Keyshawn Johnson

Joseph Keyshawn Johnson (born July 22, 1972) is a former American football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons.

He played college football for the University of Southern California, and earned All-American honors. The first pick in the 1996 NFL Draft, he played professionally for the New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers.

He retired from football following the 2006 season, and spent seven years as a television broadcaster for the sports channel ESPN. Keyshawn Johnson was a contestant on the 17th season of Dancing with the Stars, in which he was the first contestant eliminated.

Keyshawn Johnson
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Johnson with the Carolina Panthers in 2006
No. 19
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born:July 22, 1972 (age 46)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school:Susan Miller Dorsey
(Los Angeles, California)
College:Southern California
NFL Draft:1996 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions:814
Receiving yards:10,571
Yards per reception:13.0
Receiving touchdowns:64
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early years

Johnson was born in Los Angeles, California. He attended Palisades High School for his sophomore and junior years and Susan Miller Dorsey High School in Los Angeles, and played high school football for the Dorsey Dons his senior year.

College career

After playing football for two years at West Los Angeles College,[1] Johnson transferred to University of Southern California, where he played for coach John Robinson's USC Trojans football team in 1994 and 1995. In 1994, he finished with 66 catches for 1,362 yards and 9 TD. In 1995, he finished with 102 catches for 1,434 yards and 7 TD.

As a Trojan, he was twice recognized as a consensus first-team All-America selection. After the 1994 college season, Johnson helped lead the Trojans to a win in the 1995 Cotton Bowl Classic, after which he was named the game's Most Valuable Player. The Trojans then played in the 1996 Rose Bowl, during which Johnson caught 12 passes for a Rose Bowl record 216 yards and one touchdown in the Trojans' 41–32 victory over the Northwestern Wildcats. He was named the Player of the Game. He was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame on December 31, 2008.

While in college, Johnson appeared on the TV show Coach, as a player eligible for draft in the upcoming season. He flatly refused to be recruited to the fictional "Orlando Breakers" team for coach Hayden Fox, stating he would go to Canada to play first. Johnson graduated from USC with a B.A. in social sciences and history in 1997.[2]

College statistics

Receiving
Year Team GP Rec Yards TDs
1994 USC 11 66 1,362 9
1995 USC 12 102 1,434 7
College Totals 23 168 2,796 16

Professional career

New York Jets

The New York Jets drafted Johnson with the top overall selection in the 1996 NFL Draft. He was the first wide receiver selected with the number one overall pick since Irving Fryar was chosen by New England in 1984. While in New York, he played three seasons (1997–1999) under Bill Parcells, who in two seasons would turnaround the Jets from 1–15 in 1996, Johnson's rookie year to 9–7 in 1997 and 12–4 in 1998 and the franchise's first ever AFC East Division title.

One of his best performances was in a 34–24 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in an AFC divisional playoff game after the 1998 season. In that game, Johnson caught nine passes for 121 yards and a touchdown, rushed for 28 yards and a touchdown, recovered a fumble, and intercepted a pass on defense. The Jets however, fell one game short of the Super Bowl after losing the AFC Championship Game the next week to the Denver Broncos 23–10. Johnson wrote an autobiography with ESPN's Shelley Smith, Just Give Me the Damn Ball. The book covered his rookie year experiences.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Johnson was traded on April 12, 2000 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two first round draft choices (13th – John Abraham – and 27th – Anthony Becht – overall) in the 2000 NFL Draft.[3] Soon after Johnson arrived in Tampa Bay, they signed him to an 8-year, $56 million contract extension with the Buccaneers that made him the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL.[4]

At that time he was joining a team that had fallen one game short of the Super Bowl the previous season. In 2002 Johnson went on to win a Super Bowl with the Buccaneers after the arrival of new head coach Jon Gruden, who succeeded Tony Dungy. Johnson had 76 catches for 1,088 yards and five touchdowns; In the playoffs, he had eight catches for 125 yards and a touchdown against the Eagles, then had six grabs for 69 yards in the Super Bowl. However, his bitter relationship with Gruden (illustrated by a video clip of him yelling at Gruden on the sidelines) led to his de-activation for the final 7 games of the 2003 season. The following offseason, he was traded to the Dallas Cowboys, where he was reunited with Bill Parcells, his coach while he was with the New York Jets.

Dallas Cowboys

On March 19, 2004, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded him to the Dallas Cowboys for Joey Galloway, who the Cowboys had also traded two first round picks to acquire. Reunited with his former coach Bill Parcells, Johnson lived up to his advance billing for the Cowboys in 2004, leading the team in receiving yards and tying for the lead in touchdown catches while taking over a leadership role in the locker room and on the field.

Carolina Panthers

On March 23, 2006, Johnson signed a four-year, $14-million-dollar deal with the Carolina Panthers. Of this, he was guaranteed a five million dollar signing bonus. He was expected to play opposite Steve Smith as the number two receiver.

During the Carolina Panthers' Monday Night Football game against the Buccaneers on November 13, 2006, Johnson became the first player in NFL history to score a touchdown on Monday Night Football with four teams (Jets, Buccaneers, Cowboys and Panthers). Johnson was released from the Panthers on May 1, 2007, after just one season with the team. He posted 70 receptions for 815 yards and four touchdowns in Carolina.

NFL statistics

Year Team G Rec Yds Avg Long TD 1st Fmb Lost
1996 NYJ 14 63 844 13.4 50 8 42 0 0
1997 NYJ 16 70 963 13.8 39 5 50 0 0
1998 NYJ 16 83 1,131 13.6 41 10 60 0 0
1999 NYJ 16 89 1,170 13.1 65 8 57 0 0
2000 TB 16 71 874 12.3 38 8 49 2 2
2001 TB 15 106 1,266 11.9 47 1 67 2 1
2002 TB 16 76 1,088 14.3 76 5 53 0 0
2003 TB 10 45 600 13.3 39 3 33 0 0
2004 DAL 16 70 981 14.0 39 6 53 1 1
2005 DAL 16 71 839 11.8 34 6 46 3 3
2006 CAR 16 70 815 11.6 40 4 42 1 1
Career 167 814 10,571 13.0 76 64 552 9 8

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Retirement

On May 23, 2007, Johnson announced he was retiring from the NFL, reportedly turning down offers by several teams, including the Tennessee Titans. Titans' Head Coach Jeff Fisher, who became friends with Johnson while he played at USC, said he thought Johnson's numbers and production spoke for themselves: "He still played at a high-level last year. He takes very good care of himself," Fisher said. "He hasn't had any injuries per season. Anytime you get a chance to bring an experienced veteran in to add to your roster then it's a good thing." On the same day, Johnson announced he would be working as an analyst for ESPN.[6]

On February 5, 2008, CBS4 Miami reported that Bill Parcells reached out to Johnson. Parcells reportedly told him if he was to come out of retirement there would be a spot on the Miami Dolphins roster for him.[7]

His all-around game has earned him selection to the Pro Bowl three times – 1998 and 1999 with the N.Y. Jets and 2001 with Tampa Bay. Johnson finished his career with 814 receptions, tying him at 17th all-time with Henry Ellard for career NFL receptions. His 10,571 yards receiving is the 24th highest total in NFL history. In reaching the 600 career receptions plateau in 118 games, he tied Herman Moore for the second fewest number of games needed in NFL history to reach that mark, and he became one of only three players in league history (Moore and Marvin Harrison) to reach 600 receptions in fewer than 120 games. He caught 512 passes in his first 100 games to rank as the fourth most receptions in a player's first 100 games. The other three are: Marvin Harrison (591), Sterling Sharpe (524) and Lionel Taylor (516).

To achieve this production, he has averaged 74.8 catches-per-season over his first nine seasons, and caught a pass in every one of his 135 games played over this span. This accomplishment was the second longest streak among active receivers (Harrison, 139) and the third longest streak to begin a career among all players (Marshall Faulk, 158 and Harrison, 139) at that time. For his career, Johnson recorded 60 or more catches in ten of his eleven NFL seasons. In 2001 and 2002, he became the first player in Buccaneers history to record consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons when he registered 1,266 yards in 2001 and 1,098 in 2002.

Johnson missed only three of a possible 145 career games – including playoffs – due to injury. He also has 4 children: Keyshawn Jr, Maia, London, and Vance. Keyshawn Johnson Jr. is also a wide receiver committed to play for the University of Nebraska.[8] His nephew is current New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas.[9][10][11]

In 2012, Johnson starred in Jägermeister's critically acclaimed A Stronger Bond television and digital campaign created by the award-winning advertising agency Mistress.[12] In 2013, Johnson was announced to be a contestant on the 17th season of Dancing with the Stars. He was paired with professional dancer Sharna Burgess. On the show of September 23 he was the first celebrity voted out.[13]

Analyst on ESPN

Johnson was part of the 2007 NFL Draft broadcasting team with Chris Berman, Mel Kiper Jr. and Chris Mortensen that aired on ESPN. In 2007, he became an ESPN analyst for Sunday NFL Countdown, and Monday Night Countdown.[14] Within the confines of Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown, Johnson invented a segment called C'mon Man!, which allows each panel member to pick a moment in the last NFL week "revolving around either the play on the field or unprofessional behavior off it" that one might consider, on some level, either inexcusable or downright laughable.[15] Each member verbalizes what their gripe may be, while highlights of the moment that they are illustrating run around it, and then ends with the panel member stating with disdain, "C'mon man!" He has also been an analyst on several ESPN telecasts, including pre-game shows on Sundays and Monday nights, and some radio work as well.

He was also an analyst on the ESPN Who's Now competition. He occasionally hosted Jim Rome Is Burning while Jim Rome was unavailable. On January 23, 2011, Johnson was not on Sunday NFL Countdown for Championship weekend because his mother unexpectedly died.[16] After being briefly let go by ESPN in 2016, he was brought back to appear on SportsCenter, ESPN Radio, and other shows.[17]

A&E interior-design series

In November 2008, Johnson was contracted for a weekend TV Series called Keyshawn Johnson: Tackling Design.[18] The show was on A&E in July 2009 and showcases Johnson's knowledge of interior design to help other people redecorate their homes.

Investment business

Johnson co-founded First Picks Management in 2005 as a vehicle to pursue his business interests in the food service, hotel, and real estate industries as well as venture capital investing. He recruited Harvard Business School MBAs, Glenn and Clarence Mah, as well as his public relations and marketing agent, Ingrid Roberts, to co-lead the organization.[19] Johnson and his management team partnered with National Football League and National Basketball Association athletes, including Warrick Dunn, Dennis Northcutt, Terence Newman, and Joe Smith in developing First Picks Management, a corporate website.

External links

References

  1. ^ "Keyshawn Johnson profile". ESPN. Archived from the original on April 30, 2011. Retrieved April 1, 2011.
  2. ^ Alumni News, USC Dornsife Magazine, Spring/Summer 2012; accessed May 17, 2012.
  3. ^ Elliott, Josh (April 24, 2000). "Key Figure". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved October 3, 2009. The Jets made the trade fearing Johnson would stage a bitter training camp holdout over a new contract.
  4. ^ Battista, Judy (April 13, 2000). "Johnson Gets His Raise and a New Team". New York Times. Retrieved October 3, 2009.
  5. ^ "Keyshawn Johnson Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
  6. ^ "Trojan Great Keyshawn Johnson Announces NFL Retirement From Heritage Hall". Associated Press. May 23, 2007. Retrieved October 3, 2009.
  7. ^ "Keyshawn Johnson In Aqua And Orange?". CBS4.com. February 5, 2008. Archived from the original on April 14, 2009. Retrieved October 3, 2009.
  8. ^ "Keyshawn Johnson Jr. commits to the Nebraska Cornhuskers for 2017". Espn.go.com. March 23, 2016. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  9. ^ Ohio State's Thomas can do great things with the damn ball, nypost.com, January 10, 2015; accessed January 27, 2017.
  10. ^ Keyshawn Johnson says nephew, Ohio State's Mike Thomas, 'still learning how to play': 7 point breakdown, cleveland.com; accessed January 27, 2017.
  11. ^ Ohio State football: After redshirt year, Michael Thomas ready to make a difference Archived September 29, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, buckeyextra.dispatch.com, September 19, 2014.
  12. ^ "We Turn Heads". Mistresscreative.com. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  13. ^ "Leah Remini-Valerie Harper-Snooki among new cast". CBS News. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
  14. ^ Braziller, Zach (January 29, 2016). "ESPN kicks Keyshawn Johnson off NFL pregame show". Nypost.com. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  15. ^ Emery, Mark (January 29, 2016). "ESPN opts not to renew former WR Keyshawn Johnson's contract". New York Daily News. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  16. ^ "Cowboys Corner: Due to the recent death of his mother, former Cowboys receiver Keyshawn Johnson will not be on ESPN NFL Countdown Sunday morning". Sportsblogs.star-telegram.com. January 23, 2011. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  17. ^ "Keyshawn Johnson returns to ESPN". ProFootballTalk. September 2, 2016. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  18. ^ "A&E Greenlights New Original Series "Keyshawn Johnson: Tackling Design"" (Press release). A&E. November 5, 2008. Archived from the original on February 5, 2010. Retrieved October 3, 2009.
  19. ^ "Newest Panera Bread Franchise Group Led by NFL Veteran Keyshawn Johnson to Develop Bakery-Cafes in California". QSR Magazine. January 9, 2006. Retrieved October 20, 2009.
1994 USC Trojans football team

The 1994 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the 1994 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their ninth year under head coach John Robinson, the Trojans compiled an 8–3–1 record (6–2 against conference opponents), finished in second place in the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10), and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 356 to 243.Quarterback Rob Johnson led the team in passing, completing 186 of 276 passes for 2,499 yards with 15 touchdowns and six interceptions. Shawn Walters led the team in rushing with 193 carries for 976 yards and 11 touchdowns. Keyshawn Johnson led the team in receiving with 66 catches for 1,362 yards and nine touchdowns.

1995 All-Pacific-10 Conference football team

The 1995 All-Pacific-10 Conference football team consisted of American football players chosen by various organizations for All-Pacific-10 Conference teams for the 1995 Pacific-10 Conference football season.

Seven of the conference's teams had at least three players represented on the All-Pac 10 first team as follows:

Conference co-champion USC was ranked No. 12 in the final AP Poll and placed four players on the first team: wide receiver and Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year Keyshawn Johnson, offensive lineman John Michels, defensive lineman Darrell Russell, and punter John Stonehouse.

Conference co-champion Washington placed three on the first team: tight end Ernie Conwell, linebacker Ink Aleaga, and defensive back Lawyer Milloy.

Oregon was ranked No. 18 in the final AP Poll and placed three on the first team: running back and Pac-10 all-purpose player of the year Ricky Whittle, linebacker Jeremy Asher, and defensive back Alex Molden.

Fourth-place Stanford placed three on the first team: offensive lineman Jeff Buckley, placekicker Eric Abrams, and return specialist Damon Dunn.

UCLA, tied for fifth place, placed three on the first team: running back Abdul-Karim al-Jabbar and offensive lineman Jonathan Ogden and Mike Flanagan.

Arizona, also tied for fifth place, placed three, all defenders, on the first team: Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year Tedy Bruschi, defensive lineman Chuck Osborne, and defensive back Brandon Sanders.

Arizona State placed three, all on offense, on the first team: quarterback Jake Plummer, wide receive Keith Poole, and offensive lineman Juan Roque.

1995 Cotton Bowl Classic

The 1995 Mobil Cotton Bowl was the 59th Cotton Bowl Classic. The USC Trojans defeated the Texas Tech Red Raiders, 55–14. The Trojans took a 21–0 lead less than ten minutes into the game and led 34–0 at halftime. USC wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, who finished with eight catches for a Cotton Bowl-record 222 yards and three touchdowns, was named offensive MVP. Trojan cornerback John Herpin had two interceptions, one for a touchdown, and was named defensive MVP.The game was televised nationally by NBC for the third consecutive year. The Cotton Bowl Classic would return to its longtime television home, CBS, the next year. It was also the last year that Mobil served as the game's title sponsor; the following year, the Cotton Bowl organizers began a seventeen-year relationship with what is now AT&T.

1995 USC Trojans football team

The 1995 USC Trojans football team represented the University of Southern California (USC) in the 1995 NCAA Division I-A football season. In their tenth year under head coach John Robinson, the Trojans compiled a 9–2–1 record (6–1–1 against conference opponents), shared the Pacific-10 Conference (Pac-10) championship with Washington, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 355 to 212.Quarterback Brad Otton led the team in passing, completing 159 of 256 passes for 1,923 yards with 14 touchdowns and four interceptions. Delon Washington led the team in rushing with 236 carries for 1,109 yards and six touchdowns. Keyshawn Johnson led the team in receiving with 102 catches for 1,434 yards and seven touchdowns.

1996 New York Jets season

The 1996 New York Jets season was the franchise's 27th season in the National Football League and the 37th overall. They failed to improve upon its league-worst 3–13 record from 1995 as they finished 1–15, which is the worst record in franchise history. This led to the firing of head coach Rich Kotite before the season ended with a record of 1–15.

The Jets tied an NFL record that the New Orleans Saints set in 1980 and became the fifth team and first since the 1991 Indianapolis Colts to finish a season with fifteen losses. The record would be equaled by the 2000 San Diego Chargers, 2001 Carolina Panthers, and the 2007 Miami Dolphins before the 2008 Detroit Lions eclipsed it by becoming the first team to go through a sixteen-game season without a single victory.

1996 Rose Bowl

The 1996 Rose Bowl was the 82nd Rose Bowl Game. It was the 50th game in the series featuring the Big Ten Conference and the Pacific-10 Conference. The USC Trojans defeated the Northwestern Wildcats, 41–32, on the strength of two touchdown passes from USC quarterback Brad Otton to wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson. Johnson was named the Rose Bowl Player Of The Game.

1999 Pro Bowl

The 1999 Pro Bowl was the NFL's all-star game for the 1998 season. The game was played on February 7, 1999, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. The final score was AFC 23, NFC 10. Keyshawn Johnson of the New York Jets and Ty Law of the New England Patriots were the game's MVPs. This game was also the last game in the career of Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway, and Detroit Lions Running back Barry Sanders. The referee was Dick Hantak.

2000 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season

The 2000 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season was the franchise's 26th season in the National Football League.

The season began with the team trying to improve on an 11–5 season from 1999. Shaun King, who took over the quarterback position as a rookie midway through the 1999 season, became the full-time starter for 2000. In April, the Buccaneers acquired wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson via a trade from the Jets. It was a highly publicized transaction, which made Johnson the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL, and increased expectations for the club.

In Week 16, the Buccaneers won one of the more notable games in the history of Monday Night Football against the St. Louis Rams. It was a rematch of the previous season's NFC Championship Game. However, instead of the defensive struggle of the previous meeting, it was a 38-35 shootout with the Bucs prevailing and clinching a wild card spot.

In the final week of the regular season, the Buccaneers faced Green Bay, with the NFC Central title on the line. With a victory at Lambeau Field, the Buccaneers were poised to win the division, and secure a first round bye for the playoffs. After a rally to tie the game in the fourth quarter, kicker Martin Gramatica missed a game-winning field goal attempt at the end of regulation. The Buccaneers lost the game in overtime, and failed to win the division. The dejected club fell to the #5 seed, and was routed by Philadelphia in the Wild Card Game, 21-3.

2001 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season

The 2001 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season was the franchise's 26th season in the National Football League.

The season began with the team trying to improve on a 10–6 season. Quarterback Shaun King was benched, and Brad Johnson was brought in from free agency. Johnson broke Tampa Bay team records for passing yards (3,406), completions (340), and attempts (540). However, the team stumbled out of the gate, and started the season with a 3–4 record. The team rallied in the second half of the season, however, improving to finish 9–7 and clinched a playoff spot.

In the Wild Card playoffs, however, Tampa Bay was routed by Philadelphia for the second year in a row. Two days later, head coach Tony Dungy was fired by the management.

2005 Dallas Cowboys season

The 2005 Dallas Cowboys season was the 46th season for the team in the National Football League. The season began with the team trying to improve on their 6–10 record in 2004. Despite a 7–3 start, the Cowboys ended the season with a 9–7 record and narrowly missed the playoffs.

2006 Carolina Panthers season

The 2006 Carolina Panthers season was the franchise's 12th season in the National Football League and the 5th under head coach John Fox. It was also the team's 10th season at Bank of America Stadium. the team tried to improve on their 11–5 record and return to (at least) the NFC Championship Game like they did in 2005, however They failed to do so and ended up going 8–8, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

Chris Miller (wide receiver)

Chris Miller (born July 10, 1973) is a former American football wide receiver in the Arena Football League who played for the Buffalo Destroyers. He played college football for the USC Trojans. He also played in NFL Europe for the Scottish Claymores.

He is a cousin of Keyshawn Johnson and the two were teammates at USC.

Keshawn

Keshawn or Keyshawn is an African American male given name. Notable people with the name include:

Keyshawn Johnson (born 1972), American football player

Keshawn Martin (born 1990), American football wide receiver

List of NFL draft broadcasters

The following is a list of broadcasters of the NFL draft.

List of New York Jets first-round draft picks

The New York Jets, originally known as the Titans of New York from the team's conception in 1960 until 1962, joined the NFL as part of the 1970 AFL–NFL merger, two years after defeating the Baltimore Colts 16-7 in Super Bowl III.

The Titans made their first American Football League Draft selection in 1961. They chose Tom Brown, a defensive lineman/guard from the University of Minnesota, known as the "Rock of Gibraltar", who won the 1960 Outland Trophy as the nation's best lineman and finished 2nd in the Heisman Trophy voting. Brown later became a College Football Hall of Famer and Canadian Football Hall of Famer.

In 1970, the Jets selected Steve Tannen, a defensive back from the University of Florida, as their first pick in the NFL Draft. The team has most recently selected Sam Darnold, a quarterback from USC.

Every year during April, each NFL franchise seeks to add new players to its roster through a collegiate draft known as "the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting", which is more commonly known as the NFL Draft. Teams are ranked in inverse order based on the previous season's record, with the worst record picking first, and the second worst picking second and so on. The two exceptions to this order are made for teams that appeared in the previous Super Bowl; the Super Bowl champion always picks 32nd, and the Super Bowl loser always picks 31st. Teams have the option of trading away their picks to other teams for different picks, players, cash, or a combination thereof. Thus, it is not uncommon for a team's actual draft pick to differ from their assigned draft pick, or for a team to have extra or no draft picks in any round due to these trades.

The Jets have selected the number one overall pick one time: Keyshawn Johnson, a wide receiver from the University of Southern California in the 1996 NFL Draft. The team has also selected number two overall twice and number three overall once. The Jets have selected players from Ohio State University five times, four times from the University of Alabama and three times each from the University of Southern California, University of Virginia and University of Miami (Florida). Two eventual Hall of Famers were selected by the Jets: Joe Namath and John Riggins.

Sharna Burgess

Sharna May Burgess (born 21 June 1985) is an Australian ballroom dancer who is best known for being a professional partner and troupe member on the ABC series Dancing with the Stars. She is the winner of season 27 of Dancing with the Stars with her celebrity partner, Bobby Bones and a three time runner-up on the show.

Shelley Smith (sports reporter)

Shelley Smith (born 1958) is an American sports correspondent, currently Correspondent for ESPN SportsCenter. Smith joined ESPN in January 1997 after working part-time as a reporter for the network since 1993.

A journalist and author of two books, Smith won a Sports Emmy in 1997 for her segment on Magic Johnson as part of an ESPN production on AIDS and Athletes.

Previously, she was a writer/reporter for Sports Illustrated (1989–1997), Pacific Stars and Stripes in Tokyo, Japan (1982–84) and The San Francisco Examiner (1984-1987) where she won a William Randolph Hearst Award in 1986 for her series on Title IX in the Bay Area. Smith has also worked for the Associated Press.

Smith is the author of two books: "Just Give Me the Damn Ball!" written with then New York Jets wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson following the 1996 NFL season and "Games Girls Play: Lessons to Guiding and Understanding Young Female Athletes," written with sports psychologist Caroline Silby, was released 2000.

Smith is the co-founder of the Magic Johnson Foundation newsletter, serves on various committees for The Boys and Girls Club of San Pedro and is a volunteer writer for many charity organizations, including the Serra Project, which provides homes for AIDS victims.

She attended the University of Nebraska from 1976-1981, majoring in journalism and political science. Smith has one child, a daughter who attended the University of Oregon and captained the women's soccer team, earning second team all-PAC-10 in 2007.

Smith announced via Twitter that she was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2014.

After extensive chemotherapy, she announced that she was "basically cancer free" and returned to ESPN in April 2015. On May 14, 2017, she suffered a stroke in the Warriors' locker room after Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference Finals. She subsequently reported on her progress via her Twitter account.

Throwed in da Game

Throwed in da Game is the second studio album by American rapper Fat Pat from Houston, Texas. Fat Pat has said that the singles "Dirty South" and "I'm A Slicka" were inspired by author James Baldwin's semi-autobiographical novel Go Tell It On The Mountain. AllMusic gave the album four stars, noting that its "derivative beats were offset by Fat Pat's deft rhymes." In a December 2000 Sports Illustrated interview, New York Jets wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson asserted that "Throwed In Da Game" was his favorite rap album.

USC Trojans football statistical leaders

The USC Trojans football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the USC Trojans football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking/special teams. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Trojans represent the University of Southern California in the NCAA's Pac-12 Conference.

Although USC began competing in intercollegiate football in 1888, the school's official record book considers the "modern era" to have begun in the 1920s. Records from before this decade are often incomplete and inconsistent, and they are generally not included in these lists.

These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since 1920s, seasons have increased from to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

The Trojans have played in 55 bowl games in school history, 35 of which have come since the 1970 season. Although the official NCAA record book does not include bowl games in statistical records until 2002, and most colleges also structure their record books this way, USC counts all bowl games in its records.These lists are updated through the end of the 2017 season. Recent USC Football Media Guides do not include full top 10 lists for single-game records. However, the 2003 version of the media guide included long lists of top individual single-game performances, and box scores from more recent games are readily available, so the lists are easily derived.

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