Lyle Alzado...NFL DL and all around crazy man.
FWIW. Michigan doesn't seem inclined to get re-involved.
Lyle Alzado...NFL DL and all around crazy man.
Baltimore Ohio. Larry Pegram is an AMA superbike rider/team owner. He's my age and had a Baltimore address but went to a different school. Does that count? I'm from a town of 3500 so we haven't had much of an impact on the world, unless you count acid rain from our paper mill!
I went to Stevenson HS (the one in IL not the one in MI) and we had a number of famous athletes:
Tamika Catchings - WNBA all star, Team USA player
Andrea Jaeger - #2 women's tennis player in the early 1980s
NFL coaches Rex and Rob Ryan
Matt O'Dwyer - 10 season NFL lineman, went to Northwestern in the early 90s.
A couple other not so famous former football and hockey players bounced around the pros for a couple seasons as well.
Oh and OJ Simpson's (alleged) murder victim Ron Goldman went to my high school too.
One-time residents with sports pedigrees include:
A. W. Tillinghast (golf course architect of Bethpage State Park, Ridgewood Country Club, Baltusrol Golf Club, Winged Foot Golf Club and many other notable courses)
Craig Beardsley (once set world record in 200-meter butterfly; won gold medal at Pan American Games; member of 1980 Olympic Team that never got to compete in Moscow)
Dan Pasqua (drafted by New York Yankees; International League MVP and Rookie of the Year in 1985 for the Columbus Clippers; played in MLB for Yankees and Chicago White Sox)
Cory Booker (USA Today high school football All-American; played football at Stanford; Rhodes Scholar; Mayor of Newark, New Jersey and speaker at Democratic National Convention)
Eric Katzman (All-State pitcher; pitched for Michigan Wolverines from 2007-2010; started in exhibition game Michigan played against the New York Mets in February 2008)
Hazel Park has some great athletes that decided to take their talents elsewhere for high school, like none other than Shane Morris. Also, Connor Barwin of the Houston Texans.
Those who actually attended the high school include Cy Young winner Bob Welch and Gold Medal wrestler Steve Fraser. I am sure I am forgetting some.
Colton Fretter. Small town of 3000 people in southwestern Ontario. Won provincial hockey championships every year coming up. Colton grew up a die hard Michigan fan but wasn't recruited by Coach Berenson so he went on scholarship to state. Played four years in el and I do believe he wore a letter his senior season.
My high school produced Mark Stepnoski as well as a couple of pretty good hawkeyes in Bob Sanders and Eric Hinkle. The best known athelete from Erie is probably Fred Biletnikof, but Mike McCoy was a good one too. We had a few Olympians: Bruce Baumgartner, Nate Carr, and Caryn Kadavy. Javon Johnson and Eric Hicks of the NFL, and US Open of Bowling champion, Bob Learn Jr.
Well I drove by Country Day every morning on my way to school so this has to count:
My high school produced Aarbon Webster more recently. We had a couple of Olympic skaters get big for like, a year, one of which was Meryl Davis.
Two way tie: Tony Boles and Mike Modano. Since Boles went to UM, he wins the tie breaker.
To add to the Benton Harbor list... don't forget Chet Walker. He was a starter on the 1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers (many considered the best NBA team of all time) and was elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame in February.
Home to bball asst. coach LaVall Jordan.
Graduated a year ahead of me. Lost to Battier era Country Day in state finals their senior years. That team had 4 guys that should have played at least D1 college ball but LaVall was the only one that had his shit together.
Jason Fisk, who played about 10 years in the NFL, is probably the best we can do. I threw the shot put with his older brother my senior year.
...Mike Schmidt, Roger Clemens (sort of).
Way too many to list.
Nobody from my neck of the woods, really, but John LeClair grew up not too far away.
Orignally (and currently) from Pittsburgh - Obviously tons of football players, but probably has to be Dan Marino. Guys like Tony Dorsett and Joe Montana were born in the western PA area, but not actually in Pittsburgh. Same with both Ken Griffey Jr. and Sr.
Grew up in Monroe, MI - The only really famous people to come from Monroe are Christie Brinkley and Kaye Lani Rae Rafko (Miss America 1988). Also a bunch of people related to George Custer (his wife, for instance - George himself grew up in Monroe but was born in Ohio). For sports, maybe Bronco McKart (won a few WBO titles)?
Grew up in Monroe as well, this guy is doing pretty well for himself too!
Don't think I saw anyone else mention Brighton, MI. The only two I can think of are Drew Henson and Dave Pearson. Both played football for our wolverines. Ohh, and it's a bit of a stretch but... Doug Rice played for the Detroit Ignition (indoor soccer).
Sports figures from my high school:
In order of relevance?
You went to Centerville too?! Class of 09 here!
Not only do we give the world the munchkins for the wizard of oz but we have sent some wizards to UM one for basketball Zack Novak and one who swims Kyle Whitaker.
Go Trojans Thats CHS Trojans
But I'll put it here anyway. I grew up in the same town as a somewhat familiar figure to you all. Barberton, OH -> Bo.
You sir. Just won.
AJ Hawk, Kirk Herbstreit, Mike Nugent, Nick Mangold, Andy Harmon, Dave Morrill, Will Johnson
And too many D1 players to mention haha - http://www.elksfootball.com/index.php/team-records/ncaa-divison-1-players
Rob Fredrickson, Mike Gillette, Jim Czirr, Tom Scheffler
Anthony Miller, Chet Walker, and another guy currently in the NBA but I can't think of him.
Home of Luke and Murphy Jensen (French open doubles champs 1994)
2008 Olympian Matt Hughes
UofM walk on quarterback Travis Demeester