Pitching in the World Series was a thrilling experience, but the most exciting event in my life was when I trusted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior
Anthony Munoz is one of Cincinnati's true sports icons. Considered by many as the greatest offensive lineman in NFL history, Munoz has a record of excellence that is unrivaled in professional football.
Although some professional golfers have won more major tournaments and others have collected more in winnings, Ben Crenshaw remains after nearly thirty years on tour one of the most popular and talented players on the grueling PGA circuit.
In 1997, Dallas Cowboys Special Teams Captain, Bill Bates, finished his fifteenth successful season in the NFL. A member of the 1992, 1993 & 1995 Super Bowl Champions team, Bill has been a long time favorite of Cowboys fans. He was named the winner of the Bob Lily Award four years in a row, from 1990-1994.
Bobby Clampett joined CBS Sports in 1991 as an on-course reporter for the CBS Television Network's broadcast of the PGA Championship. He is now a full-time member of the CBS golf team, having retired from the PGA Tour in 1995.
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.
There were times in his life when Casey Martin cried out to God, saying "why me?" Now, the PGA Tour Rookie allows his current circumstances to bring glory to the Lord. "I've learned to trust Him," said Martin, who accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of eight and deepened his relationship with Him in his late teens.
Chi Chi Rodriguez is one of the great showmen in sports history. In a career which spans four decades, Chi Chi won 8 times on the PGA Tour and now boasts 22 Senior Tour victories. His colorful performances still make him a gallery favorite, while his shotmaking skills have earned the respect of his peers.
Curly Neal, the original ambassador of basketball and one of the most popular players in Globetrotter history, serves as the Director of Special Projects for the Orlando Magic, Public Relations for he Harlem Globetrotters and Spokesperson for Siemens Corp
A native of Americus, Georgia, Dan Reeves began his pro career as a free agent running back for the Dallas Cowboys in 1965, finishing his playing career as the Cowboy's fifth all-time leading rusher in 1972. Reeves stellar coaching career began when he joined the Dallas coaching staff in 1970, taking on a dual role as player/coach for two seasons.
Darrell Green is a seven-time All-Pro defensive back with the Washington Redskins and a four-time winner of the NFL Fastest Man Competition. He has played in three Super Bowls: His first as a rookie cornerback in 1984, when the Raiders beat the Redskins, and in the 1988 and 1992 Super Bowls, both victories over the Denver Broncos and the Buffalo Bills, respectively.
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.
Dave Dravecky has left two indelible images in the minds of baseball fans worldwide. The first was August 10, 1989, when Dave triumphantly pitched a 4-3 win for the San Francisco Giants in his first major-league game following cancer surgery.
In 1979, Diana Nyad plunged into the history books by completing the longest swim ever. The distance was 102.5 miles from the coast of Bimini to the Florida shore. This incredible record, longest swim by a man or a woman would stand for eighteen years.
Examples from the game of football are often used to illustrate determination, overcoming adversity and long odds, competition, and success; and our everyday language is filled with gridiron metaphors and memorable quotes. It is only natural that Don Shula, the coach with more wins in professional football than any other, speaks about inspiring others to win. Using examples from the football field he reveals his secrets of successful coaching and how they apply to any leadership position, as well as personal success.
Frank Reich is known for his incredible comebacks. Not once but twice in his football career, he led his team to victory in the face of virtually insurmountable odds. In 1984, down by more than 30 points, he engineered a record-setting comeback in college football. In 1993, he did it again as a professional. Today, his exciting determination on the football field and inspiring boldness for the Lord endure after a long journey of "the highest of highs and the lowest of lows."
Reminisce for any length of time about the gridiron glory of college and professional running backs and the name Gale Sayers emerges to the forefront. Sayers' work ethic and development of his God-given athletic talents resulted in his selection into the NFL draft by the Chicago Bears. Sayers' entire NFL career (1965-1971) soon became a treasured highlight film. The quick, agile and elusive Sayers caused scores of missed tackles and created never-ending headaches for defensive coaches throughout the league.
A 6-foot 3-inch, 205-pound senior, Torretta was the key man in the extraordinary success of his team. The one attribute shared by all great quarterbacks is that they find a way to lead their team to victory week after week
Very few athletes have the opportunity to reinvent their sport. Jackie Joyner-Kersee is one such athlete. She has amassed 20 records in the heptathlon and has won three Olympic gold medals. Off the track, she is a business executive who runs her own sports-marketing firm and heads the JJK Community Foundation, an organization that sponsors programs for disadvantaged youth.
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.
consummate leader in the NFL, Jim Kelly led the Buffalo Bills to four back-to-back Super Bowl appearances, four consecutive AFC Championships, six AFC East Championships and 23 fourth-quarter comebacks. In his ten years with the Bills, he set every major passing record, and threw over 35,000 passing yards and 237 touchdowns, establishing a career passing record of 84.4 percent - the sixth highest in NFL history.
In 1990, Jim Palmer was accorded baseball's highest honor by his election into the Baseball Hall of Fame his first year of eligibility. He received 92.6% of the 444 ballots cast by eligible members of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Considered by many the greatest catcher in history because of his combination of defensive skill, offensive power, and durability, Johnny Bench was one of the leaders of Cincinnati's "Big Red Machine" that won six Eastern Division titles, four NL pennants, and two world championships during the 1970s.
Outfielder for the 2010 American League Champion Texas Rangers; Named the Most Valuable Player of the ALCS 2010 and 2010 MLB Player of the Year by "The Sporting News"
The boy who became "Dr. J" began life in a public housing project but his talent, hard work and determination were to take him a long way. One of the most exciting and talented players in the history of professional basketball, Julius Erving literally changed how the game is played.
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 Johnson is a businessman, community activist, philanthropist, world-class athlete and former national television personality. Always ambitious and goal oriented, at only 36 years of age, Johnson has received numerous awards and accolades for both his work on and off the basketball court. While all of his accomplishments to date hold a special meaning for him, Kevin Johnson has only begun to make his mark.
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.
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.
Lyn St. James has set thirty-one national and international speed records during her professional racing career, and is renowned as one of the top race car drivers in the world. Her driving ambition to become one of the best in her field has moved with precision, speed, determination, and focus.
American swimmer Mark Spitz achieved an Olympic record in 1972 that may never be equalled: seven gold medals. Perhaps no one athlete put more pressure on himself than American swimmer Mark Spitz. The athlete's bold predictions and cocky disposition made it almost impossible for him to live up to the standards he was setting for himself.
Meadowlark Lemon, affectionately known as the "Clown Prince of Basketball," is a legendary hero in the world of sports. He has been the creative force and focal point of international, comedic basketball since he began his career with the Harlem Globetrotters more than 4 decades ago.
Michael Chang charged onto the international tennis scene and shocked the world by upsetting Ivan Lendl and Stefan Egberg and becoming the youngest player in history to win a Grand Slam event.
The enthusiastic captain who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to its gold medal victory, Eruzione served as a sportscaster for both the 1984 and the 1988 Winter Olympic Games.
Throughout his life, Orel Hershiser has been known as an outstanding baseball player. He has excelled at every level in which he has played and has captured baseball's highest honors - World Series Champion, World Series, American and National League Championship Series MVP,Cy Young Award, and Gold Glove Award.
On July 28, 2002, Ozzie Smith was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. He is just the 37th player chosen in his first year of eligibility and he is the 22nd shortstop to make the Hall. Ozzie, known in baseball as "The Wizard" has emerged as the best defensive shortstop of all time.
Paul Azinger has had a highly successful career since becoming a professional golfer in 1984 (PGA). Three years later in 1987, he finished second on the money-list in the USA, and was named PGA Player of the Year.
When Peter Vidmar was eleven years old, his parents found an ad in the newspaper for a new "experimental gymnastics program designed to develop future Olympic champions."
How would you feel if someone offered you a six-figure salary to do something you really enjoy?Right out of high school I was blessed with the choice of a lifetime: I could have signed a six-figure baseball contract with the New York Yankees or played football at Notre Dame where I would have caught passes from Joe Montana.
Rocky is in demand as a professional speaker, motivating audiences in a wide variety of organizations and corporations. Rocky sees parallels between the challenges he faced in the past and the challenges all business people face in today's crowded, competitive marketplace, and that is the central message he delivers. His presentation - Be the Best You Can Be - motivates audiences to keep on striving for greater accomplishments. Rocky is a dynamic speaker, using real life stories with a warm, self-reflective humor that audiences can relate to.
Following an outstanding career at Youngstown State University, which included impressive performances in the Senior Bowl and the Ohio Shrine Bowl games, Jaworski became a second round draft choice of the Los Angeles Rams in 1973.
Baseball legend, Steven Garvey, nicknamed the "Iron Man," for establishing the National League record of playing in 1,207 consecutive games, played for the Los Angeles Dodgers during most of his career.
Steve Largent served over seven years as a Member of the United States Congress, representing the First Congressional District. He was the Vice-Chairman of the Energy and Air Quality Subcommittee and also served on the Telecommunications Subcommittee, the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee and the Environment and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee.
Terry Bowden is a dynamic motivational and inspirational speaker who also happens to be incredibly funny. Unlike so many speakers that make a living by telling people how to be a success, Terry Bowden has made a living by being a success.
Wherever he has played, Tim Brown has proven to be quite a catch. From being named the 1987 Heisman Trophy winner as an all-America at Notre Dame, to grabbing a handful of Oakland Raider records and being recognized as an eight-time Pro Bowl pick, Brown has been at the top of his sport at every level of competition he has played.
When you talk about perseverance, you've got to cite Tom Lehman. His first foray into the PGA Tour from 1983-1985 was--to put it kindly--a bust. But he honed his skills on the Dakotas, Golden State, South Florida, and Carolinas mini-tours and used the Ben Hogan/NIKE Tour as his springboard back to the Big Time in 1992.
I was pretty selfish growing up, looking out for number one. I did anything to become more popular. Playing football and even going to church were just more ways to be popular. Both were self-serving.
On November 20, 1997, A.C. Green (Forward for the Los Angelas Lakers) became the NBA's new Iron Man. By breaking the all-time "most consecutive games by an NBA player" (907 consecutive games), Green has become the NBA version of baseball's Cal Ripken, Jr.
Al Joyner, the 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist in the men's triple jump who has 16 years coaching experience, joined the UCLA track and field staff on Aug. 18, 2000. Joyner coaches the Bruin women's jumps and also assists UCLA head coaches Jeanette Bolden (women) and Art Venegas (men) with administrative duties for both programs.
Former National Hockey League All-Star Bill Clement, who played 11 years in the NHL with Philadelphia, Washington and Calgary, is a game analyst for ESPN's extensive schedule of National Hockey Night telecasts. In early 1990, Clement entered the world of motivational speaking and is now making corporate presentations on a national basis.
Born in 1942, Robert Earl Love (nicknamed Butterbean after his favorite food) grew up in Louisiana with thirteen brothers and sisters. Bob's basketball career began with a coat hanger hoop nailed to the side of his grandmother's home. In his imagination, Bob played everyday against the greatest basketball players in the world.
Bobby Richardson was the starter at second base for the great New York Yankee teams that won five consecutive pennants, and two World Series, from 1960 through 1964.
Brett Butler's professional career in major league baseball spanned a total of 16 years with a start in 1979 when the Atlanta Braves selected him. In the years to come, Brett played for the Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets.
In his keynote speech at a Clinton White House Conference, Charles Garfield began by saying, "My mission is to translate the real lessons of our nation's high achieving organizations and their people into consistent bottom line results."
The brilliant and exciting signal-caller from Thomasville, Georgia is the first Seminole player to win the Heisman award. From the first moment of the '93 season, the spotlight focused on Ward, who was considered to be the nation's premier quarterback and the prime candidate for the Heisman Trophy.
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