Speech Differences And Stutter Series-Disabled Legend Bob Sanders

Demond “Bob” Sanders was born on 24 February, 1981 in Erie, Pennsylvania. Bob Sanders is an American football safety for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. Bob Sanders played college football at the University of Iowa. Bob Sanders was named AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2007 and is known for being the integral part of the Colts’ postseason defense that led the team to a victory in Super Bowl XLI. Nicknamed “The Hitman” because of his hard hits and tackles. Another nickname that has stuck is “The Sandman” because of his last name.

Born with a name Demond that was difficult for many to pronounce correctly, Bob Sanders asked his mother if his name could be changed. Bob Sanders’ mother suggested “Bob” as a nickname, and the name stuck. Bob Sanders’ parents are Jean and Marion Sanders.

Bob Sanders attended Erie Central High School as a freshman before transferring to Cathedral Preparatory School in Erie, Pennsylvania and was a student and a letterman in football as a running back and as a safety. In football, he was a 4-year letterman, a 2-time All-Conference selection. As a junior, he was a 3rd-team All-State selection. As a senior, he was a team captain, and a 1st team All-State selection and finished his senior season with 900 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns while leading his team to a 13-1 record and a trip to the state championship game. Bob Sanders graduated from Cathedral Preparatory School in 2000. Bob Sanders also had 7 sacks in a high school state championship. Bob Sanders also kick boxed during his childhood.

Bob Sanders was highly recruited out of high school (Cathedral Preparatory School) due to his lack of size, but he was offered and accepted a scholarship offer from the University of Iowa. Bob Sanders recorded 12 tackles and forced a fumble in his 1st career start against Wisconsin, and he was named Honourable Mention All-Big Ten as a freshman. In 2001, Bob Sanders started 11 games and led Iowa in tackles, garnering him the nickname “Hitman.”

Bob Sanders fully enforced his nickname on the practice field at Iowa during practice drills as a freshman; he was such a physical player that during tackling drills, most of his teammates walked to the back of the player line if they knew they were going to have to go against Bob Sanders. Bob Sanders was eventually taken out of specific full-contact drills after he separated the shoulder of running back Fred Russell during one play.

As a junior, Bob Sanders helped lead Iowa to its 1st undefeated conference season in 80 years and was a key part of the 5th best rushing defense in the country. Bob Sanders started 12 games and made several key plays for the 2002 Hawkeyes. Bob Sanders blocked a Purdue field goal attempt which was returned for an Iowa touchdown, resulting in a potential 10-point difference as Iowa narrowly defeated Purdue, 31-28. Bob Sanders also forced a fumble in the 2nd half of a game against Michigan as Iowa was clinging to a 1 point lead. Iowa scored a touchdown and cruised to a 34-9 victory. The Hawkeyes compiled an 11-2 record and shared the Big Ten title in 2002 along with Ohio State, the eventual BCS National Champion in that year. Bob Sanders was named 1st-Team All-Big 10 and a 4th-Team All-American.

Bob Sanders was issued the number 33 at Iowa because his high school number, 20, was unavailable when he was a freshman. When the player wearing No. 20 left the team, he requested to change his jersey, but was prevented from doing so because his No. 33 jersey had become quite popular in the replica jersey market.

Bob Sanders was hampered early in his senior season by a foot injury. Bob Sanders returned to score his 1st career touchdown against Illinois on a fumble return. In his final home game against Minnesota, Bob Sanders recorded 16 tackles and forced 3 fumbles as he was named the Big 10 defensive player of the week. Bob Sanders led the nation in forced fumbles in 2003. Bob Sanders was named Iowa’s defensive team captain and MVP after the season. Bob Sanders was named 1st-Team All-Big 10 for the 3rd consecutive year, and he was named a 2nd-Team All-American.
Bob Sanders recorded 348 tackles in his career at Iowa and became a fan favourite due to his heavy hits and relentless play. Bob Sanders graduated from Iowa in 2003, majoring in African-American World Studies.

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Speech Differences And Stutter Series-Disabled Legend Arthur Blank

Arthur M. Blank was born on 27 September, 1942, in Sunnyside, New York, USA.  Arthur Blank is an American businessman and a co-founder of Home Depot. Today he is known for his philanthropy and his ownership of the Atlanta Falcons team in the National Football League and the Georgia Force team in the Arena Football League.

Arthur Blank grew up in Flushing, New York, with his father, Max, his mother, Molly, and his older brother, Michael. Arthur Blank graduated from Stuyvesant High School in New York City and went on to attend Babson College, where he graduated in 3 years in 1963 with a B.S. degree in Business Administration. In 2009, Arthur Blank was awarded by prestigious Georgia Speaker of the Year by Emory’s Barkley Forum Debate Society.

After graduating from college, Arthur Blank was hired by Handy Dan Hardware, and worked his way up through the company to become a regional manager. Arthur Blank was fired in 1978 for a disagreement with executives.

In 1978, Arthur Blank co-founded Home Depot with Bernie Marcus, another former Handy Dan manager. New York investment banker Ken Langone assembled the initial group of investors. The store revolutionized the home improvement business with its warehouse concept and Arthur Blank and Bernie Marcus became billionaires as a result. Arthur Blank spent 19 years as the company’s chief financial officer before succeeding Bernie Marcus as CEO. Arthur Blank retired from the company in 2001 as co-chairman.

In February 2002, Arthur Blank purchased the Atlanta Falcons franchise in the National Football League from longtime owner Taylor Smith. In September 2004, he bought the Arena Football League franchise, the Georgia Force; he moved the team back to the city of Atlanta after it had spent several years in suburban Gwinnett County.

Arthur Blank has expressed serious interest in purchasing other Atlanta franchises. In early 2006, he temporarily withdrew from contention as a potential buyer of the Major League Baseball team Atlanta Braves. Some months later, Arthur Blank re-entered serious talks with Time Warner and a report indicated that a sale was imminent. However, in February 2007, the Atlanta Braves completed the sale of the team to Liberty Media. Arthur Blank has also spoke of purchasing an expansion franchise in Major League Soccer. Atlanta is currently being considered for MLS expansion.

Arthur Blank is the Chairman, President, and CEO of AMB Group, LLC, and the Arthur Blank Family Foundation. Arthur Blank serves on the Board of Trustees of Emory University. Arthur Blank is married with Stephanie and they have 6 children and 2 grandchildren. As of 17 September, 2008, his net worth was estimated at $1.3,000,000,000. Arthur Blank was inducted into the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame in 2006. Arthur Blank and his wife reside in the Buckhead section of Atlanta, along with their 3 youngest children. A strong believer in work-life balance, Arthur Blank still makes time daily for working out and spending time with family.

In 2009, Arthur Blank was named Georgia Speaker of the Year by the Barkley Forum debating society of Emory University.

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Speech Differences And Stutter Series-Disabled Legend Adrian Peterson

Adrian Lewis Peterson was born on 21 March, 1985 in Palestine, Texas. Nicknamed “A.D.” (for “All Day”) or “Purple Jesus”, is a professional American football running back for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). Adrian Peterson played college football as a running back for 3 years at the University of Oklahoma. At Oklahoma, Adrian Peterson set the NCAA freshman rushing record with 1,925 yards (as a true freshman). Adrian Peterson was a 1st team All-American, and he also set a freshman record by finishing as the runner-up in the Heisman Trophy balloting. Adrian Peterson finished as the school’s 3rd all-time leading rusher.

Adrian Peterson was selected by the Minnesota Vikings with the 7th overall pick in the 1st round of the 2007 NFL Draft. Coming into the league, he was known as a tall, upright runner possessing a rare combination of speed, strength, agility, size, and vision, along with a highly aggressive running style. Adrian Peterson’s rare talent as both a great breakaway and power runner has often raised comparisons to past legends, including Eric Dickerson, O.J. Simpson, Walter Payton, Gale Sayers, and Jim Brown. As a rookie in the NFL, he broke numerous franchise and league records for rushing yardage, the foremost being the NFL single-game rushing record when he ran for 296 yards on 30 carries on 4 November, 2007, against the San Diego Chargers. Following his stellar 1st pro season, Adrian Peterson was a near-unanimous choice as the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. In the 2008 NFL Pro Bowl, Adrian Peterson rushed for 129 yards and 2 touchdowns, achieving the 2nd highest rushing total in Pro Bowl history. Adrian Peterson was awarded the MVP award for his performance in the Pro Bowl, which led to a 42-30 victory over the AFC.

Adrian Peterson has 1 daughter, Adeja. Adrian Peterson currently resides in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his brothers, Eldon, and Derrick Peterson.

Adrian Peterson was interested in football as a child as he began playing at the age of 7 and participated in the popular Pop Warner Football programme. Adrian Peterson continued his interest in athletics into high school where he competed in track and field, basketball, and football at Palestine High School. Adrian Peterson was most notable in football where he played during his junior and senior years. Adrian Peterson finished his 2002 campaign as a junior with 2,051 yards on 246 carries, an average of 8.3 yards per carry, and 22 touchdowns. As a senior in 2003, he rushed for 2,960 yards on 252 attempts, an average of 11.7 yards per carry, and 32 touchdowns. Concluding his high school football career at the annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl, he led the West squad with 95 yards on 9 carries and scoring 2 touchdowns and announced at the game he would attend college at Oklahoma. Among his other choices of schools were the University of Southern California, University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, University of California, Los Angeles, University of Arkansas, and University of Miami. Following the season, he was awarded the Hall Trophy as the Ball Park National High School Player of the Year. In addition, he was named the top high school player by College Football News and Rivals.com.

During his freshman season, Adrian Peterson broke many NCAA freshman rushing records, rushing for 1925 yards and leading the nation in carries with 339. Adrian Peterson was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, finishing 2nd to USC quarterback Matt Leinart, which was the highest finish ever for a freshman. Adrian Peterson was also a finalist for the Doak Walker Award. Among other honours include being the 1st Oklahoma freshman recognised as a 1st-Team Associated Press All-American. Adrian Peterson contributed to an undefeated season for the Oklahoma Sooners and participated in the 2005 BCS National Championship Game with a berth to the FedEx Orange Bowl.

Adrian Peterson’s playing time in 2005 was limited by a high ankle sprain. Adrian Peterson injured his ankle in the 1st Big 12 Conference game of the season against Kansas State University. Despite missing time in 4 games, he rushed for 1,208 yards and 14 touchdowns on 220 carries, finishing 2nd in Big 12 rushing yardage. Adrian Peterson’s 2005 season was also notable for a career-long 84 yard touchdown run against Oklahoma State University. Upon the conclusion of the season, he was named a member of the All-Big 12 Conference team.

Nelson Peterson was released from prison during the 2006 college football season and was able to watch his son as a spectator for the 1st time on 14 October, 2006 when Oklahoma played Iowa State University. Oklahoma defeated Iowa State in that game, but Adrian Peterson broke his collar bone falling into the end zone to end a 53 yard touchdown run. During a press conference on 18 October, Adrian Peterson said he was told by doctors to expect to be out for 4 to 6 weeks. At the time of the injury, Adrian Peterson needed only 150 yards to gain to pass Billy Sims as the University of Oklahoma’s all-time leading rusher. Adrian Peterson was unable to return for the rest of the Sooners regular season, but returned for the Sooners’ last game against Boise State in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, where he rushed for 77 yards and a touchdown. Adrian Peterson refused to discuss his plans beyond the end of this season with the press. Adrian Peterson concluded his college football career with 1,112 rushing yards his final season, even after missing multiple games due to injury for a total of 4,045 rushing yards (only 3 season). Adrian Peterson was 73 yards short of passing Billy Sims as Oklahoma’s all-time leading rusher.

Awards And Honours

Hall Trophy (2003)
First-team AP All-Freshman (2004)
First-team AP All-American (2004)
Doak Walker Award finalist (2004)
Heisman Trophy finalist (2004)

On 15 January, 2007, Adrian Peterson declared that he would forego his senior year of college and enter the 2007 NFL Draft. Concerns about his injuries suffered during college were noted by the media and potential NFL teams. Adrian Peterson started 22 out of 31 games in his college career and missed games due to a dislocated shoulder his 1st year, a high ankle sprain his sophomore year, and a broken collarbone his final year at Oklahoma. Adrian Peterson’s durability was a consideration by at least 2 teams in their draft analysis, which impacted selection position. Prior to the 2007NFL Draft, Adrian Peterson was compared by professional football scouts to Eric Dickerson. ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper, Jr. said of Peterson, “You can make the argument,[Peterson]is the best player in this draft, if not, certainly 1 of the top 3.”

On 28 April, 2007, Adrian Peterson was selected by the Minnesota Vikings with the 7th overall pick in the 1st round of the 2007 NFL Draft. Adrian Peterson was the 1st running back selected in that year’s draft. At a press conference during the draft, Adrian Peterson announced, “My collarbone, I would say it’s 90% healed. A lot of teams know that, and I don’t see it stopping me from being prepared for the season.”

After being drafted by the Vikings, there was speculation that Adrian Peterson would require surgery to fully heal the collarbone injury he suffered during college, but it was soon learned that was not the case.

Adrian Peterson believes he is a player that a franchise can build around. In an interview with IGN following the NFL Draft, he said, “I’m a player who is coming in with the determination to turn a team around. I want to help my team get to the playoffs, win…and run wild. I want to bring people to the stands. I want people to come to the game to see what I can do next. Things like that can change the whole attitude of an organisation. I want to win.” Adrian Peterson later told the Star Tribune in an interview, “I want to be the best player to ever play this game.”

Nearly 3 months after being drafted, he was signed by the Vikings on 29 July, 2007. Adrian Peterson’s contract is worth US$40.5,000,000 over 5 years, with $17,000,000 guaranteed.

Adrian Peterson’s outstanding rookie season began with high expectations from Adrian Peterson himself; he announced ambitious goals including being named Offensive Rookie of the Year, rushing for 1,800 yards during the course of the year, and breaking the league’s rookie rushing record just as he broke the freshman rushing record during his 1st season at Oklahoma. The NFL’s rushing record for a rookie is currently held by Eric Dickerson at 1,808 yards. Just 11 weeks into his rookie season with the Vikings, Adrian Peterson was well on his way to Eric Dickerson’s record and considered one of the elite running backs in the NFL.

On 10 August, Adrian Peterson made his Minnesota Vikings debut in a preseason game against the St. Louis Rams. Adrian Peterson ran for 33 yards on 11 carries with 1 catch for 2 yards. On 9 September, 2007, Adrian Peterson ran for 103 yards on 19carries in his 1st NFL regular season game against the Atlanta Falcons. In addition to his rushing yardage, he scored his 1st professional football touchdown on a 60 yard pass reception. Over his 1st 3 regular season games, his 431 yards (271 rushing & 160 receiving) from scrimmage are a team record. For his performance during the 3 games, Adrian Peterson received the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month award for both September and October 2007.

Adrian Peterson’s breakout game as a professional came on 14 October, 2007 against the Chicago Bears, highlighted by a 3 touchdown performance and a then franchise record of 224 yards rushing on 20 carries. Adrian Peterson established additional team records for a rookie during this game, which included the most 100-yard games rushing and the longest touchdown run from scrimmage. Adrian Peterson also set an NFL rookie record with 361 all-purpose yards in a single game. Adrian Peterson’s 607 rushing yards through the 1st 5 games of the season is 2nd in NFL history to Eric Dickerson. Following Adrian Peterson’s record performance, Deion Sanders, now an NFL Network analyst said the following about Adrian Peterson: “He has the vision of a Marshall Faulk, the power of an Earl Campbell, and the speed of an Eric Dickerson. Let’s pray he has the endurance of an Emmitt Smith.” Adrian Peterson has also been compared to Walter Payton and Tony Dorsett by Star Tribune sports journalist Jim Souhan.

3 weeks later on 4 November, 2007, Adrian Peterson broke his own franchise record as well as the NFL single game rushing yard record previously held by Jamal Lewis since 2003 when he rushed for 296 yards on 30 carries and 3 touchdowns against the San Diego Chargers. That game was his 2nd game of over 200 yards rushing, a feat no other rookie has ever accomplished in a season. In addition to the NFL rushing record in a single game, it took him past 1,000 yards rushing for the year after just 8 games. Adrian Peterson’s 1,036 rushing yards represents the best 8-game performance by a rookie in NFL history.

On 11 November, 2007, just a week after his record-breaking performance against the Chargers, Adrian Peterson injured the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee in a game against the Green Bay Packers. The injury occurred in the 3rd quarter of a 34-0 defeat at Lambeau Field on a low, yet clean tackle by Packers cornerback Al Harris. Almost a month after the injury, Adrian Peterson returned to action on 2 December, 2007 against the Detroit Lions scoring 2 touchdowns and rushing for 116 yards. On 17 December Adrian Peterson played in his 1st Monday Night Football game where he had 78 yards rushing, 17 yards receiving and 2 TDs. The next day Adrian Peterson was named as the starting running back for the 2008 NFC Pro Bowl team. On 2 January, he was named The Associated Press NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

On 10 February, 2008, Adrian Peterson won the 2008 NFL Pro Bowl MVP award with 16 carries for 129 yards rushing along with 2 touchdowns. The 129 yards rushing was the 2nd most in Pro Bowl history. Adrian Peterson was the 1st rookie since Marshall Faulk in 1995 to win the Pro Bowl MVP award.

Adrian Peterson finished in 2nd place in rushing yards (1341)in the 2007 season behind LaDainian Tomlinson, who finished with (1474) rushing yards.

Adrian Peterson and the Vikings entered the 2008 season with high expectations and as he did during his rookie season, Adrian Peterson set high goals for himself including a 2000-yard campaign and the NFL MVP award. Questions remained as to Adrian Peterson’s durability and the ability of the Vikings offense to take the focus of opposing defenses off of Adrian Peterson. In the 1st game of the season against the Packers, Adrian Peterson ran for 103 yards on 19 carries and a TD, including 1 reception for 11 yards. In week 2 against the Colts, Adrian Peterson had 29 carries for 160 yards and 4 receptions for 20 yards. Against Carolina in week 3 Adrian Peterson ran for 77 yards on 17 carries. In week 4 Adrianh Peterson ran the ball 18 times for 80 yards and 2 TDs against the Titans. Adrian Peterson also had 4 catches 21 yards. Against New Orleans he ran for a dismal 32 yards on 21 yards and 9 yards on a catch. Week 6 against Detroit Adrian ran for 111 yards on 25 carries and 1catch for -5 yards, but he had 2 vital fumbles that almost lost them the game. Adrian Peterson currently ranks 3rd in the NFL in rushing and 6th in yards from scrimmage.

Records

Most 200-yard rushing games for a rookie (2)
Most yards rushing in the first eight games (1,036)
Most yards rushing in a single game (296)

Awards

2008 NFL Pro Bowl MVP
2007 NFL AP Offensive Rookie of the Year
2007 Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year
Two 2007 Player of the Month awards
2008 Best Breakthrough Athlete ESPY Award

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Club Feet or Foot Series-Disabled Legend Pat Summerall

George Allen “Pat” Summerall was born on 10 May, 1930 in Lake City, Florida, USA. Pat Summerall is a former American football player and well-known television sportscaster, having worked at CBS, FOX, and, briefly, ESPN.

Pat Summerall is best known for his work with John Madden on CBS and FOX’s NFL telecasts, and in 1999 he was inducted into the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame.

Pat Summerall played high school football at Columbia High School in Lake City, Florida, where he was recognised as an All-State selection in football, as well as basketball. Pat Summerall also earned varsity letters in both baseball and tennis.

Pat Summerall played college football from 1949 to 1951 at the University of Arkansas, where he played defensive end, tight end, and placekicker positions. Pat Summerall graduated from UA in 1953.

Pat Summerall spent 10 years as a professional football player in the National Football League, primarily as a placekicker. The Detroit Lions drafted Pat Summerall as a 4th round draft choice in the 1952 NFL Draft. Pat Summerall played the pre-season with the Lions before breaking his arm, which ended the year for him. After that season, he was traded and went on to play for the Chicago Cardinals from 1953 to 1957 and the New York Giants from 1958 to 1961. Pat Summerall’s best professional year statistically was 1959, when Pat Summerall scored 90 points on 30-for-30 (100%) extra-point kicking and 20-for-29 (69%) field goal kicking.

After retiring from football, Pat Summerall became a broadcaster for the CBS network. Pat Summerall started in 1962 working part-time on New York Giants’ broadcasts. In 1964, CBS hired Pat Summerall full-time to work its NFL telecasts, initially as a colour commentator and then (beginning in 1975) as a play-by-play announcer. Pat Summerall covered other events including ABA basketball. Pat Summerall also did sportscasts for the network’s flagship radio station until 1966 when he did a morning drive-time music/talk programme, WCBS-AM. In 1969, Pat Summerall took part in NBC’s coverage of Super Bowl III.

During the 1970s, Pat Summerall usually worked with Tom Brookshier as his broadcasting partner for NFL (mostly NFC) games, and the colourful Summerall-Brookshier duo worked three Super Bowls (X, XII, and XIV) together. Pat Summerall, broadcast partner Tom Brookshier, NFL on CBS producer Bob Wussler and Miami Dolphins owner Joe Robbie appeared as themselves during the 1977 film Black Sunday, which was filmed on location at the Orange Bowl in Miami during Super Bowl X.

In 1981, Pat Summerall was teamed with former Oakland Raiders coach John Madden, a pairing that would last for 22 seasons on 2 networks and become one of the most well-known partnerships in TV sportscasting history.

Pat Summerall’s stature as the premier TV voice in pro football was a result of 2 things: 1st, his ability to play the straight man alongside John Madden’s lively, verbose persona; 2nd, his economic delivery that magnified the drama of a moment while allowing the pictures to tell the story. One of Pat Summerall’s most memorable on-air calls was his account of Marcus Allen’s electrifying touchdown run in Super Bowl XVIII. The transcript is surprisingly sparse: “Touchdown, 75 yards!” That the quote is memorable is testament to the weight of Pat Summerall’s baritone-like voice when he was at the height of his powers as an NFL broadcaster.

It is often mistakenly assumed that Pat Summerall and John Madden handled the call on CBS-TV for the 1981 NFC Championship Game, when San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dwight Clark made “The Catch” to lift the 49ers to a 28–27 victory over the Dallas Cowboys and a berth in Super Bowl XVI. Pat Summerall instead handled the call of the game on CBS Radio with Jack Buck, while Vin Scully and Hank Stram called the game on television. Meanwhile, John Madden was off to Detroit to prepare for his Super Bowl telecast with Pat Summerall. Hank Stram returned to his normal position as the colour analyst on CBS Radio alongside Buck for the Super Bowl, while Pat Summerall and John Madden teamed for the 1st of 8 Super Bowls together.

Pat Summerall also broadcast professional golf and tennis (including the Masters and U.S. Open) during his tenure at CBS, and was the play-by-play announcer for the 1974 NBA Finals, CBS’ 1st season broadcasting the NBA.

Pat Summerall continues to do voiceover work on CBS’ Masters broadcasts, and also provided commentary for the Golden Tee golf video game.

In 1994, the FOX network surprised NFL fans by outbidding CBS for the NFC broadcast package. One of the network’s 1st moves was to hire Pat Summerall and John Madden as its lead announcing team. The 2 men thus continued their on-air partnership through the 2001 season.

Pat Summerall and John Madden’s last game together was Super Bowl XXXVI. After that game, Pat Summerall announced his retirement and John Madden was signed by ABC for that network’s Monday Night Football telecasts.

Pat Summerall was lured out of retirement and re-signed with FOX for the 2002 season, working with Brian Baldinger on regional telecasts (primarily featuring the Dallas Cowboys, since Pat Summerall was a Dallas resident) before retiring again after 1 year. In 2006, he returned to the broadcast booth, paired once again with Baldinger. In Week 8 (29 October) of that year, he called a game between the eventual NFC champion Chicago Bears and the San Francisco 49ers.

In January 2007, Pat Summerall returned to FOX as one of the play-by-play voices of the network’s coverage of the Cotton Bowl between Auburn and Nebraska. Pat Summerall called the January 2008 game, which features his alma mater, Arkansas, taking on Missouri.

Pat Summerall was name-checked on The Simpsons in the 2007 episode “Springfield Up”, where his caricature and name appear on the cover of a book held by Homer entitled “Smut Yuks.” Pat Summerall and then-partner John Madden also appeared in (and lent their voices to) the 1999 Simpsons episode “Sunday, Cruddy Sunday”, which premiered following the duo’s broadcast of Super Bowl XXXIII on FOX.

Pat Summerall covered the Sunday 9 December, 2007 game between the Cincinnati Bengals and St. Louis Rams in Cincinnati.

Pat Summerall called several preseason and early regular-season NFL games for the ESPN network in 2004, substituting for regular announcer Mike Patrick while the latter recovered from heart surgery.

Pat Summerall has broadcast 16 Super Bowls on network television with CBS and FOX, more than any other announcer. Pat Summerall also contributed to 10 Super Bowl broadcasts on CBS Radio.

During the 1990 season, Pat Summerall was hospitalised after vomiting on a plane during a flight after a game, and was out for a considerable amount of time. While Verne Lundquist replaced Pat Summerall on games with John Madden, Jack Buck (who was at CBS during the time as the network’s lead Major League Baseball announcer) was added as a regular NFL broadcaster to fill-in.

In the spring of 2004, Pat Summerall, a recovering alcoholic who had been sober for many years, underwent a liver transplant.

In 2006, Pat Summerall underwent cataract surgery, and had an intraocular lens implanted.

In January 2008, Pat Summerall had a hip replacement surgery. On 19 June, he was hospitalised for internal bleeding caused by a new medicine he was taking.

Pat Summerall has been the spokesperson for True Value. Ironically, his long-time broadcast partner John Madden was the spokesperson for Ace Hardware, True Value’s main competitor in the independent hardware store market (Pat Summerall has continued as the longtime radio spokesman for Dux Beds, a Swedish mattress maker, and their Duxiana stores).

Pat Summerall was also associated with a production company in Dallas, Texas, from about the year 1998 to 2005. It was called Pat Summerall Productions. Pat Summerall was featured and hosted different production shows such as, Summerall Success Stories and Champions of Industry. These qualified production segments would air on the Fox News Channel and later, CNN Headline News. During the mid-1990s, Pat Summerall hosted the “Summerall-Aikman” Cowboys report with quarterback Troy Aikman. Currently, Pat Summerall serves as the host of Sports Stars of Tomorrow and Future Phenoms, 2 nationally syndicated high school sports shows based out of Fort Worth, Texas.

Pat Summerall was the narrator & sponsor crediter for the 2008 Masters Golf Tournament. Pat Summerall makes his home in Southlake, Texas where he has lived for 12 years.

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Club Feet or Foot Series-Disabled Legend Troy Aikman

Troy Kenneth Aikman was born on 21 November, 1966 in West Covina, California, USA. Troy Aikman is a former American football quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League, and currently a television sportscaster for the Fox network. Troy Aikman is also a joint owner of the NASCAR Sprint Cup racing team, Hall of Fame Racing, along with fellow former Cowboys quarterback, Roger Staubach. Troy Aikman is considered among the best NFL quarterbacks of all time, and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006. Troy Aikman is referred to as one of “The Triplets” with Cowboys teammates Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith.

The youngest of 3 children, Troy Aikman was born to Charlyn and Kenneth Aikman, and lived in Cerritos, California, USA until the age of 12, when his family moved to a farm in Henryetta, Oklahoma, USA. In Things Change, an account of his life written for kids, Troy Aikman recounted that he thought his athletic career was over, but, to his surprise, it was just beginning. Troy Aikman made All State in both football and baseball, and his high school, Henryetta High School, retired his football jersey. In high school, he was also involved in the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), the influence of which can be seen in his business ventures.

The New York Mets offered Troy Aikman a contract out of high school, but instead of playing baseball he chose to pursue football and attended the University of Oklahoma under head coach Barry Switzer.

In 1985, his 1st season as a collegiate starter, Troy Aikman led the Sooners to wins over Minnesota, Kansas State, and #17 Texas in the Red River Shootout before hosting the Miami Hurricanes and his future head coach Jimmy Johnson.

On 19 October, in front of a sellout crowd of 75,008 at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Miami’s Jerome Brown broke through the offensive line, sacked Troy Aikman on the Sooner 29 yard line and broke Troy Aikman’s ankle. Troy Aikman, who had been 6 of 8 passing for 131 yards, would be lost for the season. Barry Switzer and offensive coordinator Jim Donnan were forced to switch back to the wishbone offense under freshman quarterback Jamelle Holieway. The team went on to win the 1985 National Championship by beating Penn State in the 1986 Orange Bowl. With Holieway established as the starting quarterback at OU, Troy Aikman decided to transfer to UCLA.

Barry Switzer oversaw Troy Aikman’s transfer to UCLA, a programme under Terry Donahue that was more conducive to a passing quarterback. Troy Aikman had to redshirt 1 year due to college transfer rules but went on to lead the Bruins to a 20-4 record over 2 seasons.

As a junior, Troy Aikman led the Bruins to a 10-2 record and the 1987 Aloha Bowl, where they beat the Florida Gators 20-16.

As a senior, Troy Aikman won the 1988 Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s top quarterback, a 1st for UCLA. Troy Aikman was a Consensus All-American, the UPI West Coast Player of the Year, the Washington DC Club QB of the Year, a finalist for the 1988 AFCA “Coaches Choice” Player of the year award, and he finished 3rd for the 1988Heisman Trophy. UCLA matched the victory total from the previous season under Troy Aikman, going 10-2 and losing only to USC and Washington State. The season culminated with a 17-3 Bruin victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks in the 1989 Cotton Bowl, which was played in Dallas. The Dallas media spent most of the Cotton Bowl week promoting Troy Aikman as the “next quarterback of the Cowboys,” and much was made of Tom Landry watching Troy Aikman practice during the Bruins’ workouts at Texas Stadium. Troy Aikman finished his career as the number 2 career passing leader in UCLA history. In 2008 he was elected to the college football hall of fame.

On 25 February, 1989, new owner Jerry Jones fired Tom Landry, and replaced him with Jimmy Johnson. A few months later in the NFL’s supplemental draft, Jimmy Johnson drafted Steve Walsh, who played for Jimmy Johnson at the University of Miami. Troy Aikman won the starting quartback job, and Steve Walsh was traded early in the 1990 season.

Troy Aikman’s NFL career started with a 28-0 loss to the New Orleans Saints. The following week, Troy Aikman threw his 1st touchdown pass, a 65 yard completion to Michael Irvin, but the Atlanta Falcons intercepted 2 passes and won. Troy Aikman finished 1989 with an 0-11 record as a starter, completing 155 of 293 passes for 1,749 yards, 9 TDs, 18 INTs.

Troy Aikman proved resilient, however, and in 1990, nearly led the Cowboys to the playoffs. In 1991, he led the Cowboys to a 6-5 record in the 1st 11 games and had the Cowboys ahead in week 12 against undefeated Washington when he was injured. Steve Beuerlein lead to a playoff win. Troy Aikman played in the NFC Divisional Playoff game against the Detroit Lions, but lost, 38-6. However, he was selected to the 1st of 6 consecutive Pro Bowls.

In 1992, Troy Aikman set career highs in completions (302), passing yards (3,445) and touchdown passes (23), and led the Cowboys to a team record 13 regular season victories. The team won Super Bowl XXVII against the Buffalo Bills, 52-17. Troy Aikman, named Super Bowl MVP, completed 22-of-30 passes for 273 yards with 4 TDs.

In 1993, Troy Aikman posted a 99.0 passer rating, and Dallas finished with a 12-4 record and defeated the Bills again in Super Bowl XXVIII. Jimmy Johnson left the team on 29 March 1994, and Jerry Jones hired Barry Switzer, a former college teammate at the University of Arkansas. The Cowboys lost the NFC Championship game to the San Francisco 49ers.

In 1995, Troy Aikman amassed over 3,300 yards passing as the Cowboys won Super Bowl XXX, beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17. In 1997, Troy Aikman became the 1st quarterback in Dallas history to have 3 straight 3,000-yard seasons, but the team finished 6-10, and missing the playoffs. Barry Switzer suffered the 1st losing season of his career, and resigned in 1996.

Revolving-door personnel changes plagued the Cowboys for the rest of Troy Aikman’s tenure. Troy Aikman also suffered a series of concussions. Troy Aikman’s 10th, at the hands of Washington Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington, would end his career. The Cowboys finished the 2000 season 5-11.

After he was waived a day before he was due a $70,000,000/7-year contract extension, Troy Aikman announced his retirement on 9 April 2001 after failing to find another team. Troy Aikman ended his career as the Cowboys’ all-time leading passer (32,942 yards). 90 of his 94 career wins were in the 1990s and were the most by any quarterback in any decade.

After his retirement as a player, Troy Aikman joined Fox’s NFC telecasts as a colour commentator for the 2001 season. A year later, he was named to the network’s lead announcing crew, teaming with Joe Buck and (from 2002-2005) Cris Collinsworth. Troy Aikman received an Emmy Award nomination for his television work in 2004 and has helped broadcast 2 Super Bowls (XXXIX and XLII) to date.

Troy Aikman also hosts a weekly sports radio show which airs on Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. ET on Sporting News Radio, and appears weekly during the football season on the Dunham & Miller morning show on Dallas sports talk radio station 1310 The Ticket. Troy Aikman was a public spokesman for Acme Brick throughout his career and now owns a Ford dealership in Dallas. Troy Aikman is also the chairman of the Troy Aikman Foundation, a charity to benefit children that has recently focused on building playplaces for children’s hospitals.

Troy Aikman, once named the most eligible bachelor in Dallas by Texas Monthly, married former Cowboys publicist Rhonda Worthey on 8 April, 2000, in Plano, Texas, after dating country singer Lorrie Morgan and rumors of dating Sandra Bullock and Janine Turner. They have 3 children: Rachel Worthey (from Rhonda’s previous marriage), daughter Jordan Ashley Aikman born 24 August, 2001, and daughter Alexa Marie Aikman born 30 July, 2002.

In 1999, he was ranked No. 95 on The Sporting News’ list of the 100 Greatest Football Players.

On 19 September, 2005, at halftime of the Cowboys-Redskins game (broadcast on Monday Night Football), Troy Aikman was inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honour with his longtime teammates Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith. On 5 August, 2006, Troy Aikman was 1 of 6 players inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. When he accepted the honour, the ever-modest Troy Aikman commented that he was merely a beneficiary of the Cowboys’ system and being paired with subsequent Hall-of-Famers Irvin and Smith.

In late 2005, Troy Aikman together with another former Cowboys quarterback, Roger Staubach, established Hall of Fame Racing with Terry Labonte and Tony Raines co-driving the #96 DLP HDTV Chevrolet in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series in 2006 (the race car’s number was derived by multiplying Aikman’s Cowboy jersey number 8 by Staubach’s jersey number 12). Raines drove for troy Aikman full time in 2007, and J.J. Yeley and Brad Coleman drove the car in 2008. Troy Aikman has invited some of the current and former Dallas Cowboys players Drew Bledsoe, Terry Glenn, Roy Williams, and others to test drive NASCAR race cars at Texas Motor Speedway.

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Club Feet or Foot Series-Disabled Legend Charles Woodson

Charles Woodson was born on 7 October, 1976 in Fremont, Ohio, USA. Charles Woodson is an American football cornerback for the Green Bay Packers. Charles Woodson played college football at the University of Michigan for the Michigan Wolverines. In 1997, Charles Woodson led the Wolverines to a split national championship. Charles Woodson is the only primarily defensive player to have won the Heisman Trophy.

Charles Woodson was selected by the Oakland Raiders with the fourth pick in the 1st round of the 1998 NFL Draft. In his first season with Oakland, Woodson was selected as the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press. Charles Woodson was named to the Pro Bowl and earned All-Pro recognition 3 times (1999-2001). Charles Woodson later battled several nagging injuries in consecutive seasons in Oakland leading to his departure and becoming a free agent after the 2005 NFL season.

On 26 April, 2006, Charles Woodson signed a 7 year, $52,000,000 contract with the Green Bay Packers. In his first season in Green Bay Charles Woodson was able to avoid injury and showcased the talent that made him the #4 overall pick from the 1998NFL draft. Not only did Charles Woodson have the opportunity to return punts with the Packers, but he also led the National Football Conference with 8 interceptions, surpassing his previous career high of 5 interceptions set as a rookie. In his second season in Green Bay, the injury problems returned and Charles Woodson was forced to sit out 2 games.

As a senior at Fremont Ross High School Charles Woodson was named Ohio’s “Mr. Football.” Charles Woodson finished his high school career with the school’s records for rushing yards (3,861) and scoring (466 points). In his senior season he was a USA Today All-America selection and recorded 2,028 yards and 230 points. In addition to playing football, Charles Woodson also played basketball and ran track.

Charles Woodson played college football at the University of Michigan. Charles Woodson became the starter after the 2nd game of his freshman season and played in 34straight games. In addition to playing cornerback, he returned punts and occasionally played as a wide receiver. Charles Woodson was selected as the Big 10 Freshman of the Year in 1995. Charles Woodson was also named to the All-Big 10 1st Team by conference coaches, and 2nd Team All-Big 10 by the media. Charles Woodson led the team with 5 interceptions and 8 takeaways.

In 1996, Charles Woodson set a Wolverine record for pass breakups with 15. For his efforts, he was named the Chevrolet Defensive Player of the Year and an AP First Team All-American. Charles Woodson was also a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award and named to All-Big 10 First Team by conference coaches and the media.

In his junior season in 1997, Charles Woodson became the 3rd Michigan player to win the Heisman Trophy, joining Tom Harmon (1941) and Desmond Howard (1991). Charles Woodson received 282 more voting points than runner-up Peyton Manning. Charles Woodson was the 1st and is still the only primarily defensive player to win the prestigious award. Charles Woodson led the Michigan Wolverines to an undefeated season and a share of the national championship in the same year. Charles Woodson also won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the best defensive college player. Charles Woodson was named to the All-Big 10 1st-Team for the 3rd year and 1st-Team All-American for the 2nd year. It was also his 2nd year winning the Chevrolet Defensive Player of the Year award and Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year. Charles Woodson won the Jim Thorpe Award, an award which he was nominated for the previous year.

Throughout college, Charles Woodson was known for big plays in big moments of a game. As a freshman he had 2 interceptions in a victory against the #2-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. During his Heisman-winning junior year, he made an acrobatic one-handed sideline interception against the Michigan State Spartans. Charles Woodson had 2 interceptions in the game. In a game against Ohio State, he returned a punt for a touchdown, made an interception in the end-zone, and had a 37-yard reception that led to Michigan’s only offensive touchdown of the game. The win lifted Michigan to the Rose Bowl. Michigan played the Washington State Cougars in the Rose Bowl. Charles Woodson recorded an interception in the game, helping Michigan defeat the Cougars and win a share of the 1997 NCAA Division I-A championship. In 2007, Charles Woodson was ranked #11 on ESPN’s Top 25 Players In College Football History list.

Charles Woodson declared his eligibility for the NFL Draft following his junior season at Michigan and was selected 4th overall in the 1st round of the 1998 Draft by the Oakland Raiders. After Woodson’s 1st season in the NFL he was named The NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press. Charles Woodson started all 16 games, becoming the 1st rookie Raider since 1971 to do so. Charles Woodson had 64 tackles that season, leading the NFL for defensive backs. Charles Woodson was 3rd in the league in interceptions with 5 and also recorded 1 interception return for a touchdown as well as 1 forced fumble. Charles Woodson was named to his 1st Pro Bowl. In his 2nd season in 1999, Charles Woodson was selected to his 2nd Pro Bowl and was named All-Pro by the Associated Press.

In the 2000 NFL season, Charles Woodson started all 16 games of the season but suffered a turf toe injury which prevented him from practicing. Charles Woodson finished the year with a career high 79 tackles, intercepted 4 passes, forced 3 fumbles and recovered 1 fumble. Charles Woodson was named to the All-Pro team by Sports Illustrated, and 2nd team honours from the Associated Press. In his 4th year in the NFL, Charles Woodson started 16 games. This was the 4th consecutive year Charles Woodson played in every game of the season. Charles Woodson finished with 2sacks, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble and 1 blocked field goal. Charles Woodson also returned punts for the first time in the NFL, returning 4 punts for 47 yards. Charles Woodson was named to his 4th consecutive Pro Bowl. Charles Woodson also made All-Pro teams of The Sporting News and College and Pro Football Newsweekly and the All-AFC squad of Football News.

In 2002, Charles Woodson suffered his first major injury since his freshman college years, suffering from a shoulder injury which set him inactive in 8 games. The shoulder injury came in the 2nd game of the season in the 1st half. Despite the injury Charles Woodson played the remainder of the game and was able to force a fumble. After his shoulder injury Charles Woodson missed the last 3 games of the regular season, suffering from a cracked fibula bone in his right leg. Charles Woodson started every Raider game in the 2003 NFL Playoffs, finishing with a start in Super Bowl XXXVII. In the Super Bowl, Charles Woodson showed signs of his injury, but still recorded an interception in a losing effort against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

After losing the Super Bowl in the year prior, the Raiders finished the 2003 NFL season with a record of 4-12. Charles Woodson became unhappy with new head coach Bill Callahan, and criticized him during the season. Charles Woodson remained healthy for the entire season, starting in his 1st 15 games. Charles Woodson’s contract was set to expire after the season. Charles Woodson reached an agreement with Oakland and was labelled as a franchise player. The franchise tag set Charles Woodson’s contract with a minimum of the average salary for the top 5 cornerbacks in the NFL. Although being labelled as a franchise player, Charles Woodson’s contract was only for 1 year. In the 2004 NFL season Charles Woodson played the 1st 13 games of the season before suffering a leg injury which put him inactive in the last 3 weeks. After the season Charles Woodson again agreed to a 1 year franchise tag deal. In the 2005 NFL season, he started the 1st 6 games but broke his leg in the 6th week, which sidelined him for the rest of the year.

On 26 April, 2006, Charles Woodson and the Green Bay Packers reached a 7-year contract agreement that could be worth as much as $52.7,000,000 with bonuses and incentives. Charles Woodson will make $10.5,000,000 in the 1st year of the deal and $18,000,000 over the 1st 3 years. Charles Woodson will also receive a $3,000,000 bonus if he is selected to the Pro Bowl in 2 of the 1st 3 years of the contract. Free of any major injuries during the 2006 season, Charles Woodson (tied with Walt Harris of the San Francisco 49ers) led the National Football Conference with 8 interceptions. Those are the most interceptions Charles Woodson has recorded in a single season. Overall, he was tied for 3rd in that statistic in the entire NFL. Charles Woodson was also used as his team’s starting punt returner for the first time in his NFL career, returning 41 punts for 363 yards.

On 14 October, 2007 Charles Woodson picked up a Santana Moss fumble and returned it 57 yards for a go ahead touchdown in a 17-14 victory over the Washington Redskins. Charles Woodson also recorded an interception in the game, his 1st of the season. Charles Woodson was named the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Week for his performance versus the Redskins. It was the first time he has received this award. On 4 November, 2007 Charles Woodson had a 46-yard interception return for a touchdown with 59 seconds remaining in the 4th quarter to seal a win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Charles Woodson is an oenophile and developed his interest in wine while playing football in Oakland, near the Napa Valley. Charles Woodson partnered with former Robert Mondavi winemaker Rick Ruiz to develop a signature wine label, “24 by Charles Woodson”. The company is based in Napa, California and is a small boutique winery, producing fewer than 1,000 cases per year of its 2 varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Although the wine bears his name and signature, Charles Woodson was warned by the NFL to not be seen endorsing the wine himself because of the league’s alcohol policy.

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Dementia Series-Disabled Legend Tom Fears

Thomas Jesse Fears was born on 3 December, 1923 in Guadalajara, Mexico and died on 4 January, 2000 after spending a 6 year long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Tom was the son of an American mining engineer who had married a Mexican woman, and moved with his family to Los Angeles at the age of 6. There, he began to display his ample work ethic by unloading flowers for 25 cents an hour, and later serving as an usher at football games for double that amount.

Tom was an American football wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams in the National Football League, playing 9 seasons from 1948 to 1956.

Tom first played football at Los Angeles’ Manual Arts High School, then advanced to compete for Santa Clara University. Tom spent 1 year at the latter school before he was drafted for World War II and spent the next 3 years in military service. After his father became a Japanese prisoner of war, Tom sought to become a fighter pilot to fight Japan. Tom became a pilot, but was instead shipped to Colorado Springs to play football for a service team.

Upon his release, he had been drafted by the Rams in 1945, but remained in school and transferred to UCLA, winning All-American following each of his 2 seasons at the school. Tom’s senior campaign nearly ended in abrupt fashion in 1947, when he and some Bruin teammates were investigated for posing in local advertisements for a Los Angeles clothing store. When it was determined that Tom and the other players worked for the store, and were not identified as athletes, the matter was dropped.

The job had been one of many provided by school boosters, and included a brief bit as a pilot in the Humphrey Bogart film, “Action in the North Atlantic.” The largesse by such people led Tom to joke that his $6,000 first-year contract and $500 bonus from the Rams meant that he was taking a pay cut.

Tom was the first player in NFL History to line up on the line of scrimmage, away from the tackle, thus making him the first Wide Receiver in NFL History. Selected as a defensive back by the Rams, Tom quickly made his mark as a wide receiver in 1948, while also displaying his versatility by playing on defense and at tight end. During his first 3 seasons at the professional level, he led all NFL receivers in catches, and broke the league’s single-season record with 77 catches in 1949.

The record would be short-lived as he increased that mark to 84 during the 1950 NFL season, including a then-record 18 catches in one game against the Green Bay Packers on 12 November. Tom also helped the team advance to the NFL title game with a trio of touchdown receptions in the divisional playoff against the Chicago Bears, winning All-Pro accolades for the second consecutive year.

During the ensuing offseason, Tom became embroiled in a contract dispute with the team for the second straight year. The year before, he hinted at leaving the team to work for General Motors Corporation, then announced on 13 March, 1951 that he was retiring to work for a local liquor distributor. Neither threat materialized, and despite offers from four Canadian Football League teams, Tom signed for $13,000.

That season, Tom played in only 7 games, but helped lead the Rams to their 3rd straight championship game appearance. After 2 disappointments, the franchise captured its 1st NFL title since moving to the West Coast, with Tom an integral part of the title game victory when he caught the winning score. Tom’s 73-yard touchdown reception midway through the 4th quarter broke a 17-17 deadlock with the Cleveland Browns.

After bouncing back in 1952 with 48 receptions for 600 yards and 6 scores, the beginning of the end of his career began after he fractured 2 vertabrae in a 18 October, 1953 game against the Detroit Lions. Limited to just 23 receptions that year, he would average 40 catches the next 2 years, but after a preseason injury in 1956, he hauled in only 5 passes and retired on 6 November. For the remainder of that campaign, he served as an assistant coach, finishing his playing days with 400 catches for 5,397 yards and 38 touchdowns.

Tom was out of the game for the next 2 years, but returned briefly as an assistant in the 1st year of Vince Lombardi’s reign with the Packers. Business conflicts back in California caused him to leave the position at midseason, but Tom resumed his coaching career the following year with the Rams under former teammate Bob Waterfield. After 2 seasons in that role, Tom returned to Green Bay for a 4 year stint as an assistant, where he was part of championship teams in 1962 and 1965.

Tom applied for the head coaching job with the St. Louis Cardinals (football) after the 1965 NFL season, but after not being chosen, he joined fellow Packer assistant Norb Hecker, who had been named head coach of the expansion Atlanta Falcons. In the first game of the 1966 regular season, Tom caused controversy when he accused Rams coach George Allen of attempting to garner inside information on the team from a player that had been cut, charges that were never proven.

After that 2-12 first season in Atlanta, Tom became a head coach for the first time when he was hired by the expansion New Orleans Saints on 27 January, 1967. Despite the promise of the team scoring on the first-ever kickoff return in franchise history, Tom’s nearly 4 years at the helm of what became a perennial losing franchise were an exercise in frustration.

In 1970, Tom was recognized for his professional playing career when he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That March, rumors of Tom replacing the departed Don Shula with the Baltimore Colts surfaced, but Don McCafferty was hired by the Maryland team in early April. Issues between Tom and Saints owner John Mecom, Jr., primarily Tom seeking the additional role of general manager, fueled such speculation. On 20 April, the matter ended when he was given control over all player personnel matters.

Tom’s tenure in his new dual roles, however, would be short, when the team ended the first half of the 1970 NFL season with a 1-5-1 mark, resulting in his dismissal on 3 November after compiling an overall mark of 13-34-2. Tom resurfaced a few months later, serving as offensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles, but when head coach Ed Khayat was fired at the end of the 1972 NFL season, Tom was out of work again.

After spending 1973 off the gridiron, Tom was named head coach of the fledgling World Football League’s Southern California Sun on 14 January, 1974. The fragile financial condition of the entire league resulted in Tom leading the team for less than 2 years before the WFL folded in October 1975.

Tom’s disappointment was soothed somewhat when he was named to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1976, the same year he was named president of the All-Sports Council of Southern California, which helped amateur sports in the area. 1 year later, he returned to coaching as an assistant at San Bernardino Junior College.

During this period, he was also working as a technical adviser for movies with a football connection, and in 1979, began a football scouting service. The 2 roles came together in controversial fashion when Tom began working on the production of “North Dallas Forty,” a film that took a look at the sordid side of the professional game.

Tom had 3 clients: the Packers, Houston Oilers and Pittsburgh Steelers, but after the movie was released, Tom saw all 3 teams drop his services. Claiming that the NFL had blacklisted him, Tom spoke with league commissioner Pete Rozelle (who had worked for the Rams during Toms’ playing days), but never again found work in the league.

Remaining on the fringes of the sport, Tom in 1980 worked as a coach for the Chapman College club football team, then became a part-owner of the Orange Empire Outlaws of the California Football League the following year. In 1982, he was hired as player personnel director of the new United States Football League’s Los Angeles Express. Bolstered by huge spending from team owner William Daniels, the team reached the conference championship game, but saw financial troubles doom not only the team, but the league as well.

Tom’s final position in football came in 1990, when he was named head coach of the Milan franchise in the fledgling International League of American Football.

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