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LeGarrette Blount is an American football running back for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). Blount rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of his two seasons in East Mississippi Community College. He then committed to the Oregon Ducks football program as a junior, for the 2008 season. That year, he ran for over 1,000 yards and scored a school-record 17 touchdowns.
He entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Tennessee Titans in 2010, but joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before the start of the 2010 NFL season. Blount has also played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles. He joined the Detroit Lions for the 2018 season.
With the Patriots, Blount won Super Bowl XLIX over the Seattle Seahawks and Super Bowl LI over the Atlanta Falcons. The following season he won Super Bowl LII with the Eagles, defeating his former team, the Patriots, 41–33. His 11 career rushing touchdowns in the playoffs are tied for 6th-most in NFL history.
Reggie Wayne is a former American football wide receiver who spent his entire 14-year career with the Indianapolis Colts. He played college football for the University of Miami, where he set a school record of 173 career catches (including 36 consecutive games with a reception) and is one of only five wide receivers in school history to post 20 or more touchdowns in his career. Wayne was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame in 2011. The Indianapolis Colts selected Wayne in the first round (30th overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft.
During his illustrious 14-year career, Wayne was a six-time Pro Bowl selection and a member of the Colts' Super Bowl XLI championship team that beat the Chicago Bears. He ranks seventh all-time in NFL career receptions, tenth all-time in NFL receiving yards, and 23rd all-time in career touchdown receptions. On December 14, 2014, Wayne played in both his 209th game and his 142nd win as a member of the Colts, breaking the franchise records set by Peyton Manning.
William Johnson, better known as Billy "White Shoes" Johnson, is a former American football kick returner who played from 1974 through 1988. He played college football at Widener College in Pennsylvania, until he was eventually discovered by the Houston Oilers, who drafted him in the 15th round of the 1974 NFL Draft. He was one of the first players to display elaborate celebrations in the end zone.
As a kick returner, Johnson returned five punts for touchdowns, along with two kickoffs, in his first four years with the Oilers, and added 12 more touchdowns on offense. He was selected to the Pro Bowl as a kick returner in 1975, and was named MVP of the game, during which he returned a punt 90 yards for a touchdown. He made another Pro Bowl appearance in 1977.
Keenan McCardell is a former American football wide receiver who played 17 seasons in the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the 12th round of the 1991 NFL Draft, and he was also a member of the Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Diego Chargers and Houston Texans. A two-time Pro Bowl selection, McCardell won two Super Bowl rings, with the Redskins in 1991 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002. He is currently the wide receivers coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Mark Brunell is a former quarterback with the Packers, Jaguars, Redskins, Saints and Jets in the National Football League (NFL). He was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round of the 1993 NFL Draft. He played college football at Washington.
After only 2 years with the Packers, Brunell was acquired by the Jaquars via trade. During his years in Jacksonville, Brunell was selected to the Pro Bowl three times, in 1997, 1998, and 2000 and awarded the Pro Bowl MVP in the 1997 game. With Brunell starting, the Jaguars won an AFC Central Division title and became the first NFL expansion team to make the playoffs three times in its first four seasons of play. In 2013 he was inducted into the Pride of the Jaguars, the team's Hall of Fame equivalent.
Following his stint with the Jaguars, Brunell signed with the Washington Redskins where he would set the Redskins franchise record for highest completion percentage in a single game (88.9%). The previous record was held by Hall of Fame quarterback Sammy Baugh for 66 years (87.5%). After moving to the Saints in 2008, Brunell earned a Super Bowl ring as the backup quarterback and holder for the Super Bowl XLIV winning team against the Indianapolis Colts before finishing his career with the New York Jets.
Harold Baines is an American former Major League Baseball designated hitter and right fielder with the Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians between 1980 and 2001. Baines batted and threw left-handed. He is best known for his three stints with the Chicago White Sox, a team he coached with until 2015, before moving into a role of team ambassador and spring training instructor.
Baines ranked seventh in AL history in games played (2,830) and tenth in runs batted in (1,628) upon his retirement. Noted as well for his power hitting in clutch situations, he is tied for seventh in AL history in grand slams (13), fourth in three home run games (3), and tied for seventh in major league history in walk-off home runs (10). Baines batted over .300 eight times and hit .324 in 31 career postseason games, topping the .350 mark in five separate series.
A six-time All-Star, he led the AL in slugging average in 1984. He held the White Sox team record for career home runs from 1987 until Carlton Fisk passed him in 1990; his eventual total of 221 remains the club record for left-handed hitters, as do his 981 RBI and 585 extra base hits with the team. His 1,652 games as a designated hitter are a major league record, and he held the mark for career home runs as a DH (236) until Edgar Martínez passed him in 2004. He also led the major leagues in hits as a DH (1,688) until the mark was surpassed by David Ortiz on July 10, 2013.
Harold Baines is a member of the 2019 Hall of Fame class; he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on December 9, 2018, by the Today's Game Era Committee.
Dave Bing is an American retired Hall of Fame basketball player, businessman and former mayor of Detroit, Michigan.
After starring at Syracuse University, Bing played 12 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a guard for the Detroit Pistons (1966 to 1975), Washington Bullets (1975 to 1977), and Boston Celtics (1977–78). During his career, he averaged over 20 points and six assists per game and made seven NBA All-Star appearances, winning the game's Most Valuable Player award in 1976. The Pistons celebrated his career accomplishments with the retirement of his #21 jersey. In addition, he was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and named one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players of all-time.
Following his basketball career Bing founded Bing Steel, a processing company that earned him the National Minority Small Business Person of the Year award in 1984. Bing entered Detroit politics as a Democrat in 2008, announcing his intentions to run for mayor in the city's non-partisan primary to finish the current term, was elected and was sworn in as mayor in May 2009. Later that year, Bing was re-elected to a full term.
Bobby Shantz is a former Major League Baseball pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics (1949–1954), Kansas City Athletics (1955–1956), New York Yankees (1957–1960), Pittsburgh Pirates (1961), Houston Colt .45's (1962), St. Louis Cardinals (1962–1964), Chicago Cubs (1964), and the Philadelphia Phillies (1964).
A left-hander, Shantz began his career as a starting pitcher, but about halfway through he converted to a competent relief pitcher. In 1951 he added the knuckleball to his repertoire. Standing only 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m), Shantz had a career record of 119 games won, 99 games lost, and an earned run average of 3.38.
Shantz enjoyed his best season in 1952 when he led the American League in wins (24) and won the MVP Award. A highly skilled fielder, Shantz won eight consecutive Gold Glove Awards from 1957 to 1964. Shantz also was selected for the All-Star Game in 1951, 1952 and 1957. In the fifth and final inning of the 1952 All Star Game, the left–handed Shantz exhibited his distinctive sidearm delivery and sharp curve and control and struck out three consecutive National League hitters: Whitey Lockman, Jackie Robinson and Stan Musial.
Shantz appeared in relief three games each in the 1957 and 1960 World Series with the Casey Stengel managed New York Yankees.
Shantz had the distinction of being selected in expansion drafts in consecutive seasons. He was selected in the 1960 MLB expansion draft by the Washington Senators from the New York Yankees, and in the 1961 MLB expansion draft by the Colt .45s from the Pittsburgh Pirates.