Career Highlights: A three-time Pro Bowler, Derek Carr is starting his eighth season as the quarterback of the Las Vegas/Oakland Raiders. The younger brother of former NFL quarterback David Carr, Derek Carr ranks first in Raiders history with 26,896 passing yards and is the only player in team history with three consecutive 4,000-yards seasons through the air. Over the past two seasons, Carr set career highs in passing yards (4,103 in 2020), yards per attempt (7.9 both seasons), completion percentage (70.3 in 2019) and passer rating (101.4 in 2020). He holds numerous Raiders career records including touchdown passes (170), pass completions (2,468), pass attempts (3,830), pass completion percentage (64.4%), lowest interception percentage (1.9%), most game-winning drives (24) to name a few. Carr ranked first in NFL history with 21 fourth-quarter comebacks through his first seven seasons and completed a career-high 381 passes in 2018. Carr played four collegiate seasons at Fresno State where he established 27 school records and 21 Mountain West Conference records over his career. He was a two-time All-American selection and two-time Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year.
Career Highlights: A two-time Super Bowl champion, Justin Tuck enjoyed an impressive 11-year NFL career as a defensive end for the New York Giants (2005-13) and Oakland Raiders (2014-15). Tuck had a spectacular game in Super Bowl XLII (following the 2007 season) against New England where he pressured Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and recorded two sacks and a forced fumble in the Giants win. Tuck had a stellar 2008 season where he totaled 66 tackles, 12 sacks, three forced fumbles, two passes deflected and one interception. For his efforts, he was named First-Team All-Pro and earned his first Pro Bowl nod. Tuck continued his strong play and in 2010 was named to his second Pro Bowl and earned Second-Team All-Pro honors. Tuck battled injuries in 2011, but played outstanding in the post-season when the Giants beat the Patriots again to win Super Bowl XLVI. He finished his career playing two seasons for the Raiders. A graduate of Notre Dame, Tuck graduated from the prestigious University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business with an MBA in 2018 and works as a Vice President in Private Wealth Management at Goldman Sachs.
Career Highlights: Former major league left-handed pitcher CC Sabathia is a six-time All-Star, a Cy Young winner and a World Series Champion with the New York Yankees in 2009. A beloved 19-year MLB veteran, Sabathia played for Cleveland (2001-08), a half season with Milwaukee (2008), before finishing the final 11 years of his career with the Yankees (2009-19). When he retired, Sabathia led all active MLB players in career wins (251), career innings pitched (3,577.1), and career strikeouts (3,093). A three-time Warren Spahn Award winner (best left-hander), Sabathia also was a two-time MLB wins leader and two-time shutouts leader. Sabathia enjoyed his best years from 2005 to 2012 when he was the winningest pitcher in baseball. He also posted a cumulative record of 137-67 with a 3.24 ERA, which included five straight seasons of 17+ wins from 2007 to 2011. During that timeframe, Sabathia averaged more than 220 innings pitched and 200 strikeouts per season, started 257 games and posted 173 quality starts, received four All-Star nods, and won the 2007 Cy Young honor. Sabathia was also the 2008 National League shutouts leader.
Career Highlights: Sean McDermott is starting his fifth season as Head Coach of the Buffalo Bills. Under his leadership, the Bills had immediate success as in his first season in 2017 he led the team to a 9-7 record and their first playoff appearance since 1999, ending the then-longest postseason drought in the four major sports. Last season, McDermott helped the Bills clinch the AFC East and win a playoff game for the first time since 1995 en route to their first AFC Championship Game appearance in 28 years. In his tenure, the team has a 38-26 record, and has made the playoffs in three of the past four seasons. Prior to Buffalo, McDermott began his NFL coaching career with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2001 and for 10 seasons held various coaching responsibilities. McDermott joined the Carolina Panthers in 2011 and was the team’s Defensive Coordinator for six seasons, which included a trip to Super Bowl 50. McDermott graduated from the College of William and Mary, and was an all-conference safety in 1997, and a teammate of current Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin.
Career Highlights: One of the NFL’s most athletic and versatile players, Taysom Hill is listed as the New Orleans Saints backup quarterback, yet, has played several different offensive positions including kick returner and running back. Hill also plays on the defensive side of the ball on special teams as the team’s primary gunner, in addition to blocking several punts. For his versatility, the Saints’ media has nicknamed him “The Human Swiss Army Knife.” During the 2020 season, Hill won three of four games as a starting quarterback when he filled in for an injured Drew Brees. For the season, he completed 88 of 121 passes for 928 yards (98.8 passer rating), and ran for 457 yards on 87 attempts for a 5.3 average per rush. Hill originally signed as an undrafted free agent with the Green Bay Packers out of Brigham Young University in 2017, the Saints claimed him off waivers and he began his pro career later that year recording two special teams tackles. His versatility has allowed him to block a punt, rush for a touchdown and catch a touchdown pass, all in the same game.
Career Highlights: One of the greatest pound for pound boxers of all time, Canelo Alvarez has held multiple world boxing championships in four different weight classes. Currently ranked as the world’s best active boxer, pound for pound, by BoxRec, Ring Magazine, and the Boxing Writers Association of American, his titles include the WBA (Super), Ring, and lineal middleweight titles since 2018, and the unified WBA (Super), WBC and Ring super middleweight titles since December. In 2020 Alvarez defeated Callum Smith in a unanimous decision in a unification bout for the WBA and vacant WBC super middleweight titles, and retained those titles defeating Avni Yildirim this past February. Known as a strong counterpuncher who is able to exploit his opponents’ guard while avoiding punches with lots of head and body movement, Alvarez’ impressive record includes 58 total fights with 55 wins (36 by knockout), two draws and one loss. His other titles were the WBA (Unified), WBC and Ring light middleweight titles (2011 to 2013); the WBC (twice), IBF, Ring and lineal middleweight titles (2015 to 2021); WBO light middleweight title (2016 to 2017); and the WBO light heavyweight title in 2019.
Career Highlights: Former major league second baseman Chase Utley enjoyed an impressive 16-year major league career primarily with the Philadelphia Phillies (2003-15), and then with the Los Angeles Dodgers (2015-18). A six-time All-Star known for his strong leadership skills, Utley ended the 2008 regular season with 33 home runs, 104 RBI and a team-high 177 hits, and helped lead the Phillies to a World Series title, the franchise’s first since 1980. A four-time Silver Slugger Award winner, Utley had seven career World Series home runs, the most by a second baseman. He also shares the record of five home runs in a single World Series, and holds the major league record for the most stolen bases in a season without being caught at 23, which he set in 2009. The Phillies got back to the World Series in 2009 and Utley drew a two-out walk in Game 1, setting a record for reaching base in consecutive postseason games with 26. He proceeded to hit two home runs in his next two at bats. Utley finished his career playing in 1,937 games with a .275 batting average, 1,885 hits, 1,025 RBI, and 259 home runs.
Career Highlights: As the lead play-by-play announcer for FOX Sports’ NFL and MLB coverage, Joe Buck has called an astounding six Super Bowls, 23 World Series and 25 MLB League Championship Series for the network. A seven-time Emmy Award winner, Buck learned while on the air in 2020, that he would be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as the winner of the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award. As the lead voice of FOX NFL since 2002, Buck and analyst partner Troy Aikman, are the second longest-running broadcast team to call NFL games. Buck joined FOX Sports in 1994, and at 25 years old was the youngest announcer to call a full slate of network television game, and just two years later became the youngest play-by-play announcer to call the World Series. Buck also was a local radio and television announcer for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1991 to 2007. His broadcasting career began in 1989 at Indiana University. The son of the late broadcasting legend Jack Buck, they are the only father and son to each call the Super Bowl on network television.
Career Highlights: Andrew Whitworth is an All-Pro offensive tackle for the Los Angeles Rams. Selected in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals, Whitworth is a four-time Pro Bowler (2012, 2015-17) and was named First-Team All-Pro twice (2015 & 2017). During the 2014 season with Cincinnati, Whitworth allowed zero sacks and only one hit on quarterback Andy Dalton. For his efforts, he was named Second-Team All-Pro that season. In 2018, Whitworth and his Rams offensive line teammates were named the Built Ford Tough Offensive Line of the Year. That year, Whitworth helped the Rams reach Super Bowl LIII after they defeated Dallas in the Divisional Round, New Orleans in the NFC Championship, before losing to New England in the Super Bowl. In college at LSU, as a sophomore in 2003, he started all 14 games, and the team went 13-1 and defeated Oklahoma in the BCS National Championship game. Whitworth, whose 52 collegiate starts ranks second in NCAA history, earned All-SEC honors his last two years.
Career Highlights: A seven-time All-Star catcher and six-time Silver Slugger honoree, Brian McCann won the 2017 World Series with Houston. In his 15-year MLB career, McCann played 1,755 games with Atlanta (2005-13 & 2019), New York Yankees (2014-16), and Houston (2017-18). He posted a .262 career batting average with 1,018 RBI, and hit 18 or more home runs in 12 of his 15 seasons, 282 home runs total.Drafted by Atlanta in 2002, McCann made his major league debut in 2005, and hit his first home run in just his second regular-season game. McCann became the first Braves player to hit a home run in his first playoff at-bat, and was the first Braves player to be selected to the All-Star team in his first three full seasons, where he was named the 2010 All-Star Game MVP. McCann signed with the Yankees in November 2013 where he averaged 23 home runs in his three seasons in New York before being traded to the Astros in November 2016. He signed with the Braves in 2019, finishing his career where he started.