Articles in Category: Beyond the Athlete

Brian Leonard and the Embrace Kids Foundation

Written by Mark Fischgrund on Tuesday, 03 April 2012. Posted in Foundation Spotlight, Beyond the Athlete

Former Rutgers Football Players Come Together to Raise Money

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Brian Leonard and the Embrace Kids Foundation

On Tuesday, March 13, Brian Leonard, former football legend at Rutgers University and current running back for the Cincinnati Bengals, drew in over 20 NFL players for his third annual "Rally at the Alley" charity event to help raise money and awareness for the Embrace Kids Foundation.

Just Do It

Written by Kira Weinstein on Thursday, 06 October 2011. Posted in Interviews, Foundation Spotlight, Beyond the Athlete


There are those who lend their name to charities for the positive publicity.  There are those who write checks to foundations for the tax deductions.  There are those who give time at the local soup kitchen during the holidays because they feel they have to.  And then there are those who give their time, money and name because they want to make a difference.  Mark McMillian is one of these people.

More than an Athlete: Jorge Posada

on Wednesday, 03 August 2011. Posted in Beyond the Athlete

The Jorge Posada Foundation

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More than an Athlete: Jorge Posada

We all watch sports for various reasons: entertainment value, the commitment to laundry, the intrigue of certain players for different reasons, gambling, fantasy game—I could list reasons for the rest of the column.

If you get the vast majority of your sports fix via your television, which most of us do, it is often easy to forget that the athletes we are watching are people. People with lives outside of sports. People who may make more money than most of us can fathom, but also people who, for the most part, perform services to help those less fortunate. Athletes help average people but also those struggling the most in society. Moral of the story: the majority of athletes are not just rich, pampered men with nice cars and trophy wives who have more money than they know what to do with.

Dwight Howard: Super Man

Written by Kira Weinstein on Friday, 15 July 2011. Posted in Interviews, Basketball, Foundation Spotlight, Beyond the Athlete


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Dwight Howard: Super Man

Watching Dwight Howard on the basketball court provides basketball fans with everything they could ever want: hustle, intensity, overwhelming power and moves worthy of a SportsCenter highlight reel. Since Howard entered the league out of high school in 2004, he has been dominating the paint. His impressive resume includes averaging a double-double, winning an Olympic gold medal, being selected as an All-Star five times and being voted NBA Defensive Player of the Year an unprecedented three seasons in a row (2009-2011).

Josh Howard Looks Back and Forward with BSP!!

on Wednesday, 22 June 2011. Posted in Beyond the Athlete

BSP Gets The Scoop on Josh Howard

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Josh Howard Looks Back and Forward with BSP!!

It has been said that character is much easier kept than recovered. The spotlight has always shined brightly on the mistakes that Josh Howard has made over the years. From admitting to marijuana use to getting arrested, to disrespecting the National Anthem, Josh Howard’s character has been questioned by many and respected by few.

The Beaten Path That Led To Salvation

on Wednesday, 15 June 2011. Posted in Beyond the Athlete

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The Beaten Path That Led To Salvation

In fifth grade the life of Anthony Bernard Carter was changed forever. Carter had no idea that his future would be set in motion that fateful year in Atlanta when he and his fellow Fred A. Toomer Elementary School classmates were adopted into the “I Have a Dream” Foundation.


A Sit-Down With Roger Mason, Jr.

Written by Kira Weinstein on Monday, 13 June 2011. Posted in Beyond the Athlete


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A Sit-Down With Roger Mason, Jr.

Roger Mason, Jr. an addition to the New York Knicks’ roster last season, is a veteran long-range sharpshooter.As the NBA’s 26th most accurate three-point shooter in this year’s postseason, Mason has certainly left his mark in the league over the past seven years.In just two years with the San Antonio Spurs (2008-2010), he climbed to the ninth spot on the Spurs’ all-time three-point list.Not only is Mason lethal from the three-point line, but he is also stellar from the foul line, shooting a career 86.4% from the charity stripe.

Beyond Dat Dude: An Interview with Marcellus Wiley

Written by Jay Sanzari on Saturday, 11 June 2011. Posted in Beyond the Athlete

From Dat Pro Football Player to Dat ESPN Analyst

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Beyond Dat Dude: An Interview with Marcellus Wiley

“Let me explain something to you. Um, I am not ‘Mr. Lebowski.’ I'm the Dude. So that's what you call me. You know, that or, uh, His Dudeness, or uh, Duder, or El Duderino if you're not into the whole brevity thing.” – The Dude, The Big Lebowski (1998)

Much like the quote above from one of the best comedy movies of the 1990s, the subject of this article also goes by a “duderific” nickname. That person, of course, can be no other than former NFL star and ESPN analyst Marcellus Wiley, or as he may explain to you, “Dat Dude.”

Similar to the epic adventure of The Dude in The Big Lebowski, Wiley has been through an equal amount of excitement, highs and lows during a very successful professional football career.


Albert Haynesworth Part II

Written by Jay Sanzari on Saturday, 09 April 2011. Posted in Jay Sanzari, Interviews, Beyond the Athlete

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Albert Haynesworth Part II

Despite his playing last season with the Washington Redskins, Haynesworth's name in the NFL was created in Tennessee with the Titans. This is also the same great state in which he played his college football. When asked about being picked to play for the Titans in the 2002 draft, Haynesworth seemed agitated that he didn’t get selected sooner, but was grateful to be drafted by the Titans organization.

Beyond the Athlete with HBK Shawn Michaels

Written by Randy Zellea on Thursday, 24 March 2011. Posted in Wrestling, Beyond the Athlete

Breaking it down with HBK!!

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Beyond the Athlete with HBK Shawn Michaels

Think Pro Wrestling; think Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Andre the Giant and Stone Cold Steve Austin

HBK burst onto the stage of the WWE in 1988 with tag team partner, Marty Jeanetty. Dubbed as the Rockers, the pair quickly became fan favorites, experiencing unmatched popularity from 1988 to 1992.

n 1992 Shawn went solo, skyrocketing to new levels of success, until 1998 when a back injury took him out of the game. It was during this time that he found the love of his life, Rebecca Née Curci, an employee of WWE rival, WCW. They married in March of 1999 had quickly had their first of two children. Despite his achievements both in and out of the ring, Shawn continued to battle with personal demons, which led him to John Hagee's Corner Stone Church in San Antonio Texas. After some time, he became an integral part of the church and eventually, a bible teacher.

Beyond the Athlete: In Atlanta, They Like Their Birds Dirty

on Tuesday, 15 March 2011. Posted in Jay Sanzari, Beyond the Athlete

At first glance, you might think that the title of this article is in reference to a former “Dirty Bird” Michael Vick; however, that is not the case. This article is about the original “Dirty Bird” himself, Jamal Anderson.

I’m sure all of you football fans out there remember this explosive running back, formerly of the Atlanta Falcons. Recently I received an opportunity to sit back and reflect on a rather successful career that was achieved by Anderson.


Beyond The Athlete: Jalen Rose

on Friday, 04 February 2011. Posted in Interviews, Beyond the Athlete

ESPN's Jalen Rose Speaks with BSP

Jalen Rose has always been ahead of the curve. After a brilliant college and solid professional career, Rose has succeeded in a variety of ventures, both professional and philanthropic.Currently a successful NBA analyst for ESPN, Rose reminisced about his college and pro careers, his transition into media, and a multitude of other topics.

Beyond The Athlete: Troy Hudson

Written by Nick Singleton on Wednesday, 29 September 2010. Posted in Beyond the Athlete

Unlike many athletes who vanish into the shadows of retirement, Troy Hudson has managed to keep the attention of the public with his career in the entertainment industry. Hudson, an eleven year NBA veteran, has gradually made the transition from the court into the office with his multi-tiered management company Hudson Enterprises. As an undrafted free agent, Troy Hudson’s speed, accurate shooting and intelligence transpired into a successful career with the Utah Jazz, Orlando Magic and Minnesota Timberwolves.

Gerris Wilkinson: Giant Aspirations

Written by Jay Sanzari on Friday, 13 August 2010. Posted in Jay Sanzari, Beyond the Athlete

With all the scrutiny and changes the Giants defense has undergone within the past year, there is still one big question mark. That, of course, is the void left by Antonio Pierce at the middle linebacker position.

When the draft came this past April, the Giants waited until the fourth round to address this glaring need by drafting LB Phillip Dillard. This move made many believe that the Giants organization was hoping a leader would emerge from the linebackers already on the roster. However, another factor was added to the equation with the Giants’ recent acquisition of LB Keith Bulluck.

Beyond the Athlete: Vonnie Holliday

Written by Jay Sanzari on Wednesday, 23 June 2010. Posted in Beyond the Athlete

In today’s sports media, more and more attention is being granted to the negative actions of pro athletes.  So much so that it is beginning to influence how fans judge the overall character of pro athletes and professional sports, in general.

The NFL is no stranger to knucklehead players.  Whether they’re pouting over their multi-million dollar contracts, skipping training camp, or getting hauled off to jail, there are certain athletes who simply don’t get it.  They are spoiled, unappreciative, and selfish children hell-bent on their own personal destruction.

Frankly, we’re tired of hearing about them.

But there are many athletes of good—even great—character currently playing in the National Football League whose contributions to society too often go unnoticed.  To help correct this imbalance in media coverage, Back Sports Page features “Beyond the Athlete” which looks at some of the unsung heroes who made it through the fame and fortune with their character intact.

To continue this series, I had the pleasure of speaking with defensive end Vonnie Holliday, a recent pickup by the Washington Redskins.  Though new to the NFC East, Holliday has enjoyed an impressive 13-year career on the defensive line and shows no signs of slowing down.