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Pittsburgh Pirates icon Roberto Clemente would turn 78 years old on August 18, but he died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve 1972. Just hours before the accident, Tom Walker, a winter ball pitcher who was helping load the plane, asked to accompany Clemente on the flight to deliver earthquake relief in Nicaragua. Clemente told Walker to stay behind. Jeremy Schaap reports on how this decision spared Walker’s life and created a unique connection to Walker’s son, Pirates second baseman Neil Walker.
“It’s one of those points in my life where my life could have been taken, and I’ve had such an incredibly great life. I have to think back and thank Roberto for not letting me go on the plane.” – Tom Walker, former MLB pitcher and father of Pirates second baseman Neil Walker
“It’s very strange. It’s very odd to think about it, and you know, you do get a little emotional when you think about how different things could be or how fortunate you are. And, you think of Roberto Clemente and how little that I know him, but how much that he’s impacted my life.” – Neil Walker
Urban Meyer Will Be Home for Dinner
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On November 28, 2011, Urban Meyer accepted the position of Head Football Coach at Ohio State, but he let reporters know that this time around his family comes first. Wright Thompson reports this Outside the Lines story.
Jones Earned Every Marketing Dollar
Sports business reporter Darren Rovell writes: “The fact that Lolo Jones came in fourth in Tuesday’s 100-meter hurdles final could certainly affect her future marketability. But let’s get this out of the way: Lolo Jones deserved every single dime of the marketing dollars she received before that race started.”
Teen-aged soccer player Bree McMahon of Orlando, Fla. had planned her life: following club soccer season in the fall, she’d star for her high school team and then choose where to continue her athletic career in college. But at the beginning of her senior year in September 2009, McMahon’s life was changed forever when she lost her left leg in a bizarre accident. Her senior year was ruined, but her ambition to play college soccer never wavered. Two and a half years after her accident, McMahon, with a prosthetic leg, staged a comeback at Brevard College proving that some dreams are worth holding on to.
“There were two offers that she had at the time of the accident. I thought, well, there goes her scholarship.” – David McMahon, Bree’s father
“This is the girl that came to campus with a wheelchair and a walker, and now this is the girl that’s playing Division II soccer with one leg.” – Lindsay Pritchard, Brees’ Brevard College teammate
“You can be the person who feels sorry for yourself, you can be the victim, or you can be the fighter. I definitely think it was the fighter in me that got me through everything.”– Bree McMahon