Former Student-Athlete

Jack Ford: From the football field to the court room to the small screen, he’s all about winning

An academic scholarship and an invitation to play football at Yale University led Jack Ford from a humble childhood to a renowned career in law and broadcast journalism.

Craig Virgin: Life in the fast lane

Virgin, president and founder of his own company, is no stranger to success, but he has always worked hard for his achievements.

Larry Tucker: Being a student-athlete was "principal" to his success

The former basketball standout at Lewis University leads by example in helping his Marist High School students in Chicago set goals, work hard and never give up.

Beth Brooke-Marciniak: Failure is not an option

A pioneer of sorts, in 1977 Brooke-Marciniak was in the first class of women recruits at Purdue University to receive a basketball scholarship. She continues to pave way for women in the workplace today and has been named to Forbes Magazine’s listing of the world’s 100 most powerful women seven times.

Ali Sullivan: Ahead of the field

For as long as she can remember, Ali Sullivan has gotten her kicks playing soccer. Now she’s distinguishing herself in a different field as an industrial engineering senior manager at Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Timmy Newsome: Working through the gridiron

Timmy Newsome became the quintessential Dallas Cowboys after graduating from Winston-Salem State University. But few realized he worked as a computer programmer in the off-season that ultimately led to him starting his own company, Newtec, after retiring from the NFL.

Rob Summers: Making history with every step

As a former baseball student-athlete at Oregon State University, Rob Summers was living the dream with a national championship behind him and a possible major league career in front of him.  But it all changed in an instant when a tragic accident left him with a different dream: merely to walk again. Now the former baseball player is changing the face of paralysis and offering hope for millions who suffer debilitating spinal injuries.

Caitie Goddard: Around the ball and around the world

Caitie Goddard came to the University of Detroit Mercy to compete in women's basketball, earn a degree and then launch her career in the business world.  Little did she know her career would end up going in a totally different direction around the globe.

Violet Palmer: Ball is on her court

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.

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