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Posted by TSUE on September 4, 2008








NFL star Jonathan Babineaux has joined forces with the Lupus Foundation of America, Georgia Chapter to help raise awareness for lupus, one of the least recognizable and most misunderstood diseases affecting 55,000 Georgians and more than 1.5 million Americans.


Jonathan, who was recently inducted into the Port Arthur Hall of Fame along with his brother Jordan who plays for the Seattle Seahawks, through their Babineaux Brothers Foundation have been sponsoring fundraisers in their hometown of Port Arthur, Texas, to benefit lupus research for four years.  Jonathan is now assisting Georgians living with lupus by helping highlight the programs, services and events provided by the Georgia chapter.


The Lupus Foundation of America, Georgia Chapter (LFAGA) is the only statewide valuable resource for lupus patients, providing thousands with educational information, physician referrals, resources, support groups and educational programs. 90% of every dollar raised stays in Georgia to support chapter programs.


Monday, Sept.  22, 2008, the LFAGA is hosting its first annual “Drive for Lupus Now” Golf Tournament at Towne Lake Hills Golf Club with PGA Tour’s Jason Bohn and Mark Strickland, the 2007 Georgia State Golf Association, Player of the Year. To play golf, sponsor a golfer or for more information on all chapter programs and how to get involved and make a difference for those living with lupus, visit www.lfaga.org or call 770-333-5930 or email info@lfaga.org


Due to the alarming increase in the number of people affected by lupus in their hometown, the Babineaux family raise funds to benefit lupus programs as well as building a community recreation center.  

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Posted by TSUE on August 4, 2008

Ovie Mughelli on Brett Farve

Ovie Mughelli

When Falcons fullback Ovie Mughelli stopped by this spring, we were somewhat intrigued by his acting skills. At the time, Brett Favre was calling it a career, and we thought we’d let Ovie take a shot at re-enacting Brett’s final play. Since then, Favre has managed to stay in the news-he does this extremely well-and now we’re unsure if Ovie’s depiction is a part of our future, or past. As in, was this Brett’s final play, or is it still yet to come? Either way, we thought we’d let you decide. With a little prodding, any NFL star with some acting chops can become Brett Favre. Then again, maybe it’s just Ovie.
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Once Upon A Time With NFL Vernon Davis

Posted by TSUE on July 31, 2008

Once upon a time, Vernon Davis was a young man who went by the nickname “Little Duke” growing up in the inner city of Washington, D.C. He could have ended up committing crimes or hanging out on the streets, but he credits his grandmother, Adaline, with teaching him the importance of respecting his elders, setting goals, and staying humble. While most of his friends were getting into trouble, Davis was bulking up in the small gym at Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C. By the time he started playing football for the University of Maryland Terrapins, he was a mountain of muscle, standing 6-foot-3 and weighing more than 250 pounds. “Little” was dropped from the tight end’s nickname, and Davis was simply called “The Duke.” In 2006, his hours in the gym paid off when his name was called sixth in the NFL draft, and he signed a five-year, $23-million contract with the San Francisco 49ers. But Davis’ proudest moment came last fall when his son, Jianni Lenon, was born. Not much else could come close to topping that emotional high, except perhaps for leading the 49ers to Super Bowl XLII next year.

1. Other than family, who were the most influential people in your life when you were growing up? Why? My teammates. They taught me how to adapt to adverse situations.

2. Who in your family were you closest to? Why? My grandma. I was close to my grandma not only because she basically raised my siblings and me, but also because she has been a friend and confidant while I was in high school and college.

3. When you were a child, what did you imagine your adult life would be like? I imagined myself playing in the NBA. But then when I got in the 10th grade, I started getting scholarship offers. I decided to play football and focus on that.

4. What was your first pet? Do you remember any funny stories about that pet? My first pet was an iguana. His name was Marlo. I named him Marlo because a cartoon I watched as a child had a character with that name. When I got him, it was the first name that came to mind. I remember once Marlo managed to escape from his tank in the basement. My aunt happened to be downstairs and noticed Marlo was not in his tank. She yelled and asked where he was. Then I heard her scream at the top of her lungs. Marlo was somehow hanging from the ceiling, and the sight scared her.

5. What was your favorite thing to do as a child? Ride my bike in the rain.

6. What was your most embarrassing moment in high school? I spilled mustard all over my clothes.

7. Were you voted “Most likely to…” do anything in high school? “Most likely to succeed.”

8. How did you stay out of trouble while other kids in your neighborhood were hanging out on the streets? I stayed away from the kids that were getting into trouble in my community. I did that by playing football, playing basketball, and running track—just doing things to keep myself active.

Vernon Davis 9 months old Vernon Davis 2 years old Vernon Davis 5 years old

9. What was your first job, and how did you obtain it? I was a security aide for an elementary school in my neighborhood called Clark Elementary. The one thing I thought was funny about the job was that I was a security aide just to help out, but they gave me a flashlight for some reason—perhaps as my only protection or weapon.

10. What did you do with your first paycheck? I bought the hottest tennis shoes out at the time: a pair of red, black, and white Air Jordans.

11. Did you have a favorite outfit while growing up that, looking back on it now, you really regret? My favorite jersey—a Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant No. 8 jersey. I thought it was cool and unique because my number was at the bottom of the jersey, but I guess the manufacturer made it incorrectly.

12. Who was your first celebrity crush? Janet Jackson. I had a poster from her Control album. The title track still happens to be my favorite Janet Jackson song.

13. Who was your favorite superhero? Which of his or her characteristics did you most admire? Superman, because he could fly.

14. If you had a super power, what would it be? To run as fast as a horse.

15. Who knows you the best? My grandma.

16. Who makes you laugh the hardest? My son. This may sound crazy, but my son is always trying to look mean and make hard faces at people including me for no reason. Then just as he is trying to give you the hardest look, he will all of a sudden give this great big smile and have a happy face. It just cracks me up.

17. What is the most amazing place you’ve ever been? The Dominican Republic. It has all-inclusive resorts, gorgeous beaches, and interesting culture and people. I especially liked the people on the small motorbikes driving around on the streets going nowhere but always riding around looking cool. The most memorable thing there was going snorkeling in the beautiful ocean. That was amazing.

18. Where would you like to visit, if you could go anywhere in the world? Italy. As an art studio major during college, I studied a lot about the Renaissance period, which took place in Italy, and I just fell in love with the artwork. Michelangelo is my favorite artist.

19. Is there anything you have always wanted to do, but haven’t done yet? I want to go skydiving.

20. Which celebrity do you most identify with? Steven Jackson of the St. Louis Rams. Everyone thinks we look alike, and people get us confused when they see us out. When we call each other, we laugh about the people who always say they saw us in some city when it was the other person they saw.

Vernon Davis, at his graduation from Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C., 19 years old Vernon Davis with his dad on draft day, 22 years old Vernon Davis

21. What music is on your iPod now? Tha Carter III and T.I. vs. T.I.P. I get energized by listening to music; just sitting by myself and envisioning myself making plays. That gives me a drive so when I go out on the field I’m already energized and ready to go.

22. What was your favorite TV show while growing up? Martin. I’ve watched Martin Lawrence for so long. I just went to Best Buy and bought all of his DVDs. I enjoy watching comedy.

23. Describe the perfect day. What would you be doing? Where would you go? I would wake up in the morning and work out for two hours—not three hours. I would get some lunch. On my way home, I would stop by the spa and get a pedicure, manicure, and massage. I would get home, walk my dogs, and grab another snack—because I eat a lot. I would call up some of my teammates and go to the mall and grab some things wherever we may end up. After that, I would come back to the house, take a shower, grab some more food, and go to bed.

24. Describe your idea of heaven on earth? Living in a mansion directly on the beach with 10 cars and being married with kids.

25. When do you think you will get married? Ten years from now. That’s a big step.

26. What is your favorite restaurant? Morton’s, The Steakhouse. I am a big guy, so I love the porterhouse steak, especially with garlic mashed potatoes or a baked potato with some veggies.

27. If you could give your 15-year-old self one piece of advice, what would it be? I would tell myself to keep working hard; stay out of trouble because it can hurt you in the long run; don’t be a follower, be a leader; and just work harder than anyone else year-round, year in and year out.

28. Who has been your greatest mentor? [Teammate] Brian Jennings. He taught me a lot ever since I got there. He taught me how to be a professional athlete in the NFL, especially in my position.

29. What other players in the NFL do you look up to? Shawn Mervin of the San Diego Chargers. He is a linebacker I played with in college. I look up to him because I know him, and I know the things that he did to get to where he is today. He is a hard worker just like myself. He always wants to be on top. It’s a good thing to try to be above everyone else.

30. What sacrifices have you made for your sport? Every season, I just try to work harder than other guys around me. I want to make myself better and keep that edge.

31. Over the course of your career what is the most difficult situation that you’ve experienced? Getting injured. I got injured my first year [a broken leg] and had a little injury my second year [a sprained ligament in his right knee]. It was the most difficult part of my career because I’d never been injured. It was a learning experience.

32. What has been the biggest personal obstacle you’ve faced? Not having my mother and father around. I was pretty much just raised by my grandparents.

33. What do you aspire to accomplish in your job in the next 10 years? I would expect to go into the Hall of Fame for my play on the field.

34. What is your greatest wish for your son? To be better than me at everything and to achieve more.

35. What is your greatest fear? Losing someone I am very close to.

36. What do you hope to be remembered for? My hard work and dedication.

37. Have you had any crazy experiences with fans? I have a lot of fans. Wherever I might be, I’ll run across someone who knows who I am. They run up to me saying, “Vernon, Vernon, Vernon, I’m a big 49ers fan.” I like that. I enjoy that. One of the things that shocked me happened last year when I was coming out of the mall, and this guy ran around the corner. He was running really fast, and he came right up to me and said, “You’re Vernon Davis. Can I have a hug?” I didn’t know what to say because I’d never run into anything like that where another guy wanted a hug from me. I gave the guy a one-handed hug around the back, and he said, “You just made my day.” That was probably one of the proudest moments of my life. To hear someone say that I made their day was just great.

38. What would people be most surprised to discover about you? That I am an artist and that I paint. When I tell people that I paint, they get all amazed.

39. When did you become interested in art? During my sophomore year of college. I had never done anything dealing with art in high school or junior high school. It kind of came out of nowhere. I had an academic counselor, and she saw me taking some lessons in college and told me, “Vernon, you’re pretty good at this. Maybe you should change your major or take more classes.” So I said, “I’ll think about it.” Before you know it, I changed my major, and art has been one of the things I’ve been doing regularly.”

40. Any other hidden talents? I play a little basketball once in a while. But I got strong, so I can’t really shoot like I used to. But I like to play table tennis a lot.

There is much more to learn about this tough tight end in this behind-the-scenes glimpse into Davis’ life on and off the field. Watch the Video »

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San Francisco 49er Vernon Davis on Brightcover.TV

Posted by TSUE on July 31, 2008

Fans might recognize San Francisco 49er Vernon Davis by his signature dreads and from his ads as the official spokesman for Under Armour apparel. But there is much more to learn about this tough tight end in this behind-the-scenes glimpse into Davis’. Click here to learn more: <http://www.brightcove.tv/title.jsp?title=1701226940>

Eddie Rhodman, Jr.
Destined for Success Management, LLC
Personal Management-Publicist for Athletes
770-908-1525 Office
404-423-4493 Mobile

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Vernon Davis is the Featured Spotlight Athlete of The Week on JockLife

Posted by TSUE on July 31, 2008


Jocklife.com <http://Jocklife.com> catches up with San Francisco 49ers VERNON DAVIS at Big Tigger’s 7th Annual Celebrity Classic in Washington, DC this past June.

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Vernon Davis in the August Issue of San Jose Magazine

Posted by TSUE on July 31, 2008

As Vernon prepares for the 2008 NFL season, he talked with San Jose Magazine and gives a them a inside to his life as a kid growing up to this upcoming NFL season with the San Francisco 49ers.

Once upon a time, Vernon Davis was a young man who went by the nickname “Little Duke” growing up in the inner city of Washington, D.C. He could have ended up committing crimes or hanging out on the streets, but he credits his grandmother, Adaline, with teaching him the importance of respecting his elders, setting goals, and staying humble. While most of his friends were getting into trouble, Davis was bulking up in the small gym at Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C. By the time he started playing football for the University of Maryland Terrapins, he was a mountain of muscle, standing 6-foot-3 and weighing more than 250 pounds. “Little” was dropped from the tight end’s nickname, and Davis was simply called “The Duke.” In 2006, his hours in the gym paid off when his name was called sixth in the NFL draft, and he signed a five-year, $23-million contract with the San Francisco 49ers. But Davis’ proudest moment came last fall when his son, Jianni Lenon, was born. Not much else could come close to topping that emotional high, except perhaps for leading the 49ers to Super Bowl XLII next year.

Click here to read more: http://www.sanjosemagazine.com/main/?p=911>

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NFL’S New Superhero – Terrell Owens “Comes to the Rescue”

Posted by TSUE on July 21, 2008

After the ESPY’s awards were taped on Wednesday a sports writer from ESPN’s page 2 was hit by a car. When he came to, Terrell Owens was there to save the day just doing what any normal human being would do. Once he was sure that Sam Alipour was okay he left the scene quietly.

terrell owens comes to sam alipour's rescue

NFL's Superhero Terrell Owens

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Party with Vernon Davis at Love Nightclub in WDC

Posted by TSUE on July 18, 2008

Vernon Davis Party

Vernon Davis Party

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NJ Giants Michael Strahan and Nicole Murphy

Posted by TSUE on July 17, 2008

Michael Strahan and Nicole Murphy

Michael Strahan and Nicole Murphy

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Baltimore Ravens cornerback Derrick Martin was cited on a charge of drug abuse

Posted by TSUE on July 1, 2008

Derrick martin Baltimore Ravens arrestedDespite a denial by the player and a suggestion from the team that it was either a coincidence or a case of identity theft, police have confirmed that Ravens cornerback Derrick Martin was arrested on Saturday for drug possession at the Cleveland airport.

Per the AP, the authorities determined in conjunction with the Ravens that Martin the Ravens player was the person arrested.Airport screeners found three small packets of marijuana while searching Marting at a security checkpoint.

The fact that Martin apparently lied to the team about the incident could subject him to stiffer-than-usual penalties under the Personal Conduct Policy.

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Vernon is one of the 15 single men People chose for the Lock of Love HOT Bachelor issue.

Posted by TSUE on June 23, 2008

Lock of Love Vernon Davis People Magazine June 30th 2008 issue

San Francisco 49ers Vernon Davis (www.vernondavis85.net) is in the June 30th issue of People Magazine on page 84; Vernon is one of the 15 single men People chose for the Lock of Love HOT Bachelor issue.



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Demarcus – NFL -New Baby

Posted by TSUE on June 19, 2008

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HAIR CUTZ FOR A CAUSE-Terrell Owens of Dallas Cowboys Hosts Hair Cutz-A-Thon in Miami-Paying it forward to the community

Posted by TSUE on June 17, 2008


Terrell Owens of Dallas Cowboys Hosts Hair Cutz-A-Thon in Miami


Grand Opening of T.O. CUTZ Barbershop Aids Children on Saturday, June 21

Fundraiser guests include former Congresswoman Carrie P. Meek


Terrell Owens, Dallas Cowboy wide receiver, kicks off the grand opening of T.O. CUTZ Barbershop, Miami’s newest elegant hair salon for men and women, with a Hair Cutz-A-Thon fundraiser for local and global children’s organizations. The Hair Cutz-A-Thon will take place Saturday, June 21 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. followed by a VIP Reception and Press Party from 6:30 to 8:30pm in T.O. CUTZ Barbershop, located at 8850 Miramar Parkway, Unit 6 (Miramar Parkway & 37 Avenue/Douglas Road).


            Men, women and children are invited to get stylish “Cutz” for a cause. The Hair Cutz-a-thon will open with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:00 a.m. involving T.O. Cutz Barbershop co-owners Owens and acclaimed hair stylist Peter Bethel as well as Congresswoman Carrie P. Meek, State Representative Oscar Brayon II, and other elected officials and celebrities.  Hair Cutz-A-Thon is a family event that will benefit youths from South West Broward Junior Athletic Association Optimist Club of Miramar, FL and Sanctuary of Moses, a Miami-based organization that aids children in Benin, West Africa.


T.O. Cutz Barbershop is an upscale barbershop that provides a full range of grooming services for its clients. The opening of the Miramar location will be Owens and Bethel’s official launch of a national franchise of Cutz Barbershops.


The Hair Cutz-A-Thon is part of Owens and Bethel’s belief in “paying it forward” to the community.  Owens, the author of the children’s book Little T Learns To Share, heads the Terrell Owens Catch A Dream Foundation, a non-profit organization created to erase hunger and the lack of basic daily needs facing some households in the nation.  The foundation, based in Dallas, provides the necessary resources that children and youth require for realizing and acting on their dreams. One of the popular programs is the Terrell Owens Youth Football Camp. 


“I am excited about partnering with Peter and looking forward to providing a service for the children of the community,” explained Owens.  “I am a product of the community. The community has supported me throughout my career, so it is only right that I give back.”


Bethel, who was born in the Bahamas, is considered one of Miami’s most popular barbers to the stars.  His career spans over 20 years in South Florida.  Celebrities, professional athletes and political figures, including Shaquille O’Neal, Dwayne Wade, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, and Sean “P. Diddy” Combs have been Bethel’s clients. Previously, he had a successful salon business partnership with NBA Miami Heat player Alonzo Mourning.


“Being able to have the opportunity to give back is incredible for me, especially when I’m able to support the youth in the local community that I have lived in for so long,” said Bethel.


South West Broward Junior Athletic Association (SWBJAA) Optimist Club of Miramar and Sanctuary of Moses (SOM) are beneficiary organizations.  SWBJAA Optimist Club serves 700 to 800 children in the community.  Funds from the Hair Cutz-A-Thon will be used to establish a tutoring program for children at risk in Miramar, FL.  Sanctuary of Moses focuses on combating child trafficking in Benin, West Africa through education.  SOM will use the funds to provide education programs to more than 500 children who have no access to schools in Benin, West Africa.  

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NFL Vernon Davis – Sn Franciso 49ers- Man with a plan

Posted by TSUE on June 17, 2008

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 Vernon Davis www.vernondavis85.net


Known for his superb physical strength and agility, 2006 first round draft pick and starting tight end for the San Francisco 49ers, Vernon Davis, has broken both college and professional records, thereby etching his name into sports history books.  The Washington, D.C. native attended Dunbar High School and was a letterman in track & field, basketball and football.  He was the DCIAA champion in track & field for the high jump with an impressive jump of 6’5”.


Davis then attended the University of Maryland, where he set school tight end strength records in the bench press, power-clean, index and squat.  The art studio major also finished his college career with 1371 yards on 83 receptions, averaging 16.5 yards per catch and garnering him the best average of any first round tight end ever.  Vernon’s strong performance at the 2006 scouting combine- running the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds- made him the top tight end prospect and put him on record with what is believed to be the fastest time ever recorded by a tight end.  He also lead other competitors in his position in bench press reps, broad jump and vertical jump.  It’s of little surprise, then, that the sixth overall pick of the first round in the 2006 NFL draft was able to acquire a 5-year contract with San Francisco that made him one of the highest paid tight ends ever drafted. 


Vernon doesn’t take his physical or financial blessings for granted, though.  In fact he is committed to giving back to the community, whether it’s his native one or the one he’s adopted on the west coast. He not only makes financial contributions to various causes, but also donates his time to different charities.  He recently hosted and awarded prizes at the KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) Spelling Bee and visited a KIPP school in the San Francisco area.  He also co-taught an art class at the Triton Museum and conducted a walking tour of the Museum and Art Gallery in Palo Alto, CA.  He also participated in the 49ers “Shop with a Player” program and in WAMU Touchdown for Tots.  Further, he was involved in “Smocks for Jocks” in 2006 and 2007, contributing an original tribute piece to Bill Walsh in the 2007 event, which sold at silent auction for $500.


Vernon’s goals do not stop at the end zone, though.  He aspires to make imprints in both the worlds of modeling and art.  While he currently endorses Under Armour, he is looking forward to more high fashion opportunities.  In addition, he plans on increasing his portfolio of paintings and providing the world with an artistic view of the world he sees and loves.  He hopes that through his art, he will be able to further contribute to the community that has supported him thus far.


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Baltimore Ravens Daniel Wilcox Private Wedding

Posted by TSUE on June 17, 2008

Baltimore Ravens Daniel Wilcox Private Wedding

On Saturday, June the 28th of 2008, the 50 yard line at Raven’s Stadium will host its first wedding, a fairytale ceremony between NFL player Daniel Wilcox of the Baltimore Ravens and Shauna Chin, a former Ms. Belize of NY.


Daniel is the first Ravens player ever to get married at M&T Bank Stadium and this enchanting couple will be the first ever to be wed on the field. Along with family and friends, attendees of this grand event will consist of local and national celebrities. The three hundred guests attending will be charmed as they witness the bride’s entrance onto the field in a horse drawn Cinderella carriage. The carriage will place Shauna at the end of the aisle in a stunning Pnina Tornai original couture gown.


Daniel will stand at the alter in a hand-stitched tailored one-of-a-kind tuxedo created by New York designer Devon Scott. The couple will be serenaded with a live duet by Jonathan Nelson & Juanita Contee from the gospel group Purpose.


The ceremony will be officiated by Pastor Jamal Harrison Bryant, senior pastor of the Empowerment Temple and host of the ‘Power of Life’, an international broadcast.

Exuding the values that Shauna and Daniel hold dear: respect and pride in family and culture, the couple plan to host an entire weekend of celebrations combining their two families of Southern American & Belizeantradition as one:

Baltimore Ravens Daniel Wilcox Private Wedding

Baltimore Ravens Daniel Wilcox Private Wedding

About Daniel Wilcox

Daniel Wilcox is an 8th year tight end/utility player going into his 5th year as a Baltimore Raven. Born and raised in Decatur, Georgia Daniel lived a modest young life. Wilcox attended Georgia Military Academy & Appalachian State University.


Daniel founded his Empowerment M.I.N.D.S.(Motivating and Inspiring Neighborhoods Determined to Succeed) Foundation in 2005. This man, Daniel Wilcox possesses a true gift of ‘giving’. Commended with various awards, he has proven to be one of the most active Ravens in the community. Through his generosity, motivational speaking and personable demeanor he has won the heart of Baltimore city.


Some of the charitable work done by Daniel and his foundation include the following:


  • Akeelah & The Bee’ Movie Screening
  • 800 Baltimore city middle students were hosted at the Senator Theatre for a pre-screening of the movie ‘Akeelah & The Bee’
  • USO Support Our Troops Tour
  • Daniel participated in the USO Tour visiting Afghanistan and Qatar. He toured 10 different US Military Installations in support of the troops. He delivered phone cards and postal stamps to the soldiers to help them stay in touch with their families.
  • September 11th 2001 Attacks volunteer work
  • As a member of the New York Jets Daniel volunteered during the time of 9-11. Alongside firemen, police officers and other city officials he passed out food to families in need and aided in setting up shelter for the victims and their families. He also gave his time in consoling the families of the victims and providing a listening ear.
  • Aiding Area Schools
  • Book drive donations partnered with Borders & Waldenbooks
  • Homeroom Huddle Program @ Thurgood Marshall High School
  • SAT prep help
  • Raven’s RISE offering life lessons to high school age children
  • Christmas Shopping with underprivileged kids
  • Habitat for Humanity at area schools
  • Partnered with PAL for several different programs
  • Upon completion of a 40 hour online tutoring program each student was given a personal computer

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Baltimore Ravens Daniel Wilcox to Participate in NFL Broadcast Boot Camp

Posted by TSUE on June 17, 2008


Top NFL Producers & Directors to Instruct Players

CBS’ James Brown to Serve as Host Joined ByRon Jaworski, Dick Vermeil, Marshall Faulk, Brian Baldinger & Solomon Wilcots

Twenty current and former NFL players including NNAMDI ASOMUGHA, CHESTER PITTS and DARREN SHARPER, will take part in the annual NFL Broadcast Boot Camp at NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, it was announced today.

The program, which runs from June 16-19, is directed by the NFL Broadcasting Department and covers a wide range of topics with instructors from each of the NFL’s broadcasting partners – CBS, ESPN, FOX, NBC, NFL Network, Sirius Satellite Radio, Westwood One Radio, plus local radio and TV. It will include hands-on work in areas such as tape study, editing, show preparation, radio production, control room operation, studio preparation, production meetings, field reporting and game preparation. Each player will tape segments as a studio and game analyst and take part in a networking session with television executives. Each player also will serve as a live radio host on Sirius NFL Radio, a new feature added this year.

From last year’s group of 20 players at the inaugural Broadcast Boot Camp, 12 attendees have already earned broadcasting jobs as a result of their participation in the program.

“We continue to look for ways to help players develop their skills for post-NFL careers. Many of last year’s participants used this program as a career springboard and three have returned (IKE REESE, ROSS TUCKER and ROLAND WILLIAMS) to help this year’s class,” said NFL Vice President of Player and Employee Development MICHAEL HAYNES. “The support of the NFL’s broadcast partners will provide our players with a foundation for understanding the sports broadcasting business.”

“We are pleased that many of our players continually strive to achieve excellence off the field. It is imperative that we continue to create these type of quality programs that will allow players to experience second careers that they are proud of and passionate about,” said STACY ROBINSON, director of player development for the NFL Players Association.

The NFL Broadcast Boot Camp is part of an ongoing NFL-NFLPA initiative to assist players in preparing for their post-playing careers. Over the past four years, more than 360 players have participated in the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program. In addition, each offseason more than 100 NFL players enroll in college courses as they work towards Master’s or Bachelor’s degrees while more than 130 others pursue career development opportunities.

Enrollment criteria for the Broadcast Bootcamp include previous participation in NFL Player Development programs, prior media experience, essays, and NFL playing experience.

Following are the NFL players enrolled in the NFL Broadcast Boot Camp:


Anthony AlabiKansas City

Eric MouldsTennessee

Nnamdi AsomughaOakland

Ike NdukweMiami

Gary BaxterCleveland

Chester PittsHouston

Mitch BergerArizona

Ron RiceRetired (DET)

Mark CampbellNew Orleans

Mike RosenthalMiami

Derrick DockeryBuffalo

Darren SharperMinnesota

Mike FlynnBaltimore

Max StarksPittsburgh

Derrick MasonBaltimore

Matt StinchcombRetired (TB, OAK)

Tony McGeeRetired (NYG, DAL, CIN)

Daniel WilcoxBaltimore

Brian MoormanBuffalo

Chuck WileyRetired (NYG, MIN, ATL, CAR)

With more than 400 years of broadcasting experience, following are the NFL broadcasting talent and production staff who will lend their expertise to the program:


Kenny AlbertFOX

Steve MenzelNFL Films

Brian BaldingerFOX/NFL Network

Tiffany MontgomeryNFL Films

Bill BrownFOX

Bob PapaNew York Giants Radio

James BrownCBS

Mike QuickEagles Radio

Steve CohenSirius Radio

Beasley ReeceKYW-TV

Greg CosellNFL Films

Ike ReeseEagles Television Network

Howard DeneroffWestwood One

Mike RosensteinNFL Films

Stephanie DruleyESPN

Jay Rothman ESPN

Ian EagleCBS

Adam SchefterNFL Network

Rich EisenNFL Network

Vai SikahemaWCAU-TV

Marshall FaulkNFL Network

Ray SmaltzFOX

Fred GaudelliNBC

Steve TroutNFL Films

Al JaffeESPN

Ross Tucker Sirius Radio

Ron JaworskiESPN

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Ovie Mughelli and Atlanta Athletes walk on the wild side at Zoolebrity Day

Posted by TSUE on June 17, 2008

Ovie Mughelli and Atlanta Athletes walk on the wild side at Zoolebrity Day

Atlanta Falcons fullback Ovie Mughelli went to the zoo Saturday – and found it a much tamer place than his team’s tumultuous 2007 season.

“Last year was like a circus and a zoo for us,” Mughelli said with a laugh. “It was crazy – wild animals running around everywhere, no one keeping us in check, no one keeping us in our cages. You could make a lot of zoo analogies.”

Mughelli, along with Falcons offensive tackle Todd Weiner, Atlanta Dream WNBA players, Georgia Tech athletes and others, were on hand for Zoo Atlanta’s Sports Zoolebrity Day on Saturday. For several hours, they greeted fans, posed for photos and signed autographs.

Among the celebrities, Mughelli and Weiner drew the most interest, although certainly they were no competition for the elephants or the zoo’s new warthog piglet.

Appearing relaxed and rejuvenated in their Falcons jerseys, Mughelli and Weiner heard only well wishes for 2008.

The fans, at least the ones at the zoo, seemed to have moved on from the most chaotic year any Atlanta team has ever had – a 2007 Falcons season that included the imprisonment of quarterback Michael Vick, the dark-of-night departure of coach Bobby Petrino and a 4-12 record.

“No one is talking about the on-field and off-field situations of last year,” Mughelli said appreciatively. “I think Falcons fans see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

He said he sees the same. “Now we have order, structure and purpose,” he said, crediting new head coach Mike Smith and staff.

After being scarcely used by Petrino last year, Mughelli said he is certain he’ll be “an integral cog” this year, his second season with the Falcons.

But his mind was more on animals than football Saturday. “I love animals,” the 245-pound fullback said. “I want a pet monkey – little and cute.”


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Eli Manning and Wife Abby on their Honeymoon: Chilling out and taking it easy

Posted by TSUE on April 30, 2008

Eli Manning and his new wife Abby took some time out on their honeymoon to read.  He was more interested in reading a book about golf rather than his wife selection on Darfur.

Congrats to the couple!

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Posted by TSUE on April 30, 2008


According to Celebrity Journalist, Flo Anthony @ www.flowanthonysblacknoir.com

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Chargers’ Marcus McNeill Hosts Hip-Hop Weekend In ATL

Posted by TSUE on April 25, 2008


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San Diego Chargers Offensive Lineman Marcus McNeill is bringing together celebrities from the wolrds of Sports and Hip-Hop, for a charity weekend benefiting his hometown of Atlanta. Held over three days starting Friday (April 25), McNeill’s 1st Annual Charity Weekend will raise funds for the Pro Bowler’s non-profit, Macks Miracles Foundation, which aims to improve the lives of children by educating them on leading a healthy lifestyle and fighting obesity. McNeill, 24, will kick off the weekend with a special appearance at Cedar Grove High School in Ellenwood, GA, where he was coached by his father, who continues to coach at the Dekalb County school. The weekend will also include a “Friday Night Lights” themed celebrity mixer and will conclude with “The Players Bowl,” a celebrity fundraiser at posh Atlanta bowling alley/nightspot 300 with confirmed guests including Jim Jones, Young Jeezy, BG, Core DJs CEO Tony Neal, Clinton Portis, and Shawne Merriman.


According to Celebrity Journalist, Flo Anthony

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