Celebrity Athlete Bios

 

Jim Andrews is one of the most unsung, underrated Kentucky Wildcat players of all-time is 6'11" center Jim Andrews, who played for the 'Cats from 1970 to 1973. Originally from West Virginia, but later recruited out of Lima, Ohio, Andrews was a highly skilled big man and one of the top rebounders in UK history.

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Mike Battaglia is an American horse racing analyst, race caller and television broadcaster. He is most closely associated with Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby and as the on-air talent for Keeneland Racecourse.

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Sam Bowie is an American former professional basketball player. A national sensation in high school and outstanding collegian at the University of Kentucky and Olympic team member 

Bowie's professional promise was undermined by repeated injuries to his legs and feet. In spite of the setbacks, the 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) and 235 lb (107 kg) center played ten seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

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Doug Flynn is an American former professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1975 to 1985 as an infielder for the Cincinnati RedsNew York MetsTexas RangersMontreal Expos and the Detroit Tigers. Flynn was a member of two world championship winning teams with the Cincinnati Reds and won a Gold Glove Award in 1980 as a member of the New York Mets.

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Jack “Goose” Givens is a retired American collegiate and professional basketball player. Givens led the University of Kentucky to the 1978 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship and was named that year's Final Four Most Outstanding Player due in most part to his 41-point performance in Kentucky's 94-88 victory over Duke University in the championship game.

 

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Joe Jacoby started off as an offensive tackle for the University of Louisville from 1978 to 1980.[1] He was a three-year letterman, and the team co-captain in his senior season. Jacoby was inducted into Louisville's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004. After college, Jacoby went undrafted. He signed a free agent contract with the Washington Redskins in 1981, where he embarked on an enviable career—four Super Bowl appearances, of which his team won three (XVII in 1983, XXII in 1988, and XXVI in 1992), plus four consecutive Pro Bowl selections from 1983 to 1986.

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Kyle Macy is an assistant coach for the Transylvania University Pioneers men's basketball team. Macy, born in Fort Wayne, Indiana and raised in Peru, Indiana, played college basketball at Purdue University and the University of Kentucky, and spent seven years in the NBA with the Phoenix SunsChicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers; he then spent three seasons in the Italian Lega Serie A. After his playing career, he has held various basketball-related positions, including coach, general manager, and broadcaster.

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Kenny McPeek was born in Arkansas and raised in LexingtonKentucky. He graduated from Tates Creek High School and then the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. In 1985 McPeek received his Thoroughbred Trainer's License. He has won over 100 graded stakes races all over the U.S.

He serves on the Boards of the University of Kentucky College of Agricultural Equine Program Advisory Committee, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA), and the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA). He is a member of the New York Racing Association (NYRA) and The Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine Equine Veterinary Medical Director Search Committee.

Frank Minnifield, born in Lexington, is an American former professional football player who was a defensive back for the Cleveland Browns from 1984 to 1992. Nicknamed “Mighty Minnie”, he overcame his five feet and nine inches height to become a multiple Pro Bowl and All-Pro competitor.

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Art Still is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League. He played college football at the University of Kentucky, where he was an All-American in 1977, and professionally for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Buffalo Bills. He is a member of the University of Kentucky Hall of Fame and the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Honor.

Jacob Tamme is a former American football tight end. He played college football at Kentucky and was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Tamme also played for the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons. Tamme finished his college career as Kentucky's all-time top pass-catching tight end and 2nd in the history of all SEC tight ends with 133 catches for 1,417 yards

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Jacob Tamme is a former American football tight end. He played college football at Kentucky and was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Tamme also played for the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons. Tamme finished his college career as Kentucky's all-time top pass-catching tight end and 2nd in the history of all SEC tight ends with 133 catches for 1,417 yards

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Daniel Paul Issel (born October 25, 1948) is an American former professional basketball player and coach. An outstanding collegian at the University of Kentucky, Issel was twice named an All-American en route to a school-record 25.7 points per game for his career. The American Basketball Association Rookie of the Year in 1971, he was a six-time ABA All-Star and a one-time NBA All-Star.

A prolific scorer, Issel remains the all-time leading scorer at the University of Kentucky, the second-leading scorer of all time for the NBA's Denver Nuggets, and the second-leading scorer of all time for the American Basketball Association itself. Upon Issel's retirement from the NBA in 1985, Wilt ChamberlainKareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Julius Erving were the only professional basketball players to have scored more career points. Issel was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993

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Maria Montgomery is a model and actress who started modeling in high school, and knew pageants could propel her end goal - a modeling career. After being first runner up overhear  and over for years in local pageants, interview and on-stage techniques finally clicked in, which brought her to winning 3 KY state titles in one year! One was Miss Kentucky USA 2009, which lead her to placing as a runner up to Miss USA. After that, more doors opened, like getting signed by FORD models, which was her dream since she was a little girl!

Maria currently lives in Lexington with her husband, Justin Wisdom.