Archive for November, 2010
Quarterback Drew Brees has been named the recipient of Sports Illustrated’s 57th Sportsman of the Year award. Drew’s notoriety comes not only from winning Super Bowl XLIV, but also from giving back hope and pride to the city of New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
“It’s an unbelievable honor, for everything that it stands for,” Brees said of the Sports Illustrated award Tuesday morning on NBC’s Today show. “And it just makes me reflect back on the last five years in New Orleans, and the teams that I’ve had the opportunity to play for. And it’s just been a special, special journey.”
“I needed New Orleans so badly back in 2006, just somebody to believe in me, somebody to care about me,” he said. “And that’s why myself and my wife Brittany, we just tried to throw ourselves into the community, to do our part.”
Who can forget the image of Brees carrying his one-year old son, Baylen, onto the field after winning Super Bowl XLIV, restoring pride back to the city that so much believed in him. ... Read More
Pittsburgh Steelers legend Rocky Bleier, is a four-time Super Bowl champion, motivational speaker, author and war hero. He played on Notre Dame’s 1966 national championship team and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1968. After his rookie season, Bleier was drafted by the U.S. Army during the Vietnam war.
As a young war hero, Rocky was severely injured in Vietnam and in his book “Fighting Back” he recounts those horrific moments. He was hit in the left thigh by a bullet and in the lower right leg by shrapnel from a grenade when his patrol was ambushed in August 1969. He returned to the Steelers a year later, where he spent two years working to return to the active roster. ... Read More
Baseball fans love MLB Hall of Famer, Brooks Robinson, who many say was the greatest defensive third-baseman of all time. Brooks, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009, is a popular motivational speaker and cancer speaker on the circuit today.
In 2009 Brooks announced during a luncheon for the American Cancer Society that he had undergone successful treatment for prostate cancer. ... Read More
EDEN PRAIRIE, MN. — The Minnesota Vikings didn’t have much to be thankful for and so went the firing of Brad Childress Monday, November 22, just before the Thansksgiving holiday. Anger had spread from the top, the players and the fans ending Childress’s run which was marred recently over everything from his abrupt decisions to a 3-7 start.
Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Frazier and owner Zygi Wilf, who stormed out of the locker room after Minnesota’s 31-3 loss at home to rival Green Bay on Sunday, were scheduled to talk with reporters later Monday afternoon. ... Read More
Retired Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker, Jack Ham, was named the greatest outside linebacker of all time by a slew of professional sports writers, beating out Lawrence Taylor for this honor. According to Steelers coach Chuck Noll, Jack was blessed with tremendous quickness. His teammate Andy Russell said he was the “fastest Steeler for the first ten yards, on a team which included football greats John Stallworth, Lynn Swann and Frank Lewis.
Ham was one of the few outside linebackers who could play pass defense as well as the NFL’s top safeties. Although he was a ferocious hitter, he was known as a player who couldn’t be fooled and was seldom out of position. Maxie Baughan, the great former NFL linebacker said of Ham, “He was one of the more intelligent players to ever play that position. He was able to diagnose plays. You couldn’t ever fool him.” ... Read More
Baseball fans love MLB Hall of Famer, Mike Schmidt, who many experts consider to be one of the greatest third basemen in the history of major league baseball. Mike spends much of his time as philanthropist but he is also a popular speaker on the circuit today, drawing enormous crowds wherever he goes.
Schmidt was voted National League MVP three times, an All-Star 12 times, and received more votes than any other third baseman in 1999′s Major League Baseball All-Century Team. In 1995, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. ... Read More
Retired NFL quarterback, Kurt Warner, was finally retired from the dancing floor last night on ‘Dancing With The Stars’. After his elimination, Kurt received a standing ovation and cheers from the audience and fellow contestants as they shouted “M-V-P! M-V-P!”
Judge Bruno Tonioli praised Warner’s gentlemanly nature saying, “He has proven a true sportsman. His attitude has been immaculate, incredible manners, and regardless of what happens, you have achieved a lot. You really are an American idol.” ... Read More
Retired NFL pro linbacker, Dick Butkus, is known for his hard hitting intense style on the football field, but did you also know that he is a top motivational speaker on the circuit today? As a popular sports speaker, Dick brings his enourmous personality, sense of humor and philosphy whenever he speaks wowing audiences wherever he goes.
Dick Butkus is considered one of the best linebackers of his generation, starring as a football player for the University of Illinois and the Chicago Bears, where he played for 9 seasons. He became a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979. ... Read More
Kurt Warner & his partner Anna Trebunskaya dance the Tango on Dancing With The Stars Season 11 Week 7. This was the 200th episode of the show which brought back the stars from previous seasons.
Emmitt Smith was one of the guest judges and gave Kurt a score of 10. Kurt’s overall score for two dances (individual and group) was 61 out of 70 for the night. ... Read More