketball, and baseball for Saint Paul's Cretin-Derham Hall Raiders, the high school of Paul Molitor, a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. In his senior year he became the only athlete ever to be selected as the USA Today High School Player of the Year in two sports (football in 2000 as a quarterback and baseball in 2001 as a catcher).
In December 2009, Sports Illustrated magazine included Mauer in its article on ten "signature" moments in U.S. high-school sports in the 2000–2009 decade, referring to his selection by the Minnesota Twins as the first pick in the 2001 amateur draft.
Mauer attended the same high school as Baseball Hall of Famer and former Milwaukee Brewer Paul Molitor. Molitor has said that Mauer "has the best swing he had ever seen". Jim O'Neill, Mauer's baseball coach at Cretin-Derham Hall, said his former
William Lance Berkman (born February 10, 1976) is an American professional baseball first baseman with the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball.
He stands 6' 1", and weighs 220 pounds (100 kg). Berkman has spent various seasons of his career as a regular at all three outfield positions. He has played with the Houston Astros, New York Yankees, and St. Louis Cardinals.
Berkman was born in Waco, Texas. He graduated from Canyon High School in New Braunfels, Texas, in 1994.
He then attended Rice University playing on the Owls baseball team, where he was named the 1997 National College Player of the Year, playing for the legendary Wayne Graham, as well as named a first team All-America by Collegiate Baseball Magazine, Baseball America and The Sporting News. He was invited to visit the White House and dine with President Clinton along with the rest of the Baseball America honorees.
Throughout college, he batted a collective .385 with 67 home runs and 272 RBI. His 41 home runs in 1997 ranked third-most in NCAA history. That year he also made the all-time record book in RBI (2nd-134), slugging percentage (6th-1.031) and total bases (4th-263) while leading the Rice Owls to their
Reginald Martinez "Reggie" Jackson (born May 18, 1946) is an American former baseball right fielder who played 21 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for four different teams (1967–1987). He was nicknamed "Mr. October" for his clutch hitting in the postseason with the Oakland A's and the New York Yankees. Jackson won five consecutive American League West divisional pennants, three consecutive American League pennants and two consecutive World Series titles as a member of the Oakland Athletics (he did not play in the 1972 World Series due to injury) from 1971 to 1975; four American League East divisional pennants, three American League pennants and two consecutive World Series titles with the Yankees from 1977 to 1981; and two American League West divisional pennants with the California Angels in 1982 and 1986. He is perhaps best remembered for hitting three consecutive home runs in the clinching game of the 1977 World Series.
Jackson played for the Kansas City / Oakland Athletics (1967–1975, 1987), Baltimore Orioles (1976), New York Yankees (1977–1981), and California Angels (1982–1986). A 14-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion, Jackson won two Silver Slugger
Chad Patrick Cordero (born March 18, 1982 in Upland, California) is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher. He broke into the big league ranks with the Montreal Expos. His best season was in 2005, when he was an All-Star and won the Rolaids Relief Man Award. During the period of 2005–2007, he recorded 113 saves, second most in the National League behind Trevor Hoffman's 131
At age 18, Cordero was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 26th round of the 2000 draft, but he chose to enroll at Cal State Fullerton, where he was a standout reliever. With an ERA of under 1.83 he made the 1st team All-America Freshman team and was selected to the Big West All-Conference team, the latter of which he repeated in each of his next two years. In 2003, he was the Fullerton Regional MVP (College World Series), and then was drafted by the Expos in the 1st round (20th overall).
He pitched briefly in 2003, and then appeared in 69 games for the Expos in 2004, compiling an ERA of 2.94, usually appearing as a closer. He was the winning pitcher in the franchise's last Montreal Expo victory, October 2 against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium.
The Expos became the Washington Nationals in 2005, and
Gregory Adam Reynolds (born July 3, 1985, in Pacifica, California) is a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Texas Rangers.
Reynolds was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies out of Terra Nova High School in the 41st round of the 2003 MLB Draft, but he instead decided to attend Stanford University. He was then selected by the Colorado Rockies as the second overall selection in the first round of the 2006 MLB Draft.
Reynolds made his Major League Baseball debut on May 11, 2008, in a 6-1 road loss against the San Diego Padres. He allowed four earned runs on six hits and struck out one batter in 5.2 innings.
On June 7, 2008, Reynolds picked up his first career win and hit as a pitcher, in a 7-2 home victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. He pitched six innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits, with no strikeouts. His first career hit, a double, occurred in the bottom of the second inning off Brewers pitcher Dave Bush.
On May 22, 2011, Reynolds was called up to replace struggling Felipe Paulino.
On January 5, 2012 Reynolds was traded to the Texas Rangers for Chad Tracy.
Carl Christopher Landry (born September 19, 1983 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Golden State Warriors of the NBA. The 6'9", all-conference power forward played collegiate basketball for the Purdue Boilermakers from 2004 to 2007. He is the older brother of Marcus Landry.
Surprisingly for a future NBA player, Landry didn't garner any accolades as a high school player because he barely played at all. Landry was cut from his freshman team. He barely made the Vincent High JV team as a sophomore, and didn’t see much playing time on varsity as a junior or senior.
Carl Landry started his college career during the 2002–2003 season at Vincennes University, located in Vincennes, Indiana, where the likes of Shawn Marion and Bob McAdoo also played their JUCO years. He averaged 14.7 points and 7.8 rebounds, but missed half the season due to a broken hand. As a Sophomore during the 2003–2004 season he led the Trailblazers, averaging 19.6 points, 8.9 rebounds,and 2.3 blocks a game. He was named a First-Team Junior College All-American and the All-Region MVP.
Landry transferred to Purdue University, located in West Lafayette,
Derek Morris (born August 24, 1978) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman, currently a member of the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League. Drafted out of the Western Hockey League (WHL) 13th overall by the Calgary Flames in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, he has also played in the NHL for the Colorado Avalanche, Boston Bruins and the New York Rangers.
Morris played minor hockey in the Alberta Midget Hockey League (AMHL) with the Red Deer Chiefs and was awarded the Brian Benning Trophy as the league's top defenceman in 1995. He went on to play major junior with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League (WHL). After his rookie WHL season, in which he scored 52 points in 67 games, Morris was drafted 13th overall by the Calgary Flames in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. He returned to play a second season with the Pats, improving to 18 goals and 75 points before turning pro.
Following Morris's 1996–97 WHL season with the Pats, he was assigned to the Calgary's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Saint John Flames for the final 7 games of the regular season, as well as 5 post-season games. In 1997–98, he scored 9 goals and 29 points in his NHL rookie season with the
Justin Tyrell Harrell (born February 14, 1984) is an American football defensive end who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers 16th overall in the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Tennessee.
Harrell was named the 2A Mr. Football in Tennessee and was named All-American by PrepStar recruiting service. During his senior season at tight end he caught 18 passes for 354 yards and six touchdowns. Harrell attended Westview High School where his team was a state runner-up his senior year. He started three years in basketball and averaged 17 points per game. He also started all four years in football.
At the 2007 NFL draft he was selected 16th overall by the Green Bay Packers. He was the second defensive tackle taken in the draft after Amobi Okoye (Texans).
Harrell took part in only limited drills with the Packers in their organized team activities (OTA) practices as a result of the torn biceps tendon suffered while playing for Tennessee. Harrell was cleared to practice with the team at the preseason camp which began July 28. Harrell immediately drew criticism for showing up to OTA and Training Camp his rookie season out of shape and slightly
Willis Andrew McGahee, III (born October 21, 1981) is an American football running back for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL).
He played college football for the University of Miami, where he was recognized as an All-American. The Buffalo Bills selected him in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft, and he also played for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens. He has been chosen for the Pro Bowl twice.
McGahee was born in Miami, Florida. He attended Miami Central High School, and played for the Miami Central Rockets high school football team.
McGahee received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Miami, where he played for coach Butch Davis and coach Larry Coker's Miami Hurricanes football teams from 1999 to 2002. McGahee broke several records in the 2002 season. He shattered school season records, carrying the ball 282 times for 1,753 yards (6.2 yards avg.) and 28 touchdowns. Only UCF's Kevin Smith (29 in 2007), Nebraska's Mike Rozier (29 in 1983), Oklahoma State's Barry Sanders (37 in 1988) and Wisconsin's Montee Ball (39 in 2011) ran for more touchdowns in an NCAA Division I-A season.
McGahee's ten 100-yard performances broke the Hurricanes' season
Aaron Michael Gray (born December 7, 1984 in Tarzana, California) is an American professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors.
Gray played high school basketball at Emmaus High School in Pennsylvania's highly competitive Lehigh Valley Conference. Gray did not start playing for the varsity team until the middle of his sophomore season.
While at Emmaus, Gray was recruited by, and committed to attend, the University of Pittsburgh. He chose Pitt over Penn State and Rutgers, which also aggressively recruited him.
While at Pitt, Gray was named an Associated Press Third Team All-American, after helping lead the University of Pittsburgh to the Sweet 16 in the 2007 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament in March 2007.
In 2007, Gray announced his intention to enter the 2007 NBA Draft. At the NBA's 2007 pre-draft camp, Gray was the only player whose height measured at least seven feet without shoes. He is 7'0" and weighs 270 pounds.
He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the 49th overall selection.
Gray made his NBA debut with the Bulls on November 2, 2007 against the Philadelphia 76ers. His most outstanding game so far came on
Al Thornton (born December 7, 1983, in Perry, Georgia) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Zhejiang Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association. He had formerly played for the Los Angeles Clippers, Washington Wizards and the Golden State Warriors. Collegiately, he played for Florida State University.
Thornton's outstanding four-year career at Florida State University was capped off by a stellar individual senior year that saw him make the AP Third-Team All-American, a unanimous selection to the First-Team All-ACC team, and was runner up to Boston College's Jared Dudley for the ACC Player of the Year. He led the ACC in scoring and averaged over 7 rebounds per game as well. His season came to a disappointing end as the Seminoles did not qualify for the NCAA tournament for the ninth straight season and were forced to play in the NIT.
On June 28, 2007, Thornton was taken 14th overall in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. Thornton also has the same agent as Yao Ming. On July 9, Thornton played his first summer league game for the Clippers, scoring 24 points and registering 8 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 blocks in a 108–102 loss to the Denver
Jerryd Bayless (born August 20, 1988 in Phoenix, Arizona) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA. He played a year of college basketball for the Arizona Wildcats after playing high school basketball at St. Mary's High School in Phoenix, where he scored a career high of 52 points in a loss to eventual state champions, Mesa Mountain View. He was selected 11th overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers, and then traded to the Portland Trail Blazers along with Ike Diogu in exchange for the rights to Brandon Rush (13th pick), Jarrett Jack and Josh McRoberts. He was traded to the New Orleans Hornets for a first round pick on October 23, 2010, and to the Toronto Raptors on November 20, 2010. In 2012, he signed with the Grizzlies.
In his freshman season at the University of Arizona, he averaged a team-high 19.7 points per game while picking up an average of 2.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists. His team finished the season with an 19–13 record (8–10 in the Pac-10), including a loss to West Virginia in the first round of the NCAA tournament. After the season, he decided to declare early for the 2008 NBA Draft.
In the 2008 NBA
Jonathan Polynice Vilma (born April 16, 1982 in Coral Gables, Florida) is an American football linebacker for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. He was originally drafted by the New York Jets 12th overall in the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Miami.
Vilma was born in Coral Gables, Florida to Haitian immigrant parents. attended Coral Gables High School where he was a teammate of Pro Bowl running back Frank Gore and received scholarship offers from the University of Miami, Florida State, Florida, Pittsburgh and Iowa. He eventually chose the University of Miami.
In 2000, Vilma played in all 11 games as a reserve middle linebacker and compiled 38 tackles (29 solo) and a pass deflection.
After the graduation of Dan Morgan, Vilma stepped into the starting middle linebacker role and played an integral role on the Hurricanes' National Championship team. He led the team in tackles with 79 (54 solo) and compiled two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery for a 36-yard touchdown, three pass deflections and an interception. He started 11 of 12 games during the regular season and was selected on the First-Team All-Big East team.
Vilma led the
Oscar Joshua "Josh" Boone (born November 21, 1984, in Mount Airy, Maryland) is an American professional basketball player. He was a forward–center for the Connecticut Huskies, where he played for three years. He declared for the 2006 NBA Draft after his junior season, forgoing his final year of college. He has most recently played in China.
He attended South Carroll High School in Sykesville, Maryland, where he averaged 20 points, 14.4 rebounds and seven blocked shots per game. He teamed with Indiana-bound Marshall Strickland to lead South Carroll to a 20–6 record. In his junior year, the team tied Governor Thomas Johnson High School for the league championship. South Carroll then lost in the regional semi-finals to top-ranked Paint Branch High School. The next year, he helped lead the team to only the school's second ever state final four appearance, losing to Gwynn Park in the final four. After graduating, he attended West Nottingham Academy (a small college prep school) in Colora, Maryland, averaging 28 points, 16 rebounds and 9.7 blocks per game.
He was a forward/center for the Connecticut Huskies where he played for three years.
Named to the Big East All-Rookie Team. Started
Larry Darnell Fitzgerald, Jr. (born August 31, 1983) is an American football wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Pittsburgh, and earned All-American honors. The Arizona Cardinals chose Fitzgerald with the third overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, and he has played his entire professional career for the team. He has been selected for the Pro Bowl six times, and currently ranks fourth all-time in NFL history in receiving yards per game for a career (76.0 yards per game), behind Andre Johnson, Torry Holt, and Marvin Harrison. He agreed to an eight-year, $120 million contract extension on August 20, 2011.
Fitzgerald attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he played for the Pittsburgh Panthers football team. He was widely considered one of the best wide receivers in college football from 2002 to 2003. After his sophomore season, Fitzgerald was recognized as the best player in the NCAA with the 2003 Walter Camp Award and the Touchdown Club of Columbus's Chic Harley Award, and as the best wide receiver in college football with the 2003 Biletnikoff Award and the Touchdown Club's Paul Warfield
Leandro Mateus Barbosa (born November 28, 1982 in São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil) is a Brazilian professional basketball player who has most recently played for Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He plays at the guard position. In Brazil he is nicknamed "Leandrinho" (Little Leandro), and in the USA he is nicknamed "The Brazilian Blur", referring to the fact that he is one of the fastest players in the NBA.
Barbosa started his career at Palmeiras when he was 17. He played on Paulista (São Paulo's) Championship under the command of Lula Ferreira, the future Brazil national team coach.
At 19, he played on the principal team of Palmeiras on Paulista (São Paulo's) Championship. He averaged 14.2 points per game. After that he was traded to Tilibra/Bauru on January 2001.
During his first season as a professional in Brazil, playing for Tilibra/Bauru, he was coached by Jorge Guerra. He averaged 15.8 points, 6.4 assists and 1.7 steals per game. He was chosen as Rookie of the Year during the Paulista of 2001. Barbosa ended the season as the fourth ranked player in three point percentage, sixth in assists and eleventh in field goals. In 2002, he won the Brazilian
Nnamdi Asomugha (/ˈnɑːmdiː ˈɑːsəmwɑː/NAHM-dee AH-səm-wah; born July 6, 1981) is an American cornerback for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft (31st overall) by the Oakland Raiders and played college football for the Golden Bears at the University of California, Berkeley. He is considered to be one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL.
Asomugha was born in Lafayette, Louisiana to parents of Igbo descent and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended Leuzinger High School in Lawndale, California and Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance, California before transferring to and graduating from Narbonne High School in Harbor City, California, playing high school basketball and football. Asomugha is of Nigerian descent.
Asomugha attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he finished his career with 187 tackles, three sacks, 19 stops for losses, eight interceptions, three touchdowns, 15 pass deflections, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble in 41 games as a free safety.
Asomugha was the second Cal player to be drafted in the first round (31st overall) of the 2003 NFL draft by the
Cesar Carrillo (born April 29, 1984 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American Major League Baseball player who is currently in the Detroit Tigers organization. Carrillo was drafted in 2005 by the San Diego Padres 18th overall. He played college baseball at the University of Miami between 2002-2005.
Carrillo attended Mt. Carmel High School in Chicago which boasts other famous sports alums such as Donovan McNabb, Simeon Rice, Antoine Walker, Chris Chelios, and Denny McLain, where he was a two sport star in both basketball and baseball. As a junior, Carrillo decided to concentrate solely on baseball. He played both shortstop and pitcher. As a shortstop, he broke the school’s single season hit record with 52 hits his junior year to go along with a 5-1 record and a 1.12 ERA. His senior year, Carrillo posted a 9-1 record with an ERA of 0.96 while batting .370 with 5 home runs and 48 RBI which led to his selection to the All-State team.
Carrillo chose to attend the University of Miami to play baseball for head coach Jim Morris. However, under NCAA regulations, a low score on the ACT exam which Carrillo took to gain entry into the University forced him to sit out the entire 2003 season.
Chris Richard (born December 25, 1984) is an American professional basketball player. Richard, a power forward, played college basketball for the University of Florida. He has a wingspan of 7'4½". His role was that of the sixth man that came off the bench for the Florida Gators national championship men's team during the 2006-07 season. He is a former Mr. Basketball in the state of Florida (2002) and scored 8 points to go along with 8 rebounds (5 offensive) in his final game of his college career. He was taken 1st overall in 2008 D-League Draft by the Tulsa 66ers.
Richard signed with the Chicago Bulls during the 2009–10 season. He played 18 regular season games, and was waived on June 30, 2010.
Derek Sanderson Jeter ( /ˈdʒiːtər/; born June 26, 1974) is an American baseball shortstop who has played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees. A five-time World Series champion, Jeter has been a central figure of the Yankees during their success of the 1990s and 2000s due to his hitting ability, baserunning, and leadership on the field and in the clubhouse. He is the Yankees' all-time career leader in hits (3,166), games played (2,484), stolen bases (344), and at bats (10,114). His accolades include twelve All-Star selections, five Gold Glove Awards, four Silver Slugger Awards, two Hank Aaron Awards, and a Roberto Clemente Award. Jeter is the all-time MLB leader in hits by a shortstop, and the 28th player to reach 3,000 hits.
The Yankees drafted Jeter out of high school in 1992, and he debuted in the major leagues in 1995. The following year, he became the Yankees' starting shortstop, won the Rookie of the Year Award, and helped the team win the 1996 World Series. Jeter continued to contribute during the team's championship seasons of 1998–2000; he finished third in voting for the American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award in 1998, recorded
Derrick Caracter (born May 4, 1988) is an American professional basketball player.
Caracter grew up in Fanwood, New Jersey. He played high school basketball at St. Patrick High School as a freshman, and attended Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School as a sophomore, to team with fellow SPF native, and subsequent Duke Blue Devil PF, Lance Thomas, before returning to St. Patrick's for his junior year. Caracter transferred to a boarding school, Notre Dame Preparatory School, during his senior year to focus on academics. He then began his college career at the University of Louisville.
He withdrew from the 2008 NBA Draft and later that summer left the University of Louisville. He then enrolled at the University of Texas at El Paso and, as required by NCAA regulations, sat out the 2008–09 basketball season. He became eligible to play in the second half of the 2009–2010 season. On June 24, 2010, Caracter was selected 58th overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2010 NBA Draft, along with fellow rookie Devin Ebanks. During his first season, he averaged only 5.2 minutes per game, 2.0 points per game, one rebound per game, and nearly 46% from the field.
On March 29, 2011, Caracter was assigned
Jason Renyt Tyner (born April 23, 1977 in Bedford, Texas) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder. Tyner stands at 6'1" tall and weighs 175 pounds. He bats and throws left-handed.
Tyner attended West Brook Senior High School in Beaumont, where he was named Beaumont Student Athlete of the Year and was a member of the National Honor Society as a junior and senior. Following high school, he attended Texas A&M University, graduating in 1998. At A&M, he was named All-Big 12 (along with Jason Jennings) and second team All-American in 1998. He finished his collegiate career first on A&M's all-time list for hits and stolen bases, was second in batting average, and third in at-bats. Making the feat even more remarkable was that he set the records in only three seasons. He also made the United States National Team in 1997.
After three years at Texas A&M, Tyner was the New York Mets' first round draft pick, and twenty-first overall pick in the 1998 Major League Baseball Draft. The outfielder rose quickly through the Mets' minor league system, making his major league debut on June 5, 2000.
On July 28, 2000 Tyner stint in New York ended quickly though, as he was dealt to the Tampa Bay
Kevin Lee Pritchard (born July 18, 1967 in Bloomington, Indiana) is a retired American professional basketball player and currently serves as general manager for the Indiana Pacers.
Pritchard played college basketball for the University of Kansas, where he was the starting point guard on the Jayhawks team that defeated the Oklahoma Sooners for the 1988 NCAA Division I men's basketball championship. While at KU, he played under head men's basketball coach Larry Brown, assistants R.C. Buford and Alvin Gentry, and one year under then-volunteer assistant coach Gregg Popovich, now the head coach of the San Antonio Spurs.
Pritchard holds the distinction of being the first player to make a 3-point shot at Allen Fieldhouse in 1986. During his time at University of Kansas, Pritchard became a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He was also named three times on the Academic All-Big Eight.
Pritchard was drafted by the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association as the 34th overall pick 1990. He had a six-year NBA career spanning five teams—the Warriors, the Boston Celtics, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Miami Heat, and the Washington Bullets. He also holds the distinction of
Lee Evans III (born March 11, 1981) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the first round (13th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Wisconsin.
Evans has also played for the Baltimore Ravens.
Born in Sandusky, Ohio, Evans attended Bedford High School in Bedford, Ohio, a suburb located southeast of Cleveland, Ohio—the same high school as former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Chris Chambers (who also starred at Wisconsin) and actress Halle Berry.
Evans caught 30 passes for 528 yards and 5 touchdowns in his freshman season.
Lee Evans put together an incredible season despite having 3 different quarterbacks (Brooks Bollinger, Jim Sorgi, and Matt Schabert) during the year. Evans caught 75 passes for 1,545 yards (an average of 20.1 yards per reception) and 9 touchdowns.
Evans tore his ACL in the Spring Game and missed the entire season. The Badgers struggled mightily on offense in his absence.
In Evans's last year at Wisconsin, the star receiver put together a season to remember for the Badgers. He would catch 64 passes for 1,213 yards and 13 touchdowns. Possibly his finest game as a Badger
Marc Gasol Sáez (born January 29, 1985) is a Spanish professional basketball player who plays for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was drafted in the second round, 48th overall, by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2007 NBA Draft. He stands 7'1" tall and is the younger brother of current Lakers power forward Pau Gasol.
While he spent almost all of his childhood in the Barcelona area, he moved as a teenager with his parents to the Memphis suburb of Germantown, Tennessee in 2001, after his older brother Pau Gasol was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks and then had his rights traded to the Memphis Grizzlies, who finalized their move from Vancouver just after the draft. Gasol played high school basketball at Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis. He was named Division 2's Mr. Basketball in 2003 following a senior season in which he averaged 26 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks per game. In 2008, Lausanne retired Gasol's #33 jersey. His parents still live in Germantown.
After his graduation from Lausanne, Gasol returned to his home country of Spain to play in the Liga ACB. He originally played with FC Barcelona before moving to Akasvayu Girona, where he
Carlos Felipe Peña (born May 17, 1978) is a Major League Baseball first baseman who currently plays for the Tampa Bay Rays. He played previously with the Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics, Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Chicago Cubs.
Although he was born in Santo Domingo and his family is from San Francisco de Macorís, he spent a significant portion of his childhood in the United States, namely Haverhill, Massachusetts. He is portrayed in the film Moneyball by actor Adrian Bellani.
Peña is the eldest of four children born to Felipe and Juana Peña. The family moved to the United States from the Dominican Republic when Peña was 12, initially living with one of his uncles.
He graduated from Haverhill High School in Haverhill, Massachusetts in 1995. Peña initially went to Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, but returned home after one quarter and attended Northeastern, where he studied electrical engineering. As a collegiate player, he competed in the Cape Cod League, which showcases top amateur prospects every summer. He was a member of the Wareham Gatemen in 1997. During his time at Northeastern, Peña led the Huskies to one NCAA tournament. Peña's career
Curtis Montague Schilling (born November 14, 1966) is a former American Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher. He helped lead the Philadelphia Phillies to the World Series in 1993 and won World Series championships in 2001 with the Arizona Diamondbacks and in 2004 and 2007 with the Boston Red Sox. Schilling retired with a career postseason record of 11–2. His .846 postseason winning percentage is a major-league record among pitchers with at least 10 decisions.
After retiring, he founded Green Monster Games which was renamed 38 Studios. The company released Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning in February 2012, but just three months later, Schilling laid off his entire staff amid severe financial troubles that resulted in the company missing payroll the previous week.
Schilling graduated from Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1985, before attending Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona.
Schilling began his professional career in the Red Sox farm system as a second-round pick in what would be the final January draft in MLB. He began his professional career with the Elmira Pioneers, then a Red Sox affiliate. After two and a half years in the minor leagues, he and Brady
Daequan Cook (born April 28, 1987) is an American basketball player currently playing for the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder.
On June 28, 2007, Cook was taken 21st overall in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers but summarily traded to the Heat along with cash considerations in exchange for Jason Smith.
In June 2010, he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, along with the 18th overall pick (Kentucky guard Eric Bledsoe) for the 32nd overall pick (Texas center Dexter Pittman).
Daequan Cook attended Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Dayton, Ohio. As a junior, he led Dunbar to the Ohio Division II state semifinals where they lost to eventual champion Upper Sandusky High School. As a senior, he averaged 24.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game and led Dunbar to a Division II state championship. He was named onto the 2006 McDonald's All-American Team. Playing for the West, Cook scored 17 points in the 112–94 win.
Cook also played with Greg Oden and Mike Conley, Jr. on the SPIECE Indy Heat high school AAU team. Cook was the team's leading scorer in the 2004 Big Time event in Las Vegas. The team was undefeated and won the championship.
One of Ohio State University Coach
Delmon Damarcus Young (born September 14, 1985) is an American professional baseball outfielder with the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball's American League. He is the younger brother of former major league outfielder and first baseman Dmitri Young. He was born in Montgomery, Alabama.
Young is known for having a strong and accurate throwing arm. Don Zimmer, now a consultant with the Rays, has compared Young's arm to that of Jesse Barfield or Raúl Mondesí. In terms of hitting ability, at 6'3", 240 pounds, he presents an intimidating and strong plate presence, and his potential has often been compared to that of Albert Belle.
Young graduated from Adolfo Camarillo High School in 2003, located in Camarillo, California, whereupon he was drafted first overall in the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft.
In 2005, Young hit .336 with 20 home runs, 71 RBI and an OPS of .968 in 2005, in 84 games with the Double-A Montgomery Biscuits, winning the Southern League Most Valuable Player despite playing barely more than half the season. Young was promoted to the Triple-A Durham Bulls on July 15, 2005, where he batted .285 with six home runs and 28 RBIs in 52 games. After the season was over, he
Derrick O'Hara Johnson (born November 22, 1982) is an American football linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Texas and earned consensus All-American honors twice. The Chiefs chose him in the first round (15th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft, and he was selected for the Pro Bowl in 2011.
Johnson was born in Waco, Texas. He attended Waco High School, and played for the Waco Lions high school football team. He registered 170 tackles (103 unassisted), 21.0 stops for loss, 6.0 quarterback sacks, five forced fumbles and two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown as a senior. Johnson produced a career-high 30 tackles and four forced fumbles in a single game. He earned Parade magazine high school All-America and first-team All-Texas Class 5A honors following both his junior and senior seasons, and played in the first-ever U.S. Army All-American Bowl on December 30, 2000.
Johnson enrolled in the University of Texas at Austin, and played for coach Mack Brown's Texas Longhorns football team from 2001 to 2004 and became one of the most dominant linebackers in Longhorns history. Johnson was a
Eric Cesar Chavez (born on December 7, 1977) is a Mexican American professional baseball player. He currently plays in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees. Chavez previously played for the Oakland Athletics (1998–2010).
A third baseman, Chavez won six Gold Glove Awards (2001–2006). He won the Silver Slugger Award in 2002.
His last name is consistently mispronounced by the media as they pronounce his name with the S-H sound instead of the C-H-A sound. The correct pronunciation is "Cha-Vez", not "Sha-Vez."
Chavez's high school success was such that in the 1996 Major League Baseball Draft, he was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the first round as the tenth pick. Chavez eventually chose a professional baseball career over a full scholarship at the University of Southern California (USC), signing with the Athletics on August 27, 1996. His time in the minor leagues was relatively short, lasting just under two seasons. He spent the 1997 season playing for the Visalia Oaks, the Single-A team in the Athletics' farm system. He played 134 games, all at third base, and hit .271 with 18 home runs and 100 RBI. Before the start of the 1998 season, Chavez was promoted to the
Gerald Green, Jr. (born January 26, 1986) is an American professional basketball player for the Indiana Pacers. He was drafted by the Boston Celtics with the 18th pick of the first round in the 2005 NBA Draft. He has performed well in many slam dunk competitions, having won the 2005 McDonald's All-American Slam Dunk Contest and the 2007 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, while finishing as the runner-up in the 2008 NBA Slam Dunk Contest.
Green did not play high school basketball until his sophomore year, when he played junior varsity for J. Frank Dobie High School. In his junior year he made the varsity team, but his play was cut short because of academic issues
He transferred to a charter school, Gulf Shores Academy in Houston where he repeated his junior year. In his senior year at Gulf Shores, he averaged 33 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 blocked shots per game. He was named an All-American and was the high scorer in the 2005 McDonald's All-American game scoring 24 points., which features two teams composed of the best high school basketball players in the US. Green also won the McDonald's All-American Slam Dunk Contest that year, defeating future Duke player Josh McRoberts.
Glenn Jamon Dorsey (born August 1, 1985) is an American football defensive end for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Louisiana State University (LSU), received All-American honors twice, and was recognized as the top college defensive player. The Kansas City Chiefs selected him with the fifth overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.
Dorsey was born in Gonzales, Louisiana. He attended East Ascension High School in Gonzales, where he was rated among the nation's top defensive linemen and one of the top three prospects in the state. He was named Louisiana’s 4A Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team 4A all-state selection. During his junior year, Dorsey had more than 100 tackles, and 12 sacks. As a senior he missed three games due to an ankle injury, and finished the season with 43 tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble.
Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Dorsey was listed as the No. 5 defensive tackle prospect in the nation in 2004.
Dorsey attended Louisiana State University, and played for coach Nick Saban and coach Les Miles' LSU Tigers football teams from 2004 to 2007. In 2004 as a true freshman, he started
Jason Jamar Allen (born July 5, 1983) is an American football cornerback for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins 16th overall of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at Tennessee.
Allen has also played for the Houston Texans.
Allen earned various honors while playing football at Muscle Shoals High School in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. He was named an All-American from SuperPrep, PrepStar and Borderwars.com. He was twice a 5A All-State running back and was once selected as the Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year. As a senior, he ran for 1,740 yards and 21 touchdowns while adding 378 yards and three scores receiving. His performance earned him the honor of being the No. 1 player in Alabama by Birmingham News and Mobile Register.
Allen also lettered in track and basketball at Muscle Shoals. He graduated early in January 2002.
Allen was a four-year letterman and three-year starter for the Tennessee Volunteers. He appeared in 43 games with 26 starting, including 12 starts at safety and 14 at cornerback.
By graduating in January, Allen was able to attend spring practices at the University of Tennessee. He went on to play in
Mark Charles Teixeira ( /teɪˈʃɛrə/ tay-SHERR-ə; born April 11, 1980), nicknamed "Tex" is an American Major League Baseball player for the New York Yankees. Primarily a first baseman, he has also played third base and in the outfield. He played college baseball at Georgia Tech, where in 2001 he won the Dick Howser Trophy as the national collegiate baseball player of the year.
Teixeira was drafted in 2001 by the Texas Rangers, and made his MLB debut for them in 2003. In mid-2007 he was traded to the Atlanta Braves, and traded again in mid-2008 to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. In December 2008, he agreed to a contract with the New York Yankees. Teixeira has won four Gold Glove Awards and three Silver Slugger Awards. Teixeira also holds the all-time major league record for most games with a home run from both sides of the plate, with 13.
Teixeira grew up in Severna Park, Maryland, and attended Mount Saint Joseph High School in Baltimore, Maryland, where he played for the school's varsity baseball team. Teixeira is Portuguese American. He also has roots in the South American country of Guyana, the country from which his grandfather emigrated as a young man.
Teixeira was originally
Marlin Tyrell Jackson (born June 30, 1983) is an American football cornerback and free safety who last played for Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Michigan, and was recognized as an All-American. The Indianapolis Colts selected him in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft, and he is currently a free agent.
Jackson was born in Sharon, Pennsylvania. He attended Sharon High School, and played for the Sharon Tigers high school football team. During his high school career, he compiled 281 career tackles, nineteen tackles for losses, three quarterback sacks, seven forced fumbles, three recovered fumbles and eighteen interceptions, including four touchdown returns. On offense, was he rushed for 330 five touchdowns in fifteen attempts, and caught fifty-seven passes for 1,026 yards and eighteen touchdowns. Jackson earned all-state honors, was the Pennsylvania high school player of the year and picked for the USA Today and Prep Football Report All-American teams. He played in the first-ever U.S. Army All-American Bowl game on December 30, 2000.
Jackson attended the University of Michigan, where he played for coach
Preston James Richard Wilson (born July 19, 1974) is a former professional baseball outfielder. He played all or part of ten seasons in Major League Baseball from 1998-2007. He is both the nephew and stepson of former New York Mets star Mookie Wilson. (Mookie married Preston's mother after his brother fathered Preston.)
At age 17, Wilson was drafted by the Mets out of Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School in the first round of the 1992 amateur draft. The Baseball America 1992 High School Player of the Year, Wilson was ranked among the top 100 prospects in baseball by the magazine four times between 1993 and 1998. He is known to be an aggressive hitter, according to scouts and media sources, based on his propensity to swing at the first pitch and his high strikeout rates.
After spending five seasons below Triple A and a season in 1997 in the Australian Baseball League with the Hunter Eagles, Wilson finally reached the majors in May 1998. Just two weeks after joining the Mets, he was traded to the Florida Marlins with two other minor leaguers for Mike Piazza. He returned to the minor leagues for most of the season.
In 1999, Wilson was the Marlins' regular center fielder. Wilson led the team
Ricardo "Ricky" Romero, Jr. (born November 6, 1984) is an American baseball pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays. Romero stands at 6 feet and weighs 210 pounds. He throws left-handed and bats right-handed.
After spending three years at Garfield High School, Romero graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in East Los Angeles. In his senior year he was named L.A. City Section co-player of the year and Eastern League co-MVP for baseball, going (12-1) with a 0.53 ERA and 162 strikeouts for the Rough Riders.
Upon graduation, Romero attended Cal State Fullerton from 2001 to 2005. The lefty starter helped the Titans capture a National Title in the 2004 College World Series, pitching the team into the semifinals past Miami (FL) and winning game one of the World Series against Texas. He was also selected to the All-Tournament team for that season and played for the U.S. National Team pitching to a (3-1) record with a 1.57 ERA. In 2005 he led Fullerton in wins (13) and the Titans returned to the World Series.
Romero was drafted by the Blue Jays as the sixth overall pick (and first pitcher selected) in the 2005 amateur entry draft. After signing with Toronto in June of that year, with a
Rocco Dan Baldelli (/ˈrɒkoʊ bɔːlˈdɛli/; born September 25, 1981 in Woonsocket, Rhode Island) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder and designated hitter. Because of his excellent size and speed, and in reference to his hometown, he was nicknamed, "The Woonsocket Rocket," early in his professional career. After a promising beginning to his baseball career, a mysterious metabolic/muscular disorder would lead to numerous injuries and force Baldelli to retire as a player at age 29.
Rocco Baldelli attended the PEGASUS Gifted and Talented middle-school program at La Salle Academy in Providence. He played baseball for the Rhode Island Tides, an AAU ball club. Then he switched to Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick, Rhode Island, for high school There he posted a 4.25 grade point average. He was also a four sport star, earning all-state honors in baseball, indoor track, basketball, and volleyball and was selected in the first round of the 2000 amateur draft. Had he not signed with Tampa Bay, he would have attended Wake Forest University on a baseball scholarship. He also seriously considered attending Princeton University.
According to professional baseball scouts, Baldelli
Shawon Donnell Dunston (born March 21, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York) is a former shortstop and right-handed batter in Major League Baseball. He resides in Fremont, CA. He was the first overall pick in the 1982 MLB draft by the Chicago Cubs, and played for the Cubs (1985–95, 1997), San Francisco Giants (1996, 1998, 2001–02), Pittsburgh Pirates (1997), Cleveland Indians (1998), St. Louis Cardinals (1999, 2000) and New York Mets (1999). He played baseball in the summer for the Youth Service League
In 1988 and 1990 he joined double-play partner Ryne Sandberg as an All-Star and was a key contributor to the Cubs' NL East division title in 1989, hitting .278 with 20 doubles, 6 triples, 9 home runs, 60 runs batted in and 19 stolen bases. Dunston was a career .269 hitter with 150 home runs and 668 RBI in 1814 games. He seldom walked, so in spite of his decent batting average, his on-base percentage was the second worst of those with at least 4500 plate appearances during his 18 year career.
At the end of his career, he was used mainly as a fourth outfielder and a role player off the bench.
Bill James noted that Dunston was an "eternal rookie, a player who continued until the end of his career
Glen Weston Perkins (born March 2, 1983) is a Major League Baseball relief pitcher for the Minnesota Twins. He made his major league debut with the Minnesota Twins in 2006. Perkins attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis-St. Paul and Stillwater Area High School in Oak Park Heights. Perkins earned his first Major league win on May 20, 2008, against the Texas Rangers.
Perkins played his college ball for the Minnesota Golden Gophers in 2003 and 2004. With the Gophers in 2003, he went 10–2 and posted a 2.91 ERA with 117 strikeouts. In his 2004 season with the Gophers, he went 9–3 and posted a 2.83 ERA with 113 strikeouts. Perkins was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 1st round of the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft, being picked 22nd overall.
Between the years of 2004-2008, Perkins played most of his games for the Minnesota Twins minor league system. He pitched for the Elizabethton Twins, Quad City Swing, Fort Myers Miracle, Gulf Coast Twins, New Britain Rock Cats, and the AAA Rochester Red Wings. In his three seasons with Minnesota Twins minor league teams, he pitched 386.2 innings, posting a 16–22 record with a 3.50 ERA and 380 strikeouts. He was ranked number 66 in
Joseph Christopher Carter (born March 7, 1960 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is a former right fielder in Major League Baseball who played from 1983 to 1998. Carter is most famous for hitting a walk-off home run to win the 1993 World Series for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Joe Carter attended Wichita State University, leaving after his junior year. He was named The Sporting News magazine's College Player of the Year in 1981 In the 1981 draft, the Cubs chose him with the second pick of the first round.
Carter first reached the majors in 1983 with the Chicago Cubs, but was traded to the Cleveland Indians the following year, where he blossomed into a star. Carter emerged as a prolific power hitter, hitting as many as 35 home runs in a season and regularly driving in 100 or more runs. He usually hit nearly as many doubles as he did homers, and would get respectable numbers of triples in many years too. He was also a very good baserunner, stealing 20-30 bases a year with a high rate of success; in 1987, Carter became a rare member of the single-season 30–30 club for home runs/stolen bases. However, he was considered a below-average defensive outfielder. The Indians publicly criticized his
James Kevin Brown (born March 14, 1965) is a former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher. Because two other MLB players named Kevin Brown had careers that overlapped with his, he is sometimes incorrectly referred to in baseball documents as Kevin J. Brown.
Brown attended Wilkinson County High School in Irwinton, Georgia and was a student and a letterman in football, baseball, and tennis. Brown played 3 years of collegiate baseball at Georgia Tech for their baseball team.
In 1986, Brown was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the first round (fourth pick overall). Starting in 1989, Brown was second in the Rangers' rotation behind ace Nolan Ryan and posted a 12–9 record with a 3.35 ERA and 104 strikeouts in 1989 and a 12–10 record with a 3.60 ERA and 88 strikeouts in 1990. By 1992, Brown had improved his record with the Rangers to a 21–11 with 173 strikeouts and a 3.32 ERA, was tied for the league lead in victories and was the first since Ferguson Jenkins in 1974 to win 20 games in a Ranger uniform.
Brown became a free agent following the strike settlement in 1994 and signed with the Baltimore Orioles for a season, posting a 10–9 record with 117 strikeouts and a 3.60 ERA.
Clayton Edward Kershaw (born March 19, 1988) is a left-handed pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball.
Kershaw was drafted 7th overall in the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft. He worked his way through the Dodgers' farm system in just one full season and reached the majors at the age of 20 years old. When he debuted in 2008, he was the youngest player in Major League Baseball, a title he held for one full year. In 2011, he won the Pitching Triple Crown and the National League Cy Young Award, becoming the youngest pitcher to accomplish either of these feats since Dwight Gooden in 1985. As of 2012, his 2.79 career ERA is the lowest among active starters (minimum 500 innings pitched).
Being a left-handed strikeout pitcher and playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Kershaw has often been compared to Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax.
Kershaw attended Highland Park High School, where he established himself as an elite high school prospect in 2006 when he posted a 13–0 record with an ERA of 0.77, and recorded 139 strikeouts in 64 innings. In a playoff game against Justin Northwest High School, Kershaw pitched an all-strikeout perfect game. He was selected by USA Today
James Robert "Bob" Horner (born August 6, 1957) is a former Major League Baseball third baseman/first baseman and right-handed batter who played for the Atlanta Braves (1978–1986) and St. Louis Cardinals (1988). Horner was hampered by assorted injuries for most of his major league career.
Horner was born in Junction City, Kansas but grew up in Glendale, Arizona, attending Apollo High School in Glendale where he set school records. His college career at Arizona State University culminated with being named the first winner of the Golden Spikes Award. With his nine home runs in 1976 he is tied with Ike Davis (2006) for third all-time by a Sun Devil freshman, two behind Barry Bonds (in 1983).
A second baseman for TSN's College All-America team in 1977 and 1978, Horner set a then-NCAA record of 58 career home runs for Arizona State, set a 25-homer single-season record, and was selected the MVP of 1977 College World Series.
Horner was drafted by Atlanta as the first overall pick of the 1978 amateur draft and made his Major League Baseball debut the same year. He is one of a handful of players to go directly to the starting lineup in the Majors without spending a day in the minor leagues.
Calvin Johnson, Jr. (born September 29, 1985), nicknamed Megatron, is an American football wide receiver for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Georgia Tech, and was recognized as an All-American twice. He was selected by the Detroit Lions with the second overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. On March 14, 2012, Johnson signed an eight-year, $132 million contract extension with the Lions, one of the largest sports contracts ever. Johnson has a rare combination of size, hands, speed, strength, leaping ability, body control and hand-eye coordination. His nickname "Megatron" was given to him by former Lions wide receiver Roy Williams and the name caught on with fans.
Johnson was born to Calvin Sr. and Arica Johnson on September 29, 1985 in Newnan, Georgia. Johnson was 6 feet tall in middle school, and 6 feet 4 inches in 10th grade. He attended Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone, Georgia and was a student and a letterman in football. In football, he was a three year starter as a wide receiver. As a sophomore, he made 34 receptions for 646 yards and 10 touchdowns. As a junior, Johnson caught 40 passes for 736 yards and eight touchdowns.
Chase Cameron Utley ( /ˈʌtliː/; born December 17, 1978) is a second baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball. A native of the Greater Los Angeles area, he was raised in the city of Long Beach. He was a star baseball player at Long Beach Polytechnic High School, before moving on to UCLA. He plays for the Philadelphia Phillies as a second baseman.
Utley bats left-handed and throws right-handed. Since becoming a permanent fixture as the Phillies' second baseman, Utley has demonstrated versatility, spending some time at first base as well. As his fielding has improved over his career, Utley is seen in combination with Jimmy Rollins as one of the best middle-infield combinations in the NL. Utley is considered by fans to be a team leader, alongside Rollins and Ryan Howard.
Utley played in the Cape Cod Baseball League for the Cotuit Kettleers, an amateur baseball team, in 1999 while he was still attending UCLA. After his summer experience with Cotuit and college career, Utley was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the first round (15th pick) of the 2000 amateur draft and played for the Phillies' farm system with the Batavia Muckdogs (A-short season; now a
Delonte Maurice West (born July 26, 1983, in Washington, D.C.) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA.
West went to Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Maryland, where he excelled at basketball. He led the Raiders to their first tournament appearance. They made it to the Maryland 4A championship, where Delonte had 22 points and 8 rebounds, but the Raiders lost 70–58. He was named Washington Post All Met Basketball Player of the Year due to his averages of 20.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 3.1 steals per game. He scored double figures in all but one game his senior season. He then committed himself to Saint Joseph's University.
At Saint Joseph's University he formed what was widely regarded as the best backcourt in the country along with Wooden and Naismith Award winner Jameer Nelson, averaging 18.9 points and 6.7 assists per game and shooting 41% from three-point range as a junior. His efforts helped the Hawks to go 27–0 in the regular season, and earn an Elite Eight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Saint Joseph's finished the season at 30–2.
West chose to leave St. Joe's after his junior campaign and was
Greggory Olson (born October 11, 1966 in Scribner, Nebraska) is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher who played with the Baltimore Orioles (1988–93), Atlanta Braves (1994), Cleveland Indians (1995), Kansas City Royals (1995, 1997), Detroit Tigers (1996), Houston Astros (1996), Minnesota Twins (1997), Arizona Diamondbacks (1998–99) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2000–01). Olson batted and threw right-handed.
Olson attended Omaha Northwest High School in Omaha, Nebraska, where he was a pitcher and led the Huskies to four straight state titles. His father, Bill Olson, was his high school coach.
In the state championship game of his senior year, Olson threw a no-hitter.
After graduating from High School in 1985, Olson went on to pitch at Auburn University for three seasons.
Olson used to come into save situations blowing people away with his 90-plus fastball and a devastating curveball, known as "Uncle Charlie." He was drafted by the Orioles in the 1st round (4th pick) of the 1988 amateur draft and made his debut late in the season.
In 1989, Olson became the first reliever to win the American League Rookie of the Year Award. Olson also set an American League rookie record with 27
Earl Heath Miller, Jr. (born October 22, 1982) is an American football tight end for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). Miller played college football for the University of Virginia, earned All-American honors, and was recognized as the best college tight end in the nation. The Pittsburgh Steelers selected him with the 30th overall pick of the 2005 NFL Draft, and he was a member of the Steelers' Super Bowl championship teams in 2006 and 2009.
Miller was born in Richlands, Virginia. He attended Honaker High School in Swords Creek, Virginia. He played quarterback for the Honaker Tigers high school football team, where he earned the Associated Press Player of the Year honor as a senior and was a two-time AP All-State selection. He also earned the All-Southwest Virginia first-team honors at quarterback and was a second-team all-state selection at defensive back, adding Region D Offensive Player of the Year accolades. He set several school records in passing and leading the team to its first state championship game his senior year, in which they lost to King William High School 25-15.
While attending high school, Heath also played first base for the baseball
Joakim Simon Noah ( /ˈdʒoʊ.ə.kɪm/ JOH-ə-kim; born February 25, 1985) is a professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Born in New York City to a Swedish mother and French father, he holds American, Swedish and French citizenship. He played college basketball for the University of Florida, and was a key member of the Florida Gators' starting five that won two consecutive NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournaments in 2006 and 2007. In 2007, the Chicago Bulls selected Noah in the first round (ninth pick overall) in the 2007 NBA Draft.
Noah was born in New York City in 1985 to French singer and former professional tennis player Yannick Noah, and Cécilia Rodhe, Miss Sweden 1978. His paternal grandfather Zacharie Noah was a Cameroonian professional soccer player, winner of the Coupe de France in 1961. Noah lived in Paris, France from 1988 to 1998 and returned to New York City at age 13.
He competed on basketball teams at several high schools: the United Nations International School, Poly Prep, and The Lawrenceville School.
During his freshman year at Florida (2004–2005), he played sparingly, clocking in just 10.3 minutes per game,
Joseph Keyshawn Johnson (born on July 22, 1972) is a former American college and professional football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons. He played college football for the University of Southern California, and earned All-American honors. The first pick in the 1996 NFL Draft, he played professionally for the New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers. He retired from football following the 2006 season, and currently serves as a television broadcaster for sports channel ESPN.
Johnson was born in Los Angeles, California. He attended Susan Miller Dorsey High School in Los Angeles, and played high school football for the Dorsey Dons.
After playing football for two years at West Los Angeles College, Johnson transferred to University of Southern California, where he played for coach John Robinson's USC Trojans football team in 1994 and 1995.
In 1994 he finished with 66 catches for 1,362 yards and 9 TD. In 1995 he finished with 102 catches for 1,434 yards and 7 TD.
As a Trojan, he was twice recognized as a consensus first-team All-America selection. After the 1994 college season, Johnson helped lead the
Paul Davis (born July 21, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for BC Khimki of the Russian Professional Basketball League (PBL).
Davis started his career at Reuther Middle School where his number has been retired.
Davis played for Rochester High School, earning Mr. Basketball of Michigan honors in 2002. As a center for the Michigan State Spartans, he finished the 2005 season as the NCAA Tournament's leading rebounder. Davis was ranked as the nation's number three center by Lindy's College Basketball and the nation's number five post man by Athlon Sports.
In his senior season, he averaged 17.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1 steal and 0.9 blocks, while also shooting 87% from the free-throw line, and was 6-19 from three-point territory.
On April 2, 2009, Paul appeared on the Bravo show Millionaire Matchmaker.
On June 28, 2006, Davis was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2006 NBA Draft with the 34th pick (4th pick of 2nd round).
After 2007–08 season, he became a restricted free agent. His rights were renounced by the Clippers, but on August 18, 2008, he was re-signed by the Clippers. He was waived by the Clippers in January 2009.
On September 25, 2009,
Ronnie Brewer (born March 20, 1985, in Portland, Oregon) is an American professional basketball player with the New York Knicks of the NBA. The Utah Jazz selected him with the 14th pick of the 2006 NBA Draft. Brewer played collegiately at the University of Arkansas, where his father Ron Brewer was a star in the late 1970s. Brewer is known for having an unorthodox shooting technique, the result of a childhood water slide injury.
At Arkansas, he averaged 18.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.6 steals, and 0.5 blocks. He also was 51–151 from three point range and shot 75% from the free throw line. Brewer played at Arkansas from 2003 to 2006.
Brewer was selected with the 14th pick in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz. Brewer saw very limited playing time in his 2006–07 rookie season with Utah, appearing in only 56 games. However, after a strong performance in the 2007–08 preseason, he assumed the role of Utah's starting shooting guard. By mid-November 2007, he was averaging double figures in points and was among the NBA leaders in steals. He was later selected to play in the 2008 Rookie-Sophomore Game. On February 28, 2009 Brewer recorded a career high 26 points, along with 7
Adam Alexander Loewen (born April 9, 1984 in Surrey, British Columbia) is a Canadian professional baseball former pitcher, outfielder and infielder for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball. He bats and throws left-handed. He is 6'6" tall and weighs 220 pounds.
Loewen grew up in Surrey, British Columbia, and was both a starting pitcher and first baseman for the team that represented Canada at the 1996 Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He would go on to attend Fraser Valley Christian High School and play baseball for the Fraser Valley Chiefs of the British Columbia Premier Baseball League. While playing for the Chiefs, Loewen was selected as the fourth pick in the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft by the Baltimore Orioles. This was the highest a Canadian player had ever been drafted until righthander Jameson Taillon was drafted 2nd overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Loewen went on to play one season with Chipola College, but signed a Major League Baseball contract with Baltimore worth $4.02 million shortly thereafter. In 2004, he was named their top prospect by Baseball America. However, by early 2006, he had been downgraded to the team's second best
Danilo Gallinari (Italian pronunciation: [daˈnilo ɡalliˈnari]; born August 8, 1988) is an Italian professional basketball player with the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) in height and 102 kg (225 lbs) in weight. Danilo mainly plays at the small forward position. His nickname is Gallo, which is Italian for "Rooster".
Gallinari's father, Vittorio Gallinari, played professional basketball with Olimpia Milano (along with future head coach Mike D'antoni), Pallacanestro Pavia, Virtus Bologna, and Scaligera Basket Verona in the Italian league.
Danilo starting playing professionally in 2004 for Casalpusterlengo, a team in Serie B1 (third level in Italy).
In 2005, Gallinari was acquired by Armani Jeans Milano, which then sent him to Edimes Pavia, a team competing in the Italian league second division championship during the 2005–2006 season, so that he could earn more experience with extended playing minutes. Even though he played only half of the season due to an injury, in 2006 he was nominated as the best Italian player of the Italian league second division championship, averaging 14.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.0 steals, and 0.8
Derrick Harvey (born November 9, 1986) is an American football defensive end who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars eighth overall in the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football for the University of Florida Gators.
Harvey has also played for the Denver Broncos.
Harvey was born in Greenbelt, Maryland in 1986. He attended Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Maryland, only starting his high school football career as a junior for the Roosevelt Raiders. As a senior, he recorded over 150 tackles and 31 sacks, a Maryland state record, as well as five forced fumbles, two recovered fumbles and five batted down passes. He led his team to a 12-1 record and the Maryland Class 4A state semi-finals, where they lost their only game of the season. He received first-team all-state honors by the Associated Press, and was the Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year.
Harvey was a high school first-team All-America selection by Parade magazine, Tom Lemming, EA Sports, Riddell and SuperPrep, and a second-team All-America selection by USA Today. A five-star recruit, he eventually committed to Florida, after also considering Ohio State, Maryland and
Hakim Hanif Warrick (born July 8, 1982) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the New Orleans Hornets of the NBA. Commonly nicknamed "Helicopter" and "Skinny", the 6'9", 219 lb power forward was a major part the Syracuse Orange's run to the 2003 National Championship, often being most remembered for blocking a potential game-tying 3-pointer in the title game. Warrick also has a reputation as a prolific dunker while also possessing a wide arsenal of low-post moves.
Warrick was taken with the 19th pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, and after being used sparingly his first season, he had a breakout second year by more than tripling his scoring output and doubling his rebounds.
Warrick was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the son of Kenneth Nichols and Queen Warrick and has two brothers, Bill and Tyrell, and a sister, Ciara. Warrick graduated from Syracuse in 2005 with a degree in retail management and consumer studies. Warrick's earliest basketball memory involves monkey bars. "[T]he older guys wouldn't let us on the court and me and my friends used to go over and play basketball on the monkey bars. So that's when I first started dunking and
Jacoby McCabe Ellsbury ( /dʒəˈkoʊbi/ jə-KOH-bee; born September 11, 1983) is an American Major League Baseball center fielder with the Boston Red Sox.
Ellsbury attended Madras High School, where he was a four-year letterman in football and baseball, and played varsity basketball his sophomore through senior years. Ellsbury's career batting average of .567 and being caught stealing only once are Oregon High School state records. He also holds the Oregon record for stolen bases in a game, with seven. Ellsbury was first drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 23rd round of the 2002 MLB Draft, but did not sign. He was then drafted 23rd overall by Boston in 2005, after three years and two College World Series titles at Oregon State University. Ellsbury is the only Red Sox player in history to join the 30-30 club, a feat he accomplished on September 25, 2011, against the New York Yankees.
Ellsbury is officially enrolled as a member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes and is the first Native American of Navajo descent to reach the Major Leagues. As of 2008, he was one of only three active non-Hispanic Native American players in Major League Baseball, along with Kyle Lohse of the St.
Mark Anthony Bradley (born January 29, 1982 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oklahoma.
Bradley has also played for the Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and New Orleans Saints; and Bradley's father, Danny Bradley, also played for the Los Angeles Rams and Detroit Lions, selected in the 7th round of the 1985 collegiate draft after becoming an MVP quarterback for the Sooners and the Big-Eight Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 1984; leading his team to the 1985 Orange Bowl and a shot at the National Championship.
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Due to a season-ending injury against the Detroit Lions, Bradley was a small part of the Bears 2005 offense, starting only eight games, and recording just 18 receptions for 230 yards.
Following an injury to Bernard Berrian during week nine of the 2006 season, Bradley became a productive asset for the Bears’ offensive. While filling in for Berrian in the following weeks, Bradley caught two touchdown passes for 202 yards. He scored a
Marreese Speights (born August 4, 1987) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Speights played college basketball for the University of Florida, where he was a freshman member of the Florida Gators' NCAA national championship team in 2007. The Philadelphia 76ers picked him in the first round of the 2008 NBA Draft.
Speights was born in St. Petersburg, Florida. He played basketball at St. Petersburg's Admiral Farragut Academy, which retired his jersey number after one year. He also played basketball at Hargrave Military Academy (senior year) and Gibbs High School.
Speights began his career at Florida in 2006, and averaged approximately four points and two rebounds in six minutes per game as a freshman for the national champion Gators. He saw few minutes because of Al Horford, Joakim Noah, and Chris Richard getting playing time.
Speights ended the 2007–08 season averaging 14.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. After his sophomore season, he declared himself eligible for the 2008 NBA Draft, held on June 26. Speights confirmed with Florida coach Billy Donovan on June 12, 2008 that he
Michael Eugene "Mike" Fontenot (born June 9, 1980 in Slidell, Louisiana) is a Major League Baseball infielder who is currently a free agent.
Mike Fontenot was a standout for Salmen High School in Slidell, Louisiana. After his senior year, he was drafted in the 21st round (625th overall) of the 1999 MLB Amateur Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, but chose to attend Louisiana State University on a baseball scholarship instead of going professional.
At Louisiana State, Fontenot received National Freshman of the Year recognition as LSU's starting second baseman, batting .353 (103-for-292) with 13 doubles, three triples, 17 home runs, 64 RBI, 93 runs, and eight steals. He became the third LSU player to win National Freshman of the Year award, following second baseman Todd Walker (1992) and pitcher Brett Laxton (1993). Fontenot's 17 home runs set an LSU freshman record, surpassing the previous mark of 15 established by Blair Barbier in 1997.
In 2000, he was named to the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional all-tournament team, hitting .400 (6-for-15) with two doubles, one home run, five RBI, and five runs scored. He was named to the College World Series all-tournament team as he hit a
Russ Moore Adams (born August 30, 1980 in Laurinburg, North Carolina) is a former Major League Baseball player who played for the Toronto Blue Jays, San Diego Padres, and New York Mets organizations. Adams bats left-handed and throws with his right hand.
Adams played college ball at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His strong season in 2002, when he batted .370 with 45 steals, led to the Toronto Blue Jays drafting him in the 1st round (14th overall) in the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft, ahead of Scott Kazmir, Nick Swisher, Cole Hamels, Jeff Francoeur, Matt Cain, and Canadian Joey Votto.
Adams was named to the New York - Penn League all-star team in 2002 while playing for the Auburn Doubledays.
Adams was brought up to the major league club late in the 2004 season and had his official rookie season in 2005. He was used primarily in the lead-off position in the lineup. Adams finished the 2005 season with a .256 batting average, .325 OBP, 27 doubles, 5 triples, 8 home runs, and 11 stolen bases. Adams finished seventh in the AL in sacrifice flies and tenth in the American League in at bats per strikeout. Adams was named to the Topps Major League Rookie All-Star Team
Andrew Bynum (born October 27, 1987) is an American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Philadelphia 76ers. The center was named an All-Star and an All-NBA selection for the first time in 2012.
Bynum was an All-American player in high school before he decided to forgo college and enter the 2005 NBA Draft. He was selected with the 10th overall pick by the Los Angeles Lakers, and he became the youngest player ever to play an NBA game. Bynum missed significant time due to injuries, but he played hurt in the playoffs as the Lakers won two NBA championships in 2009 and 2010. He was traded after the 2011–12 season from the Lakers to the 76ers as part of a four-team deal that also sent All-Star center Dwight Howard to Los Angeles.
Bynum was born in Plainsboro, New Jersey. His parents, Ernest Bynum and Janet McCoy, divorced when he was one year old. He spent summers visiting his father in North Carolina. Bynum has one older brother, Corey.
Bynum attended St. Joseph High School, in Metuchen, New Jersey during his junior and senior year. For most of his freshman year, he attended West Windsor Plainsboro High School North located in Plainsboro,
David Matthew Murphy (born October 18, 1981) is a Major League Baseball outfielder with the Texas Rangers.
He played high school baseball with fellow Major League Baseball player Josh Barfield at Klein High School and played college baseball at Baylor University. He was drafted in the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft by the Boston Red Sox. In 2007 Murphy was traded to the Texas Rangers.
Murphy played for the Single-A Lowell Spinners, Single-A Sarasota Red Sox, rookie-level Gulf Coast Red Sox, Double-A Portland Sea Dogs, AFL Peoria Saguaros, and Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox"SoxProspects.com". SoxProspects.com. October 18, 1981. http://www.soxprospects.com/players/murphy-david.htm. Retrieved October 24, 2010. in the Red Sox organization.
In 2006 Murphy played 42 games for the Sea Dogs before being promoted to Pawtucket on May 26. While at Portland, Murphy had 47 hits in 172 at-bats (.273 batting average), with 17 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs, 25 RBI, and 11 walks. Murphy appeared in 84 games, going 85-for-318 (.267), with 23 doubles, 5 triples, 8 home runs, 44 RBI, and 45 walks."MiLB.com". Minorleaguebaseball.com.
Earl Joseph Smith III, known as J. R. Smith (born September 9, 1985, in Freehold, New Jersey), is an American professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Smith played high school basketball at New Jersey basketball powerhouse Saint Benedict's Preparatory School in Newark, New Jersey. Smith was recruited by the University of North Carolina but instead opted to enter the 2004 NBA Draft. Over his career, Smith has played for the New Orleans Hornets, Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks. Smith also played overseas due to the 2011 NBA lockout for the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the Chinese Basketball Association.
Before attending high school, Smith attended Millstone Middle School and graduated in 1999. From there, he moved on to Steinert High School and McCorristin Catholic High School before transferring to Lakewood High School. Smith played high school basketball for the first time at Lakewood High School. He would later transfer to Saint Benedict's Preparatory School and play basketball there as well. During his career there, he would average over 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. In the fall of 2003, Smith signed a letter of
Mike Patrick Jenkins (born March 22, 1985 in Neuenburg am Rhein, Germany) is an American football cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Cowboys 25th overall in the 2008 NFL Draft.
He played high school football and ran track at Southeast High School in Bradenton, Florida.
He played college football and ran track at South Florida. He ran a 4.38 second 40 yd dash at the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine.
Jenkins was drafted by the Cowboys in the first round (25th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. On July 26, he signed a $9.725 million contract with $6.75 million guaranteed, including a $3.1 million signing bonus.
In 2009 Jenkins and fellow corner Orlando Scandrick rotated spots. During week 3 in a game versus the Carolina Panthers Jenkins had an interception. Since then, he's started over Scandrick who has been moved to the slot corner position. He's established himself as being a coverage corner by intercepting three passes in his first few starts. In a playoff loss to the Minnesota Vikings, he was ineffective on two plays, allowing Vikings receiver Sidney Rice to score 2 touchdowns.
Jenkins finished the 2009 season with 5 interceptions and
Patrick Fitzgerald O'Bryant (born June 20, 1986 in Oskaloosa, Iowa) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Indios de Mayaguez of Puerto Rico. The 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m), 250 lb (110 kg; 18 st) center was selected out of Bradley University by the Golden State Warriors with the 9th overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. He has also played for the NBA's Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors, as well as the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Developmental League.
O'Bryant attended Bradley University for two years and led the Braves to the Sweet Sixteen of the 2006 NCAA Tournament before losing to University of Memphis. His breakout performance against traditional powerhouses Kansas and Pittsburgh at the tournament caught the eyes of NBA scouts.
On June 28, 2006, O'Bryant was selected by the Golden State Warriors with the 9th overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. On September 6, he was diagnosed with a fracture in his right foot. He was placed in an immobilizing boot on the injured foot and missed six weeks of training camp. He played sparingly in the 2006–07 season.
O'Bryant became the first NBA lottery pick to be sent down to the Bakersfield Jam of the D-League on December
Rashad Dion McCants (born September 25, 1984) is an American professional basketball player.
McCants began his high school career at Erwin High School in Asheville, but finished at New Hampton School in New Hampton, New Hampshire. He led New Hampton to the 2002 New England Prep School Class A championship and was named MVP of the title game. McCants played alongside future college teammate Wes Miller during his senior season.
McCants was an honor roll student at New Hampton. He also won the New Hampshire Player of the Year Award in 2001 and 2002. And, as a senior, he was also named to the Parade All-American and McDonald's All-American Teams. He played in the McDonald's All-American Game with future Tar Heel teammates Raymond Felton and Sean May.
Alongside Sean May, Raymond Felton, and David Noel, McCants joined a stellar recruiting class at UNC for the 2002–2003 season, coached by Matt Doherty. In his freshman year, McCants led the Tar Heels in scoring with 17.5 points per game, and led them to a third round loss to Georgetown in the National Invitational Tournament. He was voted to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) rookie team.
In the 2003–2004 season, McCants led the ACC
Benjamin "Ben" Gordon (born April 4, 1983) is a British-American professional basketball player with the Charlotte Bobcats of the National Basketball Association. In college he played both shooting guard and point guard for the University of Connecticut.
He is the only player to receive the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award as a rookie. Gordon is second in career three point field goals for the Chicago Bulls, behind Kirk Hinrich.
Ben Gordon was born in London, England to Jamaican parents. He moved to the United States shortly after his birth, and grew up in Mount Vernon, New York. Gordon played high school basketball for the Mount Vernon Knights, and helped lead the team to the 2000 New York State Public and Federation Championships. Gordon was an All-State player at Mount Vernon and a top 40 national recruit. He was heavily recruited by Seton Hall, but decided to attend UConn. While playing college basketball with Connecticut, Gordon helped lead the Huskies to the 2004 NCAA championship along with second overall pick, Emeka Okafor. Gordon was picked 3rd overall by the Chicago Bulls in the 2004 NBA Draft and in the 2007–08 season led the team in points scored per game.
Gregory Wayne Oden, Jr. (born January 22, 1988) is an American basketball player at the center position who is currently a free agent. Oden played basketball for Ohio State University for one season, during which the team was the Big Ten Champion and the tournament runner-up in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship.
On June 28, 2007, Oden was selected first overall in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. He underwent microfracture surgery of the knee in September 2007, and missed the entire 2007–08 NBA season as a result. He recovered and made his NBA debut on opening night 2008. On March 15, 2012 he was waived from the Trail Blazers after a long history of injuries.
Oden is currently the "Team Oden" spokesperson for Oregon Mentors, promoting mentoring for kids.
Oden was born in Buffalo, New York, and moved with his family to Terre Haute, Indiana at the age of nine. He attended Sarah Scott Middle School in Terre Haute, where he first played interscholastic basketball. He then relocated with his mother and brother and attended Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis, Indiana which he led to three consecutive Indiana Class 4A basketball championships
Allan James "A. J." Burnett (born January 3, 1977) is an American professional baseball starting pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball. Previously, he played for the Florida Marlins, the Toronto Blue Jays, and the New York Yankees. He was drafted by the New York Mets in the eighth round with the 217th overall pick of 1995 amateur entry draft.
On May 12, 2001, Burnett recorded a no-hitter in a complete game shutout against the San Diego Padres in his second start of the season.
Burnett was an eighth-round pick of the New York Mets in the 1995 amateur draft. He was traded to the Marlins with Jesús Sánchez and Robert Stratton for Al Leiter and Ralph Milliard before the 1998 season when the Marlins dismantled their 1997 World Series championship roster. He was first called up to the Marlins from Class AA Portland in 1999, despite having a record of 6–12 and an ERA of 5.52 with Portland.
He played parts of 1999 and 2000 with the Marlins; his first full regular season with the Marlins came in 2001, when he went 11–12 with an ERA of 4.05. On May 12, 2001, Burnett pitched a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres in a 3–0 victory, striking out seven and walking nine.
Adam Davis Hyzdu ( /ˈhɪzduː/; born December 6, 1971 in San Jose, California) is a former outfielder in Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball. He batted and threw right-handed.
In Major League Baseball, he played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, (2000-2003), Boston Red Sox (2004 and 2005), San Diego Padres (2005) and Texas Rangers (2006).
Hyzdu attended Moeller High School in Cincinnati, where he broke Ken Griffey, Jr.'s home run record (22) and led his team to win the state championship in 1989.
Hyzdu was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the first round of the 1990 Major League Baseball Draft, but never reached the major leagues as a Giant. Hyzdu is well known for his accomplishments in the minor leagues. During his two seasons with the Altoona Curve, he broke many franchise records, many of which still stand today. He was an Eastern League All-Star both seasons and had his number 16 retired by the club.
Hyzdu was named "NL player of the week" the Week for July 15–21, 2002 while playing outfield for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He batted .588 with three homers and a league-leading 11 RBI. In fives games during the week, Hyzdu was 10-for-17, scored six runs, and
Mark David McGwire (born October 1, 1963), nicknamed "Big Mac", is an American former professional baseball player who played his major league career with the Oakland Athletics and the St. Louis Cardinals. He is currently the hitting coach for the St. Louis Cardinals.
For his career, McGwire averaged a home run once every 10.61 at bats, the best at bats per home run ratio in baseball history (Babe Ruth is second at 11.76). In 1987, he broke the single-season home run record for rookies, with 49. In 1998, McGwire and Sammy Sosa achieved national fame for their home run-hitting prowess in pursuit of Roger Maris' single season home run record; McGwire broke the record and hit 70 home runs that year. Barry Bonds now holds the record, after hitting 73 home runs during the 2001 season.
After three years at Southern California and a stint on the 1984 U.S. Olympic team, McGwire was drafted 10th overall by the Oakland Athletics in the 1984 Major League Baseball Draft.
McGwire made the major leagues in August. As a rookie in 1987 he hit 33 homers before the All-Star break and was a unanimous choice for AL Rookie of the Year after finishing with 49 homers, 118 RBI and a .289 average. His 49
William Roger Clemens (born August 4, 1962) is an American baseball starting pitcher. Clemens played 24 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for four teams. Clemens was one of the most dominant pitchers in major league history, tallying 354 wins, a 3.12 earned run average (ERA), and 4,672 strikeouts, the third-most all time. An 11-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion, he won seven Cy Young Awards during his career, the most of any pitcher in MLB history. Clemens was known for his fierce competitive nature and for his hard-throwing pitching style that he used to intimidate batters. He is nicknamed "The Rocket."
Clemens debuted in the major leagues in 1984 with the Boston Red Sox, whose pitching staff he anchored for 12 years. In 1986, he won the American League (AL) Cy Young Award, the AL Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award, and the All-Star Game MVP Award, and he struck out an MLB-record 20 batters in a single game. After the 1996 season, Clemens left Boston via free agency and joined the Toronto Blue Jays. In each of his two seasons with Toronto, Clemens won a Cy Young Award, as well as the pitching triple crown by leading the league in wins, ERA, and strikeouts. Prior
Brett Lorenzo Favre ( /ˈfɑrv/; born October 10, 1969) is a former American football quarterback who spent the majority of his career with the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He was a 20-year veteran of the NFL, having played quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons (1991), Green Bay Packers (1992–2007), New York Jets (2008) and Minnesota Vikings (2009–2010). Favre is the only quarterback in NFL history to throw for over 70,000 yards, over 500 touchdowns, over 300 interceptions, and over 10,000 pass attempts. He officially retired on January 17, 2011.
Favre started at the quarterback position for the University of Southern Mississippi for four years before being selected in the second round of the 1991 NFL Draft by Atlanta (33rd overall). He was traded to Green Bay on February 10, 1992, for the 19th pick in the 1992 NFL Draft.
Favre became the Packers' starting quarterback in the fourth game of the 1992 season, and started every game through the 2007 season. He was traded to the New York Jets and started at quarterback for the 2008 season before signing with the Vikings on August 18, 2009 as their starting quarterback. He made an NFL record 297 consecutive starts
Calvin Lamar Pace (born October 28, 1980) is an American football linebacker for the New York Jets of the National Football League. He was drafted by Arizona Cardinals in the first round (18th overall) in the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at Wake Forest.
Pace attended Lithia Springs High School in Lithia Springs, Georgia from 1994 to 1998.
In 1999, Pace played in seven games, and ranked 27th on the team in tackles. For the season he recorded four tackles, two for a loss, two sacks and one pass deflected.
In 2000, Pace finished fifth on the team with 50 tackles (33 solo), including 12 tackles for a loss and nine sacks.
In 2001, Pace finished sixth on the team recording 62 tackles (36 solo), including 18 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. He recorded one pass deflected and 11 quarterback hurries.
In 2002, Pace finished third on the team with 73 tackles (43 solo), including 22 tackles for a loss and eight sacks. He recorded six passes deflected and four quarterback hurries.
While at Wake Forest, Pace was a two-time Second-team All-ACC selection and finished his college career with 189 tackles, 29 sacks, five forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery.
Pace was selected by Arizona
Alexander Douglas Smith (born May 7, 1984) is a professional American football starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). Smith was drafted out of the University of Utah 1st-overall in the 2005 NFL Draft by San Francisco. He started his first game in Week 5 of his rookie season, replacing former starter Tim Rattay. Though he started a total of 7 games that season, he did not play well, throwing only 1 touchdown to 11 interceptions. In 2006 he was named the starting quarterback before the season and started all 16 games. In 2007 he started 7 games, but nagging shoulder injuries would keep him out for the rest, and he missed all of 2008 following shoulder surgery. He returned in 2009 and alternated as the starting quarterback with Shaun Hill. He went into 2010 as the team's primary starting quarterback once more, but a new shoulder injury in week 7 would again keep him on the sideline for several games. In 2011 he was named the team's starter and started every game, helping to lead the 49ers to a 13-3 record while setting personal single-season highs in virtually every relevant statistical category commonly cited for quarterbacks. On March
Andris Biedriņš (pronounced IPA: [ˈɐndris ˈbiædriɲʃ]; born April 2, 1986, in Riga, Latvian SSR, USSR) is a Latvian professional basketball player who currently plays for the NBA's Golden State Warriors. He was drafted by the Warriors with the 11th overall selection in the 2004 NBA Draft.
Biedriņš's professional career started at the Latvian team BK Skonto in the 2002–03 season, when he joined at age 16. He soon established himself as an impact player, appearing in 41 LBL games, averaging 2.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.32 blocks, while shooting 59.8% from the field. For his feats, he was named Latvian League Newcomer of the Year. In eleven games for the FIBA European league (2003–2004), he averaged 18.6 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.82 blocks. In his second year, Biedriņš appeared in 28 LBL games, averaging 18.0 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.86 blocks, while shooting 61.5% from the field. After that season, Biedriņš made himself eligible for the 2004 NBA Draft.
Biedriņš was drafted at the 11th position by the Golden State Warriors. In his rookie season (2004–05), Biedriņš got little playing time, and often quickly got into foul trouble (3.6 points, 3.9 rebounds, 0.8 blocks
Darren McFadden (born August 27, 1987) is an American football running back who currently plays for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Arkansas, and was picked fourth overall by the Oakland Raiders in the 2008 NFL Draft.
McFadden graduated from Oak Grove High School in North Little Rock, Arkansas. A widely touted recruit, he chose to attend the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas where he would become a two-time consensus All-American as a tailback for the Razorbacks in 2006 and 2007. In 2006, he became the first sophomore to win the Doak Walker Award, the award honoring the nation's top collegiate running back. He joined Ricky Williams as only the second two-time winner after taking home the award again in 2007. McFadden also won the 2007 Walter Camp Award as the nation's best player and was also the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy two years in a row in 2006 and 2007.
McFadden performed well at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana, and after being drafted, he signed a contract worth $60 million with the Raiders, including $27 million in guaranteed money. Although he played
Derek Lamar Fisher (born August 9, 1974) is an American professional basketball point guard who has most recently played for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the National Basketball Association (NBA). His NBA career has spanned more than 16 years, during which he has won five NBA Championships with the Los Angeles Lakers. He currently serves as the president of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA).
Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Fisher started out his basketball career at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Selected with the twenty-fourth pick by the Lakers in the 1996 NBA Draft, Fisher spent his first eight seasons with the franchise. During that time, he played a role in the Lakers' "three-peat", and was the third-leading scorer on the team behind Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal. After his success with Los Angeles, Fisher signed with the Golden State Warriors, but was later traded to the Utah Jazz, where he helped lead the team to the Western Conference Finals. Due to his daughter's health, he asked to be released from his contract and rejoined the Lakers in 2007. In 2010, he won his fifth NBA Championship with the Lakers. Only he and Kobe Bryant have played in
Serge Jonas Ibaka Ngobila (born 18 September 1989), commonly referred to as Serge Ibaka, is a Spanish professional basketball player of Congolese origins who plays the power forward position for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Ibaka was drafted by the Thunder's former incarnation, the Seattle SuperSonics with the 24th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. He is referred to as Air Congo, Serge Protector, and Iblocka by his teammates, in reference to his blocking skills. Serge is the third youngest among eighteen siblings. Although born in the Republic of the Congo, Ibaka represents Spain in international competition.
Ibaka was born in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo. Both his mother and his father were basketball players. His father played at the Republic of Congo and with the Congolese national team, and his mother played for the Democratic Republic of Congo. He started playing basketball at a very young age with his first club, Avenir du Rail, using the sport as an escape amongst his mother's untimely death and his father's imprisonment during the Second Congo War.
Ibaka moved to Spain as a young teenager and soon found himself playing with
Craig Alan Biggio (born December 14, 1965) is a former Major League Baseball second baseman, catcher, and outfielder. He played his entire 20-year baseball career with the Houston Astros (1988–2007). He ranks 21st all-time with 3,060 career hits, and is the ninth player in the 3000 hit club to get all his hits with the same team. He is currently the head varsity baseball coach for St. Thomas High School in Houston, Texas. Biggio is a member of the Astros Hall of Fame, and his lifetime stats are similar to many Baseball Hall of Famers. He is widely considered to be the best all around position player in club history. He wore the numbers 4 and 7 during his career.
Craig Biggio graduated from Kings Park High School on Long Island, New York, where he excelled as a multi-sport varsity athlete. Most notably, after the 1983 season, Biggio was awarded the Hansen Award, which recognized him as being the best football player in Suffolk County. However, Biggio's passion lay with baseball, such that he turned down football scholarships for the opportunity to play baseball for Seton Hall University.
An infielder in school, Biggio switched to catcher at Seton Hall University because his team
Dale Bryan Murphy (born March 12, 1956 in Portland, Oregon) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder and first baseman. During an 18-year baseball career, 1976–1993, he played for three different teams, but is noted for his time with the Atlanta Braves. Murphy won consecutive National League Most Valuable Player Awards (1982–1983), the National League's Silver Slugger Award four straight years (1982–1985), and the National League's Gold Glove award five straight years (1982–1986).
In 1976 Murphy began his major league career with a nineteen game stint catching with the Atlanta Braves. He appeared in only eighteen games the following season. In 1978, Murphy played first base mostly. At the plate, he slumped to a .226 batting average, though he also showed hints of his future power by hitting 23 home runs.
Murphy switched to the outfield in 1980, a move that would help initiate a decade of highly productive play in the National League. Beginning in left field, he soon switched to center field, the position at which he would find his greatest success. By 1982, the most decorated year of Murphy's career, the former bench-riding catcher had transformed himself into an All-Star MVP
David Mark Winfield (born October 3, 1951) is an American former Major League Baseball outfielder. He is currently Executive Vice President/Senior Advisor of the San Diego Padres and an analyst for the ESPN program Baseball Tonight. Over his 22-year career, he played for six teams: the San Diego Padres, New York Yankees, California Angels, Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins, and Cleveland Indians. In 2004, ESPN named him the third-best all-around athlete of all time in any sport. He is a member of both the Baseball Hall of Fame and the College Baseball Hall of Fame.
Winfield was born the same day Bobby Thomson hit his pennant-winning home run for the New York Giants, known as "the shot heard 'round the world", and grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. His parents divorced when he was three years old, leaving him and his older brother Stephen to be raised by their mom, Arline, and a huge extended family of aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins and mentors.
The Winfield brothers honed their athletic skills in St. Paul's Oxford playground, where coach Bill Peterson was one of the first to take the young Winfield under his wing. It wasn't until his senior year in high school that Winfield
Devin Ebanks (born October 28, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected 43rd overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2010 NBA Draft. He played two seasons as a forward at West Virginia University.
As a sophomore at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Brooklyn, New York, Ebanks averaged 18 points, six rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. In his junior season, at St. Thomas More School in Connecticut, he averaged 23 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals. In his senior season, Ebanks recorded an average of 23 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists per game. He scored over 1,000 points in his two seasons at St. Thomas More.
Ebanks received various honors while a prep player in high school. These honors included the Jordan Brand Classic All-Star Game in New York, playing AAU basketball, and being one of 30 players selected for the 2007 USA Basketball Development Festival at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. While at the camp, Ebanks averaged 28.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
Ebanks was widely regarded as one of the top high school players in
Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. (born January 17, 1982), nicknamed Flash or D-Wade, is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat. Awarded 2006 Sportsman of the Year by Sports Illustrated, Wade has established himself as one of the most well-known and popular players in the league. He had the top selling jersey in the NBA for nearly two years, as he led the NBA in jersey sales from the 2005 NBA Playoffs, until the midpoint of the 2006–07 season. His first name is pronounced /dwɛɪn/, the same as the more common spellings "Duane" and "Dwayne".
After entering the league as the fifth pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, Wade was named to the All-Rookie team and the All-Star team the following eight seasons. In his third season, Wade helped lead the Miami Heat to their first NBA Championship in franchise history. He was named the 2006 NBA Finals MVP as he helped lead the Heat to a 4–2 series win over the Dallas Mavericks. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Wade led the United States Men's Basketball team, commonly known as the "Redeem Team", in scoring, as they captured gold medal honors in Beijing, China. In the 2008–09 season, Wade led the league in scoring and earned his first NBA
Harold Douglas Baines (born March 15, 1959 in Easton, Maryland) is a former right fielder and designated hitter in Major League Baseball who played for five American League teams from 1980 to 2001. He is best known for his three stints with the Chicago White Sox, the team on which he now serves as coach. He ranked 7th in AL history in games played (2,830) and 10th in runs batted in (1,628) upon his retirement. Noted as well for his power hitting in clutch situations, he is tied for 7th in AL history in grand slams (13), 4th in 3-home run games (3), and tied for 7th in major league history in walk-off home runs (10). Baines batted over .300 eight times and hit .324 in 31 career postseason games, topping the .350 mark in five separate series. A six-time All-Star, he led the AL in slugging average in 1984. He held the White Sox team record for career home runs from 1987 until Carlton Fisk passed him in 1990; his eventual total of 221 remains the club record for left-handed hitters, as do his 981 RBI and 585 extra base hits with the team. His 1,652 games as a designated hitter are a major league record, and he held the mark for career home runs as a DH (236) until Edgar Martínez passed
Hilton A. Armstrong, Jr. (born November 23, 1984, in Peekskill, New York) is an American professional basketball player for Panathinaikos of the Greek Basketball League. During his college basketball career, he played as a forward and center for the University of Connecticut Huskies. He formerly played for the New Orleans Hornets, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Washington Wizards, and Atlanta Hawks of the NBA.
After graduating from Peekskill High School, Armstrong started off slowly as a college athlete, averaging under 4 points in each of first 3 seasons at UConn with the Huskies. However, he greatly improved in his senior year, averaging 9.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 3.1 blocks, and shooting 61% from the field. He followed after his teammate Josh Boone, and won the Big East Defensive Player of the Year in the 2005–06 season.
He was declared eligible for the 2006 NBA Draft, and was selected by the New Orleans Hornets with the 12th overall pick. Known for his shot-blocking and athleticism, he was anticipated by analysts to be an instant contributor to the Hornets front line, but the team then traded for the Chicago Bulls center Tyson Chandler. Chandler was named the starting
Robin Byron Lopez (born April 1, 1988 in North Hollywood, California) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the New Orleans Hornets of the NBA. He was selected as the 15th pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. He played college basketball for Stanford, and is the twin brother of current Brooklyn Nets's player Brook Lopez.
Robin Lopez was born in North Hollywood, California to Heriberto Lopez and Deborah Ledford. He was born into a life of basketball, as his grandfather played at the University of Colorado. Lopez moved from Hollywood, California to Oak Harbor, Washington while in second grade to be near his older brother, Alex, who was playing basketball at the University of Washington at the time. He moved to his current hometown of Fresno, California a year later, where he attended San Joaquin Memorial High School. There, he played with his twin brother Brook Lopez, as well as future NBA forward Quincy Pondexter. Both teammates played with Lopez on their successful AAU team, the Elite Basketball Organization (EBO), along with Derrick Jasper of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Tre'Von Willis of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Lopez was named MVP of
Yann Ulrich Stephane Lasme (born December 17, 1982) is a Gabonese professional basketball player for Panathinaikos Athens of the Greek Basket League. Lasme played NCAA college basketball at the University of Massachusetts (UMass), and he was selected by the Golden State Warriors in the second round, 46th overall, in the 2007 NBA Draft.
Lasme attended high school at Léon M'ba in his native Gabon.
Lasme was recruited to the University of Massachusetts (UMass) by head coach Steve Lappas. Coming in as a freshman, Lasme was a wiry 6' 8", 190 pound mystery, but proved his defensive value by finishing the season as the Atlantic 10's second-leading shot blocker, while limited to just a 13.3 minutes per game average. As a sophomore, he started all 28 games for the Minutemen, and again finished as the league's second-leading shot blocker.
Lasme continued his progression during his junior year. He started 27 of the team's 28 games (Senior Day being the exception), scored in double figures 15 times, and finished the year with a 10.5 average. Lasme was two blocks short of a triple-double against St. Peter's on December 27, 2005, with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 8 blocks. By the end of the
Clinton Merrick Hurdle (born July 30, 1957) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder whose 10-year career was spent with the Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets, and St. Louis Cardinals. After retiring from playing baseball, Hurdle became a manager. His eight seasons with the Colorado Rockies included leading his 2007 club to the franchise's first National League pennant. On November 14, 2010, Hurdle was hired as the manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Clint Hurdle is named for his father, Clinton, who played collegiate baseball for Ferris State University. When Hurdle was 4 years old, the family moved from Michigan to Florida so his father could take a job at the Kennedy Space Center. Hurdle is a 1975 graduate of Merritt Island High School in Merritt Island, Florida.
Hurdle is married to third wife Karla and has three children; daughter Madison (who was born in 2002 and has Prader-Willi Syndrome), son Christian (who was born in 2004), and daughter Ashley (who was born in 1985 and is from a previous marriage). Hurdle is a recovering alcoholic and is afflicted with a permanently reddened complexion due to his struggles with alcohol during his playing days.
Oleksiy Pecherov (Ukrainian: Олексій Печеров; born December 8, 1985 in Donetsk, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union) is a Ukrainian basketball player. He stands at 7'0".
The NBA's Washington Wizards selected him with the 18th pick in the 2006 NBA Draft; Pecherov signed a contract with the Wizards on July 5, 2007. Pecherov had previously played with Paris Basket Racing internationally. On June 23, 2009, he was traded along with Etan Thomas, Darius Songaila, and a first round pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Randy Foye and Mike Miller.
In 2010, he signed with AJ Milano of the Italian league and the Euroleague. A year later, he signed with BC Azovmash Mariupol of Ukraine.
Aaron Walter Hill (born March 21, 1982) is an American professional baseball second baseman in Major League Baseball who plays for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Hill was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the first round (13th overall) of the 2003 MLB First Year Draft.
At age 15, Hill and friends were participating in a soccer tournament in Park City, Utah. While on their way to a round of golf, a college student narrowly missed Hill's car and slammed into his mother's car following behind him. Aaron Hill's mother, Vicki, was killed as a result.
Hill was originally drafted by the Anaheim Angels in the 7th round of the June 2000 Draft. Hill turned down the offer, opting to attend Louisiana State University and play for the varsity Tigers baseball team. While at LSU, Hill posted a career .335 batting average with 23 home runs and 150 RBIs.
Hill was Toronto's first draft pick (13th overall) in the 2003 MLB Draft, and he made his major league debut on May 20, 2005, after being called up from the minor leagues a day earlier as an injury replacement for Corey Koskie. Although he was brought up as a shortstop, Hill appeared as a third baseman, a designated hitter, and as a second baseman
Andrew Warren Brackman (born December 4, 1985) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds. He signed a four-year, $4.55 million-dollar deal with $3.35-million signing bonus as the New York Yankees' first-round choice (30th overall pick) of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft. Brackman is represented by sports agent Scott Boras.
Brackman attended Moeller High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. There he was one of the top high school pitchers in the country, and a two-sport standout. He had a career ERA of 1.04, the seventh best in the history of Ohio high school baseball, and helped lead Moeller to a 28-3 record and the Ohio state championship as a senior. He was ranked as the No. 18 senior in America by Team One Baseball, and listed as the No. 4 prospect in Ohio for the 2004 draft by Baseball America.
He was runner-up for Mr. Basketball in Ohio by the Associated Press, shared Ohio's Division I Player of the Year honors, and was named first-team all-state, as he averaged 20.2 points and 6.5 rebounds as a senior. He led his conference in scoring and field-goal percentage (.654), and was second in free-throw percentage (.882). He was rated the No. 42 prospect
Colby Ryan Rasmus (born August 11, 1986) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball.
Rasmus played as pitcher and first baseman for Phenix City National Little League during the 1999 Little League World Series. Phenix City won the United States championship game before losing in the finals to Osaka, Japan 5-0. Rasmus finished the World Series with a batting average of .417 and a pitching record of 0-1 with 7 strikeouts.
Rasmus attended Russell County High School in Seale, Alabama. As a senior, he batted .484 with 24 home runs with 66 RBI and 69 runs scored in 39 games. His 24 home runs passed Bo Jackson for second all-time in the state for home runs in a season by a high school player. In a pre-draft workout, Rasmus was clocked at 95 mph (153 km/h) throwing from center field. He also ran 60 yards in 6.7 seconds. Rasmus helped lead Russell County to a national championship in 2005 as they finished the season ranked first in both the National High School Baseball Coaches Association poll and the USA TODAY Super 25 baseball rankings. Rasmus graduated from Russell County High School in 2005. He is the brother of Batavia Muckdogs
Jake Edward Long (born May 9, 1985) is an American football offensive tackle for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He starred at Lapeer East High School in football, basketball and baseball. Long played college football for the University of Michigan and was a two-time consensus All-American. The Miami Dolphins selected him with the first overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.
In high school, Long was the first player in his high school's history to earn all-state "Dream Team" (all-class state team) honors in football from the Detroit News. He was a two-time first-team All-Metro League player in both basketball and football, where he was honored both on offense and defense. In baseball, he was a two-time second-team All-Metro League selection. In both basketball and football, he led his team to regular and post season success that had not been seen in many years.
At the University of Michigan, he redshirted for a year and then became a starter at offensive tackle for the football team in the third game of his redshirt freshman season. He earned second-team All-Big Ten Conference recognition and Rivals.com Freshman All-American recognition. In 2006 and 2007, he
Jammal Filbert Brown (born March 30, 1981) is an American football offensive tackle for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Oklahoma, and received All-American recognition. The New Orleans Saints chose him in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft, and has been selected for the Pro Bowl twice.
Brown was born in Waxahachie, Texas. He attended MacArthur High School in Lawton, Oklahoma and was a letterman in football in the defensive lineman position. As a senior, he won all-state honors as a defensive lineman. He graduated from MacArthur High School in 2000.
Brown attended the University of Oklahoma, where he played for coach Bob Stoops' Oklahoma Sooners football team from 2001 to 2004. He had been recruited as a defensive tackle, but was switched to offensive tackle in his sophomore year, and quickly blossomed, and secured a starting spot on the Sooners' offensive line. As a senior in 2004, he won the Outland Trophy as the nation's most outstanding lineman. He was the anchor of an offensive line that paved the way for Adrian Peterson to set the record for most rushing yardage by a freshman in 2004. His
Jeffrey Douglas Foster (born January 16, 1977) is a retired American professional basketball player who spent the entirety of his 13-year career with the Indiana Pacers of the NBA.
Foster was born in San Antonio, Texas and graduated from James Madison High School in San Antonio in 1995. In senior year, he joined the varsity basketball team in high school. He attended Southwest Texas State University and finished college nine credits short of a degree in finance. With the Southwest Texas State Bobcats, Foster averaged 12.8 points and 10.2 rebounds in his junior season and was part of the All-Southland Conference Second-Team in 1998.
He was selected 21st overall by the Golden State Warriors in the 1999 NBA Draft out of Southwest Texas State University, but his draft rights were immediately traded to the Pacers in exchange for Vonteego Cummings and a future first-round draft pick.
Foster was part of the Pacers' 1999–2000 Eastern Conference championship team, though he played only 19 games that year as he was fourth on the Pacers' depth chart at center behind Rik Smits, Sam Perkins and Zan Tabak. In his second season he played in 71 games, gaining a spot in the rotation as the Pacers
James Calvin "Jimmy" Rollins (born November 27, 1978 in Oakland, California), nicknamed "J-Roll", is an All-Star and former MVP shortstop, who plays for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball's National League.
Though Rollins has developed into a five-tool player during his career due to significant increases in his power hitting, he is perhaps best known for his baserunning skills. He stole at least 20 bases every season from 2001 to 2009, with a career high of 47 in 2008. In this respect, Rollins emulates his childhood baseball hero, Rickey Henderson.
Rollins comes from an athletic family. He grew up watching his mother play competitive fastpitch softball, and credits the experience for helping him develop a cerebral approach to the game; he has been described as having "a near-photographic memory of games and at-bats and pitches".
Rollins also attended the same high school (Encinal High School) as pitcher Dontrelle Willis, and appeared in several MC Hammer videos in the late 80s. Currently, he is a resident of Woolwich Township, New Jersey, and is married to Johari Smith, his former trainer. They were married on January 23, 2010 in the Cayman Islands. On May 21,
Luke Anthony Hochevar ( /hoʊˈtʃeɪvər/; born September 15, 1983} is an American professional baseball starting pitcher for the Kansas City Royals organization of Major League Baseball. He is an alumnus of the University of Tennessee. He throws and bats right-handed.
While attending Fowler High School in Fowler, Colorado, he was the 2A Player of the Year (senior year). During his senior year, he was also a member of the National Honor Society.
Hochevar was selected by Los Angeles Dodgers in the 39th round (1,191st overall) of the 2002 MLB amateur entry draft, but decided on college instead. Hochevar attended University of Tennessee. In 2005, he struck out a school record 154 batters while posting a 15-3 record and 2.26 ERA for the season. He was named the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Year and won the Roger Clemens Award.
The Dodgers would select Hochevar again, this time in the first round (40th overall) of the 2005 draft. After heated, desperate negotiations among the Dodgers, Hochevar, and his agent Scott Boras, Hochevar suddenly switched agents to Matt Sosnick, accepted a $2.98 million signing bonus from scouting director Logan White, then returned to Boras the next day
Michael Brent Cuddyer ( /kəˈdaɪər/; born March 27, 1979) is an American professional Major League Baseball outfielder and first baseman currently playing for the Colorado Rockies. He bats and throws right-handed.
Cuddyer was born in Norfolk, Virginia and is a 1997 graduate of Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake, Virginia, where he was a standout athlete in baseball, basketball, and football. Cuddyer was named Virginia's Player of the Year and Gatorade National baseball Player of the Year in 1997. He was also a member of USA Today's All-Star and the USA Junior National teams in 1997.
Cuddyer was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 1st round (9th pick) of the 1997 amateur draft, but did not sign until August. Consequently he did not get his first taste of organized baseball until 1998 when he was assigned to the Fort Wayne Wizards in the single-A Midwest League. Showing the tools that made him a #1 draft pick and regularly named to the Baseball America's top minor league prospects, Cuddyer made steady progress through the Twins' minor league system and made his Major League Baseball debut on September 23, 2001 after hitting .301 with 30 homeruns and 87 RBI in 141 games at AA New
Ndudi Hamani Ebi (born 18 June 1984 in London, England) is a Nigerian-British professional basketball player who formerly played in the NBA.
He committed to the University of Arizona, in the U.S., but reneged by making himself eligible for the NBA Draft. Ebi was selected out of Westbury Christian School by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first round (26th pick overall) of the 2003 NBA Draft.
Ebi was raised in Nigeria before moving to Houston, Texas, U.S. as a teenager to attend high school. He holds both British and Nigerian citizenship. He currently plays for Anibal Zahle in Lebanon.
Ebi was the first first-round pick in three years for the Wolves due to their forfeiture of five first-round picks after the team owner illegally made a deal with then Wolves forward Joe Smith (the penalty was later reduced to three picks). Minnesota attempted to get an exception for Ebi to be able to send him to the National Basketball Developmental League (NBDL).
He was technically ineligible as the 2005–06 NBA season was his third year, and the now-renamed NBA Development League now only accepts players who have been in the NBA less than two years. Minnesota wanted to guide Ebi in, and they
Nicholas Thompson "Nick" Swisher (born November 25, 1980) is an American Major League Baseball (MLB) outfielder and first baseman for the New York Yankees. Swisher is a switch hitter who throws left-handed. He has played for the Oakland Athletics, Chicago White Sox, and New York Yankees. With the Yankees, he won the 2009 World Series and was an All-Star in 2010.
Swisher is the son of former MLB catcher Steve Swisher, who played for various National League baseball clubs in the 1970s and 1980s. Swisher was born in Columbus, Ohio, but grew up in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Prior to his professional career, Swisher played college baseball for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Drafted by the Athletics in the 2002 MLB Draft, Swisher made his MLB debut with the Athletics in 2004, and played for the team through 2007. After spending one year with the White Sox in 2008, the Yankees acquired him for the 2009 season.
Nick Swisher is the son of Steve Swisher, a former major leaguer of German descent, and Rebecca, an Italian mother; Swisher's parents divorced when he was 11 years old. He then went to live with his grandparents in Parkersburg, West Virginia, who raised him during his teenage
Paul Kenneth Shuey (born September 16, 1970 in Lima, Ohio), is a retired American professional baseball player. Primarily a relief pitcher, Shuey pitched in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cleveland Indians (1994–2002), Los Angeles Dodgers (2002–2003) and Baltimore Orioles (2007).
Shuey was honored as an All-American as a college baseball pitcher for the North Carolina Tar Heels baseball team. The Indians selected Shuey with the second overall selection of the 1992 MLB Draft. Envisioned as a comparable pitcher to Cincinnati Reds closer Rob Dibble, Shuey had more success as a setup reliever than closer.
Injuries sidelined Shuey throughout his career, preventing him from becoming a closer. When healthy, he enjoyed success with the Indians as a setup pitcher. He was traded to the Dodgers in 2002 to be their set up man while contending for a playoff spot. He pitched well until a hip injury initially suffered in 1999 forced Shuey to retire in 2004. After an experimental medical procedure, Shuey returned to baseball briefly in 2007 with the Orioles. He retired after that season, and took up a professional career in bass fishing, competing in what he considers "Double-A"-level
Anthony Christopher Clark, known as Tony (born June 15, 1972, in Newton, Kansas), is a former Major League Baseball first baseman and current MLB Network studio analyst.
Clark played for the Detroit Tigers (1995–2001), Boston Red Sox (2002), New York Mets (2003), New York Yankees (2004), Arizona Diamondbacks (2005–2007), San Diego Padres (2008), and again with the Diamondbacks starting in July 2008 until his release in July 2009. He was a switch hitter, and threw right-handed. He was third in Rookie of the Year voting in 1996, and was an All Star in 2001.
Clark prepped at Valhalla High School in El Cajon, California, then transferred to nearby Christian High School. He averaged 43.7 points per game in basketball in his senior season. He amassed a then-San Diego-area high school basketball record with 2,549 career points, and broke Bill Walton's San Diego high school single-season scoring record with 1,337 points as a senior.
Clark played college basketball at the University of Arizona and San Diego State, where he was the Aztecs top scorer with 11.5 points per game in 1991-92.
In a 15-year career, Clark hit .262 with 251 home runs and 824 RBIs in 1,559 games.
He was third in Rookie
Travis Marquez Outlaw (born September 18, 1984 in Starkville, Mississippi) is an American professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association.
Entering the 2003 NBA Draft directly out of Starkville High School, Mississippi, the 6'9" forward was a first-round selection (23rd overall) by the Portland Trail Blazers. He averaged 8.6 points on 44.2% field goal shooting and 3.2 rebounds per game during his first five years in the NBA.
In the 2005 Las Vegas Summer League, Outlaw averaged 18.7 points and 6.3 rebounds in 35.5 minutes. The performance earned him First Team All-RVSL honors. Following the NBA summer league, several teams offered to trade for Outlaw in exchange for a first-round draft pick. Former Portland Trail Blazers director of player personnel Kevin Pritchard said that Travis "... [is] going to be with us for a long time. I feel comfortable enough to say he's going to be a special player."
On April 18, 2007, Outlaw set a new career-high with 36 points against the Golden State Warriors. He became a restricted free agent on July 1, 2007, and signed a three-year contract extension on July 17.
In February 2010, the Trail Blazers
Robert Gilman Allen (July 10, 1867 – May 14, 1943) was an American shortstop for the Philadelphia Phillies, the Boston Beaneaters, and the Cincinnati Reds, as well as a manager for two brief stints with both the Phillies and the Reds. He was born in Marion, OH, and as a youth, he played baseball with future president Warren G. Harding. He made his NL debut in 1890 with the Phillies, and in his day he was considered a power hitter, hitting a career high 8 HR in 1893. When his contract was up, he took a three-year hiatus from baseball, but he later joined the Beaneaters. His playing time diminished and he walked away from baseball again after the 1897 season. In 1900, he was hired as manager of the Reds, occasionally inserting himself into the game as a shortstop. He finished 62–77 and in seventh place. He was fired after one season at the helm.
He died in Little Rock, Arkansas at age 75.
Bryant Andrew Johnson (born March 7, 1981) is an American football wide receiver for the Houston Texans of the National Football League He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals 17th overall in the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at Penn State.
Johnson has also played for the San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions.
Johnson attended Baltimore City College high school, excelling at football, basketball, and track. He was selected first-team all-state and the 1998 Baltimore Touchdown Club’s offensive player-of-the-year from the Knight's football team, Johnson also anchored a winning relay team at the Penn Relays for the school's track team.
Joshua Jay Howard (born April 28, 1980) is an American professional basketball player. At 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) and 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st), he plays as a small forward.
Howard attended Glenn High School in Kernersville, North Carolina, where he was a First-Team All-State selection in his senior year and averaged six blocks per game while shooting 70%. He also averaged a double-double during his junior and senior years, during which time he also received the Frank Spencer Award (for the top player in Northwest North Carolina) twice. During his senior year Howard was handcuffed outside of a BP gas station the night before his SAT examination. Howard had been loitering on the premises with some of his friends, and undercover cops, believing the teenagers had been selling drugs, detained them.
In order to get into Wake Forest University Howard needed an SAT score of at least 950. He did not get a 950, saying his score was "somewhere in the 500s". In lieu, he spent a year at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia, where he averaged a double-double, with 19.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Howard led Hargrave to a 27–3 record, shooting well on the floor with 56%. He also averaged
Kerry Lee Wood (born June 16, 1977) is a former American professional baseball pitcher in Major League Baseball. He played for the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, and New York Yankees. Wood recorded over 200 strikeouts in four out of his first five seasons, with a high of 266 in 2003 and is the co-holder the MLB record for strikeouts in a single game (20), earning himself the nickname Kid K. He was a two-time National League All-Star and pitched in the post-season five times in a career that spanned 15 seasons. Wood was the 1998 National League Rookie of the Year.
Wood transitioned to a relief pitcher in 2007 due to struggling with injuries throughout his career. He has been placed on the disabled list 14 times in 13 major league seasons, including missing the entire 1999 season due to Tommy John surgery. After a slow start to the 2012 season, Wood retired on May 18, 2012.
Wood became a phenomenon while attending MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, for his first three seasons of high school baseball. He continued his domination of batters at Grand Prairie High School in his final season as a high school player.
The Chicago Cubs drafted Wood as the fourth overall selection in
Michael Joseph Piazza ( /piːˈɑːtsə/ or /piːˈɑːzə/); born September 4, 1968) is an American former Major League Baseball catcher. He played in his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Florida Marlins, New York Mets, San Diego Padres and the Oakland Athletics.
A 12-time All-Star, Piazza is often regarded as one of the best-hitting catchers of all time and holds the record for home runs hit by a catcher with 396, with a career total of 427. He had at least one RBI in 15 consecutive games for the New York Mets in 2000, the second-longest RBI streak ever (Ray Grimes of the Chicago Cubs had 17 consecutive games in 1922).
Piazza was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania. He grew up in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, the second-oldest son of Vince and Veronica, with brothers Vince Jr., Danny, Derek, Tony, and Tommy. Vince Piazza earned a fortune of more than $100 million in used cars and real estate, and attempted several times to purchase a Major League Baseball franchise. When the Dodgers—managed by Vince Piazza's childhood friend Tommy Lasorda, Tony Piazza's godfather—visited Philadelphia, Piazza visited the Dodger clubhouse and served as a batboy in the dugout.
Vince Piazza's own hopes of
Steven John "Turk" Wendell (born May 19, 1967 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, United States) is a former Major League Baseball right-handed relief pitcher from 1993 to 2004.
Wendell was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 1988 (a 5th round selection) and made his professional debut with the Pulaski Braves of the Appalachian League in June 1988. He made his first major league appearance on June 17, 1993.
Wendell was named the most superstitious athlete of all time by Men's Fitness.
Wendell attended Quinnipiac University, where he is among the school's all-time leaders in strikeouts (single season) and earned run average. Wendell played his summer baseball during college with the independent Dalton Collegians and with Falmouth in the Cape Cod League.
Wendell was generally regarded as a workhorse relief pitcher who threw a four-seam fastball, a two-seam fastball, a slider, and a change-up. Wendell was commonly seen as having above-average control, average movement, below-average power, and a good pick-off move.
Wendell was traded by the Braves to the Chicago Cubs in 1991, and pitched in their minor league system for two years before making his major league debut in 1993. Wendell got off to
Adam John Morrison (born July 19, 1984) is an American basketball player.
Morrison played for three years at Gonzaga University and was considered to be one of the top college basketball players in 2005–06. He was a finalist for the Naismith and the Wooden Award. He was named Co-Player of the Year with Duke University's J. J. Redick by the United States Basketball Writers Association and won the 2006 Chevrolet Player of the Year award.
Morrison's father John is a basketball coach, and the family moved with his coaching career: Casper College in Northwest Casper, Wyoming, Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota, and Dawson Community College in Glendive, Montana. When Morrison was in the fourth grade, his father left coaching and the family moved to Spokane, Washington. Adam became the Gonzaga men's team's ball boy.
When he was in the eighth grade, he lost 30 pounds (14 kg), and while attending a basketball camp at Gonzaga during this time, he felt sick, later saying about his experience at the camp, "I think I made one shot the whole three days. I was sicker than a dog. I didn't want to play. I couldn't do anything." Shortly after this, Morrison was diagnosed with type
Beno Udrih (born July 5, 1982 in Celje, SR Slovenia, SFR Yugoslavia) is a Slovenian professional basketball player for the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks. He was traded to the Bucks on June 23, 2011 after spending four seasons in Sacramento.
Beno Udrih is left-handed, and comes from a family of basketball players. His father Silvo played for Rudar Trbovlje. Udrih made his professional debut with a brief stint in the Slovenian secondary league in 1997, followed by three seasons in that country's premier league, the UPC Telemach League. He was named the 2000 Slovenian League Rookie of the Year, and has played for the Slovenian national team since that same year. He played for Olimpija Ljubljana in 2000–2002 season where he made great improvement and played in Euroleague for the first time. Udrih played for Maccabi Tel Aviv in the 2002–2003 season, and split the 2003–2004 season among Avtodor Saratov (Russia) and Breil Milano (Italy). From 2004 to 2007 he played with the NBA's San Antonio Spurs.
Prior to his NBA debut, he appeared in the Southern California Summer Pro League for the Spurs, and also appeared in three games with the Spurs squad in the 2004 Reebok Rocky Mountain Revue while
Bruce Bernard Smith (born June 18, 1963) is a former American football defensive end for the Buffalo Bills and the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. He was a member of the Buffalo Bills teams that played in four consecutive Super Bowls as AFC champions. The holder of the NFL career record for quarterback sacks, Smith was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009, his first year of eligibility.
Smith is a native of Norfolk, Virginia, where he graduated from Booker T. Washington High School. Following an all-state high school career, Smith accepted an athletic scholarship to Virginia Tech. Known as "The Sack Man" (both on and off the field) of Virginia Tech football, Smith finished his college career in 1984 as the most honored player in Hokie history. Anticipating his future success in pursuing quarterbacks in the NFL, he had a career total of 71 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, for losses totaling 504 yards. Smith had 46 career sacks, including 22 during a junior season in 1983 that saw him named First-team All-America by the AFCA (Coaches) and Newspaper Enterprise Association. In 1984, Smith capped off his tenure in Blacksburg with the Outland
Carlos Francisco Delfino (born August 29, 1982, in Santa Fe, Argentina) is an Argentine professional basketball player of Italian descent who plays for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He holds dual citizenship in both Italy and Argentina. Delfino plays at the small forward and shooting guard positions. He stands 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) tall and weighs 104 kg (230 lb). He is also noted for his defense and three point shooting skills.
The son of Carlos and Cristina Delfino, he began his professional career playing in the Argentine Basketball League for Olimpia de Venado Tuerto in the 1998–99 season, and he then transferred to Unión de Santa Fe in 1999–2000.
Delfino moved to Italy in 2000 and played four seasons in the Italian A-1 League, the first two with Reggio Calabria and the other two seasons with Skipper Bologna.
In his first season in Italy, he played for Reggio Calabria. In just under 21 minutes per game he averaged 8.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.9 steals. He scored a season-high 25 points in his second game against Scavolini Pesaro, making five of eight three-point attempts. He scored 15 points in just 20 minutes against Cordivari Roseto and
DeAngelo Williams (born April 25, 1983 in Wynne, Arkansas, U.S.) is an American football running back for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. Williams was drafted by the Panthers 27th overall in the 2006 NFL Draft. Williams played college football at the University of Memphis.
Williams holds the Division I NCAA records for most career all-purpose yards (7,573) and 100-yard rushing games (34). He also ranks fourth on the all-time NCAA rushing list with 6,026 yards, trailing only Ron Dayne, Ricky Williams, and Tony Dorsett. Williams was on the 2004 Pro Football Weekly All-America Team.
In his final collegiate game, the 2005 Motor City Bowl, Williams helped Memphis defeat the Akron Zips 38-31 by running for a Bowl record 238 yards and scoring 3 touchdowns. His performance made him the top ground-gainer in college football in 2005. He was also an All-America selection by the AFCA-Coaches's and the Walter Camp Foundation.
Williams was a finalist for the 2005 Doak Walker Award, which was awarded to Reggie Bush. He came in seventh overall in the Heisman Trophy voting. In 2005, he was named the inaugural winner of the ARA Sportsmanship Award, presented by the Awards and
Gaines Adams (June 8, 1983 – January 17, 2010) was an American college and professional football player who was a defensive end in the National Football League (NFL) for three seasons. He played college football for Clemson University, and was recognized as an All-American. He was drafted in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears of the NFL. Adams died unexpectedly in 2010 from a previously undetected heart condition.
Adams was born in Greenwood, South Carolina. He attended Fork Union Military Academy in 2001 and recorded 58 tackles, 22 sacks, and two interceptions in 10 games. He was a three year starter at Cambridge Academy, a small private school which only had an 8-man football team, where he was a dominant wide receiver and defensive end. His coach during high school was former University of South Carolina quarterback, Steve Taneyhill. In 2000, his team won the state title. During that year, Cambridge shut out four different teams, beating one team 80–0. They had suffered only one loss that season to arch-rival King Academy. He had 158 career receptions for 4,394 yard and 65 touchdowns, as well as 341
Jay Christopher Cutler (born April 29, 1983) is an American football starting quarterback for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He played football at Vanderbilt University. Cutler began his professional football career with the Denver Broncos, who selected him as the 11th overall pick of the 2006 NFL Draft. He spent three seasons with the Broncos before he was traded to the Bears in 2009.
Jay Cutler was born in Georgia but grew up in Santa Claus, Indiana. Cutler attended Heritage Hills High School in Lincoln City, Indiana. He started three years at quarterback, amassing a combined 26–1 record in his junior and senior years, including a perfect 15–0 during his senior year. Cutler and his team outscored opponents 746–85, including a 90–0 shutout at Pike Central. During his senior year, Cutler connected on 122-of-202 passes (60.4%) for 2,252 yards with 31 touchdowns, while rushing 65 times for 493 yards with 11 touchdowns. He also started at safety for three years, intercepting nine passes as a senior, 12th overall in the state. His team's perfect record during his senior year included the school's first 3A state championship, where Heritage Hills beat
José Luis Cruz, Jr. (born April 19, 1974 in Arroyo, Puerto Rico) is a retired Major League Baseball outfielder. Over his nine year playing career, Cruz played for eight different teams. Standing 6'0" tall and weighing 210 pounds, Cruz was a right-handed switch hitter. He is the son of former major league outfielder and Houston Astros first base coach José Cruz, and the nephew of former big leaguers Héctor and Tommy Cruz.
Cruz grew up in Bellaire, Texas and attended Bellaire High School, where he played baseball.
Cruz attended Rice University from 1992 to 1995 and was a member of Team USA in 1994, and was also a three time All-American while at Rice, setting virtually all possible offensive records.
Cruz was a first round pick, 3rd overall, for the Seattle Mariners in the 1995 amateur draft and began his major league career on May 31, 1997. His days in Seattle were short as he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for Paul Spoljaric and Mike Timlin on July 31, 1997. He holds the distinction of having the most home runs in the first season of a career while playing for two or more clubs. He stayed in Toronto until 2003 and twice hit at least 30 home runs with the Blue Jays. One of
Josh Smith (born December 5, 1985 in College Park, Georgia) is an American professional basketball player with the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA. Josh is one of five children born to Paulette and Pete Smith. His siblings are Walter, Phebe, Kasola and Shanti. His popular nickname is "J-Smoove".
Smith attended John McEachern High School. For his senior year, Smith transferred to Oak Hill Academy. As a player for Oak Hill's basketball team, he first earned his reputation as a consummate shot-blocker, which he would maintain in the NBA. He played alongside future NBA players Randolph Morris and Dwight Howard on the highly regarded Atlanta Celtics AAU team in the summer of 2003.
Smith was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the 17th overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft.
Having entered the league straight out of high school, Smith has publicly disagreed with the rule change that prohibited high school players from entering the NBA Entry Draft.
He won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest during his rookie year in the 2005 NBA All-Star Weekend. He averaged 9.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.95 blocks per game for the 2004–05 season and was selected to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. For the 2005–06 season, Smith
Madison Kyle Bumgarner (born August 1, 1989), nicknamed "Mad Bum", is an American baseball pitcher with the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball. Bumgarner is listed as 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) and 225 pounds (102 kilograms), and has a 90–93 MPH fastball. He was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the first round (tenth overall) in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft. He is currently a starting pitcher in the 5-man rotation for the San Francisco Giants.
Bumgarner played AAU baseball with one of the top teams in the state early in his baseball career. He was part of the 10U Catawba Valley Storm team that won the NC AAU state championship in 1999.
Bumgarner was drafted from South Caldwell High School in Hudson, North Carolina where he led his team to a 4A State Championship in 2007. He had committed to play for the University of North Carolina, but decided to enter the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft. Bumgarner was selected tenth overall by the Giants. Going into the draft, Baseball America had ranked him as the fourteenth best prospect overall. He was the first high school pitcher to be selected by the Giants with their first pick since Matt Cain in 2002, the first
Manny Lawson (born on July 3, 1984 in Omaha, Nebraska) is an American football linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League. He was drafted in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. He played college football at North Carolina State.
His father, Donald P. Lawson, was in the Air Force and stationed at Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Nebraska when Manny was born. Lawson excelled in football as well as basketball in his middle school years. He also attended Spring Creek Elementary School in Seven Springs, North Carolina.
Lawson attended Eastern Wayne High School in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Super Prep rated Lawson as one of the Top 25 players (#21) in the state of North Carolina during his senior year. He recorded 54 tackles and 12 sacks on defense and also rushed for 456 yards on offense during his final season, picking up Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors. He competed in track in four events: long jump, triple jump, 55-meter dash, and the 55-meter hurdles.
In 2002, he played in every game as a reserve outside linebacker. He recorded 35 tackles (20 solos) with a stop for a 5-yard loss on 144 plays. He
Michael Alex "Mike" Conley, Jr. (born October 11, 1987) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Conley is the son of Olympic gold and silver medalist triple jumper Mike Conley, Sr. and the nephew of former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Steve Conley.
Born in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Conley attended Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he played with friend and future Ohio State teammate Greg Oden. The Memphis Grizzlies drafted Conley in 2007 as the fourth pick, and Conley has played his entire career with that team.
Conley led Lawrence North to three straight state championships in high school and a record of 103 wins and 7 losses in his four years as the starting point guard. His senior year, he dished out a total of 123 assists. Conley finished second in the voting of the Indiana Mr. Basketball award to his teammate Greg Oden, who was the national player of the year. He was selected to the McDonald's All American team, which is the highest individual honor in high school basketball today. In that game, Conley led his team with a game-high 10 rebounds. He was later named a
Maurice Samuel 'Mo' Vaughn (born December 15, 1967 in Norwalk, Connecticut), nicknamed "The Hit Dog", is a former Major League Baseball first baseman. He played from 1991 to 2003. Vaughn was a three-time All-Star selection and won the American League MVP award in 1995.
Vaughn played high school baseball at New Canaan Country School in New Canaan, Connecticut. He also attended and played for Trinity-Pawling School in Pawling, New York. He then moved on to play baseball at Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, along with seven-time All-Star Craig Biggio.
Vaughn became the center of the Red Sox's line-up in 1993, hitting 29 home runs and contributing 101 RBIs. In 1995, he established a reputation as one of the most feared hitters in the American League when he hit 39 home runs with 126 RBIs and a .300 average. He also garnered 11 stolen bases. His efforts, which led the Red Sox to the playoffs (only to lose to the Cleveland Indians in the American League Division Series), were rewarded with the American League MVP award.
Vaughn had his career year with the Red Sox in 1996, batting an average of .326, playing in 161 games, with 44 home runs, and 143 RBIs. On May 30, 1997
Nicholas John Collison (born October 26, 1980) is an American professional basketball player, currently a power forward for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the NBA, and well known in basketball circles for his accomplishments at the University of Kansas.
Nick Collison was born in Orange City, Iowa, and grew up in Fort Dodge, Iowa and transferred to Iowa Falls High School.
Nick Collison was a 1999 McDonald's All-American in high school while attending Iowa Falls, Iowa.
From 3rd grade to his Senior year in high school, the Iowa Falls Cadets only lost one game.
Teaming with fellow Iowan Kirk Hinrich to form one of the best duos in college basketball, Collison helped KU reach two consecutive Final Fours (2002, 2003). Collison finished his college career as the leading scorer in the history of the Big 12 Conference (since passed by Andre Emmett). In 2003, his Jayhawks lost to the Carmelo Anthony led Syracuse University Orangemen in the National Championship game, 81–78. He played for the US national team in the 2002 FIBA World Championship.
Collison's #4 jersey was retired by the Kansas Jayhawks at halftime of a 2004 game between Kansas and Michigan State University, in recognition of his
Rex Allen Hudler (born September 2, 1960 in Tempe, Arizona, U.S.) is a radio broadcaster for the Kansas City Royals and a former Major League Baseball utility player. He played a total of thirteen seasons after being a first round draft pick of the New York Yankees in 1978.
He played for 6 different Major League Baseball teams and at every position except pitcher and catcher throughout his career: the New York Yankees (1984–1985), Baltimore Orioles (1986), Montreal Expos (1988–1990), St. Louis Cardinals (1990–1992), California Angels (1994–1996), and Philadelphia Phillies (1997–1998).
He also played for the Yakult Swallows of the Japanese Central League in 1993. Hudler saw playing time in the minor leagues with the Rochester Red Wings of the Triple-A International League in 1986 and 1987. Hudler then saw playing time with the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians of the American Association in 1988 as the starting third baseman. During his playing career in Japan, he contributed to the team's back-to-back league championship and its second-ever Japan Series championship since its first title in 1978.
Prior to signing with the Yankees, Hudler was visited by Notre Dame, who hoped that he
Rondell Bernard White (born February 23, 1972) is an former outfielder and designated hitter in Major League Baseball. His career batting average currently stands at .284 and his career slugging percentage is .462.
White is a 1990 graduate of Jones County High School in Gray, Georgia, where he played baseball and basketball. He was the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Player of the Year in 1990 and was also selected to the USA Today and Collegiate Baseball All-America squads that year.
Drafted by the Montreal Expos with the 24th overall pick in the 1990 draft, White played there from 1993-2000. He also played for the Chicago Cubs (2000-2001), New York Yankees (2002), San Diego Padres (2003), Kansas City Royals (2003), Detroit Tigers (2004-2005), and Minnesota Twins (2006-2007).
During his final four seasons with the Expos, he purchased 200 tickets for each Sunday home game for underprivileged children in the Montreal area.
On December 13, 2007, White was mentioned in the Mitchell Report in connection to steroids. He currently resides in Gray, Georgia
Scott Alan Moore (born November 17, 1983) is an American professional baseball infielder for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball.
Moore was selected in the first round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft as the eighth overall pick by the Detroit Tigers.
Moore was sent to the Chicago Cubs as one of four players traded for pitcher Kyle Farnsworth in 2005. Moore made his major league debut on September 4, 2006, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was called up again on July 20, 2007 to start at first base against the Arizona Diamondbacks after a suspended Derrek Lee and an injured Daryle Ward left the Cubs in need of a first baseman.
On August 31, 2007, Moore was traded from the Cubs to the Baltimore Orioles along with pitcher Rocky Cherry for starting pitcher Steve Trachsel.
Moore was designated for assignment on February 10, 2009 to make room for Ty Wigginton on the 40-man roster. Moore joined the Triple-A Norfolk Tides.
On December 15, Moore signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs and played the 2011 season with the AAA Iowa Cubs.
The Houston Astros signed Moore to a minor league contract on November 15, 2011. He also received an invitation to spring
Todd Lynn Helton (born August 20, 1973) is a Major League Baseball first baseman for the Colorado Rockies. He is a five-time All-Star, four-time Silver Slugger, and three-time Gold Glove Award winner.
As of the end of the 2011 season, among all active players, Helton was first in on-base percentage (.421), tied for second in doubles (554), third in intentional walks (183), and eighth in slugging percentage (.550).
Helton holds the Colorado Rockies club records for hits (2,407), home runs (354), doubles (566), walks (1,283), runs scored (1,355), RBIs (1,340), games played (2,105), total bases (4,107) and other categories. Helton hit his 2,000th career hit against the Atlanta Braves on May 19, 2009.
As of the 2012 season, Helton was the fourth-most senior active MLB player to have spent his entire career with one club, behind Chipper Jones, Derek Jeter, and Mariano Rivera.
Helton attended Central High School in Knoxville, Tennessee and was a letterman in football and baseball. In football, he posted 2,772 total yards as quarterback. In baseball, as a senior, Helton posted a .655 batting average and 12 home runs and was named the Regional Player of the Year. Baseball America also
Vincent Lamar Wilfork (born November 4, 1981) is an American football defensive tackle for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Patriots in the first round (21st overall) in the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Miami.
Wilfork is considered to be one of the premier defensive tackles in the NFL, and was named both to the Pro Bowl and the All-Pro team in 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2011.
Wilfork was born in Boynton Beach, Florida and attended Santaluces Community High School in Palm Beach County, Florida. There, he was a letter winner in football, wrestling, and track and field. In football, he won USA Today's second team All-American honors. In track and field, Wilfork was the Florida Class 4A state champion in the shot put and the discus in 2000. He also holds the Florida state high school record in the shot put with a throw of 68 feet (20.73 m).
Wilfork attended the University of Miami where he participated in both football and track and field; he holds the Miami indoor school record in the shot put. In his freshman season, Wilfork did not start but played in every game as a defensive tackle, finishing tenth