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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Butch has been involved in the golf arena for over 36 years. President of the Butch Harmon School of Golf, and recognized as one of the leading teaching instructors in the game.
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.
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.
1994 Olympic gold medallist Dan Jansen is a symbol of strength, hard work and perseverance. He first captured attention during the 1988 Winter Olympics. Hearts went out to him when the world learned that his sister, whose last words were ones urging him to victory, had died mere hours before his first race.
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.
David Feherty was born in the seaside town of Bangor in Northern Ireland. He grew up wanting to become an opera singer, until he discovered he had the knack for hitting a golf ball. David enjoyed a very successful professional career, with 10 victories worldwide and over $3 million in prize money. He also played on the European Ryder Cup Team in 1991; an experience that rejuvenated his fervor for golf.
Ranked 2nd to Butch Harmon on the 2005-06 edition of Golf Digest's list of the "50 Greatest Teachers" in the United States, Leadbetter had little success as a player on the European and Southern African tours.
Davis Love III's father was a highly respected PGA Professional and teaching pro, Davis Love Jr., who is in the national teaching pros hall of fame.
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."
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.
Edgerrin Tyree James (born August 1, 1978 in Immokalee, Florida) is an American football player who currently plays running back for the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL.
"I gave everything I possibly could to the game, on and off the field," Smith proclaimed about his 14 year NFL career. Born May 15th, 1969 in Pensacola, Florida, Smith began his illustrious career at Escambia High School, before attending the University of Florida and being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the first round of the 1990 draft.
Fred Couples has achieved an astounding 14 PGA tour victories, with the 1992 Masters the jewel in his crown. His strength is obviously his driving, and correspondingly his iron play lives and dies with it. His first PGA tour win was in the five-man playoff at the 1983 Kemper Open, which he followed by capturing the Tournament Players Championship in 1984. He then claimed his first of two Nissan Los Angeles Open titles in 1990. In 1992, he finished first on the PGA Money list tallying over 1.3 million dollars.
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 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.
Greg Norman (born February 10, 1955 in Queensland, Australia), is an Australian professional golfer who spent 331 weeks as the world's number one ranked golfer in the 1980s and 1990s.
The youngest of six children, Ian grew up in country Queensland where his parents instilled a passion for golf in their children. Receiving his first set of clubs at the age of twelve, Ian played imaginary British Opens around the farm, competing against Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus.
When Jeremy Roenick plays hockey, it's rarely just a game. Instead, it's a technicolour event featuring passion, feisty opinions, drama, and plenty of flashy skill.
Jerry Rice (born October 13, 1962 in Starkville, Mississippi) is an American football player in the NFL. A longtime wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers, he also played for the Oakland Raiders. In 2004, he was traded to the Seattle Seahawks.
Jim Brown is to running backs what Superman is to cartoon heroes. Standing 6-foot-2 and packing 230 hard pounds on his square-shouldered frame, he was an explosive fullback, combining outstanding speed with awesome power.
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.
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.
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.
Lee Trevino's initial introduction to the game of golf stemmed from youthful ingenuity. The Dallas Athletic Club golf course was just 100 yards from his childhood home. Lee began earning a few dollars finding golf balls in the course's high rough. Soon he could be found hanging around the caddie shed and, at the age of eight, he began caddying for the local players.
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.
Mark Calcavecchia is a PGA Tour winner, with victories including the 2001 Phoenix Open, 1987 and 1998 Honda Classics, and 1997 Greater Vancouver Open. He has competed and won worldwide, including 1989 British Open, the Argentine Open in 1993 and 1995, and Australian Open in 1988.
Michael Jordan, the best known athlete in the world, is a leading scorer in the National Basketball Association (NBA), who led the Chicago Bulls to many recent NBA championships.
Mike Ditka is one of the most recognized and successful NFL personalities as a player, coach and television commentator. Currently working as an analyst and commentator on CBS, this is Ditka's second stint in broadcasting, having spent four years as an NFL commentator and analyst on the NFL on NBC.
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.
An unprecedented combination of power and defense made Mike Schmidt one of the game's greatest third basemen. The powerful right-handed hitter slugged 548 home runs, belting 40 or more long balls in three separate seasons and hitting over 30 home runs 10 other times. His 48 homers in 1980 are the most ever in a single season by a third baseman. A three-time National League MVP, he was a 12-time All-Star and won 10 Gold Gloves. Schmidt was named the "Sporting News" Player of the Decade for the 1980s.
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.
Peter, like Corey Pavin, a SKINS GAME rookie who has won the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic (1990), has one advantage over Pavin. Peter has played BIGHORN during the pro-am and has also been the analyst for ABC Sports during its coverage of THE SKINS GAME.
Raymond Floyd often known as "Ray" Floyd (b September 4, 1942, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, U.S.A.) is a professional golfer who has won numerous tournaments at both PGA Tour and Champions Tour level.
This Hall of Fame forward is the only player to lead the NCAA, NBA, and ABA in scoring. After playing fourteen seasons (10 with the NBA), Barry racked up a career total of 25, 279 points. He was a 12-time All-Star selection, and in 1975, he led his Golden State Warriors to the NBA championship. He retired after the 1979-80 season, and he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987. In 1996, Barry was named to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.
Roger Maltbie ranks T35th in Par or Better-Current Streak on the SENIOR PGA TOUR. His best finish on the SENIOR PGA TOUR in 2002 is T24th at the Napa Valley Championship presented by Beringer Vineyards.
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.
Ronnie Lott, an All-America from Southern California, was the San Francisco 49ers' first round draft pick and the eighth player chosen overall in the 1981 National Football League Draft. The 6-0, 203-pound defensive back made an immediate impression and was named the starting left cornerback from his first day in training camp.
Singer, impressionist and humorist Roy Firestone is best known as host of ESPN's Up Close. Well-recognized and honored for his varied abilities in broadcast and sports journalism, he presents a spectacularly funny and inspirational multimedia review, saluting the athletes and sports events of the twentieth century.
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.
Watson was introduced to golf relatively late in life when he studied psychology at Stanford University. In fact, he proved so good that he qualified for the university's golf team. After his graduation, he turned professional in 1971.
Vinny Del Negro is used to long shots. Whether he is hitting a long range three pointer in basketball or beating the odds in life, Del Negro never seems to misfire.
Amy is a member of the LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame. She is a 35 year member of the LPGA tour and the winner of 32 professional tournaments. She is a noted author, having just published her 2nd book, this one " The LEADERBOARD;Conversations on Golf and Life " foreword by Jim Nantz.
Dale Tallon, in his second stint with the Blackhawks front office, was named Assistant General Manager on November 5, 2003 and was named General Manager in July 2005. He served four years (1998-2002) as the Blackhawks Director of Player Personnel before returning to the radio and television booth prior to the 2002-03 season as color analyst for Blackhawk hockey.
It's not easy for a punter to change the way the game of football is played ," basically his job is just to kick the ball and then sit back down on the bench.
Donovan Bailey (born December 16, 1967) is a Canadian athlete. Born in Manchester, Jamaica, Bailey emigrated from Jamaica to Canada at age 13, and played basketball before his graduation.
Started playing golf at age 15...Holds a Doctor of Optometry degree and still keeps a current license, even though he has never practiced...Decided during his junior year at East Central State (OK) to pursue a career in golf, but waited until earning his optometry degree before turning professional.
Holding doctorates in both psychology and clinical hypnotherapy, Dr. Fox has been training and teaching his patent pending methodology to companies to re-energize their sales, marketing and performance utilizing his tools for personality profiling, effective listening, focused concentration and rapport building.
Probably the most popular player in the history of the Chicago Cubs franchise, Ernie Banks was the best power-hitting shortstop in baseball in the 1950s and early 1960s. His enthusiasm for the game of baseball was legendary.
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