Tim Laudner, Minnesota Twins

 

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Bobby Knight

Kent Hrbek of the Minnesota Twins

Chad Greenway

Detroit Red Wings center Mike Modano (90) saktes during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Detroit, Friday, Oct. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Our 2016 Celebrity Guest Bios

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Alan PageAlan Page

Football
Minnesota Vikings

Born in Canton, Ohio, Page enrolled in Central Catholic High School. Playing the tuba, he quickly grew out of an awkward body and starred in several sports and excelled in football. In 1963, Page became a member of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on a football scholarship. Part of the program’s winning tradition, Page became an integral member of the Irish’s defense line, leading them to the 1966 national championship and earning All-American honors.

In 1967, the Minnesota Vikings drafted Page in the first round. He quickly transferred his skills to a professional level, earning Rookie of the Year honors while anchoring one of the most feared defensive lines at the time, better known as the “Purple People Eaters”. Page helped lead the Vikings to four Super Bowl appearances and was named an All-Pro for eight straight years, between 1970 and 1977. In 1971, the NFL was named Page the MVP of the league, becoming only the second defensive lineman to win the award.

Page never missed a game his whole career and held records for safeties and blocked kicks. In 1981, Page registered 3.5 quarterback sacks in the final game of his career. In 1988, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his hometown of Canton.  During this time, Page was also an active member of the NFL Player Association and was instrumental in leading the successful fight for better pay and benefits.

In 1978, Page, who was still playing in the NFL considered a career in law, and earned a degree from the University of Minnesota. In 1985, Page became a member of the Minnesota attorney general’s office, and in 1993 was an associate justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Bobby Knight

Bobby Knight
Coach
Knight was born in Massillon, Ohio. A star basketball player at Orrville High School, Knight showed interest in coaching at a young age. Mainly a role player, Knight was a key contributor for an Ohio State club that won the 1960 national championship. After college, Knight worked his way up the coaching ranks, before being named a head coach at the age of 24 for the Army’s basketball team. Knight’s team would collect a pair of 20-win seasons and four NIT appearances over the next several years.

Knight moved on to Indiana University in 1971, where he promoted lock-down defense. He won his first Big Ten title in 1973, culminating with a perfect 32-0 record and a national title for the Hoosiers in 1976. Knight also claimed national titles in 1981 and 1987. Known as “The General,” Knight is one of the sharpest minds the basketball community has known, notching career wins 200 through 800 at Indiana. Knight led the United States team to gold at the 1979 Pan America Games and the 1984 Summer Olympics. He was named national coach of the year four times.

Even with his many successes, his legendary temper often took center stage. Knight was famously known for the time he threw a chair onto a court during a game.

After leaving Indiana, Knight went on to coach at Texas Tech in 2001, quickly molding the organization into shape. The team won 20 games in four consecutive seasons and advanced to the NCAA tournament in 2005 where it reached the Sweet 16. In 2007, Knight surpassed Dean Smith as the most winning coach in NCAA Division I men’s basketball history. One year later, Knight announced he was stepping down, ending his coaching career with a record of 902-371.

Knight was one of only three men to win the college basketball national championship as a player and coach, and was selected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991.

From 2008-2015, Knight served as a studio analyst and occasional color commentator at ESPN. Knight has appeared or been featured in numerous films and television productions, and has also produced instructional coaching DVDs. He has always placed high importance on education and has made generous donations to the schools he has been a part of, in particular their libraries.

Chad GreenwayLinebacker
Minnesota Vikings

The Mount Vernon, SD native and Iowa Hawkeye alum was selected in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings.  Greenway did not play his rookie season due to a season ending injury in a pre-season game against the Oakland Raiders. In 2007, Greenway was listed as the Vikings starting weak-side linebacker. He racked up 105 tackles (78 solo and 27 assisted tackles), two forced fumbles and a pair of interceptions, in which one was returned for a 37 yard touchdown. His performance in his first season as a starting player helped the Minnesota Vikings become one of the best defenses throughout the league.

Greenway has established himself as one of the premier players for the Minnesota Vikings. In 2010, Greenway led the NFC in combined tackles (144) and was given the franchise tag in 2011 before earning a long term contract which solidified him as an asset for the Vikings for years to come. In 2011, Greenway had his best season statistically, he accumulated 154 combined tackles (89 total, 65 assisted), 13 tackles for a loss, two sacks and a fumble recovery – earning himself his first Pro Bowl selection.

Chad’s impact on the Vikings is not unlike his impact with Legends. He has remained a huge part of our organization and continues to be involved whenever he can.

The support he has for the community and youth is one of the main reasons that he is a fan favorite on and off the field.

Kent Hrbek of the Minnesota TwinsFirst Baseman
Minnesota Twins

The first baseman from Minneapolis, MN was selected in the 17th round of the 1978 MLB Draft by his hometown team, the Minnesota Twins. Hrbek spent his first three seasons in the minors working his way up to the big leagues. His debut for the Twins happened on August 24, 1981 at Yankee Stadium where he hit the game-winning home run in the 12th inning.

In 1982, Hrbek made the team’s official roster and produced a very successful rookie season. Hrbek finished with a .301 batting average, 23 home runs and 92 RBI – earning him runner-up in Rookie of the Year voting and was also selected to his only All-Star game. Hrbek also hit the very first homerun in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on April 3, 1982.

In 1984, Hrbek produced his greatest overall performance as a Twin. He had a batting average of .311 (The 2nd highest of his career), 27 home runs (3rd highest of his career), 174 hits (highest of his career) and 107 RBI (highest of his career). Hrbek’s performance would not go unrecognized that year as he finished in second place in the American League Most Valuable Player ballot behind the Detroit Tigers’ closer, Willie Herandez.

One of Hrbek’s most notable highlight would be the grand slam he hit in Game 6 of the 1987 World Series that essentially sealed the win for the Twins.  In 1994, Hrbek announced that he would retire from the sport of baseball, Hrbek spent all 14 seasons of his professional career as a Twin. In 1995, the Minnesota Twins retired his jersey number 14 and inducted Hrbek into the Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.

BOULDER, CO - OCTOBER 8: Mike Miller #3 of the Denver Nuggets shoots the ball against the Chicago Bulls during a preseason game on October 8, 2015 at the Coors Event Center in Boulder, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)The 6-foot-8 shooting guard from Mitchell, S.D., used his basketball skillset to capture an athletic scholarship from the University of Florida. In his last year in a Gators uniform, Miller and fifth-seeded Florida advanced all the way to the national championship game before losing to the Michigan State Spartans. After the runner-up finish, Miller decided to forego his junior year and enter his name into the 2000 NBA Draft, where he was drafted fifth overall by the Orlando Magic.

In 2001, Miller became the only first-year player in NBA history to appear in all 82 regular season games. This feat, in addition to Miller’s overall rookie performance, earned him the Rookie of the Year award. Miller would spend his days in a Magic uniform up until 2003, when he was then traded to the Memphis Grizzlies mid-way through the season. During his five seasons with the Grizzlies, Miller continued to shine. He became the only player in NBA history to hit seven three-pointers in three consecutive games, in which one of those games he made nine. In 2006, Miller received the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award, and was announced as a member of the USA Basketball team.

In early 2010, Miller took his talents to South Beach and signed with the Miami Heat. One of his most notable performances as a member of the Heat was in Game 5 of the 2012 NBA Finals, Miller made seven three-pointers, setting the NBA Finals record for most three-pointers made by a reserve player. In 2012 and 2013, Miami captured back-to-back NBA Championships, giving Miller the only two championships of his career, thus far.

Currently, Miller is a member of the Denver Nuggets. Miller is also the founder of Let It Fly energy drinks, a beverage that promotes a healthier alternative for athletes.

Detroit Red Wings center Mike Modano (90) saktes during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Detroit, Friday, Oct. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Center

Born in Livonia, Mich., Modano was tagged as a hockey prodigy just two years after he started playing the game. His family made the decision to move to Westland, Mich., in order for him to play with the Detroit Little Caesar’s AAA Hockey Club. In 1985, he racked up 50 goals and 100 points on the way to a USA National Championship.  At the age of 16, Modano was invited to the Junior Prince Albert Raiders of Western Hockey League, and would later be selected first overall by the Minnesota North Stars in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft.

After his final junior season in 1989, Modano joined Team USA for the World Junior Championships, before making his NHL debut in the 1989-90 season.  During his rookie year he would come up second for the Calder Trophy as the top first-year player, and was selected to the NHL All-Rookie Team.

After the North Stars relocated to Dallas in the 1993-94 season, Modano played a roll in selling the team to Texas. The team finished first in the Central Division in 1997, reached the Conference final in 1998 and then won the Stanley Cup in 1999. Modano led the Dallas Stars in scoring during the post season at 23 points.

In many ways, Modano was the face of the North Stars/Stars franchise. He collected 20 or more goals in his 16 seasons, including nine seasons with 30 or more, and a supreme 50-goal season in 1993-94. He was selected to the NHL’s Second All-Star Team in 2003, and played in eight All-Star Games. During his career, Modano collected 1,374 points, 561 goals and 813 assists in 1,499 games. Modano holds numerous Dallas Stars franchise records including games played, goals, assists, points, game-winning goals, power plays, and short-handed tallies. He also had stellar post-season numbers in terms of games played, goals, assists, and overall points.  Modano announced his retirement on September 23, 2011 and the Stars retired his No. 9 on March 8, 2014.

Modano lives in Dallas with his wife and children, and serves as the executive advisor and alternate governor for the Dallas Stars Hockey Club. He is also the founder and current vice president of the Mike Modano Foundation, Inc., which raises awareness and funding for organizations offering education and assistance to children and families affected by child abuse. Modano also enjoys playing golf and participates in various tournaments.

Tim Laudner, Minnesota TwinsMinnesota Twins

A talented high school athlete in Brooklyn Park, Minn., Laudner earned a football scholarship to the University of Minnesota, and was selected in the 33rd round of the MLB draft by the Cincinnati Reds. But he declined both offers. Launder would latter accept a ¾ scholarship from the University of Missouri, where he played outfield as a freshman, then catcher for two years. During the summers, Laudner played in Fairfax, Va., and for the Kenai Peninsula Oilers in Alaska.  As a junior, he earned All-Big 8 honors and was later drafted in the third round by the Minnesota Twins.

Laudner spent two years in the minors before his chance in make the majors in 1981. However, he was the last catcher to be cut and was sent back to the Orlando Twins, a Class AA team. Managed by Tom Kelly, the team included sluggers – and future teammates of Laudner’s – such as Gary Gaetti, Randy Bush, Scott Ullger and Tim Teufel. Not to be out done, Laudner was one of the best hitters not only on the team but also in the league. He broke the Southern League single-season home run record with 42 homers.

Laudner spent the next couple of years bouncing between the majors and minors, struggling with his batting and multiple knee surgeries. He played for Toledo Mud Hens, an international team, before he was recalled to the majors. Laudner turned his struggles around and was named to the major-league All-Rookie team as a catcher. He finished the season with a .255 batting average.  For the first time since 1970, Laudner helped the Twins win the American League West Division and later defeated the Detroit Tigers to advance to the World Series. He started all seven games having a .318 batting average, and the Twins would go on to win the series 4-3, the team’s first championship in more than 25 years.

After his retirement, Laudner hunts and spends time with former teammate/friend, Kent Hrbek. He is an active golfer, and often can be found at the Metrodome, thanks to Twins president Dave St. Peter. Laudner is a beloved member of the Twins organization and Minnesota community member.

Celebrity Guests from previous years

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Michael Irvin
Wide Receiver
Dallas Cowboys
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Ralph Sampson
Houston Rockets

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Mike Miller
Guard
Cleveland Cavaliers

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Tim Laudner
Minnesota Twins

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Neal Broten
NHL

Chad Greenway
Chad Greenway
Linebacker
Minnesota Vikings

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Christian Laettner
Forward
Duke Blue Devils / NBA

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Dave Winfield
MLB

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Mike Miller
Guard
Memphis Grizzlies

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Running Back
Denver Broncos

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Bret Saberhagen
Pitcher
Kansas City Royals

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Minnesota Vikings

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Hunter Kemper
Olympic Triathlete

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Joe Theismann
Quarterback
Washington Redskins

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Michael Cooper
Guard
LA Lakers

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Prince Amukamara
Cornerback
New York Giants

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Ryan “Darth” Bader
Ultimate Fighter
Professional Mixed Martial Arts

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Ryan Bader
MMA Fighter
UFC

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Jack Morris
Starting Pitcher
Minnesota Twins/Detroit Tigers/ Toronto Blue Jays

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Clyde Drexler
Shooting Guard
Portland Trailblazers/Houston Rockets

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Thurman Thomas
Running Back
Buffalo Bills

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Chad Greenway
Linebacker
Minnesota Vikings

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Demaryius Thomas
Wide Receiver
Denver Broncos

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Ashley Hardee
Head Volleyball Coach
University of North Dakota

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Anthony Robles
Three Time All-American
Wrestler
Arizona State

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Ben Leber
Linebacker
Minnesota Vikings

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Christy Johnson-Lynch
Head Volleyball Coach
Iowa State

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George “The Iceman” Gervin
Shooting Guard
Various Teams

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Mike Schmidt
Third Baseman
Philadelphia Phillies

Percy Harvin
Percy Harvin
Wide Receiver
Minnesota Vikings

andre-dawson
Andre Dawson
Outfield
Chicago Cubs

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Chad Greenway
Linebacker
Minnesota Vikings

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Dwayne Bowe
Wide Receiver
Kansas City Chiefs

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Ryan Bader
Wrestling / UFC

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Tim Legler
Shooting Guard
Various Teams

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Tony Dorsett
Running Back
Dallas Cowboys