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Kansas City Royals
Bret Saberhagen – In the 1982 MLB Draft the Kansas City Royals used their 19th round draft pick on Bret Saberhagen. He was a right-handed starting pitcher that was coming straight out of high school at Grover Cleveland HS in Reseda, California.
In 1985, Saberhagen took control of the Royals pitching staff and became the ace, while going 20-6 with an ERA of 2.87 and leading his team to the World Series. The same year he was chosen as the World Series MVP and chosen as the American League Cy Young. Over his tremendous career he led the league in innings pitched, complete games and strikeout to walk ratio along with winning another Cy Young Award.Saberhagen retired in 2001 shortly after overcoming injury and earning the Comeback Player of the Year in 1998. He was inducted to the Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame in 2005 and is one of the Royals most well-known players of all-time.
Greenway is now one of the premier players for the Minnesota Vikings. He 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 2012, he recorded 148 total tackles to go along with his 3 sacks which propelled him to his second selection to the Pro Bowl and earned him the honor of being named to the NFL All-Pro team.
Hunter KemperOlympic Triathlete
Kemper has won seven USA Triathlon Elite National Championships. In 2005, he became the first U.S. male triathlete to finish the season ranked No. 1 in the world and was selected as the U.S Olympic Committee Sportsman of the Year, joining the ranks of Olympic legends such as Michael Phelps and Michael Johnson. That year, he also received the prestigious Jim Thorpe All-Around Award. Other career highlights include earning the gold medal at the Pan Am Games (2003) and gracing the cover of a Wheaties box four times.
A competitive swimmer by the age of six, Kemper entered his first IronKids triathlon at age 10 and won his age division race. He went on to win five consecutive IronKids national championships before attending Wake Forest University, where he was a four-year letterwinner in cross country and track. He captured the USA Triathlon Amateur National Championship in 1997 and turned pro the next year.
Kemper’s stellar career in triathlon is a testament to the power of hard work, determination and perseverance. On more than one occasion, he has battled back from devastating illness or injury – including a shattered elbow and subsequent staph infection that kept him out of action for several months in 2011-12 – to turn in an outstanding race performance when it mattered most. He continues to compete at the highest level of the sport and is eyeing a bid for a record-breaking fifth U.S. Olympic Team berth in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
A devoted family man, Kemper and his wife, Val, are the parents of three young sons, with a fourth child due this fall. His love for kids and his desire to help them achieve their goals led him to accept a role as the official ambassador for the 2013 Hy-Vee IronKids Midwest Series of 20 youth triathlons, leading up to the Hy-Vee IronKids U.S. Championship on August 31 in Des Moines, Iowa
A 1971 graduate of University of Notre Dame, Mr. Theismann received All-American honors and led the Fighting Irish to consecutive Cotton Bowls and was runner-up to Jim Plunkett in the Heismann Trophy balloting. In 2003, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
After turning down offers from the Minnesota Twins and Miami Dolphins, Joe began his pro career in the Canadian Football League., spending three years with the Toronto Argonauts before joining the Redskins in 1974. From the humble beginnings as a punt returner to Super Bowl Champion, Mr. Theismann has experienced many of the challenges we all face in our constant quest to find success, by overcoming adversity.
As a 12 year NFL veteran, Mr. Theismann played in 163 consecutive games from 1974 to 1985 and holds the Redskin record for passing yards, completions and attempts. He was a two time Pro Bowl selection and led the Redskins to a 27-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII.
In 1982, Joe was elected the NFL’s Man of the Year for his community service and dedication to the health and welfare of children. In 1983, he won the league’s MVP award. Then, in 1985, Joe’s career was abruptly cut short when his leg was shattered in a game against the New York Giants on Monday Night Football.
Today, Joe oversees a popular Washington DC restaurant that bears his name. Staying true to his concern for children, Mr. Theismann is a member on the Sports Advisory Board of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
What you will hear today are not shallow platitudes, but lessons on how we can all find the Champion within.
Drafted out of New Mexico by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1978 NBA Draft, Michael “Coop” Cooper became the 60th pick and a key component to one of the best teams in NBA history. Cooper is known for being one the best Laker defenders to every play, he was named to 8 NBA All Defensive teams and took home the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 1987. Only Cooper, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson were on the Lakers for all five of the team’s 1980’s Championships.After his career with the Lakers Cooper got into coaching. Getting his start with the Lakers as an assistant, he went on to coach the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks where he earned Coach of the Year and multiple WNBA Championships. Since then he has coached in the NBA D-League and also for the USC Women of Troy.
New York Giants
After a broken leg sidelined Prince for a majority of his rookie season he has come back as one of the premier cornerbacks in the NFL. He already has one Super Bowl under his belt and with the bright future of this young athlete, there is no telling how many he will end up with.
Ryan "Darth" BaderUltimate Fighter
Professional Mixed Martial Arts
Ryan "Darth" Bader entered Mixed Martial Arts after an amazing career in amateur wrestling. As a high school wrestler, he won two State Championships, being ranked as high as 4th in the country for Wrestling. After high school, Ryan went on to wrestle at Arizona State University. While at ASU, Ryan was a three-time PAC 10 Champion and two-time Division 1 All-American. His 120 wins ranks him eighth on the all-time wins list for ASU. Bader was college teammates with current UFC competitors Cain Velasquez and C.B. Dollaway.
Currently, Bader has a total MMA record of 16 wins and 3 losses and is ranked the 9th light heavyweight fighter in the world.
Ryan BaderMMA Fighter
Bader is an American professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. He was a cast member of SpikeTV's The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir. On December 13, 2008, Bader defeated Vinicius Magalhães to win a contract with the UFC and the title of The Ultimate Fighter's light heavyweight championship.
Ryan "Darth" Bader entered Mixed Martial Arts after a successful career in amateur wrestling. As a high school wrestler, he won two State Championships, being ranked as high as 4th in the Country for Wrestling. After high school, Ryan went on to wrestle at Arizona State University. While at ASU, Ryan was a three-time PAC 10 Champion and two-time D-1 All-American. His 120 wins ranks him eighth on the all-time wins list for ASU. Bader was college teammates with current UFC competitors Cain Velasquez and C.B. Dollaway.
Currently, Bader has a total MMA record of 14 wins and 2 losses. His next fight puts him up against former light-heavyweight champ, Lyoto Machida, at the Los Angeles' Staple Center on August 4th, 2012.
Jack MorrisStarting Pitcher
Minnesota Twins/Detroit Tigers/Toronto Blue Jays
Clyde DrexlerShooting Guard
Portland Trailblazers/Houston Rockets
Known as Clyde “The Glide” Drexler was a member and main contributor to the 1992 U.S. Olympic “Dream Team” sums up the impact Clyde has made on the history of basketball. After being cut from his high school team when he was a junior he became one of the top recruits in the nation his senior year, which led him to the University of Houston where he played alongside Hakeem Olajuwon and Michael Young . Clyde helped lead Houston to two straight Final Four appearances and as a junior decided to take his talents to the NBA. He was drafted 14th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers and ended up leading them to multiple championship series before being traded to the Houston Rockets to be reunited with former teammate, Hakeem Olajuwon. Together, the dynamic duo led the Rockets to yet another championship and finished his career as a Houston Rocket in 1998 with 10 NBA All-Star selections under his belt. Clyde quickly returned to basketball for a 2 year stint at his alma mater as the head basketball coach before retiring to spend time with family. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and with the records to back it. He holds records that put him into the discussion of greats such as Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and all the NBA greats. Clyde finished his career with more than 20,000 points, 6,000 rebounds, and 6,000 assists, with these statistics he was voted to the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.
Thurman ThomasRunning Back
This Professional and College football Hall of Famer is one of football’s all-time greats. In college he played alongside the likes of Barry Sanders and ended his college career as the all-time leading rusher in Oklahoma State history, which earned him the honor of being only one of the three players to ever have their number retired at Oklahoma State. After being named a Heisman Trophy candidate his senior year of college, Thomas was picked 40th overall in the 1988 NFL draft by the Buffalo Bills. He ended up playing for the Bills for 12 outstanding seasons and compiling one of the most impressive resumes in history for NFL running backs. He is a five time Pro Bowl selection, four time AFC Champion, three time First-team All-Pro and led the Bills to four straight Super Bowl appearances. Thomas holds multiple records which puts him among the NFL greats Walter Payton, Emmitt Smith, and Barry Sander. After a short stint in 2000 with the Miami Dolphins he signed a one day contract so he could end his career a part of his beloved Buffalo Bills that he helped create the legacy for. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008 solidifying his name among the greatest running backs to ever play. He compiled 12,074 yards and 88 touchdowns which included eight straight seasons of over 1,000 yards and being the only player in NFL history to lead the league in total yards from scrimmage in four consecutive seasons.
Demaryius ThomasWide Receiver
Ashley HardeeHead Volleyball Coach
University of North Dakota