Category:Sportspeople from Rome, Georgia
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The following 27 pages are in this category, out of 27 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 27 pages are in this category, out of 27 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Arn Anderson – Martin Anthony Lunde, better known by his ring name Arn Anderson, is an American road agent and retired professional wrestler and author. His career has been highlighted by his alliances with Ric Flair and he currently serves as the senior producer for WWE Raw. On March 31,2012, Anderson was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as a member of the Four Horsemen, Lunde began his career in early 1982, trained by Ted Lipscomb spending much of the year wrestling in various independent wrestling companies across the United States. By the middle of 1983, he made his way to Southeastern Championship Wrestling, taking the name of Super Olympia, Lunde soon became a member of Ron Fullers Stud Stable before the year was out. Lunde saw success in the tag team ranks by winning the NWA Southeastern Tag Team Championship three times with Mr. Olympia and once with Pat Rose throughout 1984 and it was also here in this promotion that Lunde met and began what would become a lifelong friendship with Flair. By the end of the year, however, Lunde left the company, Lundes time in Mid South was coming to an end and during a TV taping the Junk Yard Dog mentioned to Bill Watts, the owner of Mid South Wrestling, that Lunde looked like an Anderson. Watts called Jim Crockett and convinced him to book Lunde, Lunde made his way to Jim Crockett, Jr. s Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling based in the Virginias and the Carolinas. By this time, the extended its range into Georgia after rival promoter Vince McMahon purchased Georgia Championship Wrestling. There was a physical resemblance between Lunde and Ole Anderson, who had achieved legendary status in the Georgia and Mid-Atlantic territories as a tag team wrestler. Ole noticed that Lundes style was a no nonsense approach in the ring, the team quickly became a force in the territory by capturing the NWA National Tag Team Championship in March 1985. Arn and Ole defended the titles throughout the year, with their highest profile match being part of the card for Starrcade 1985 on Thanksgiving night, the Crew successfully defended the titles against Wahoo McDaniel and Billy Jack Haynes. In the latter half of 1985, the Andersons formed a loose alliance with fellow heels Tully Blanchard and Ric Flair. The alliance quickly became a force within the territory, working in feuds against some of the biggest stars in the company like Dusty Rhodes, the Road Warriors and the Rock n Roll Express. Anderson also saw success as a wrestler on January 4,1986 by winning the vacant NWA Television Championship. It was also during this time that the Andersons, Blanchard, Anderson also had a tremendous ability to do interviews to further the storylines he participated in. Anderson continued his reign as NWA Television Champion for most of the year, the first real setback with the Horsemen occurred at Starrcade 1986 after Anderson and Ole lost a Steel Cage match to The Rock n Roll Express, with Ole getting pinned. The subsequent storyline positioned Ole as the link within the team. Oles position with the group was further weakened after he decided to take two months off after Starrcade
2. Ronnie Brown – Ronnie G. Brown, Jr. is a former American football running back. After graduating from Cartersville High School in Georgia, Brown attended Auburn University to play football for the Auburn Tigers. He and Cadillac Williams shared carries at running back, while he had 1,008 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2002,446 yards and five touchdowns in 2003, Brown finished seventh in school history with 2,707 rushing yards and fifth with 28 rushing touchdowns. He twice earned second-team All-Southeastern Conference honors in 2002 and 2004, Brown was drafted second overall by the Miami Dolphins in the 2005 NFL Draft. Brown started at running back for the Dolphins for the first four weeks of the season while Ricky Williams served a suspension, Brown became the feature back in 2006 due to Williams full year suspension. Brown sat out three games due to a broken hand suffered on Thanksgiving Day in a game against the Detroit Lions and he played in the first seven games of the 2007 season before suffering a knee injury which knocked him out for the remainder of the season. Williams started over Brown in the first two games of the 2008 season, but shared carries with him after week two, Brown had 916 yards and ten touchdowns in 2008, which led to his first Pro Bowl selection following the season. He was placed on injured reserve for the second season after suffering a foot injury in week nine of the 2009 season. Brown rushed for 734 yards and five touchdowns in 2010, as he started in all 16 games and he played for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011 following a six-year career with the Dolphins. Brown attended Cartersville High School in Georgia, where he was a three-year starter, Brown moved on to Auburn University, where he majored in communications and played for coach Tommy Tubervilles Auburn Tigers football team from 2000 to 2004. He teamed up with speed running back Carnell Williams to create a running threat of speed. He redshirted after playing in the first two games of the 2000 season as he only gained 10 yards on six carries. In 2001, he played in 10 games and ranked third on the team with 330 yards on 84 carries, Brown enjoyed his best season in 2002 when he gained a career-high 1,008 yards on 175 carries with 13 touchdowns while subbing for the injured Williams. He also had nine receptions for 166 yards and a touchdown, however, in 2003, with Williams healthy and starting, Browns statistics dropped as he carried the ball only 95 times for 446 yards, recorded five touchdowns, and had eight receptions for 80 yards. In 2004, Brown shared duties with Williams and started seven games, together with Jason Campbell, coach Tommy Tuberville called them the best backfield in the past 30 years as they led the team to a 13-0 record. He totaled 913 yards on 153 carries and scored eight times and he also displayed his receiving capabilities as he ranked second on the team with 34 catches for 313 yards and a touchdown. Although he started only 21 of 47 games for Auburn he finished his career ranked seventh in history with 2,707 yards rushing on 513 carries while ranking fifth with 28 rushing touchdowns. Brown also had 58 receptions for 668 yards and two touchdowns,2000,6 carries for 10 yards and 0 TD
3. Janet Cherobon-Bawcom – Janet Cherobon-Bawcom is an American distance runner. She grew up in Kenya, before attending college in the United States, in college she won three Division II national championships and was named an All-American eight times. She became eligible to compete for the United States in 2011, in 2012, she made the U. S. Olympic team in the 10,000 meters and placed 12th. Cherobon-Bawcom was born as Janet Cherobon on August 22,1978 in Kapsabet and she is the oldest of eight children. At the age of 19, she was walking to the bus stop when a stranger offered her a ride and she accepted, and the man turned out to be 1988 gold medalist Peter Rono. He told her that running could serve as a route to gaining a scholarship to an American college, intrigued, Cherobon took up running, with Rono as coach. After two years, Rono was able to secure her a scholarship to Harding University in Arkansas, upon arrival at Harding, she discovered that the school had been given false information about her running ability. Fearful that her scholarship would be pulled, she trained all summer to improve her times. Over the next four years, named an All-American eight times, in 2005, she won the Division II championship in the indoor 5,000 meters, the outdoor 5,000 meters, and the outdoor 10,000 meters. For her exploits, she was inducted into the Division II Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2010, Cherobon graduated from Harding in 2005 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in health care management and nursing. Of her college experience, Cherobon later remarked, I dont think I ever really became interested I ran to get a scholarship so that I could get my education and my goal was to come here, learn as much as I can, and then go back. So if you had asked me my goal then – that was my goal, during college, she met future husband Jay Bawcom. Upon graduation, Janet Cherobon-Bawcom enrolled at Georgia Highlands College to obtain a license as registered nurse and she gave up running, having met her goal of using the sport to get a college education. The competitive desire soon returned, and Cherobon-Bawcom began to enter and she added the half-marathon and marathon to her repertoire for the first time. Inspired by her success, she decided to out a top-notch coach. His training style worked well for Cherobon-Bawcom and she quickly improved, in 2011, Cherobon-Bawcom was a three-time U. S. road champion, winning the 20 km, the 10 mi, and the 10 km races. In August, the IAAF declared her eligible to represent the United States in international competition, at the end of the year, she was declared the womens champion of the 2011 USA Running Circuit. At the January 2012, U. S. Olympic marathon trials, Cherobon-Bawcom finished fifth with a time of 2,29,45, for the first time in her career, she began to think of herself as a potential Olympian
4. Charlie Culberson – Charles Edward Charlie Culberson is an American professional baseball infielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball. He has also played in MLB for the San Francisco Giants, the San Francisco Giants drafted Culberson in the first round in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft out of Calhoun High School in Calhoun, Georgia. He was rated the seventh best second base prior to the 2012 season. After beginning the 2012 season with the Fresno Grizzlies of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League and he made his MLB debut that day and collected his first major league base hit against Arizona Diamondbacks starter Joe Saunders. On July 27,2012, Culberson was traded to the Colorado Rockies for Marco Scutaro and he spent the rest of the 2012 season with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, the Rockies AAA affiliate, and continued to play for them in 2013. In 97 games for the Sky Sox, he hit. 310/. 338/.524 with 14 HR,64 RBI and 8 3B, on July 29, Culberson was recalled by the Rockies, replacing Jordan Pacheco. When Carlos González went on the disabled list, Culberson and Corey Dickerson entered a situation in left field. On August 16,2013, Culberson hit his first MLB home run off Wei-Yin Chen of the Baltimore Orioles, in 47 games with the Rockies, he hit. 293/. 317/.404 with 2 HR,12 RBI and 5 SB. On May 4,2014, Culberson hit a pinch hit walk off two run homerun off New York Mets closer Kyle Farnsworth, giving the Rockies an 11–10 victory, Culberson missed nearly the entire 2015 season with a back injury. After the season, he was granted free agency by the Rockies, Culberson was signed by the Dodgers in November 2015 and invited to spring training, where he impressed new Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. After an injury to Howie Kendrick opened a spot for him and he was designated for assignment in July and optioned to the Oklahoma City Dodgers, then recalled a month later. He played in 34 games for Los Angeles, hitting.284 and in 70 games for Oklahoma City and he had no hits in seven at-bats with two strikeouts in the 2016 National League Division Series. He was outrighted to the minors and removed from the 40-man roster on December 9,2016 and he was assigned to Oklahoma City to begin the season. On August 15,2015, Charlie Culberson was inducted into the Calhoun-Gordon County Sports Hall of Fame, career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference Charlie Culberson on Twitter
5. Marcus Dixon – Marcus Dwayne Dixon is a former American football defensive end. He was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent in 2008. He played college football at Hampton University, Dixon is also known for being wrongfully convicted in May 2003 of molesting an underage girl while he was in high school. That charge was overturned by the Georgia Supreme Court, while his conviction for rape was sustained. Upon his release from prison Dixon enrolled at Hampton University in Hampton, at Hampton, Dixon played at defensive end and defensive tackle, and was on the all Mid-Eastern Athletic conference team during his junior and senior seasons. On April 27,2008, Dixon signed a three-year, $1.1 million deal with the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent. He was waived on September 4,2010, on September 5,2010, he was claimed off waivers by the New York Jets. An exclusive rights free agent, Dixon was signed to a contract on January 26,2011. He was released on September 1,2012 and he was re-signed to the active roster on September 4. Dixon was released by the team on September 24,2012, Dixon was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs on February 9,2013. Dixon was signed to a contract with the Tennessee Titans on January 3,2014. He was released during final cuts on August 29, Dixon was signed to the BC Lions practice roster on October 20,2014. He made his CFL debut in the game of the regular season against the Calgary Stampeders. Kristie Brown alleged that on February 10,2003 Dixon forced her to have sex and she has stated that contrary to Dixons supporters belief she was never Dixons girlfriend and although they shared classes, they barely knew each other. Because of this Dixon was convicted at the amount under Georgia law,10 years imprisonment. If he had found guilty of rape, he would have faced a much less severe punishment. Supporters of Dixon including the NAACP and the Rev. Joseph Lowerys Peoples Agenda alleged the charges were racially motivated, the President of the Childrens Defense Fund, Marian Wright Edelman called it a Legal Lynching. The Georgia Supreme Court overturned Dixons conviction and he was released May 3,2004, the court let his conviction for misdemeanor statutory rape stand
6. Richard Von Albade Gammon – Richard Von Albade Gammon was a University of Georgia football fullback who died after injuries sustained in a collegiate football game. Richard Von Albade Gammon was born December 4,1879 in Rome and he grew up on downtown Rome’s 3rd Avenue and was a very talented athlete. Gammon attended the University of Georgia and played football on the 1896 and 1897 teams under Glenn Pop Warner, in 1897, they played their first two games against Clemson and Georgia Tech. On October 30,1897, UGA played the University of Virginia in Atlanta, the two teams the year before were the two most vocal claimants to a Southern football title. Early in the second half Von Gammon was on defense, once the pile-up cleared, he lay there motionless. Two doctors in the stands came to his aid and determined he had a head concussion. He was on his feet in a few minutes, however, and was being taken off the field by Coach McCarthy, kent, not realizing how badly he was hurt, said to him, Von, you are not going to give up are you. No Bill, he replied, Ive got too much Georgia grit for that and those were the last words he ever spoke. Upon reaching the sideline he lapsed into unconsciousness and they rushed him to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. Gammon died in the morning hours of October 31,1897. The funeral was held at First Presbyterian Church in Rome, Georgia, news spread of Von Gammon’s death and the people were devastated as were the Virginia players. The Georgia Legislature was in session at the time and public opinion caused them to pass a bill to ban the sport of football in the state of Georgia, the bill would end the football programs of Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Mercer. The bill only needed the signature of Governor William Yates Atkinson to become a law, rosalind Burns Gammon wrote a letter to her representative which later was in the hands of the governor. She was saddened by her son’s death, but did not want the sport outlawed and she mentioned in her letter how his two friends were killed in rock climbing and skating accidents, and how those sports were not banned. Gov. Atkinson vetoed the bill on December 7,1897 and his mother is known as the woman who saved college football in Georgia. In 1921, the University of Virginia team presented a plaque to the University of Georgia in honor of Von Gammon, less than three years after Von’s death his brother Will died when he fell under a train following a baseball game in Cartersville, Georgia
7. Will Muschamp – William Larry Muschamp is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the coach at the University of South Carolina. He was previously the coach at the University of Florida from 2011 to 2014. Muschamp has built a reputation for his defenses and his intense demeanor during games. In his second season as defensive coordinator at Auburn, Muschamp was a finalist for the 2007 Broyles Award for the most outstanding assistant coach in college football, Muschamp was born in Rome, Georgia but grew up in Gainesville, Florida. He attended Martha Manson Academy elementary school and Oak Hall High School in Gainesville and his family moved back to Rome, where his father became the headmaster of the Darlington School, and where he graduated from high school. Muschamp played football, basketball, baseball, and ran track for the Darlington Tigers, Muschamp attended the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. He walked on to the Georgia Bulldogs football team and played safety from 1991 to 1994, as an undergraduate, he was initiated into the Kappa Alpha Order and also earned a spot on the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 1993. He was a team captain his senior season, and played in two bowl games with the Bulldogs. Former Georgia offensive coordinator and Bulldogs quarterback Mike Bobo, who was Muschamps college teammate, Muschamp graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelors degree in 1994. After graduating from Georgia, Muschamp became an assistant coach at Auburn University. Muschamp joined Nick Sabans staff at LSU as the coach in 2001. In 2003, LSU won the BCS Championship and that season, Muschamps defense led the nation in both scoring defense and total defense. The Tigers topped the SEC in every defensive category and also ranked second nationally in defensive pass efficiency. While at LSU, Muschamp coached four All-Americans including Bradie James, Chad Lavalais, Corey Webster, Muschamp left LSU with Saban after the 2004 season to join the Miami Dolphins staff as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. As assistant head coach/defense of the Miami Dolphins, Muschamp, along with defensive coordinator Richard Smith, the Dolphins allowed 19.8 points per game and 317.4 total yards per game during the 2005 NFL season. The unit also ranked second in the NFL with 49 quarterback sacks, when the Auburn defensive coordinator position became available in January 2006, Muschamp took the opportunity to return to the college game. In 2006, Muschamps first season at Auburn, the finished seventh among NCAA Division I-FBS teams in scoring defense
8. Dan Reeves – Daniel Edward Reeves is a former American football running back and head coach in the National Football League. He participated in a combined nine Super Bowls as player and coach, the second-most in league history behind Bill Belichicks ten. Reeves played in two Super Bowls, was an assistant coach in three more, and was coach in four, XXI, XXII, and XXIV with the Denver Broncos. Reeves is tied with Jeff Fisher for the NFL record of most regular-season losses as a coach, with 165. Born in Rome, Georgia, Reeves grew up in Americus and he attended Americus High School, where he practiced football, baseball and basketball. After he missed four games with a collarbone during his senior season. The interest from schools came later, when he won the MVP trophy at the Georgia High School football All-star game. He also was selected to the All-state basketball team in 1961, Reeves played college football at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, where he was a three-year starter at quarterback from 1962 through 1964. He became the quarterback during his sophomore year in 1962 and was named second-team All-conference after his junior and senior years. Reeves also became a good baseball prospect as a right fielder for the Gamecocks team. In 1977, he was inducted into the schools Athletic Hall of Fame, in 2006, he was inducted into the State of South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame. His rookie year was spent mostly on the kickoff and punt units, in 1966, Tom Landry looking for more speed at running back, shifted All-Pro safety Mel Renfro to offense. His performance helped the Cowboys take some of the load from fullback Don Perkins. He set a record with 16 touchdowns, had over 1,300 all-purpose yards, was sixth in the NFL in rushing, first in touchdowns. He was also voted to The Sporting News All-Pro team at the end of the year, in 1967, he posted back-to-back seasons with more than 600 rushing yards, ranking second on the team in rushing with 603 yards and third in receiving with 490 yards. In the week 8 game against the Atlanta Falcons, he set a record after scoring 4 touchdowns. In the week 13 game against the Philadelphia Eagles, he scored touchdowns running, receiving, during the first half of his NFL career, he became a multi-talented running back and displayed the ability to consistently make big plays. He remained a starter until the week 4 of the 1968 season, the injury ended up hampering him for the remainder of his career and limiting his abilities