When first coming up through the Yankee farm system, Leiter was hailed as the next great arm in pinstripes, the one remaining star left in a minor-league system decimated by foolish trades throughout the 1980s.
One of television's most respected journalists, Al Michaels has covered more major sports events since he joined ABC Sports in 1976 than any sportscaster. He has been widely acclaimed for his knowledgeable and insightful reporting in his primary assignment for ABC Sports since 1986 ," play-by-play announcer for ABC's NFL "Monday Night Football," the most successful sports series in television history.
Golf champion Andy North had no choice but to hit the links. In the seventh grade, the champion professional golfer wasn't particularly interested in the sport and instead opted to play football and basketball. When a knee injury forced him to give up contact sports, he turned to golf as an alternative and the game quickly became a passion and ultimately his life's work.
For the past seventeen years, Bill Raftery has served as television analyst for New Jersey Nets telecasts. Raftery brings his playing and coaching experience to every telecast, offering keen analysis and opinion during the games.
One of the most acclaimed broadcasters in all of college basketball, Billy Packer has covered 23 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championships as an analyst, the last 16 for CBS Sports. He won the Sports Emmy award for Outstanding Sports Personality/Analyst (1993).
Bob Griese, who entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990, and is currently one of network television's most respected football analysts, is in his 16th year of broadcasting, and in his 11th year as the expert commentator on the main game of the week, with Keith Jackson, during ABC's coverage of College Football.
Boomer Esiason is the veteran NFL quarterback who led the Cincinnati Bengals to the 1989 Super Bowl. A left-handed quarterback, Esiason starred at the University of Maryland and was chosen by the Bengals in the second round of the 1984 college draft. He became the team's starter in 1985.
Playing in the NFL has been a very rewarding experience for me. If you had told me early in my life that I would help my team win Super Bowls, play in Pro Bowls and earn various All-Pro honors, I wouldn't have believed you.
Brent Musburger is one of the most versatile and talented broadcasters in the industry. A preeminent voice of college football and college basketball play-by-play, Musburger is alos the host of ABC Sports' coverage of the Little League World Series.
Future Hall of Famer Charles Barkley brought vitality, attitude and a host of skills to professional basketball, maturing into one of the league's most respected, awe-inspiring and recognizable individuals.
ESPN's Chris Berman is one of sports television's brightest and most recognizable personalities. Twice the versatile Berman has been selected the National Sportscaster of the Year (1989-1990) by the members of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
For nearly 20 years, tennis great Chris Evert provided fans throughout the world with one guarantee - she gave every match all she had. She was always more than just the best tennis player in the world. Evert was ranked number one for seven years and had a 90 percent win average spanning her 17 year career as a pro. She won 18 grand slam titles including three Wimbledons, seven French Opens, two Australian Opens and six U.S. Opens.
Chris Myers joined Fox Sports Radio as the mid-day co-host with Steve Lyons for the network debut in September 2000. "Myers & Lyons" aired on the network for two years before he decided to concentrate on his duties for Fox Television.
Millions of fans know Chris Webber best for his outstanding athletic ability on the basketball court but Cwebb, as he is affectionately known, leads the pack in more than just sports.
Since hitting the PGA Tour in 1976, Curtis Strange quickly became one of its most consistent and talented mainstays. After an amateur career spent racking up victories around the country and in the NCAA, Strange went on to make an indelible mark on the professional game.
Dan Dierdorf, a 1996 inductee in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and a former all-pro tackle in the National Football League with the St. Louis Cardinals has distinguished himself nationally as one of the top football announcers in the industry.
Fouts was named the American Football Conference player of the year by The Sporting News and United Press International in 1979 and by UPI in 1982, when he was selected as the NFL player of the year by the Professional Football Writers Association.
Dan Marino has always played every football game like it might be his last. He learned the sport growing up on a playground in Pittsburgh that now bears his name and went on to lead the Pitt Panthers to three consecutive 11-1 seasons and become the most prolific NFL passer of all-time.
After a 29-year racing career, Darrell Waltrip's NASCAR journey continues in 2001 as a full-time NASCAR on FOX television commentator, doing what some say he does best: talk. Soon after Waltrip joined the Winston Cup circuit at the 1972 Winston 500, he earned the nickname "Jaws" for keeping his big mouth open despite failing to win his first race until his 50th start.
Daryl Peter "Moose" Johnston (born February 10, 1966 in Youngstown, New York) is a former American football fullback in the NFL who played his entire career with the Dallas Cowboys from (1989-1999).
In a career bordered on either side by extended stays with each of the two New York franchises, David Cone switched uniforms four times between 1992 and 1995.
Former two-sport star Deion Sanders, who played in the NFL for the Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins, and Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants, joined THE NFL TODAY as a feature reporter/contributor in September 2001. This year, he will serve as a studio analyst joining Jim Nantz, Dan Marino and Boomer Esiason at the desk.
Dennis Lee Eckersley was born October 3, 1954 in Oakland, California and nicknamed "Eck," was a Major League Baseball player elected to Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004.
Dick Butkus was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame, only six years after he retired from his legendary career with the Chicago Bears. After repeated appearances as the starring Middle-Linebacker in the NGL Pro-Bowl, he was selected to the NFL's "All-Time Team."
After twenty-five years with NBC TV Sports, where he began in 1975 as the play-by-play man on college basketball, Dick Enberg joined CBS Sports in January 2000 where he serves as play-by-play announcer for The NFL on CBS, as well as college basketball and the U.S. Open Tennis Championships. He also contributes to The Masters and the PGA Championship.
During his 20 years as head basketball coach at Notre Dame (1972-91), Phelps won more games (393) than any coach in Irish history. His teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament on 14 occasions -- including six of his last seven seasons -- and reached the Final Four in 1978.
A contributing writer for Sports Illustrated, Frank Deford has been voted by his peers Sportswriter of the Year a record six times. In addition to writing articles, he has authored 13 books and is a weekly regular on both ESPN and NPR's Morning Edition.
A calm sea does not make a good sailor. This ancient proverb describes Gary McCord's approach to his job as a golf commentator. Over the years, he has been referred to as irreverent, witty, approachable, colorful, delightfully different, and is one of those few players to successfully make the transition from the course to the microphone.
George Brett represents everything that's right about baseball. That should explain his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 25, 1999. Not only has he shown a strong commitment to baseball in Kansas City, he has also been very committed to the ALS Association.
One of America's foremost sports broadcasters, Gumbel has covered such premier events as the Olympics, the Super Bowl and the World Series. He currently hosts NBC's coverage of both NFL and NBA action. His entertaining and inspirational speeches are peppered with humorous illustrations from the world of sports.
Former Los Angeles Raiders defensive end Howie Long began his network sports television career in 1994 as an NFL studio analyst for "Fox NFL Sunday." Howie is regarded as one of the top NFL analysts, having received an Emmy Award as Outstanding Sports Personality/Analyst.
James Worthy defines the term "most valuable player","not just in his career as a superstar athlete, but as an entrepreneur, sports broadcast analyst, commercial spokesman, and devoted father.
Jesse Palmer, born 5 October 1978 in Toronto, Ontario, is a Canadian quarterback and former reality television star. When he was a quarterback for the New York Giants, Palmer was the first professional athlete to appear on The Bachelor.
The combination of Joe Morgan's baseball accomplishments, broadcasting excellence, business success and community service truly make him a "Complete Package." Elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame in 1990, Joe is arguably the best second baseman ever. He was the missing part that made Cincinnati's Big Red Machine the best team of the 1970s. He played in four World Series and was a winner in three.
John Davidson joined ABC Sports in September 1999 as a studio analyst for ABC Sports' National Hockey League game telecasts.Davidson is the respected voice of the New York Rangers on MSG Network.
John McEnroe embodies the American spirit. For two decades, he set an unparalleled standard of excellence both on and off the court. His pursuit of perfection and intensity to win have made him a popular champion and a tennis legend for the ages.
Johnny Miller is recognized in all aspects of the world of golf: as a player, commentator and course designer.Golf has always been at the center of Johnny Miller's life and he shares his stories of what it takes to be a winner on and off the course with audiences around the country. Elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame, Johnny Miller's career has always been centered around the game of golf. He has a great desire to make even more significant contributions to golf with a legacy in the design of courses throughout the world.
Hernandez was indisputably the best-fielding first baseman of his time, winning eleven straight Gold Gloves and setting major league records for most seasons leading league first basemen in double plays (six) and lifetime assists by a first baseman.
The New York native is perhaps best known from his days on ESPN SportsCenter in the 1990's when his witty lines and carefully phrased insights captured the imagination of sports fans around the country.
Works as a studio analyst with host Ernie Johnson for TNT and TBS telecasts. Joined Turner Sports for the end of the 1997-98 regular season and playoffs, primarily as a studio analyst.
Kevin Kennedy (born May 26, 1954 in Los Angeles, California) is a former manager in American Major League Baseball and a current television host for Fox Sports' baseball coverage.
Kirk Herbstreit has been an ESPN college football studio analyst since August 1996, joining host Chris Fowler and co-analyst Lee Corso on "College GameDay."
Larry Bowa is a former Major League Baseball shortstop and manager who played an important role for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1980 when they won their first World Series Championship.
Larry started his career at Birmingham International Raceway, the same track where The Famous "ALABAMA GANG" launched thier careers into the Nascar Winston Cup record books! Larry has continued to carry on this tradition in a way that can't be matched.
Larry Merchant is a former sportswriter and longtime commentator for HBO Sports Boxing presentations, including "World Championship Boxing," "Boxing After Dark" and Pay-per view telecasts.
Lee Corso, one of college football's most knowledgeable, opinionated and entertaining analysts, is a key member of ESPN's college football production team. Corso - who joined ESPN in 1987 after 28 years of football coaching experience at the college and professional levels, including 17 seasons as a head coach - serves as a game analyst for the Thursday night telecasts and as a studio analyst for College GameDay and the half-time and scoreboard shows.
A popular Today Show regular, Emmy Award-winning sportscaster Len Berman is known to millions of viewers for his "Spanning the World" round-ups of the astonishing and the hysterical from the world of sports. To sports fans, he is also known as creator and host of the Sports Fantasy program for NBC's SportsWorld.
A former quarterback for the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs, Dawson led the team to a 1970 Super Bowl victory and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1987. Years later, he came face to face with another opponent - prostate cancer. Since overcoming this illness, he has become a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society.
Lesley Visser, a pioneer among women sports journalists, returned to CBS Sports in August 2000 as a contributor to THE NFL TODAY, college basketball, the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, as well as special projects with CBS Sports and CBS News.
Lynn Swann, a former Pittsburgh Steelers star wide receiver, joined ABC Sports in 1976. An accomplished veteran football commentator, Swann currently serves as a sideline reporter on ABC's College Football's main game of the week.
Marcus Allen was a Heisman Trophy winner and set 12 NCAA records at USC. In 1982 he was drafted by the Oakland Raiders and was named Rookie of the Year. In 1984 Marcus won the Super Bowl XVIII MVP award. He joined the Chiefs as a free agent in 1993 and was named MVP for them in 1993 and 1995.
If Mark Grace plays the game of baseball with both intensity and integrity, it is because these qualities were instilled in him by his parents, Gene and Sharon Grace.
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