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Jay Bilas Speaking FeeThis upcoming week Blair County will hold their 17th annual Blair County Sports Hall of Fame Banquet and induction ceremony. The event is being held at the Blair County Convention Center and will feature none other than University of Duke standout and ESPN analyst Jay Bilas as a guest speaker.

Jay Bilas is a Rolling Hills, California native who was a top 50 recruit while at Rolling Hills High School and was a four year starter for Coach Mike Krzyzewski at Duke University. Bilas graduated in 1985 with a degree in political science and was subsequently selected in the fifth round of the NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks. After a playing career overseas, Bilas went on to become an assistant coach for Coach K at Duke for three seasons and while coaching the Blue Devils advanced to three Final Fours and won two National Championships in 1991 and 1992. Since 1995, Bilas has become a staple on ESPN as an analyst and commentator for the sports network and also is a featured writer for the network as well. While Bilas was coaching at Duke he also completed his J.D. at Duke’s School of Law and currently maintains his litigation practice. Currently Bilas lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife and their son and daughter.

This upcoming week, Jay Bilas will be the featured speaker at the 17th annual Blair County Sports Hall of Fame Banquet and induction ceremony. The event will sell out rather quickly as the county looks to honor some of the most outstanding athletes and coaches in recent years and with Bilas in attendance it should prove to have an electric atmosphere.

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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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Former Seattle Mariners pitcher Jamie Moyer at his foundation's Magnolia headquarters, Thurs., Aug. 6, 2015, in Seattle. The Moyer Foundation has made Jamie a beloved Seattle athlete as much as what he did on the field. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)When Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto called Jamie Moyer to invite him to camp the oldest pitcher to win a game in major-league history replied, “Is that as a player, or in another capacity?” After a weeklong stint in Peoria Moyer’s engagement and enthusiasm suggests that he loved it.  Not being used to calling the dugout home, Moyer’s did a remarkable job assessing the players work, giving mechanical suggestions, and providing insight into the mental challenged of baseball on both the major- and minor-league side of the complex. Moyer was said to be a natural on the coaching end, and seemed more than open to pursuing that line of work. Moyer says he’d be willing to  work around his schedule to go on some special assignments during the season upon request.

The Pennsylvania native is a former professional baseball pitcher with over 25-years in Major League Baseball experience currently lives in Florida with his wife and eight children. When he’s not focusing on family or sports he’s working with his non-profit organization dedicated to helping children in severe distress through the Moyer Foundation.

At the time of his last game, Moyer was the oldest player in the major leagues and had the most wins, losses, and strikeouts of any active MLB pitcher. He’s pitched for the Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, St. Louis Cardinals, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, Philadelphia Phillies, and Colorado Rockies. He was inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame last year in 2015. Moyer played for 25 seasons, from 1986 to 2012, winning 269 games — the final one for the Rockies at age 49 — and this may just be his time to explore the other side of the field. Moyer announced the end of his baseball-playing career during an interview with Dave Davies on National Public Radio’s Fresh Air broadcast that aired October 2, 2013. During the interview on Fresh Air he also announced his intention to start a pitching academy, The Moyer Pitching Academy, as well as continue his charitable work with The Moyer Foundation, but that he would be open to an offer to coach in the major leagues.

Moyer has the instant street cred that comes with a career that brought him two 20-win seasons, an All-Star appearance and a World Series title. “Whether it’s pickoff moves, how you hold your glove in the stretch or how you attack hitters, he’s got like 25 years in the big leagues, which is unbelievable,’’ Mariners pitcher Mike Montgomery said. “ It’s pretty cool listening to him talk, and having him give me advice on different little things is pretty awesome.” One tip Moyer gave Montgomery to help his changeup was to hold two balls in his hand, then take one away and see how the ball feels smaller. “It’s little things like that I would have never thought about,’’ he said. This only confirms previous thoughts by many that Moyer is a natural on the coaching end, and seems open to pursuing that line of work.

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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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