Eric LeGrand: The crowds of Rutgers graduates were moved from fits of tears to emphatic uproars in support of their local turned national hero Eric LeGrand at their commencement on Sunday. His overflowing courage and sincere appreciation for life was evident in his recent special on ESPN and he continues to beat the odds in his rehabilitation. Regaining movement, creating his Believe Foundation in support of those in his similar condition, and appearing in advertisements for companies like Subway have set up a full schedule to come for Eric but we know there’s nothing he can’t tackle!
Kevin Love: What would you do for the love of Kevin Love? Many coaches are sitting with their respective GM’s asking that very question right now as the NBA’s biggest upcoming free agent for hire has expressed interest in testing the market after next season. A perennial All-Star and consistent double-double machine, Kevin has spent all 6 years with the Timberwolves but could be involved in a big trade this offseason as the team looks to avoid losing him for nothing next year. Until then we’ve got his Pepsi Max Uncle Drew commercials on repeat and are dreaming of the marketing power this guy would have in a city like L.A. or NYC.
Brandon Marshall: In a stylin’ purple blazer that would make The Joker jealous, Brandon Marshall joined the set on The View to sign his new 3-year contract extension with the Bears. While it seems that athletes’ contracts are reaching astronomical heights these days, Brandon is using his latest contract as an opportunity to give back. The Brandon Marshall Foundation has long since been raising awareness for those struggling with mental health issues and with his new contract he has pledged a $1 million donation to benefit the mental health community. What a breath of fresh air it is to see a successful athlete forgo the latest Range Rover to support others in need; kudos Mr. Marshall.
Justin Verlander: Man, the Detroit Tigers sure are having some fun right now and Justin Verlander might be the happiest one of the bunch. The Tigers squad is enjoying the league’s best record and recently brought back the 90’s workout Zubaz gear in appropriate tiger pattern for their now infamously long travel escapade from Boston to Cleveland for their next game. When he’s not pitching gems on the diamond, Justin’s been painting the town with girlfriend and SI model Kate Upton in his spare time. Now this guy is living the life.
Andrew Wiggins: The hype surrounding this year’s rumored #1 draft pick in the NBA Draft is growing at a rate faster than next year’s model of the Hennessey Venom GT. His 1 year at Kansas under legendary coach Bill Self seems to have given him the perfect balance of explosiveness and maturity and we’re sure it won’t be long before he jumps into the world of advertising. Now the only question is who’s going to land the NBA’s next phenom on and off the court?
Jill Ellis: With little over a year still remaining before the Women’s FIFA World Cup, The U.S. Women’s National team has found their newest leader in Jill Ellis. Jill has become a fixture in the Women’s U.S. soccer program over the last decade, holding several different coaching positions at different age groups and a position as the United States Soccer Federation’s Development Director. After serving as the interim coach since early April, the announcement unifies a talented women’s team that will be heading to Canada for their World Cup qualifying matches in October.
Mike Trout: In the past few seasons, the Los Angeles Angels have been fishing for a franchise player to rejuvenate the organization and it looks like they’ve finally caught one in centerfielder Mike Trout. Since breaking into the league full-time in 2012, Mike has made the All-Star Game roster in both seasons and has an AL Rookie of the Year award to boot. He is quickly becoming the new cover boy for the MLB and was just featured on his 2nd Sports illustrated magazine cover last week. When you’re the next big thing in one of the nation’s 4 major sports everyone wants a piece of you and such will be the case going forward for the MLB’s newest young star.
Derek Fisher: Veteran sharpshooter Derek Fisher is a student of the game. His heady play and clutch shot-making abilities have made him the perfect addition for any team looking for a boost off the bench and he currently is battling the San Antonio Spurs in the Eastern Conference Finals as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Now the New York Knicks are the latest team interested in acquiring the league vet to bolster their bench only this time in a suit and tie as the head coach. Only time will tell if Derek is interested in expanding his career past simply playing the game but what a fit he would be for his former coach turned Knicks President Phil Jackson under the bright lights of NYC.
Mark Jackson: Mama, there goes that man! While a majority of basketball fans were puzzled at the Warriors decision to let Jackson go after just 3 seasons, ESPN is happy to welcome back this former NBA star to the broadcast booth alongside former partners Stan Van Gundy and Mike Breen. Mark will begin immediately, helping to commentate the Eastern Conference Finals and the NBA Finals while also maintaining a contract that would allow him to take a vacant coaching job if called upon. We don’t how long he’ll be in the booth before the next team comes calling but welcome back to the airwaves Mark!
Albert Pujols: Easily one of the top power hitters of the last decade, Albert is settling into his new leadership role as a part of the Los Angeles Angels. After 13 years in the bigs, Albert has homered 504 times and counting, and currently sits at #25 on the all-time home run list. The Angels first baseman is coming off an injury-marred 2013 season and is returning to his prolific form one at-bat at a time.
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