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Allen Iverson Speaking FeeThis last week basketball legend and culture icon, Allen Iverson, was inducted into the 2016 class of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. The induction of The Answer comes as no surprise due to the ability and flat out scoring ability Iverson displayed throughout his career with the 76ers and Nuggets. Iverson will join NBA Finals counterpart Shaquille O’Neal in joining the Hall of Fame.

The Hampton, Virginia native Allen Iverson was not only a dominate high school basketball player but also dominate in football as well by leading both of the Bethel High School teams to state championships. After his high school career longtime Georgetown Hoyas coach John Thompson offered Iverson a scholarship and after two seasons of amazing scoring, Iverson became the first player to leave Georgetown early under Thompson. Iverson was selected number one overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the illustrious 1996 NBA Draft, a draft that included Kobe Bryant and Ray Allen. Iverson played 10 seasons with the 76ers that in the middle of that run included an MVP and a NBA Finals appearance against the Los Angeles Lakers. In 2007, the 76ers dealt Iverson to the Nuggets after Iverson had averaged his highest scoring average of 28 points a game and second on their all-time scoring list. Iverson played with the Denver Nuggets for two seasons teaming with all-star Carmelo Anthony. In 2013, Iverson officially retired from basketball although he hadn’t played in a few years and later that year the 76ers would retire his number three. Iverson, often called “The Answer,” ended his career with 11 all-star appearances, an MVP, and his 26.7 scoring average ranks sixth all time. Although his playing days had numerous basketball heroics, something that most that grew up watching him will attest, Iverson was a culture icon as well. Iverson is the model of hero ball and played the game harder than most could even think about and that is why so many grew to love Iverson.

This last week Allen Iverson, The Answer, was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame along with others. Iverson’s induction is not a surprise to anyone considering his enormous contribution to the league and his identity as a culture icon. The smallest number one overall pick will go down as not only one of the greatest scoring two guards to ever play the game but one of the most recognized stars the NBA has ever seen.

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Shaquille O'Neal Speaking FeeThis past week Shaquille O’Neal was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. The induction comes as no surprise and O’Neal is joined by longtime rival Yao Ming and NBA Finals counterpart Allen Iverson.

Shaquille O’Neal was born in Newark, New Jersey although he moved around quite a bit as a child before settling in San Antonio, Texas. After graduating high school in San Antonio, O’Neal went on to dominate college basketball at LSU. After a great career at LSU, O’Neal was the number one overall pick in the 1992 NBA draft by the Orlando Magic. After winning rookie of the year and four years of Orlando O’Neal went on to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers where he won three championships and an NBA MVP award. After being traded to the Miami Heat in 2004 O’Neal would win another championship in 2006 before retiring in 2011 in which his final tally of statistics became overwhelming. O’Neal tallied 15 NBA All Star appearances, 8 first team all NBA selections, 4 championships, 3 final MVPs, and 1 League MVP. During and after his playing career, O’Neal made appearances in multiple films and as of 2011 became an analyst for TNT’s airings of NBA basketball. As of this past week O’Neal can also add Hall of Fame to his amazing basketball resume which should come as no surprise to anyone as his dominance on the court was evident throughout his illustrious career.

Earlier this month former NBA big man, Shaquille O’Neal was elected into the 2016 class of Naismith Basketball Hall of Famers. O’Neal’s induction was really only a matter of time as everyone expected it seeing as O’Neal was one of the most dominate players to ever play basketball and some would argue even more dominate than the Big Dipper Wilt Chamberlain.

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andrew-luck-beard-01132014Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck will be the keynote speaker at the inaugural Indiana Sports Awards on April 28 at Lucas Oil Stadium. This event will honor the top 28 high school athletes in Indiana’s fall sports for the 2015-2016 school year. These athletes have been nominated for the top honor in their sport by the coaches’ associations and IndyStar sports staff. Winners will be selected by the IndyStar sports staff. Awards honoring the top athletes in 28 boys and girls sports will be presented during the banquet. The top coach, female and male athletes of the year and the high school with the best fan experience, among others, will also be awarded. 

The Washington D.C. native spent his early childhood in London, England and Frankfurt, Germany, where he attended Frankfurt International School. He is the oldest of four children. When his family returned to Huston, Texas, Andrew attended Stratford High School , where he threw for 7,139 yards and 53 touchdowns in his high school career, and rushed for another 2,085 yards. Luck was also co-valedictorian of his graduating class in 2008. He was recruited by Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh. In 2011, he won the Maxwell Award and the Walter Camp Award as college football’s player of the year. He was named a 2011 First Team All America. He was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in both 2010 and 2011. He was named the Offensive Player of the Year in the Pac-12 (Pac-10) Conference in both 2010and 2011. CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang called Luck the best prospect he has ever scouted, while the Kansas City Star puts him in line with LeBron James and Bryce Harper as “the most hyped amateurs in recent sports memory”. Although widely projected as the No. 1 selection in the 2011 NFL Draft, Luck decided to return to Stanford for his redshirt junior season. Finally, on April 26, 2012 Luck was selected first overall in the 2012 NFL Draft to the Indianapolis Colts.

Since signing a four-year contract with the Colts, Andrew Luck, haas proven himself as the first round draft pick. With great plays throughout his first season in week 9 win against the Miami Dolphins,Luck threw for 433 yards, a new record for most yards in a game by a rookie QB. Luck later sent his jersey from the Dolphins game to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In Week 13 against the Detroit Lions,  with :04 seconds left in the game Luck threw a screen pass to Donnie Avery who got free and ran in for the winning score, marking a big moment in Luck’s early career. The win gave Luck his eighth on the season – the most wins by a rookie quarterback drafted first overall in NFL history. On December 23, 2012, Luck broke the record for most passing yards by a rookie against the Kansas City Chiefs, throwing 205 to bring his season total to 4,183. In his 2013 season he led the Colts to a 34–28 win over the then-undefeated Seattle Seahawks. In week 14 of the season, the Colts won their first division championship under Luck and were the first team to clinch their division that season. Luck has continued to do great things for the Indianapolis Colts and has fought through injuries to remain one of the best players in the league.

Luck has a lot to offer these star athletes and will be sure to wow the crowd. The celebration of high school athletes starts at 6 p.m. April 28 and includes a sit-down dinner, the announcement of Mr. and Miss Basketball and the keynote speech by Andrew Luck. For more information, to vote on the best fan experience award or to buy tickets, go to indystar.com/indianasportsawards. Athletes being honored and one guest can attend for free. Nominated athletes will be notified through their athletic department. A limited number of tickets are available to the public for $50. Go to indystar.com/indianasportsawards for more information or to buy tickets.

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victor-oladipo-gorgeous-smileOrlando Magic’s Victor Oladipo was recently named the winner of the 2015-2016 Rich & Helen DeVos Community Enrichment Award (CEA). The CEA award was presented during the 26th Annual Orlando Magic Youth Foundation Black Tie & Tennies Gala held at the Amway Center. This Oladipo’s second time winning this award. The other finalist for the award was Magic guard Elfrid Payton.

The award honors a player who has dedicated his efforts off the court for the purpose of enhancing the lives of others.  A panel of representatives selects the player.  In addition to receiving the award, Oladipo will be granted $50,000 from the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation to donate to the charity of his choice. Highlights of Oladipo’s community involvement for the 2015-16 season include: surprising one local family in need with a KIA car for Christmas, sponsoring a holiday party for 20 hearing-impaired children at the UCF Listening Center, visiting children at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf in his hometown of Washington, D.C. over the summer, taking part in the Hoops for Hunger Love Pantry celebration with Rosemont Elementary, participating with service men, women and their families in the Hoops for Troops service project, serving breakfast at the Coalition for the Homeless on Thanksgiving morning, surprising YMCA youth at a Magic holiday basketball camp, greeting terminally-ill children before games in support of the Magic Maker program and being named the NBA’s Community Assist Award winner for the month of December for his efforts in the community just to name a few.

When he’s not giving back to the community he’s giving back to his team on the court. Oladipo grew up in Maryland with his parents and two sisters. He played basketball in both high school and at Indiana University before being selected as the second overall draft pick by the Orlando Magic. On December 3, 2013, Oladipo proved why he was the second overall pick when he recorded his first career triple-double with 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a double overtime loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. He went on to finish second in Rookie of the Year voting behind Michael Carter-Williams. For the 2014-2015 season he was ruled out for an injury but onNovember 14 he made his return. Wearing a facial protection mask as he made his season debut against the Milwaukee Bucks. In 25 minutes off the bench, he recorded 13 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists in a 101–85 win. On January 12, he recorded 33 points against the Chicago Bulls and two days later recorded 32 points against the Houston Rockets to record his first career back-to-back 30-point games. On March 4, 2015, Oladipo scored a career-high 38 points on 15-of-25 shooting in a loss to the Phoenix Suns. During the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend, Oladipo competed in the Rising Stars Challenge and the Slam Dunk Contest, finishing second. This past season the Magic exercised their fourth-year team option on Oladipo’s rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2016–17 season. Five days later, he recorded his second career triple-double with 21 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in a double overtime loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. He also hit a buzzer beating three-pointer to send the game into double overtime. During this past season On March 18, he scored a career-high 45 points in a 109–103 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, becoming the ninth player in franchise history score 40 and the first Magic player to do so since Arron Afflalo in December 2013.

Oladipo has proven his dedication in his efforts off the court for the purpose of enhancing the lives of others. In addition to receiving the award, he will be granted $50,000 from the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation to donate to the charity of his choice.Oladipo continues to prove to the Orlando community he is an asset both on and off the court.

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Dick StanfelThis Sunday, Dick Stanfel along with seven others were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It was a surprise to no one that Stanfel and the other seven men, including Kevin Greene and Orlando Pace, were inducted. All of the men inducted this year have a long list of personal and team accomplishments that most do not ever reach. Stanfel was inducted due in part to not only his great playing career but also his time as a coach, which he was widely regarded as one of the best offensive line coaches ever.

Dick Stanfel, the San Francisco, California native, served the United States Army before playing college football at the University of San Francisco. After his college career, Stanfel was selected in the second round in the 1951 NFL draft by the Detroit Lions and subsequently missed his rookie season due to injury. After his rookie season however, Stanfel played seven seasons in the NFL as an offensive guard. During his time with the Lions and Redskins, Stanfel made five Pro Bowls and was named all-pro five times as well. Stanfel was named the MVP of the 1953 Lions NFL Championship team and won another NFL Championship the previous year in 1952. Many believed that at the time of his retirement, he was easily the greatest offensive lineman to have played the game. Following his playing career Stanfel began coaching at Notre Dame and continued coaching until 1998. One of his most notorious coaching jobs was with the 1985 Chicago Bears when the Bears boasted one of the best running teams in the league that also helped lead them to the Super Bowl title. Mike Ditka stated after the Super Bowl victory that Stanfel was the best offensive line coach in the league and that when it came to teaching technique to lineman, Stanfel had no peer.

Dick Stanfel was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this Sunday. The event was once again amazing and had a great showing of sports celebrities and legends of the game. The Hall of Fame induction, as always, gave fans the chance to appreciate the play of some recent legends of the game and in Dick Stanfel’s case some legends that laid the groundwork for today’s NFL.

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Eddie DebartoloThis Sunday, Eddie Debartolo Jr. along with seven others were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It was a surprise to no one that Debartolo and the other seven men, including Dick Stanfel and Orlando Pace, were inducted. All of the men inducted this year have a long list of personal and team accomplishments that most do not ever reach. Debartolo won a record five Super Bowls in a short 14 year span.

Eddie Debartolo Jr. is a Youngstown, Ohio native. When Bartolo bought the San Francisco 49ers in 1977 no one would have expected what would happen in the 23 years to follow. The 49ers won a record four Super Bowls within a decade and a total of five Super Bowls in the time Debartolo owned the team. Along with the team being very successful during his ownership, he was also thought very high of in terms of his players. Many of them, such as Jerry Rice and Joe Montana considered him to be the most caring owner in the NFL and still refer to Debartolo as “Mr. D.” As Debartolo stated later after the sale of the 49ers was that he tried to run the team as if it was a family rather than just a business. He was one of the owners who made it normal for the players to matter rather than treating them as though they were only assets.

Eddie Debartolo Jr. was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this Sunday. The event was once again amazing and had a great showing of sports celebrities and legends of the game. The Hall of Fame induction, as always, gave fans the chance to appreciate the play of some recent legends of the game.

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Kevin Greene Appearance FeeThis Sunday, Kevin Greene along with seven others were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It was a surprise to no one that Greene and the other seven men, including Brett Favre and Marvin Harrison, were inducted. All of the men inducted this year have a long list of personal and team accomplishments that most do not ever reach. Greene specifically was a terror for quarterbacks and still ranks near the top for all-time sacks.

The 15 year veteran of the NFL, Kevin Greene, is a native of Schenectady, New York. Greene started his college football career as an unspectacular walk-on at Auburn University. Before he left Auburn in 1985 with his selection in the fifth round of NFL draft, Green had just won the defensive player of the year award. Greene played well for not only the Los Angeles Rams that drafted him but also for the Steelers, Panthers, and 49ers. He was named the best linebacker in the NFL in numerous seasons and still holds the record for sacks by a linebacker at 160. Greene made five Pro Bowls and was a member of the 1990s all decade team. Even into his mid-30s, Greene still proved to be a productive pass rusher which he still holds the record for most sacks past the age of 34 and still ranks third all-time on the NFL sack list. Greene will always be remembered as a fierce pass rusher that rarely got enough credit for being a more complete player.

Kevin Greene was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Sunday along with seven other very deserving men. The event was once again amazing and had a great showing of sports celebrities and legends of the game. The Hall of Fame induction, as always, gave fans the chance to appreciate the play of some recent legends of the game.

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Orlando Pace Appearance FeeThis Sunday, Orlando Pace along with seven others were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It was a surprise to no one that Pace and the other seven men, including Kevin Greene and Marvin Harrison, were inducted. All of the men inducted this year have a long list of personal and team accomplishments that most do not ever reach. It was not a coincidence that Pace’s career and the dominance of the Greatest Show on Turf spanned nearly the same amount of time.

Orlando Pace, a Sandusky, Ohio native, attended The Ohio State University from 1993 to 1996. While at Ohio State, Pace was named the Outland Trophy winner, finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy which is quite amazing for an offensive lineman, and twice named the Lombardi Award winner, the only player to ever do so. In 1997 the St. Louis Rams chose Pace with the number one overall pick. With the Rams Pace became a mainstay on the Pro Bowl team and anchored the Rams prolific offense for his 12 seasons there. During those 12 seasons, Pace made seven Pro Bowls, three All-Pro Teams, and won one Super Bowl in 1999. Pace also blocked for three consecutive NFL MVPs and started 154 consecutive games. The offensive tackles today can say thanks to Pace for his progressive play that helped lay the foundation for multi-million dollar contracts for tackles. Pace and his AFC peer Jonathan Ogden are one of the main reasons that tackles are the second most important position on the football field.

Orlando Pace was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this Sunday. The event was once again amazing and had a great showing of sports celebrities and legends of the game. The Hall of Fame induction, as always, gave fans the chance to appreciate the play of some recent legends of the game.

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Marvin Harrison Appearance FeeThis Sunday, Marvin Harrison along with seven others were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It was a surprise to no one that Harrison and the other seven men, including Brett Favre and former owner Eddie Debartolo, were inducted. All of the men inducted this year have a long list of personal and team accomplishments that most do not ever reach. Harrison put together a string of seasons that left everyone wondering when not if he would reach the Hall of Fame.

Marvin Harrison, the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native, played his college football at the University of Syracuse where he played with another NFLer in Donavan McNabb for one season. Harrison was selected with the 19 pick of the 1996 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. Harrison spent all 13 years of his NFL career with the Colts and Peyton Manning. Along with making the Pro Bowl eight times in 13 years, Harrison also won a Super Bowl with the Colts in 2006. Of course with a Hall of Fame induction there are many personal accomplishments that Harrison holds including being part of the 10,000 yard and 1,000 reception clubs. Along with that, Harrison is third all-time in receptions, fifth all-time in receiving touchdowns, and seventh all-time in receiving yards. Although Harrison was extremely productive during his career, he is probably most well-known for his quiet and respect for the game style of play.

Marvin Harrison was inducted into the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame this Sunday. Along with the other seven men, Harrison’s induction was well deserved. The event was once again amazing and had a great showing of sports celebrities and legends of the game. The Hall of Fame induction, as always, gave fans the chance to appreciate the play of some recent legends of the game.

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Brett Favre Appearance FeeThis Sunday, Brett Favre along with seven others were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. With Favre’s first ballot induction he became the 14th first ballot Hall of Fame quarterback ever. It was a surprise to no one that Favre and the other seven men, including Marvin Harrison and former owner Eddie Debartolo, were inducted. All of the men inducted this year have a long list of personal and team accomplishments that most do not ever reach.

Brett Favre, a Gulfport, Mississippi native, played high school football with his dad as head coach at Hancock North Central High School. After playing for his dad, who mostly ran the wishbone, Favre went on to play college football at Southern Mississippi University, which was the only scholarship offer he received. Favre was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round of the 1991 draft where he only played for one season. After being subsequently traded to the Green Bay Packers for a first round pick in 1992, Favre played 16 seasons in Green Bay. While in Green Bay Favre made his legacy which included three consecutive AP MVP awards and a Super Bowl Victory in 1996. Also during his time with the Packers Favre set franchise records for nearly every passing category in existence. After leaving the Packers in 2007, Favre went on to play for both the New York Jets and, the Green Bay rival, Minnesota Vikings. At the time of his retirement Favre was the sole owner of numerous NFL records such as most completions, most victories as a starting quarterback, and most consecutive starts at quarterback. Favre will forever go down as one of the toughest and best quarterbacks to ever play the game and did so with a childlike enthusiasm for the game.

This Sunday, Brett Favre along with seven other men joined the ranks of Pro Football Hall of Fame. The event was once again amazing and had a great showing of sports celebrities and legends of the game. The Hall of Fame induction, as always, gave younger fans the chance to appreciate the play of some recent legends.

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