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The Wimbledon group has subsidized a young boy who was paralyzed but still maintains a competitive spirit:



Football players from Lowell, MA showed that true grit can be displayed in pink while raising awareness and money for cancer by wearing pink jerseys in a recent game: http://www.mlive.com/sports/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2009/09/lowell_football_players_other.html

Michael Vick is an example of how a professional athlete succumbing to bad behavior can ruin a legacy forever.  The former Atlanta Falcons quarterback had everything going for him (talent, money, fame, etc.) and then lost it all over a hobby that he shared with his friends back in Virginia: dog-fighting.

Vick has already been serving a 23-month federal sentence in Kansas, a conviction that will put him behind bars until July of 2009 along with three years probation following his release.  Just recently, he pleaded guilty to state charges of dog-fighting, which may actually shorten his federal sentence and help his chances of returning to professional football.  Here is the latest ESPN article on Vick, which details his latest guilty plea.


In terms of Vick’s wealth, the former Virginia Tech stand out is now bankrupt, losing his house in Surry County, Virginia, and nearly all of his $130 million dollar contract that he signed with Atlanta in 2004.  When Vick is released from a Kansas jail next July, the lifestyle that he once lived will be all but relinquished.

Lastly, we knew that the 28-year old Vick’s legacy was in serious trouble when he was convicted in August of 2007.  Today, the question remains whether or not he will be given a second chance to play professional football.  Is there anyone out there that thinks that once Vick has served out his sentence, he should be given the opportunity to play again?

Time is certainly not in Vick’s favor, and his former Atlanta Falcons teammates are doing just fine without him, carrying a winning record under rookie quarterback, Matt Ryan.  At 7-4, Ryan and the Falcons are in the hunt for an NFC playoff spot.  A playoff apppearance by Atlanta would be the first time the Falcons have qualified for the playoffs since 2004, when Vick led the team to the NFC Championship game.

On Tom Brady’s personal website, http://www.tombrady.com, Tom says he’s buying 1,500 laptops as part of the One Laptop Per Child effort and will send them to Uganda, care of his sister, Nancy, who is there working with the Infectious Disease Institute.

“One Laptop Per Child is an education-based charity located in Cambridge whose mission is to provide many of the world’s poorest children with their own computer,” Brady writes.

“After meeting with the group, I committed to buying 1,500 laptops and sending them to my amazing sister who is doing a mission in Uganda right now and will hand deliver them to the kids she and I met last year.”

Here are links to the original article in the Boston Herald and the One Laptop per Child website:



Sports Illustrated had this to say about him:

“What a legacy he’s leaving in St. Louis. Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols (right) won MLB’s Roberto Clemente Award not just for his latest monster season (.357, 37 homers, 116 RBIs) but also for his foundation’s work helping kids with Down syndrome. ‘Winning the award,’ said Pujols, ‘is one of the most humbling experiences of my life.'”

Here is the ESPN article on Pujols, whose foundation, “The Albert Pujols Family Foundation,” helps the lives of children and young adults with down syndrome.


The Roberto Clemente Award is given annually to a player who demonstrates the values Clemente displayed in his commitment to community and understanding the value of helping others.  Each club nominates a player in September.  The winner is selected from 30 nominees during the World Series.

Roberto Clemente Award Logo

Roberto Clemente Award Logo

Here is the list of past winners of the award, dating back to 1971 when the award was created.  Clemente, who played in his last game during the 1972 season, was tragically killed in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve, December 31st, 1972.  Clemente’s flight was bound for his native country of Nicaragua, where he was going to help out with the relief efforts following a massive earthquake that devastated his country.

2008     Albert Pujols
2007     Craig Biggio
2006     Carlos Delgado
2005     John Smoltz
2004     Edgar Martinez
2003     Jamie Moyer
2002     Jim Thome
2001     Curt Schilling
2000     Al Leiter
1999     Tony Gwynn
1998     Sammy Sosa
1997     Eric Davis
1996     Kirby Puckett
1995     Ozzie Smith
1994     Dave Winfield
1993     Barry Larkin
1992     Cal Ripken, Jr.
1991     Harold Reynolds
1990     Dave Stewart
1989     Gary Carter
1988     Dale Murphy
1987     Rick Sutcliffe
1986     Garry Maddox
1985     Don Baylor
1984     Ron Guidry
1983     Cecil Cooper
1982     Ken Singleton
1981     Steve Garvey
1980     Phil Niekro
1979     Andre Thornton
1978     Greg Luzinski
1977     Rod Carew
1976     Pete Rose
1975     Lou Brock
1974     Willie Stargell
1973     Al Kaline
1972     Brooks Robinson
1971     Willie Mays

The WBO Middleweight Champion from Youngstown, Ohio just recently lost his first boxing match ever.  He was on the losing end of a non-title fight with Bernard Hopkins on Saturday night, October 18th, 2008 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  Pavlik, now with a record of (34-1) in his career, must face the criticism and the doubt that has surrounded him ever since he rose to “boxing stardom” very much under the radar, known to the boxing world as the “Ghost of Youngstown.”  As anybody who has grown up in Youngstown, Ohio knows, the town that used to be booming with steel production and industry, is now depleted like most other “rust-belt” towns.  The 6’2″, 169 lb. Pavlik has given the old town “new life” and he has shown that anybody who has the “will” to fulfill their dream can overcome a tough situation.  There is no doubt we will not only see Pavlik fulfill his dream of being a champion boxer, but also leave a lasting “legacy” on the people of Youngstown, the sport of boxing, and the entire United States of America.  Check out this video on ESPN’s original show, E:60, about Pavlik and his story:


Also, check out these two articles, one on Pavlik and one on Hopkins.  Then, place a vote in the poll to determine which boxer will have the “greater legacy” when it is all said and done.



O.J. Vintage Sports Illustrated

Tom Rinaldi did an excellent piece for ESPN’s Outside the Lines, on how the legacy of O.J. Simpson was once as strong as any athlete on the planet. However, after the tumultuous 1994 murder trial of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown-Simpson, and most recently, the sports memorabilia fiasco in Las Vegas, Simpson’s legacy has all but been relinquished. It just goes to show that poor choices off-of-the-field can cast a huge shadow on the legacy of a superstar athlete like Simpson.

The video can be found at this link:


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