Greek Broadcasters Will Update Us From the Winter Olympics
When the 21st Winter Olympics Games begin on NBC-TV from Vancouver, BC, several of the leading sports commentators in the fraternity world will be quite prominent. Returning to an Olympics telecast for the first time since the 1988 Games in Calgary is Al Michaels, a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity at San Diego State. He will serve as host of NBC's daytime upates. Tom Hammond, a member of Kappa Alpha Order at the University of Kentucky, will be rinkside at the figure skating competiion and Cris Collinsworth, an Alpha Tau Omega from the University of Florida, will roam Vancouver and environments in search of things to report. Also visible on telecasts are interviewer Dan Patrick, a member of Phi Sigma Kappa at the University of Dayton, and ski jumps commentator Matt Vasgersian, a member of Chi Phi from University of Southern California.
Sigs Lead Saints to Super Bowl Success
Three members of Sigma Chi Fraternity helped lead the New Orleans Saints to a 31-17 victory over the favored Indianapolis Colts in the team's first-ever appearance in the Super Bowl. Quarterback Drew Brees, a Sig at Purdue University, was named Most Valuable Player after completing a record 32 passes in 39 attempts for 288 yards and two touchdowns. Saints head coach Sean Peyton, a member of Sigma Chi at Eastern Illinois University, sparked his club's comeback by calling for an onside kick at the start of the second half. Serving as the Saints deep snapper on a record three field goals over 40 yards was 15 year veteran Jason Kyle, a Sig from Arizona State University, who was in his first year with the Saints. Also savoring the New Orleans win were safety Darren Sharper, a member of Kappa Alpha Psi from William & Mary, and kick holder/quarterback Mark Brunell, a Lambda Chi Alpha from University of Washington. Serving as color commentator in the CBS-TV announcers booth was Phil Simms, a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon at Morehead State and a former Super Bowl MVP himself.
Three Greeks Chosen for Pro Football Hall of Fame
The Pro Football Hall of Fame's selection committee announced their 2010 induction class on Saturday and three alumni of NIC member fraternities were chosen. To be inducted in the Canton, OH Pro Hall of Fame in August are two Phi Beta Sigma alums, all-time NFL top receiver Jerry Rice from Mississippi Valley and all-time NFL leading rusher Emmitt Smith from the University of Florida. Former Denver Broncos great halfback Floyd Little, a member of Tau Delta Phi from Syracuse University, was the third Greek selected by the committee.
Five Greeks Chosen for the PFRA Hall of Very Good
The Professional Football Researchers Association, which began in 1979, announced eight new members for its Hall of Very Good and five of them are members of NIC fraternities. Since 2002, PFRA has been selecting outstanding players and coaches not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame for its own Hall of Very Good. The new inductees are guard Bruno Banducci (Delta Chi), coach Blanton Collier (Kappa Alpha Order), end Boyd Dowler (Delta Tau Delta), defensive end Claude Humphrey (Phi Beta Sigma) and halfback Verne Lewellen (Sigma Phi Epsilon). To learn more about PFRA, visit www.profootballresearchers.org.
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