Football legend Bart Starr's designation of Most Valuable Player describes more than his legendary performance on the football field - it describes him as a man. Playing for the legendary Vince Lombardi, Starr learned the fundamentals of leadership and success.
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.
Brooks Robinson, former third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles and the much beloved color commentator for the Orioles' television network, retired from baseball in 1977 after 20 years and 72 days in the major leagues. He was later elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in a landslide, receiving 92 percent of the votes cast.
One of the AL's premier catchers for almost two decades, Carlton Fisk overcame a series of serious injuries early in his career to establish himself as a marvel of durability at baseball's most taxing position. A ten-time All-Star and the all-time leader in home runs by a catcher (351) and in games caught (2,226), Fisk was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2000.
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.
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.
One of the greatest running backs of all time, Franco Harris is a Pittsburgh Steelers legend who exemplifies success on and off the field. He set or tied more than two dozen NFL records, made nine Pro Bowl appearances and was named Super Bowl MVP. In addition, Harris was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
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.
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.
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.
In 1960, when the Lakers moved to Los Angeles from Minneapolis, they were joined by a rookie guard from the University of West Virginia. In the ensuing four decades the fate of the team and that rookie, Jerry West, have gone hand in hand.
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.
As the #1 draft pick for the '69 Pittsburgh Steelers, Joe Greene became the cornerstone of the franchise that dominated the NFL in the '70s. During his twelve year career, he was twice selected as NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
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.
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.
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.
Before his NFL career, Greene had an outstanding college football career at North Texas State University (1966-1968), assisting the team to a 23-5-1 record during his 3 seasons with them.
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.
This Texas legend received his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999, the first year he became eligible. Nolan Ryan was born in Texas and played for two Texas teams, the Astros and Rangers, as well as many others during his illustrious baseball career.
Throughout his 13-season, 198-game NFL career with the Cleveland Browns from 1978 to 1990, Ozzie Newsome was a fixture at tight end, a true team leader in every respect, and one of only five players in Browns history to play in parts of three decades.
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.
The only player to be named MVP in two WorldSeries, Reggie Jackson earned the nickname "Mr. October" by setting a World Series record for slugging percentage (.755). He's also baseball's all-time strikeout king, fanning 2,597 times, once every four at-bats.
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.
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.
Most baseball fans will undoubtedly best remember Tom Seaver for his incredible achievements on the mound in the Major Leagues, and his leadership of the 1969 "Miracle Mets
One of the most popular and outspoken figures in professional sports, Lasorda has been associated with the Los Angeles Dodgers for almost 50 years'as a player, scout, coach, manager, and an executive. During his 20 years as manager, this Hall-of-Famer led the Dodgers to two World Series championships, four pennants, and six division crowns. An entertaining and powerful speaker, he captivates, educates, and energizes his audiences with his colorful stories, humor, and lessons for life.
Dorsett piled up some incredible numbers as a college and professional running back. He was the first player in NCAA history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in each of four seasons at the University of Pittsburgh, where he gained a record 6,082 yards and scored 58 touchdowns in 1,133 attempts. As a junior in 1975, Dorsett gained 303 yards in 23 attempts against Notre Dame.
Walt Frazier, better known as "Clyde Cool" to his fans, retired from a colorful basketball career after the 1978-79 season. The nickname "Clyde" was bestowed upon him because his 1930's-style attire reminded a teammate of Clyde Barrow's dress and because Walt "stole" basketballs the way Clyde robbed banks.
Of all the thrilling baskets scored in NBA history, there have been few more fabled than the two Willis Reed hit in the first few minutes of Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals. Although they counted for only four points on the scoreboard, they were worth a million buckets of inspiration in the hearts of the New York Knicks.
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.
Smooth. Graceful. Creative. Unstoppable. As a basketball player, George "Iceman" Gervin could use those four adjectives to describe his game, but, no pun intended, they would be the tip of the "iceberg." Gervin was one of basketball's most electrifying and scintillating players, a talent that doesn't often grace the hardwood.
When Cleveland honored the great Jesse Owens with a parade upon his return from the 1936 Olympics, the thirteen-year-old Dillard was one of the spectators. He later met Owens, who presented him with his first pair of running shoes.
Harry Carson's 13-year stint with football's New York Giants is one of the longest tenures in club history. The indestructible former linebacker served as Team Captain for 10 of his 13 seasons, including the 1986 season when the Giants defeated the Denver Broncos 3 9-20 in Super Bowl XXI.
Head Coach of UCONN's Men's Basketball Team; At the age of 68, Coach Calhoun became the Oldest Coach to Win an NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Title and is One of only 5 Coaches to Win at Least 3 NCAA National Championships
Joe Namath played college football at the University of Alabama for legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. Bryant called Namath "the greatest athlete I have ever coached." In his senior year, Namath led the Crimson Tide to the 1964 National Championship.
National Football League Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow joined FOX Sports Net in 1998 as an in-studio analyst for the network's COLLEGE FOOTBALL SATURDAY's pre and post game telecasts, and as a college football analyst for the-NATIONAL SPORTS REPORT. He has expanded his duties on the NATIONAL SPORTS REPORT as a NFL analyst for the nightly show. His knowledge of the game coupled with his enthusiasm helped him make a smooth transition from the field to the studio.
There is no substitute for natural ability, but baseball's former stolen-base king believes the key to success in pro sports comes from within. The man who revolutionized stealing bases, Brock was selected to the Hall of Fame the first year he became eligible in 1985 after spending 19 seasons in the major leagues with the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals.
"In the darkest days of World War II," he begins in his best lecture-hall baritone, "Winston Churchill inspired the English people with words like, 'Let us brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for one thousand years, men will still say: This was their finest hour.' "
On his way to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Nathaniel "Tiny" Archibald learned all about rising from desperate surroundings to extraordinary heights. It was an education that started early in life and served him well through a 14-year playing career that led him from the lowly Cincinnati Royals to an NBA Championship with the Boston Celtics.
Oscar Robertson ("The Big O") is one of the most enduringly popular and respected athletes of our time. Recently named "Player of the Century" by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, he is generally considered the greatest all-around player in the history of the game.
Achieving successful change inevitably means overcoming obstacles. Oz tells his story first hand of how he faced adversity and overcame. His success story is living inspiration for others. The Recon-Marine suffered from paralysis after a traumatic motorcycle accident and has since proactively competed in the adaptive sports of handcycling and Triathlon, working his way to the top in both sports in relative short time. Today Oz is a double world champion in the sport of handcycling, bringing back a gold and a bronze medal for the US Team, in the 2008 Beijing games. View his website for further details: www.knownolimits.com
Appearing to almost catch the ball with his bat, Carew carefully placed base hits all over the diamond, winning seven batting titles. He was the best bunter of his generation, and he stoled home 17 times. Toiling for poor Twins teams and the hard-luck Angels, Carew collected more hits than any player who never played in a World Series.
Whitey Ford was the "money pitcher" on the staff of the great Yankee teams of the 1950s and early 1960s. The wily southpaw's lifetime record of 236-106 gives him the best winning percentage (.690) of any 20th century pitcher.
"I don't make history. I catch fly balls." Actually, Willie Mays did both. When Willie Mays joined the New York Giants in 1951, black players were still a rarity in the major leagues.
No player to date can match Yogi Berra's resume when it comes to playing on 14 pennant-winners and 10 World Championship teams. The heart of the Yankees for 18 seasons, Berra topped the 100-RBI mark four years in a row and became a three-time American League MVP. In every season from 1948 to 1962, Berra was selected to the All-Star team.
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