Career Highlights: All-Pro Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has already led the team to two consecutive Super Bowls, including winning Super Bowl LIV in February 2020, where the Chiefs defeated San Francisco for their first title since 1970. For his efforts, Mahomes was named Super Bowl MVP, the youngest quarterback to do so. Selected 10th overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, Mahomes’ performance throughout the 2018 season earned him multiple awards including being named NFL MVP, NFL Offensive Player of the Year, NFL passing touchdowns leader, First-Team All-Pro, and to his first of three consecutive Pro Bowls. Mahomes became just the second quarterback in NFL history to throw for 50 touchdowns and 5,000 passing yards in a season, and the fastest player to 4,000 passing yards by accomplishing the feat in just 13 career games. In just four NFL career seasons, Mahomes holds numerous other NFL and Kansas City franchise records including fastest to 10,000 career passing yards (34 games), fastest to 100 career touchdowns (40 games), most consecutive 300-plus passing yard games (eight, tied), and career passing yards per game (307.7).
Career Highlights: Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie is often best recognized for his college football career at Boston College where his “Hail Mary” touchdown pass against Miami on November 23, 1984 is considered among the greatest moments in college football history. Flutie won the 1984 Heisman Trophy and the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award and also was named an academic Rhodes Scholar finalist that year. Following his storied college football career, Flutie played 10 seasons in the NFL for Chicago, New England, Buffalo, and San Diego. In 1998 with the Bills, he was named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year and played in his first Pro Bowl. He also played six seasons in the Canadian Football League, where he won three Greg Cups, was named Grey Cup MVP three times, was a six-time CFL All-Star and six-time CFL Most Outstanding Player. Flutie currently serves as lead analyst for NBC’s coverage of Notre Dame Football, a role he began at the end of the 2014 season. Prior to joining NBC, Flutie served as a college football analyst for ESPN and ABC from 2006 to 2009.
Career Highlights: Named Miss America in 2015, Kira (Kazantsev) Dixon is a tireless advocate on women’s issues, a keynote speaker, podcaster, and reporter. Dixon recently joined the Golf Channel as a reporter in February 2021, all while studying online for her master’s degree from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. During her year as Miss America, Dixon served as the National Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and visited troops overseas with the USO. Dixon later served as Director of Digital Marketing for CMN, and consults on the “Play Yellow” campaigning, pioneered by Jack Nicklaus, that utilizes the golf community to raise money for children’s hospitals. Dixon has been a longtime partner with Safe Haven, the largest provider of domestic violence services in the country from which she received their “Voice of Empowerment” award. A 2013 Hofstra University graduate, Dixon also attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she completed the Stanford Ignite Entrepreneurship program. An accomplished singer, Dixon has sung at the NBA All-Star Game, MLB games, and entertained thousands of troops during her USO Tour.
Career Highlights: Matt Nagy, who enters his fourth season as Head Coach of the Chicago Bears, has compiled a 28-20 record in his first three seasons, with one division championship and two playoff appearances. In his first season in 2018, both the Pro Football Writers Association and Associated Press named Nagy Coach of the Year, after he led the Bears to a 12-4 record and Chicago’s first NFC North Championship and playoff appearance since 2010. Prior to joining the Bears, Nagy had 10 years of NFL coaching experience, all under Head Coach Andy Reid with Philadelphia and Kansas City. A former Arena Football League quarterback, Nagy played six seasons for the New York Dragons, Carolina Cobras, Georgia Force, and Columbus Destroyers. During his career, Nagy completed 65.5 percent of his passes for 18,866 yards, 374 touchdowns and a 115.1 quarterback rating. Nagy played collegiately at Delaware, setting more than 20 career passing records at the time, including career marks for passing yards and touchdowns. Nagy earned All-America honors as a senior for the Blue Hens after setting single-season records in attempts, yards and touchdowns.
Career Highlights: Dylan Dreyer is the weather anchor and meteorologist of NBC News’ “Weekend TODAY” and a co-host of 3rd Hour, TODAY. Dreyer also serves as a weekday weather correspondent and regular co-host for “TODAY” and “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt.” She is also the host of “Journey with Dylan Dreyer,” the winner of 3 2018 Telley Awards, which airs Saturday mornings on NBC. In addition, she hosts a new Sirius XM radio show, “Off the Rails,” with co-hosts Al Roker and Sheinelle Jones. Dreyer joined “Weekend TODAY” in 2012 from WHDH-TV, the NBC affiliate in Boston, where she served as the weekday morning meteorologist on “Today in New England” since 2007. In 2008, she was named Boston’s Best Meteorologist by Improper Bostonian magazine. From 2005 to 2007 Dreyer was the weekend meteorologist at WJAR-TV, the NBC affiliate in Providence, Rhode Island and from 2003 to 2005 she was the weekend meteorologist at WICU-TV, the NBC affiliate in Erie, Pennsylvania. Throughout the years, Dreyer has reported live for NBC News from some of history’s worst storms, including Hurricane Harvey, Boston’s record-breaking snowfall in 2015 and the North American polar vortex of 2014. She was also a part of the network’s extensive coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Dreyer graduated Cum Laude from Rutgers University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology. During her time at Rutgers, she served as weather anchor for the Rutgers TV network and radio station. Dreyer is a recipient of the American Meteorological Society’s prestigious Seal of Approval award. Dreyer is on Twitter @DylanDreyerNBC, on Instagram at @DylanDreyerNBC, and Facebook at the Dylan Dreyer page.
Career Highlights: Pro Bowl Cornerback Kyle Fuller spent the first seven years with the Chicago Bears before recently signing with the Denver Broncos in March 2021. A two-time Pro Bowler, Fuller was named First-Team All Pro in 2018 and selected to his first Pro Bowl. Fuller started 94 of 96 games for the Bears, producing 328 tackles, 19 interceptions, and four forced fumbles. In his career-best season in 2019, Fuller posted 82 combined tackles (72 solo tackles), and seven interceptions (NFL interceptions co-leader). In his rookie season in 2014, he ranked first in the NFL in interceptions with four, and first in forced fumbles with three, and was named to the All-Rookie Team. Fuller, who became the first Bears rookie since Chris Harris in 2005 to record two interceptions in a game, received the 2015 Brian Piccolo Award. Selected 14th overall in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Fuller played college football at Virginia Tech where his honors included being named 2011 Second-Team All-ACC, 2012 Honorable Mention All-ACC, and 2013 Third-Team All-ACC, in addition to being a 2013 Second-Team All-American.
Career Highlights: A six-time All-Star, five-time Silver Slugger Award winner, three-time Gold Glove honoree and an American League MVP, Joe Mauer spent his entire 15-year MLB career playing for his hometown Minnesota Twins. Selected first overall in the 2001 MLB Draft, Mauer was a star high school athlete becoming the only athlete ever to be selected as the USA Today High School Athlete of the Year in two sports. Named the 2001 Gatorade National Player of the Year in football, Mauer forgo his football commitment to Florida State for a professional baseball career with the Twins. Two years after his MLB debut in 2004, Mauer became the first catcher in history to lead the American League in batting average (.347). He was the only catcher to win three AL batting titles. In 2009, he became the first catcher to lead the league in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage in a season, and for his efforts was named the American League MVP. Mauer retired in 2018 and played in 1,858 games posting a .306 average, 2,123 hits, and 923 RBI.
Career Highlights: Actor Michael Pena has been acting in Hollywood for more than 25 years, with an eclectic film and television career that includes memorable parts in back-to-back Oscar Best Pictures “Million Dollar Baby” and “Crash,” and on the small screen in the acclaimed series “The Shield.” Most recently, he starred in “Tom and Jerry,” “Dora and the Lost City of Gold, “ “Fantasy Island,” and six films in 2018 including “The Mule,” “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” “A Wrinkle in Time,” and “12 Strong.” Pena played the lead role of DEA agent Kiki Camarena in the television series “Narcos: Mexico.” He was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor in “End of Watch” alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, and an ALMA Award for Special Achievement in film in portraying “Cesar Chavez.” Other notable roles were played in movies such as “Fury” alongside Brad Pitt, “Shooter” with Mark Wahlberg, and “The Lincoln Lawyer” with Matthew McConaughey. Pena’s resume includes more than 50 films including “American Hustle,” “Battle: Los Angeles,” “Tower Heist,” “Babel,” “Collateral Beauty,” and “Observe and Report,” to name a few.
Career Highlights: ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas shines on the popular Saturday morning and evening college basketball program “College GameDay,” and in 2015 added analyzing the “Saturday Primetime” game-of-the-week telecasts. Bilas, who has been with ESPN since 1995, also provides Men’s Final Four studio coverage, writes for ESPN.com, and contributes to “SportsCenter” and ESPN Radio. Bilas was the recipient of the prestigious 2016 Curt Gowdy Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In college, Bilas was a four-year starter at Duke from 1982-86. He scored 1,062 points, grabbed 692 rebounds and helped Duke to the 1986 NCAA Championship game. Drafted by the Dallas Mavericks, Bilas chose to play professional basketball overseas, ranking among top scorers in Italy during the 1987 and 1988 seasons, and in Spain for part of the 1989 season. Bilas returned to Duke in 1990 to serve as an assistant coach, while also earning his law degree from Duke Law School. As an assistant coach under Mike Krzyzewski, the Blue Devils advanced to the NCAA Championship game three times, winning back-to-back titles in 1991 and 1992.
Career Highlights: Kyle Rudolph played college football at Notre Dame from 2008-2010. Rudolph had a productive career at the school, finishing fourth most in both career receptions and yardage by a tight end in school history. He decided to forgo his senior season to enter the 2011 NFL Draft, and was selected in the second round by the Minnesota Vikings, 43rd overall. Rudolph has been with Minnesota for eight seasons, being selected to the Pro Bowl twice (2012, 2017). He has currently earned 386 receptions, 3,787 receiving yards, and 41 receiving touchdowns.