Category:Sportspeople from Lakeland, Florida
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1. Justin Forsett – Justin Forsett is an American football running back who is currently a free agent. He played college football at California, and was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Forsett has also played for the Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Baltimore Ravens, Detroit Lions, Forsett was born in Lakeland, Florida. He moved to Arlington, Texas in his year of high school after living in Mulberry. Forsett attended high school at Grace Preparatory Academy in Arlington, where he played football, basketball, in football, he set several school records. In his final two seasons, he had 63 touchdowns and rushed for nearly 5,000 yards, leading Grace Prep to two Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools division 4A state championships, in high school, his nickname was The Truth. His father Rodney is a minister and a coach, Forsett plays the tenor saxophone and taught himself a little piano. He lists video games and photography as his hobbies, reggie White is his biggest inspiration. In track & field, Forsett competed in sprints and relays during his two years at Grace Prep. As a senior, he recorded personal-best times of 11.07 seconds in the 100-meter dash,23.3 seconds in the 200-meter dash and 54.1 seconds in the 400-meter dash, close to signing day, Notre Dame pulled a scholarship offer from Forsett. Notre Dame coaches later contended they had not offered Forsett a scholarship, Notre Dames running backs coach at the time, Buzz Preston, later said that Notre Dame was looking for a taller running back. The Texas Longhorns decided not to offer Forsett a scholarship because of his size, Forsetts coach Mike Barber, a former NFL player, distributed Forsetts game tape to colleges across the country. With a deep depth chart at running back, it appeared Forsett would redshirt his freshman year, in the season opener, Forsett had 34 yards rushing and a touchdown in Cals victory over Air Force. Forsett played mostly as a backup during his first three years behind J. J, nevertheless, he managed to amass a good amount of playing time. During his freshman year, Forsett was used primarily on special teams, returning one kickoff for 11 yards, on coverage units, he made 3 tackles and blocked a punt in the endzone for a touchdown against Washington. During his sophomore year, Forsett became second on the Cal depth chart at running back and he filled in when Lynch was injured in the early season and ran for 235 yards against New Mexico State, good for the fourth highest single game rushing effort in school history. In Forsetts junior year, he continued his role as backup and he ran for over 100-yards against Oregon when injuries sidelined Lynch and in Cals rout of Texas A&M in the 2006 Holiday Bowl. As a starter his senior year, Forsett rushed for 1,546 yards on 305 carries and he opened the season with 156 yards rushing and a touchdown against Tennessee
2. Freddie Mitchell – Freddie Lee Mitchell Jr. is a former American football wide receiver who played for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League for four seasons. He was chosen as a consensus All-American in 2000 while playing football for the University of California. A four-sport athlete at Kathleen High School, Mitchell committed to UCLA to play football for the Bruins. In his collegiate debut in 1998, he had four receptions for 108 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown from Cade McNown, Mitchell broke his femur the following week against Houston and missed most of the season. Limited by a knee injury throughout the 1999 season, he finished with 38 receptions for 533 yards. As a junior in 2000, Mitchell was a Fred Biletnikoff Award finalist, in the 2000 Sun Bowl, he had nine catches for a Sun Bowl record of 180 yards. He declared for the 2001 NFL Draft following the 2000 season and finished his career with 77 catches for 1,494 yards. Mitchell was drafted by the Eagles with the 25th selection in the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft and he began the 2001 season as the fourth wide receiver, but surpassed Na Brown to become the teams slot receiver in week eight. Mitchell became the fourth receiver again after the Eagles signed Antonio Freeman before the 2002 season, Mitchell became the slot receiver once again during the 2003 season, after Freeman left. He finished the 2003 season with a career-high 35 catches for 498 yards, the presence of Terrell Owens in 2004 led to limited opportunities for Mitchell to catch passes and he showed his frustration on and off the field. After the game, Mitchell said, I just want to thank my hands for being so great, in the week prior to Super Bowl XXXIX against the New England Patriots, he created controversy by offending members of the Patriots secondary, including Rodney Harrison. He caught one pass for 11 yards in the Super Bowl and was released by the Eagles on May 6,2005. The Kansas City Chiefs signed him shortly after, but he declined to have surgery on his injured knee. After his NFL career ended, Mitchell bought a restaurant in Lakeland in 2008. Mitchell served time in prison for tax fraud from 2013 to 2016, Mitchell grew up as the son of a pastor in Lakeland, Florida. He attended Kathleen High School in Lakeland, where he lettered in cross country, baseball, football, in baseball, Mitchell was used as a pinch hitter and played outfielder. He played in the Polk County East–West Senior All-Star Game in 1997 for the West squad and he had a.388 batting average, three home runs, and eleven runs batted in. Mitchell was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 47th round of the 1997 Major League Baseball Draft after graduating from Kathleen
3. Joe Nemechek – Joseph Frank Joe Nemechek III is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes part-time in the NASCAR Camping World Series, driving the No.87 Chevrolet Silverado for NEMCO Motorsports and he won the 1992 NASCAR Busch Series championship. He is the father of John Hunter Nemechek, Nemechek began racing at the age of thirteen in motocross, and won three hundred career races over the next six years. He had sixteen top-ten finishes and finished sixth in points the following year, in 1992, Nemechek got full-time sponsorship from Texas Pete sauce, and got his first two career wins and defeated Bobby Labonte for the championship by three points. He did not win again in 1993, but he won three poles and finished fifth in points and that season, he made his Cup debut at New Hampshire International Speedway for his NEMCO team, starting 15th before finishing 36th after suffering rocker arm failure. After running two races in the 87, he ran a pair of races for Morgan-McClure Motorsports. In 1994, Nemechek joined Larry Hedrick Motorsports to drive the No.41 Meineke Discount Mufflers Chevy, despite missing two races, he had three top-tens and finished 27th. He also started one Busch Series race at Richmond International Raceway, the next season, he moved his 87 team up to the Cup series with sponsorship from Burger King, and posted a fourth-place finish at the MBNA500 and finished 28th in points. After he dropped to 34th in points, he abandoned his Cup team and he posted four top-tens and finished a career-best 26th the following year. Midway through 1999, he announced he would not return to the 42 team the season when he picked up his first career victory at Loudon. He won two poles at Martinsville and Talladega Superspeedway and finished 30th in points that year. For 2000, Nemechek signed to drive the No.33 Oakwood Homes-sponsored Chevrolet for Andy Petree Racing, winning the pole at Talladega and finishing a career-best 15th in points. He missed five races the year after suffering an elbow injury at a test at Dover in 2001. However, Nemechek went from one problem to another as Kmart filed for bankruptcy early in the 2002 season. This forced Haas-Carter to scale back its operations to one team and Nemechek was released in favor of keeping Todd Bodine, who was driving the teams other car, in the fold. Nemechek found an opportunity almost immediately as Johnny Benson, who was the driver of the No.10 Valvoline Pontiac for MBV Motorsports, was injured in a crash and required a substitute. After driving several races in the No.10 Nemechek was hired by Hendrick Motorsports to replace Jerry Nadeau in the No.25 UAW/Delphi-sponsored Chevrolet, Nemechek drove the remainder of the season for Hendrick and performed well enough to earn a full-time ride the next season. In 2003, Nemechek started in second spot, led the most laps, the race was rain-shortened with seven laps left, and just three minutes under a red flag, NASCAR called the race official
4. Steve Pearce (baseball) – Steven Wayne Pearce is an American professional baseball utility player for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball. He previously played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros, New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, Pearce is a 2001 graduate of Lakeland High School, where he was a three-year letterman in baseball and posted a career.383 batting average. As a senior in 2005, he hit.358 with 21 home runs and 63 RBI and was a Second-Team All-SEC selection, a Baseball America Second-Team All-American and the NCBWA District IV Player of the Year. Pearce was named to the lists for both the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy prior to the 2005 season. As a transfer junior in 2004, he hit and he set a South Carolina school record with a 1.000 fielding percentage in 50 games at first base. He played for the Cotuit Kettlers of the Cape Cod League in the summer of 2004, Pearce transferred to South Carolina after playing two seasons at Indian River Community College leading Indian River in batting average both seasons and combined to hit 17 home runs. Pearce was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 8th round of the June 2005 Major League Baseball Draft, Pearce began the 2007 season with the Pirates A affiliate, the Lynchburg Hillcats, then onto the AA Altoona Curve, AAA Indianapolis Indians. During his 2007 run in the minors, Pearce hit 31 home runs, Pearce then made his Major League debut for the Pirates on September 1 against the Milwaukee Brewers. He would then go on to play 23 games with the Pirates, in 2008, Pearce spent the majority of the year in Indianapolis, but made several appearances for the Pirates. On September 2, he was recalled again when the roster expanded, in 2009, he failed to make the Pirates starting day roster after spring training and began the year at Triple-A. With the recent addition of outfield prospects in the organization, Pearce was moved back to playing first base and he was recalled on June 20. Pearce joined the Pirates on July 23 to become the starting first baseman following the trade of Adam LaRoche, Pearce started the 2010 season with the Indianapolis Indians, but was eventually called up by the Pirates due to his.345 batting average for the Indians. 2011 marked the first time in his career that Pearce won a spot with the Pirates straight out of spring training. Hed never spent Opening Day in the major leagues and he obtained a.283 batting average during spring training and had five doubles among his 13 hits. More importantly, he increased his versatility by working at two new positions, third base and left field, on December 15,2011, Pearce signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins. The Twins released him on March 27,2012, Pearce signed with the New York Yankees on March 29,2012. He played for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, on June 2,2012, the Yankees traded Pearce to the Baltimore Orioles for cash considerations. He made his debut against the Tampa Bay Rays the following day, Sunday, in the lineup, batting eighth
5. Matt Diaz – Matthew Edward Diaz is an American former professional baseball outfielder. He played in Major League Baseball for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Kansas City Royals, Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins. As a two-year starter at Florida State University, Diaz helped lead the Seminoles to two College World Series appearances, including the 1999 title game vs. the University of Miami. He was named the Sporting News man of the Year in 1998, and he was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft in the 17th round. Despite being among the Devil Rays minor league career leaders in hits and extra base hits, Diaz had a time in the majors. After being released by Tampa Bay, Diaz signed with the Kansas City Royals where he hit.281 with 10 extra base hits and 12 RBI in a role in 2005. On December 19,2005, Diaz was traded to the Atlanta Braves for minor league pitcher Ricardo Rodríguez, Diaz earned a backup outfielder spot for the Braves during spring training. Appearing in 124 games, including many starting assignments in the half of the season. On August 14,2006, Diaz had four hits for the second straight day and he grounded out in the 9th inning to end the streak. Diaz had his first career game on August 29,2007. On September 5, he hit a three-run walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth to give the Braves a 9-8 win, Diaz finished the season with a career-high.338 batting average in 124 games. In December 2010, Diaz agreed to a two-year, $4.25 million contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates, on August 31,2011, Diaz was traded back to the Braves for a player to be named later. Pittsburgh also sent cash to the Braves in the deal, on August 13,2012, the Braves announced that Diaz will have surgery on his thumb and will miss the rest of the 2012 season. On December 26,2012, Diaz signed a contract with the New York Yankees with an invitation to Spring Training. He was released on March 17,2013, Diaz was brought up by the Miami Marlins from their Triple-A affiliate New Orleans Zephyrs on May 2,2013. On Feb. 4th,2014 Matt Diaz announced his retirement from professional baseball, on April 24,2014 Diaz joined the Braves pre-game and postgame telecast of Braves Live on Fox Sports South, which he will do regularly for the 2014 season. A born-again Christian, Diaz and his wife Leslee have three kids, Nathan Everett, Anna Grace, and Matthew Jacob and his brother is contemporary Christian singer Jonny Diaz. His surname has an Anglicized pronunciation which originated with his grandfather who had emigrated from Barcelona and he grew up in Lakeland, Florida
6. J. C. France – France is a former American auto racing driver. He last competed in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series with the No.59 Brumos Porsche-Riley Daytona Prototype with João Barbosa and he is the son of Jim France, nephew of Bill France, Jr. and grandson of NASCARs founder Bill France, Sr. He was involved in a fistfight with rival Chris Bingham after the two collided at the 2006 race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City
7. Larry Libertore – Lawrence Paul Lightning Libertore, Jr. was a college football player and later Lakeland, Florida real-estate agent. Libertore was born on November 18,1939 in Canton, Ohio and his family moved to Miami, Florida when he was in ninth grade. Larry Libertore was a player of just 138 pounds, but a quick-on-his-feet option quarterback. Libertores 786 rushing yards remained the most by a Gators quarterback until eclipsed by Tim Tebow in 2007 and he led the Gators to a record 9 wins in 1960, placing second among the twelve SEC teams—their best-ever SEC finish at that time. In the defeat of Georgia Tech, the Gators, led by Libertore, drop-back passer Bobby Dodd, Jr. and running back Lindy Infante, Libertore helped the Gators to defeat Penn State alongside Larry Dupree in the 1962 Gator Bowl from the halfback position. He was inducted into the University of Florida Athletics Hall of Fame as a Gator Great
8. Desmond Clark – Desmond Darice Clark is a former American football tight end who played in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He played college football at Wake Forest, Clark also played for the Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears. Clark attended Kathleen High School, where he played football as a quarterback, free safety and he was also the holder for former Chicago Bears place kicker Paul Edinger. He also played basketball and baseball during his school years. His brother, Dominique Davis, played quarterback at East Carolina University, Clark attended Wake Forest University, where he was a wide receiver and caught at least one pass against every ACC opponent he faced. He was a second team All-ACC selection, a two-time team MVP. The Denver Broncos drafted Clark in the round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He played with them for three seasons, until the team waived him the preseason, Clark, who was nursing an arm injury, was signed by the Miami Dolphins, and spent one season with them before joining the Chicago Bears in 2003. In 2005 Clark was selected as a Pro Bowl alternate, in 2006, Clark helped the Bears win the NFC Championship and a trip to Super Bowl XLI with regular season statistics of 626 receiving yards on 45 catches and six touchdowns. On February 24,2008, the Bears awarded Clark with a two-year extension, during the 2008 season, Clark caught 41 passes from Kyle Orton and recorded 367 receiving yards and one touchdown. With the emergence of fellow tight end Greg Olsen, Clark dropped to the two tight end on the teams depth chart. Clark suffered an injury during the teams 2009 season opener against the Green Bay Packers. He accumulated 19 receptions,145 receiving yards, and two touchdowns in this injury-shortened season, in 2010, Mike Martz was hired to replace Ron Turner as the Bears offensive coordinator. Clarks role in the Bears offense began to diminish, as he spent most of his time on the inactive list. He recorded just one reception for twelve yards, the Bears won the NFC North, but lost the NFC Championship to the Green Bay Packers. After the game, Clark, who was on the year of his contract. Clark re-signed with the Bears on August 2,2011, but was released on September 3,2011
9. Drew Hutchison – Andrew Scott Drew Hutchison is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball. He was considered one of the Toronto Blue Jays top prospects before the start of the 2012 Major League Baseball season, Hutchison was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 15th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft from Lakeland High School in Lakeland, Florida. He made his minor league debut with the Auburn Doubledays in 2010. In 68 2⁄3 innings that year, Hutchison pitched to a 2–3 record with a 2.49 ERA and 63 strikeouts and he began the 2011 season with Lansing, and later made starts with the High-A Dunedin Blue Jays and the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats. In 2011 Hutchison posted a record of 14–5 with an ERA of 2.53 and 171 strikeouts over 149 1⁄3 innings, before the 2012 season, Baseball America ranked Hutchison as the Blue Jays ninth best prospect. He made 3 starts with New Hampshire in 2012, and posted a 2–1 record with a 2.16 ERA, the Blue Jays purchased Hutchisons contract from the Fisher Cats on April 19,2012. He made his first MLB start on April 21,2012 against the Kansas City Royals in Kansas City, pitching 5 1⁄3 innings and yielding 5 earned runs, after making 11 starts, Hutchison was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right ulnar collateral ligament sprain. Hutchison was later transferred to the 60-day disabled list, and on August 7 it was announced that he would require Tommy John surgery to repair his injured elbow. Hutchison posted a 5–3 record with a 4.60 ERA and 49 strikeouts over 11 starts in his first professional season, the Blue Jays placed Hutchison on the 60-day disabled list on March 22,2013 to make room for Todd Redmond on their 40-man roster. On May 7,2013, it was reported that Hutchison was on track to return in early August, the Blue Jays announced on August 8 that Hutchison would start for the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons on August 9 as part of his rehab assignment. He was activated from the disabled list on August 10, Hutchison did not appear for the Blue Jays in 2013, and posted a 0–4 record and 4.84 ERA in 10 minor league appearances. Fully healthy, Hutchison entered 2014 Spring Training and earned a spot in the starting rotation and he recorded his first 2 hits in an interleague game against the Philadelphia Phillies on May 6,2014. In a game against the Texas Rangers on May 16, Hutchison pitched his first career complete game shutout and he established a then career-high in strikeouts, with 10, in a 4–1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on July 1,2014. Hutchison experienced inconsistency in his performance from June 13 to early August, on August 6, he pitched 8 2⁄3 innings and took the win against the Baltimore Orioles 5–1, yielding only 1 hit. In doing so, he joined Dave Stieb and Roy Halladay as the only Toronto pitchers to retire 26 of 27 batters faced in a start, Hutchison struck out a career-high 11 in a game on September 16 against the Baltimore Orioles. He would record the win in his final start of the season on September 26, finishing the 2014 campaign with an 11–13 record,4.48 ERA, Hutchison finished 8th in the American League in both strikeouts and K/9, with 184 and 8.97 respectively. On March 31,2015, Hutchison was named the Opening Day starter for the Blue Jays, after taking the win on Opening Day, Hutchison struggled in his next two starts. On April 23, he took a game into the 6th inning against the Baltimore Orioles
10. Albert McClellan – Albert Jamel McClellan is an American football inside linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League. He played college football at Marshall University from 2005 to 2009, a native of Lakeland, Florida, McClellan attended Kathleen High School, where he was rated as a two-star recruit by Rivals. com. McClellan was a three-time All-Conference USA selection at Marshall, as well as the C-USA Defensive Player of the Year in 2006 and he redshirted in 2007 after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in pre-season, an injury that sidelined him for the year. McClellan was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as a free agent after the 2010 NFL Draft. McClellan played as the fourth string middle linebacker and he did not play at all in 2010, but saw limited time the next year. Upshaw appeared to have the edge for most of training camp and he would start 11games during the season, and would record 49 tackles and a sack, both career highs. On March 9,2014, McClellan signed a new contract to remain with the Ravens. McClellan signed an extension to remain with Baltimore on March 1,2016. Baltimore Ravens bio Marshall Thundering Herd bio Media related to Albert McClellan at Wikimedia Commons