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Meet the Budweiser truck driver who became an NFL All-Pro 👇

Michael Lewis only played one year of high school football.

After becoming a father in his senior year, he focused on supporting his newborn child rather than going to college.

Instead, he worked 12-hour shifts as a Budweiser delivery driver.

His truck route was only half a mile from the Saints’ Superdome.

Close in proximity, but far in reality from the dream he always had.

“I never really gave up on football after I got out of high school,” Lewis said. “The love was always there.”

He used every ounce of free time to play for local semi-pro teams.

One day he heard that the Louisiana Bayou Beast – a new upstart team in the Professional Indoor Football League – was looking for players.

By that point, he was 26 years old – eight years removed from high school.

But he decided to go for it.

“I thought it sounded like it would be fun,” he said.

Lewis didn’t just make the team. He became one of the best players in the entire league.

He was named to the 1998 PIFL All-Star First-team, helping lead the Bayou Beast to a 13-1 record and a league championship title.

Between playing games, practicing, and working long shifts delivering beer, Lewis sent his highlight tape to every team he could find.

After two years in the PIFL – where he scored 23 touchdowns in 24 games – he got what he was looking for.

A promotion to the Arena Football League with the New Jersey Red Dogs.

His salary increased from $200 to $900 per game.

After amassing impressive stats there, and being named to the 2000 AFL All-Rookie Team, he got a call that changed everything.

An offer to try out for the Philadelphia Eagles.

It was a remarkable ascension.

Semi-pro, flag football, indoor leagues, and now an NFL tryout.

He joined the Eagles on July 15th, 2000, and played in his first preseason game.

37 days later, they cut him.

While the 2000 NFL season was kicking off, Lewis was back home driving his delivery truck.

The dream was all but over.

But fate had other plans.

In November of 2000, at the tail end of the regular season, the New Orleans Saints signed Michael Lewis to their practice squad.

“It was like heaven to me, cause now I’m like ‘you know what, I’m on the practice squad but I’m playing with my home team’…I was real happy.”

Seizing the opportunity, Lewis made the final 53-man roster as a return specialist.

His first payday was $20,000 – a long way from his hourly wage as a truck driver.

Michael Lewis entered the NFL as a 29-year-old – a solid eight years older than many of his fellow rookies.

But like all things, he didn’t see it the way most people would.

“My age doesn’t matter,” he told the New York Times.

“By not playing four years of high school and four years of college, I’m not beat up like most other guys. I haven’t taken all those hits.”

After playing 8 games as a rookie, Michael Lewis became a star in 2002.

In his age-31 season, he set an NFL record for combined kick-punt return yardage with 2,432 yards total, leading the league in punt return yards, kick return yards, and all-purpose yards.

He was a Pro Bowler, first-team All-Pro, and Special Teams Player of the Year.

The following season, he won the Saints’ Man of the Year award for his active involvement in the community.

Known among Saints fans as “Beer Man”, Lewis went from delivering kegs to becoming a hometown hero.

After a seven-year career, Michael Lewis still holds the Saints’ all-time record for punt return yardage (1,482 yards) and was inducted into the franchise’s Hall of Fame in 2015.

After retirement, he took a role as a team ambassador and received a Super Bowl ring after the Saints won Super Bowl XLIV.

“Everything I have done has been totally different than what everyone else has done,” Lewis said.

“I sometimes can’t believe it all worked out.”


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He almost lost hope in his baseball career.

Between college classes & night shifts at an electric factory, his dream was fading fast.

Then one opportunity changed his life forever.

Edgar Martinez was born in New York City in 1963.

After his parents got divorced, 2-year-old Edgar went to Puerto Rico to live with his grandparents.

As a child, he watched the Pittsburgh Pirates win the World Series – led by Puerto Rican legend Roberto Clemente.

In his own words, Edgar was “hooked on baseball after that”.

His grandfather bought him his first uniform – number 21, after Clemente – with his own name stitched on the back.

Nothing could keep him away from baseball.

Martinez played in the yard with his brother and cousins, hitting bottlecaps with broomsticks to learn the game.

“When it would rain, Edgar would go outside and swing at the raindrops,” his cousin said.

“He would do it for hours.”

As he matured, Edgar didn’t receive attention from pro scouts in Puerto Rico.

They liked his glove but felt he was too weak of a hitter.

He also battled a lazy eye, which required extra training to make up for.

“He is basically one-eyed at times,” an optometrist said later.

Edgar would write numbers on tennis balls, have a friend feed them into a pitching machine, and try to identify the number as the balls sailed by him at home plate.

After a few failed pro tryouts, he enrolled at a local university to prepare to enter the workforce.

“At that point, I sort of lost hope of signing.”

By age 20, Edgar’s schedule was jam-packed.

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm: College classes

10:00 pm – 7:00 am: Night shift at the General Electric factory

When he got home, he’d sleep a few hours, then practice baseball for his weekend semi-pro league.

One morning, Edgar arrived home from his night shift to a surprise.

The GM of his semi-pro team stood in his driveway waiting for him.

“The Mariners are having a tryout,” he told Edgar.

“Get ready, I’m going to take you there.”

So after an 8-hour night shift, Edgar hopped in the car for the 8 AM tryout.

He remembers being “so tired I couldn’t swing the bat.”

Running on fumes, he flashed enough potential to get a chance.

A few days later, the Seattle Mariners signed him for $4,000.

In his first minor league season, Martinez hit .177.

Battling culture shock, the adjustment took time.

“I could only speak a few words of English, just enough to order in a restaurant.”

But he kept working – learning English & getting more pro at-bats – and he improved.

Ultimately, Martinez didn’t play his first full MLB season until age 27.

Yet he managed to post eye-popping career numbers through his final season at 41 years old:

• .933 OPS

• 309 HRs

• 1,261 RBIs

In an average season, Edgar hit .312 and drove in 99 runs.

Fast forward to 2019:

Edgar’s 10th and final year on the Hall of Fame ballot.

One last chance at baseball’s highest honor.

“It started out as a normal day,” Edgar told the Seattle Times. “…I tried to distract myself as much as possible.”

Then, just before 6 PM, his phone rang.

In his final year of eligibility – and just as all hope appeared to be gone – Edgar Martinez was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Like everything else, he had to fight to earn it.

It was the perfect metaphor for his career.

Legendary broadcaster Dave Niehaus said it best:

“I’ve never heard anybody in any walk of life say anything ever halfway bad about Edgar Martinez…He has always had nice things to say about everyone, even in trying circumstances.”

“He’s a great human being."


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🗣️"I had a fight with Davey Moore, Tyson told me he was there in the gallery. At the time Tyson was just a kid, nobody. But he was a fanatic of me. Tyson told me he was shadowboxing up there in the shadows, screaming, 'Duran! Duran! Duran!' Tyson told me that experience.' - Roberto Duran

🗣️"Roberto Duran is my favorite fighter. When I saw Duran fight, he was just a street guy...Man, this guy is me, I thought. That was what I wanted to do. He was not ashamed of being who he was. I related to him as a human being. As my career progressed and people started praising me for being a savage, I knew that being called an animal was the highest praise I could receive from someone in the ring. Est was ferocious and fearless like Duran.' - Mike Tyson"

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Ty Lue's 4-word reaction to Russell Westbrook's bench request:


Russell Westbrook has showcased his leadership on and off the court.

Over the last 24 hours, the L.A. Clippers star guard has done things to help out:

✅ Hosted 12th annual Thanksgiving Food Distribution Event (h/t Tomer Azarly)
✅ Gave out 1,000 meals to families in need
✅ Celebrated the opening of Jesse Owens Park courts, a court he grew up playing on
✅ Approached coaching staff and requested to come off the bench in order to help the first unit establish continuity (h/t Chris Haynes)

Something to think about before you call him names for his play on the court.

Giving back and giving way.


Tell’em Iron Mike!!!!

"Floyd is a great fighter, don't get me wrong, but he's only got 50 fights. Look, Sugar Ray Robinson has had 199 fights, he's lost 19, and he's had 78 wins in a row. With, 109 wins by knockout. So don't tell me Mayweather is the greatest fighter in history at just 50-0."
- Mike Tyson on Floyd Mayweather

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Here's a picture of the only player in MLB History with 3000 Hits and 2000 Walks.


Not All Heroes Wear Capes ❤️💪


Today, we honor the legacy of Roberto Clemente.

▫️ 3,000 Career Hits
▫️ 4 Batting Titles
▫️ 1st Latino in the HOF
▫️ 15x All-Star
▫️ 2x WS Champion (1971 WS MVP)
▫️ 12x Gold Glove Award Winner



Finally someone says it!

Josh Allen turnovers should be a way bigger topic than Dak Prescott’s … I'm just saying.

NFL quarterbacks with the most TURNOVERS since 2018:

Josh Allen - 84
Jared Goff - 80
Matt Ryan - 79
Derek Carr - 79
Baker Mayfield - 78
Kirk Cousins - 73
Carson Wentz - 68
Sam Darnold - 68
Dak Prescott - 66


🔥 Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Jerry West are the Only 3 players have ever won the Scoring Title and been named First Team All-Defense in the same season:
🏀 Jerry West: Once (1970)
🏀 Kobe Bryant: Twice (2006 & 2007)
🏀 Michael Jordan: 9 Times - He did it six years in a row from 1988 to 1993, then played some baseball, then came back and did it three more years in a row!


I don’t care what the haters and hypocrites say, this Homerun chase made MLB relevant again.

OTD 25 years ago, Mark McGwire launches home run #62 breaking Roger Maris’ single season HR record🙌⚾️ St. Louis Cardinals


The Bad Boy Pistons was his wall. He figured out how to get past them without jumping to super team


About time.

The New York Mets will retire the numbers of Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry next season⚾️



Congrats to Kade and the rest of the Warners.

A full circle moment for the Warner family. ❤️

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