Anthony Robles was born July 20, 1988 and is a wrestler who won the 2010-11 NCAA individual wrestling championship in the 125-pound weight class despite being born with only one leg.
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.
The 51st winner of the Heisman Trophy, Auburn's great running back Bo Jackson, is such a remarkable all-round athlete that, if there were Heisman awards in baseball and track, he would almost certainly have won them, too.
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.
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.
Dan Gable, the 2000 USA Olympic wrestling coach, enters his fifth season as the color analyst on Iowa Public Television's College Wrestling Series. Gable won the National Wrestling Media Association's "Broadcaster of the Year" award his first year on the air.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An Assistant Dean and Professor of Physical Education at Pacific Lutheran University, Dr. Colleen Hacker is currently the Sport Psychology Consultant for the United States Women's National Soccer Team, a member of the NSCAA National Soccer Coaching Staff, and a member of the USOC Performance Enhancement Team.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
Jim Fassel was named the 15th head coach in Giants history on January 15, 1997. That year, Fassel led his squad to a 10-5-1 record and a berth in the playoffs while capturing the NFC Eastern Division title. Fassel was named Coach of the Year by 11 media outlets, including The Sporting News, after helping the Giants improve from a 6-10 record and a last place finish in the NFC East in 1996.
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.
Connors began playing tennis when he was three years old, under the tutelage of his mother Gloria, a teaching professional. When he was a young teen-ager, the family moved to California so he could receive advanced training from Pancho Gonzales and Pancho Segura.
After a year as a backup, the 6-foot-3, 195-pound Dumars became a starter in 1986-87 and was soon recognized as one of the finest defensive guards in the league he was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team in 1986 and to the NBA's all-defensive team in 1989, 1990, 1992 and 1993.
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.
Kyle Maynard is a motivational speaker, author, entrepreneur and athlete. Despite being born with arms that end at the elbows and legs near the knees, Kyle's wrestled for one of the best teams in the Southeast, set records in weightlifting, fought in mixed martial arts, and most recently became the first man to crawl on his own to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.
Lloyd Carr has led the University of Michigan to a bowl game in every season at the helm, and claimed the Big Ten title five of the past seven seasons (1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004). He became the first Wolverine coach to win four straight bowl games, beating Auburn 31-28 on New Year's Day at the 2001 Florida Citrus Bowl, after leading U-M to victories in the 1998 Rose, 1999 Citrus, 2000 Orange and 2003 Outback Bowls.
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.
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.
Mike Tomlin was named the 16th head coach in Pittsburgh Steelers history on Jan. 22, 2007. Hired at the age of 34, Tomlin became only the third head coach hired by the Steelers since 1969. He is the youngest Head Coach in NFL History to win a Super Bowl.
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.
The all time "Hit King" was Rookie of the Year during the sixties and Player of the Decade during the seventies. His career on the field as a player is legendary. His headlines made as a manager are, regretfully, even more legendary.
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."
The all-time passing leader of the New York Giants is Phil Simms, a battle-scarred veteran of fifteen NFL seasons, who fought back from injury and adversity to become one of football's most respected quarterbacks.
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.
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.
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.
NBA All-Star Forward Sean Elliott, 32, began his basketball career at the University of Arizona, where he was the all-time leading scorer in Pac-10 Conference history, breaking the record held by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Since the birth of the Women's National Basketball Association in 1997, Swoopes has stormed onto the sports scene as one of the nation's most skilled and impressive athletes, earning the nickname that testifies to her speed and grace on the court, "Wind."
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.
This man knows boxing like no one else does. If you like boxing, then you're going to want to hear what Teddy Atlas has to say. He discusses his induction into Cus D'amato's Boxing Camp and his first major challenge ," training a 14-year old Mike Tyson.
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.
As head coach of the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers for 25 years, Osborne took his team to a bowl game every year, won three national championships in the last four years he coached, and ended his career boasting an 84 percent winning record...
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.
The greatest player in San Diego Padre history, Gwynn won eight batting titles, five Gold Gloves, and helped the inconsistent franchise to their first two World Series appearances, but never got that elusive championship ring. He batted .394 in 1994 and banged more than 3,100 career hits.
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