Career Highlights: A former 14-year NFL veteran linebacker with three Super Bowl rings, Mike Vrabel enters his fifth season as Head Coach of the Tennessee Titans. In the past three seasons, Vrabel has led the Titans to the playoffs and posted a 41-24 regular-season record. After retiring as a player in 2010, Vrabel started his coaching career with Ohio State as the Linebackers and Defensive Line Coach (2011-13), and then moved to the NFL with Houston as Linebackers Coach (2014-16) and then Defensive Coordinator (2017). As a player at Ohio State, Vrabel was a two-time Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, and was recognized as a consensus 1996 First-Team All-American. Selected by Pittsburgh in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft, Vrabel played for the Steelers for four seasons, before signing as a free agent with New England. With the Patriots, he won three Super Bowls, and was named First-Team All-Pro and to his first Pro Bowl in 2007. Traded to Kansas City in 2009, Vrabel played two seasons for the Chiefs, finishing his NFL career playing in 206 games with 704 tackles, 57 sacks, and 11 interceptions.
Career Highlights: Regarded as one of the most electrifying dunkers in NBA history, Vince Carter played an NBA-record 22 seasons, and is currently an ESPN NBA and college studio and game analyst. An eight-time All-Star, Carter burst into the league in 1998 with Toronto where he won the 1999 NBA Rookie-of-the-Year honor and dazzled capturing the 2000 NBA All-Star Weekend Slam Dunk title. Throughout his illustrious career, Carter played for Toronto (1998-2004), New Jersey (2004-09), Orlando (2009-10), Phoenix (2010-11), Dallas (2011-14), Memphis (2014-17), Sacramento (2017-18), and Atlanta (2018-20). Carter holds numerous Toronto and New Jersey franchise records where he led the Raptors to their first playoff series win in 2001, advancing them to the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Carter was named to the 2000-01 All-NBA Second Team and the 1999-2000 All-NBA Third Team. In his career, Carter played in 1,541 games scoring 25,728 points (16.7 points per game). A member of the 2000 gold-medal winning United States Olympic basketball team, Carter played college ball at the University of North Carolina where he helped UNC to two NCAA Final Four appearances in 1997 and 1998.
Career Highlights: All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry of the Miami Heat. Was instrumental in leading the Raptors to the NBA Playoffs to the 2019 NBA Championship. Lowry’s tenacious playing style helped him being named a six-time All-Star, and to the All-NBA Third Team in 2016. Lowry is Toronto’s all-time leader in assists and triple-doubles, and in three-point field goals made in a season. A 16-year NBA veteran, Lowry was selected out of Villanova by Memphis in the 2006 NBA Draft. He spent three seasons in Memphis, three years in Houston before being traded to the Raptors in 2012. During his second season with the Raptors, the team won an Atlantic Division title and reached the playoffs for the first time in seven years. In 2015-16, the team reached the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time. Throughout his career, Lowry has averaged 14.7 points, 6.2 assists, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.4 steals per game. Lowry also won a gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics as a member of the United States national team.
Career Highlights: Touted as one of the game’s best defensive players, DeMarcus Ware enjoyed an illustrious 12-year NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos. Ware was a nine-time Pro Bowler, four-time First-Team All-Pro, three-time Second Team All-Pro, a two-time Butkus Award honoree as a professional, and named to the NFL 2000’s All-Decade Team. With the Cowboys for nine years (2005-13), Ware was the franchise’s all-time leader in quarterback sacks (117), fumbles forced (32), and multiple-sack games (28). Ware, who recorded 10 or more sacks in seven straight seasons, and eight of his 12 career seasons, is tied for the most NFL seasons leading the league in sacks (2008 & 2010). In his three seasons in Denver (2014-16), Ware won Super Bowl 50 when the Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers 20-18, a game where Ware recorded five tackles and two sacks. He played in 178 career games posting 654 tackles (501 solo tackles), 138.5 quarterback sacks, 35 forced fumbles and three interceptions. At Troy University, Ware was a two-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection and 2003 Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year.
Career Highlights: Actor Miles Teller starred in the recently released hit film “Top Gun: Maverick,” alongside Tom Cruise. Teller’s film career spans only 13 years, yet he has appeared in almost 20 films comprising all genres. After studying drama at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Teller’s first film was the 2010 indie “Rabbit Hole” starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart. He followed that with his breakout role in the reboot of “Footloose,” and received critical acclaim for his starring role in “The Spectacular Now.” Teller went on to star in “21 & Over,” and the Oscar-nominated film “Whiplash,” for which he was nominated for numerous honors. Teller even got superhero status starring in three films in the “Divergent” series and the “Fantastic Four.” Other film credits include “That Awkward Moment, “Two Night Stand,” “Get a Job,” and “War Dogs.” Teller has starred in films typifying hardworking men of service including the blue-collar boxer in “Bleed for This,” an Army sergeant in “Thank You for Your Service,” and a firefighter in “Only the Brave.”
Career Highlights: Regarded as one of the NFL’s most prolific and popular wide receivers ever, Larry Fitzgerald holds numerous NFL records including second for all-time career receptions, career receiving yards, and consecutive games with a touchdown. In an illustrious 17-year career with the Arizona Cardinals, Fitzgerald holds more than 40 franchise records including receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, total touchdowns, and 1,000-yard receiving seasons. An 11-time Pro Bowler, Fitzgerald is a two-time NFL receptions leader and two-time NFL receiving touchdowns leader. During the Cardinals run to the 2008 Super Bowl, he shattered the NFL single postseason record for receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. First-Team All-Pro (2008) and Second-Team All-Pro (2009 and 2011) honoree, Fitzgerald was the inaugural 2014 Art Rooney Award recipient recognizing outstanding sportsmanship as voted on by the players, in addition to being the 2016 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year. Fitzgerald’s NFL career statistics include 17,492 receiving yards and 121 touchdowns. In college at Pittsburgh in 2003, he earned unanimous All-American honors and was named Big East Offensive Player of the Year, First-Team All-Big East, and Fred Biletnikoff Award and Walter Camp Award honoree.
Career Highlights: Jake Owen is one of county music’s most popular singers and songwriters. Owen debuted in Nashville in 2006 with his first album “Startin’ with Me.” The album produced three singles that reached Top 20 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart including “Yee Haw,” “Startin’ with Me,” and “Something About a Woman.” Owen’s second studio album, “Easy Does It” in 2009, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums with his song ”Don’t Think I Can’t Love You” becoming his first top-five country hit. Recognized as the 2009 Top New Male Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music, Owen’s third album “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” came in 2011, with the lead-off single by the same name becoming his first #1 single on the country chart. Two other singles from that album, “The One That Got Away” and “Anywhere with You” both also reached #1. Named the 2012 American Country Award’s Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Owen’s fourth album “Days of Gold” was released in 2013, followed by his fifth studio album titled “American Love” in 2016, and sixth album “Greetings from….Jake in 2019 (with single “Homemade” reaching #1).
Career Highlights: A former First-Team All-Pro running back for the New Orleans Saints, Reggie Bush won the 2010 Super Bowl with the Saints. One of the most electrifying college players ever, Bush was selected second overall in the 2006 NFL Draft out of the University of Southern California. In his 11-year NFL career, he played for New Orleans (2006-10), Miami (2011-12), Detroit (2013-14), San Francisco (2015), and Buffalo (2016) and finished his career with 1,286 carries for 5,490 running yards, 3,598 receiving yards, and 54 total touchdowns. He was especially effective in the Saints offense, catching 47 or more passes from 2006 to 2009. In 2008, Bush tied the NFL record for fastest to his 200th catch, doing so in 34 games. In his standout career at USC, Bush was a two-time consensus All-American, two-time Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year, and named the 2005 AP and Sporting News Player of the Year. He also won the Doak Walker Award, Walter Camp Award, and the Heisman Trophy (but forfeited it later as part of an NCAA investigation).
Career Highlights: After an impressive 14-year NFL career, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo joined CBS in 2017 as an NFL analyst alongside Jim Nantz where he has received rave reviews. Romo ascended from the ranks as an undrafted free agent and three-year back-up quarterback to a four-time Pro Bowler. He holds numerous Cowboys team records including touchdown passes, passing yards, and most games with at least 300 passing yards. Romo has career stats of 2,829 completions, 248 touchdowns, 34,183 total passing yards and a 97.1 quarterback rating. Romo’s other accolades include: 2014 NFL passer rating leader, 2014 NFL completion percentage leader, two-time NFC passer rating leader, 2009 NFC passing yards leader, 2007 NFC passing touchdowns leader, and was honored with the 2011 Ed Block Courage Award. Romo is the only Cowboys’ quarterback to throw for more than 4,000 yards in a season (done four times) and the first quarterback in franchise history to average over 300 passing yards a game in a season. He holds the NFL record for the highest quarterback rating in the fourth quarter. Romo won the 2018 American Century Celebrity Championship.
Career Highlights: Former All-Pro cornerback Charles Woodson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2021. Woodson enjoyed an incredible 18-year NFL career with the Oakland Raiders (1998-2005, 2013-15) and Green Bay Packers (2006-12). A nine-time Pro Bowler, Woodson was named First-Team All-Pro and Second-Team All-Pro four times each. Named to the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team, Woodson was the 2009 NFL Defensive Player of the Year and a two-time NFL interceptions leader in 2009 and 2011. While with the Packers, Woodson won the 2011 Super Bowl in a 31-25 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Drafted by the Raiders fourth overall in the 1998 NFL Draft, Woodson got off to a fast professional start being named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year when he posted five interceptions. A two-time First-Team All-American at the University of Michigan, Woodson won the 1997 National Championship with the Wolverines. His other 1997 accolades include the Heisman Trophy, Walter Camp Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award, Jim Thorpe Award, Sporting News Player of the Year and Big Ten Player of the Year. After his playing days, Woodson has served in various analyst roles for ESPN and Fox Sports.