NFL Running Back, New York Giants
Jonathan Stewart is an NFL running back for the New York Giants. As a highly sought after top prospect and one of the highest rated offensive players in the country, he was selected by the Panthers in the first round (13th overall) of the NFL Draft. That season Stewart helped lead his team to a 12-4 record, making it to the divisional playoffs.
During his NFL Season, Stewart set a team record rushing 206 yards in a 41-9 win over the Giants, and earned FedEx Ground Player of the week honors. Stewart finished the season with 1,133 yards and 10 touchdowns on 221 carries. Those statistics made Stewart and fellow running back Deangelo Williams the first rushing duo in NFL history to rush for 1,100 yards apiece. The pair held the nickname “Double Trouble” in honor of their accomplishments.
Still the starter for the Carolina Panthers, Stewart has been making headlines for his unstoppable play. He was considered one of the NFL’s more elusive rushers, finishing the season having forced 56 missed tackles combined as a rusher and receiver. During week 4 of the 2015-16 season, when the Panthers defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Stewart reached 5,000 career rushing yards.
Stewart maintains his position as a household name in the sports world and beyond. Now a legend at his alma mater The University of Oregon, analyst consider his one of the fastest and strongest players in the school’s history.
With a passion for giving back to the community, Stewart holds football camps in his hometown of Lacey, Washington every year, and also leads workshops in Charlotte, NC. He is strong in his Christian faith and is active in his church community as well. Off the field, Stewart’s other love is music. He connects with his fans on his website by sharing the music he produces.
A WWE Hall of Fame wrestler and fan favorite, Mick Foley continues to delight audiences outside of the ring.
Although officially retired, Foley is still involved with several WWE TV series as a sports commentator. His experiences as both a wrestler and broadcaster are well documented in his best-selling memoirs. In total, Foley has published ten books, two novels, four autobiographies, and four children’s books. As a New York Times best selling author, he joined the college speaking circuit and has been in demand at universities across the U.S.
While entertaining college students, Mick realized his affinity for comedy and ultimately decided to take his talent to the next level as a stand-up comedian. He has earned rave reviews for his comedy sets at both “Just for Laughs” and “Edinburgh Fringe Fest,” the two largest comedy festivals in North America and Europe. Currently, the state of the world has caused Mick to postpone his “Nice Day Tour.”
Luckily, Foley is also an actor and has continued to find work in the TV and film industry. His acting credits include NBC’s popular sitcom, 30 Rock, and critically acclaimed film, The Peanut Butter Falcon. Foley can be seen on demand in Netflix comedy series, The Big Show Show, and Hulu thriller, 12 Hour Shift.
Eric “Sleepy” Floyd
NBA Teams: New Jersey Nets, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs
College: Georgetown University
Draft: New Jersey Nets, 1st round (13th pick, 13th overall), 1982 NBA Draft
Career Highlights and Awards: 1986-87 NBA All-Star;
NBA Playoff record for points scored in a quarter (29) and in half (39)
Eric “Sleepy” Floyd was among the most famous and well-known professional basketball players in the world.
Prior to entering the NBA, Sleepy Floyd was deemed among the greatest players in collegiate history at Georgetown University and is known as the most prolific scorer in Georgetown University’s basketball history. Sleepy then went on to become one of the NBA’s biggest stars. Floyd was well known for his high scoring averages per game in the NBA. He once held the NBA playoff record for points scored in a quarter (29) and in half (39).
Midway through his first season with the Nets, Floyd was traded to the Golden State Warriors. Floyd made NBA history in one of the greatest single playoff performances ever seen. Floyd scored 29 points in the fourth quarter and 51 for the game as the Warriors won their only game of the series 129-121. His 39 points that he scored in a half in that game remain an NBA playoff record. Sleepy Floyd retired from the NBA with 12,260 career points and 5,175 career assists.
At 47, Floyd was the youngest basketball alumnus in the Georgetown Athletic Hall of Fame. Since his retirement from the NBA, Sleepy Floyd has coached Pro Leagues and was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Silver Anniversary All-America Team.
Former NFL Cornerback
Teams: Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints Draft:
Education: Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program Certificate,
Harvard Business School (2006), and
Stanford Graduate School of Business (2007)
Highlights: Commentator for ESPNU and FOX Sports, President of the NFLPA Retired Players Charlotte Chapter, NFL Coaching Internship, “Hardball with Chris Matthews” MSNBC, Corporate Spokesperson for Nike Athletic Wear, Senior VP and Private Client Advisor with Bank of America.
Steven Israel is an NFL legend whose career included playing for five NFL teams over ten years. After his stellar career in the NFL, Israel became a studio and color analyst for college and professional football on stations such as ESPNU, FOX Sports, as well as some local televisions and radio stations in Charlotte, NC. He also had a nine-year run as the host of Breaking It Down, a television program focusing on the Carolina Panthers, on New 14 Carolina.
Following his retirement from the NFL, Israel earned a Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program Certificate from both Harvard Business School and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Israel has been the keynote speaker at dozens of events across the country on topics including teamwork, communication, and perseverance, following the 5 Dysfunctions of a Team. He was a corporate spokesperson for Nike athletic wear, and also served two terms as President for the NFL Players Association Retired Players Chapter in Charlotte, NC. He created and currently moderates the Gridiron Luncheon Series and founded the nationally-distributed EndZone Luncheon Series.
Steven is currently the Senior VP and Private Advisor with Bank of America Private Bank.