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Where are they now?
Today, Matthew Fox is known to most as the star of the hit ABC show “Lost,” but before his television career, Fox played receiver on the Columbia University-Barnard College football team. As a starter during his senior year in 1988, Fox helped the Lions to their first win in Wien Stadium, ending a 44-game losing streak, one of the longest in college football history. Fortunately, his acting career has turned out better than Columbia’s win-loss record during his time there.
Scared out of her wits, Violet Palmer made history Halloween night in 1997 when she became the first woman to officiate a regular-season NBA game. The former Division II basketball player has since gone on to referee more than a thousand games at the highest level of basketball, including the NBA playoffs.
What people are saying
“Student-athletes are successful in the classroom and in competition because of the university-wide emphasis on balancing academics and athletic success. They learn to set priorities so they can balance the time demands. They seem to have an innate drive to be successful in all of their endeavors and leave campus prepared to excel in life.”
- Christine Hailey, College of Engineering Dean and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Utah State University
We need your help. Taken together as a whole, the former NCAA student-athlete contribution to society is staggering. Better yet, many credit their student-athlete academic and athletic experiences as being the key to their life-long success. NCAA After the Game is looking to tell these compelling former student-athlete stories. If you know a good story idea, click on the link below and send it to us.
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