Sports Stars

Dave Dravecky

Dave Dravecky

Dave Dravecky’s story is one of hope, courage and perseverance in the midst of dark and overwhelming uncertainty. In 1988 Dravecky was at the top of his game and life. Not only did he have a wonderful family but he was reaching his all-star peak playing the game of his childhood dreams. His 5-1 opening day victory over the Dodgers was overshadowed later that fall by the discovery of cancer and the removal of half of the deltoid muscle in his pitching arm. For baseball fans worldwide Dave Dravecky etched his name into history on August 10, 1989.

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Mike Eruzione

Mike Eruzione

Millions of Americans remember Mike Eruzione as the captain of the US Hockey Team that beat the odds to win the Gold Medal at the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, NY. It was his decisive winning goal that beat the Soviet team and stunned the world. That victory against the Soviets advanced the US Hockey Team to the gold medal game where they beat Finland.

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Janet Evans

Janet Evans

Janet Evans, three-time Olympian and four-time individual Olympic gold medalist, is considered the greatest female distance swimmer of all time. At the end of her swimming career, Janet Evans retired her swimming career with seven world records, five Olympic medals, and 45 U.S. national titles. Janet Evans had the honor of carrying the Olympic Torch at the Opening Ceremony Summer Olympics, handing the torch to boxing legend Muhammad Ali to light the cauldron.

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Vonetta Flowers

Vonetta Flowers

In the 2002 Olympics, Vonetta Flowers and teammate Jill Bakken were gold medalists in the two-woman bobsled event. She is the first-ever African American athlete to win a Winter Olympics gold medal. Her book, Running On Ice: The Overcoming Faith of Vonetta Flowers, tells the story of how she went from a track and field athlete to an Olympic gold medalist.

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George Foreman

George Foreman

Two-Time Heavyweight Champion Boxer & Entrepreneur He's one of the most recognizable faces in the world. A world heavyweight champion. The force behind one of the biggest and most successful brands. A transformative personality who has been knocked down, but not out, only to rise again in his life. He's George Foreman. There are few people who have re-invented themselves more effectively and with more passion. Rising up from a hardscrabble youth to become a champion, only to lose it all, Foreman knows the power of getting a second and even third chance in life. He went from broke and disheartened to fight again, becoming the oldest heavyweight champion in the history of boxing.

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Ruben Gonzalez

Ruben Gonzalez

Winter Olympian with an Inspiring Story

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Greg Gumbel

Greg Gumbel

Emmy Award-Winning Sportscaster, CBS Sports, Greg Gumbel's standout work in the busy world of sports broadcasting has made his face, his name, and his voice as familiar as any in the industry. Across almost 40 years in the business, Gumbel has become one of the most outstanding and best known announcers in sports television. In the fall, he teams with his partner Dan Dierdorf to call exciting NFL play-by-play action across the country on CBS.

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Mia Hamm

Mia Hamm

An extraordinary athlete, Mia Hamm has recently turned the athletic world on its head. Along with her teammates on the gold medal winning U.S. 1996 Summer Olympic Women's Soccer Team, Hamm has caused an explosion in the number of women soccer players. The 5-foot-5 Hamm has made the extraordinary seem ordinary all her life. A gifted athlete as a child, she played baseball, basketball- even football. "I was one of the guys," Hamm recalls. Then she gave her heart, and legs, to soccer.

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Shawn Harper

Shawn Harper

Life coach and former NFL Player, Shawn Harper is regarded as one of the top up and coming motivational and inspirational speakers in the country. Former NFL Player and MTV Made Coach, he rose from childhood poverty to become a success in business as Owner of American Services and Protection, a top full-service minority owned security firm in the Midwest. Harper’s story of rags to riches will captivate you, showing you that it truly is possible to overcome all obstacles.

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Earwin "Magic" Johnson

Earwin "Magic" Johnson

NBA legend, two-time Hall of Famer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, motivational speaker… these are but a few of the honors and distinctions Earvin “Magic” Johnson has racked up over the years. Today, the business mogul has successfully parlayed his skills on the basketball court into multimillion-dollar success in the business world, propelling his company to the status of #1 urban brand in America.

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Brent Jones

Brent Jones

Former National Football League star, Brent Jones, speaks promoting Christian principles in the marketplace. The three-time Super Bowl champion is best known for playing tight end for the San Francisco 49ers. In his twelve year career, he has been a four-time All-Pro NFL performer and received the prestigious Bart Starr Award in 1998. Jones was also inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame for both Division I and II. His brilliant career came to an abrupt end in January 1998 when he tore his calf muscle during a game. “It took a lot of hard work and dedication to become a successful NFL pro, but…I discovered there was more to life than sports."

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Roxanne Jones

Roxanne Jones

Founding Editor of ESPN the Magazine and Senior Vice President of ESPN, Roxanne Jones joined ESPN in 1997. She is one of the founding editors of The Magazine that now boasts more than 14.7 million readers and three ASME awards for General Excellence.

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Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Jackie Joyner-Kersee

As one of the most decorated female athletes of all time, Jackie Joyner-Kersee dominated the track and field circuit for 13 years and won three gold, one silver, and two bronze medals spanning four Olympic Games during her illustrious career. She is the author of A Kind of Grace, in which she recounts how she overcame her difficult early years to rise to the top. A health advocate and humanitarian, she shares her life story and work with audiences around the country in inspirational keynotes.

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Tommy Lasorda

Tommy Lasorda

Regarded by many as baseball's most popular ambassador, Tommy Lasorda begins his 63rd season with the Dodgers and his seventh as special advisor to the chairman. He was named vice president in 1996 after retiring as manager, a position he had held for the previous 20 seasons. Lasorda assumed all player personnel responsibilities when he was named the Dodgers' interim general manager in June 1998. He relinquished his general manager duties when he was promoted to senior vice president in September 1998.

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Vince Lombardi

Vince Lombardi

Vince Lombardi Jr. has a clear and inspiring message to share about the qualities found in people who perform their very best. It is a message that stems from a lifetime of experience and observation. As the son of the late Vince T. Lombardi—remembered as one of the greatest football coaches in the history of the game—Lombardi’s early years were spent in an environment that emphasized personal achievement.

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Mike Ditka

Mike Ditka

Pro Football Hall of Fame player and Super Bowl-winning coach Mike Ditka joined ESPN as an NFL analyst in 2004. With a combined 26 years of playing and head coaching experience, Ditka brings savvy insights as an analyst on Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown and makes regular appearances on ESPN Radio and SportsCenter. Ditka contributes to ESPN's annual Super Bowl week coverage and also served as a game analyst during ESPN's Monday Night Football.

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Billy Mills

Billy Mills

Billy Mills overcame these odds and won the Gold Medal in the 10,000 Meter Run. His victory is considered one of the greatest upsets in Olympic history, and some have stated that his performance at Tokyo was the greatest achievement in modern times. Since the 1964 Olympics, Billy Mills has shared how he pursued excellence in the world of sports with corporations, associations, universities, and schools. He has inspired thousands of individuals globally to reach within the depths of their capabilities and perform to the greatest of their potential to the betterment of human kind.

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Jim “The Rookie” Morris

Jim “The Rookie” Morris

Jim “The Rookie” Morris is the top inspirational and motivational speaker on the public speaking circuit. His Cinderella story serves as testimony to the power of dreams and their ability to inspire and transform human life. Jim’s meteoric rise from 35 year old high school teacher to flame throwing major league pitcher in 3 months made cinematic history with the release of “The Rookie” starring Dennis Quaid. This heartwarming and unforgettable Disney blockbuster about chasing your dreams and keeping your promises won the ESPY for Sports Film of the Year.

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Anthony Munoz

Anthony Munoz

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. An eleven-time NFL Pro Bowl selection, Muñoz is the only Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee in Cincinnati Bengals history. Since retiring, Anthony and his family have remained in Cincinnati, where Muñoz has served as one of the community’s most accessible and involved advocates.

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Martina Navratilova

Martina Navratilova

A champion on and off the court, Martina Navratilova is not only a tennis legend, but an inspirational leader who demonstrates wit, candor, and sheer motivation. Arguably the best tennis player ever to play the game, Navratilova has amassed an unmatched number of professional records during a career that spanned an amazing four decades, while proving herself to be one of the most intriguing, outspoken and respected figures of the 20th century – and now the 21st century.

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