Athletes Who Were Working As Day Laborers When They Signed Their First Contracts

any icons of our society passed away during 2015, including a number of famous athletes. Pro basketball players Moses Malone, Daryl Dawkins, and Dolph Schayes were among the Hall of Famers, in addition to the beloved Meadowlark Lemon of the Harlem Globetrotters.

Major League Baseball lost Hall of Famers Yogi Berra of the Yankees and Ernie Banks of the Chicago Cubs, and the National Football League also lost some of its esteemed family in 2015. Among the deceased last year were running back Mel Farr and quarterback Ken Stabler, whose nickname was “The Snake.”

Also lost was one of the most well-recognized kickers of the 1970s, Garo Yepremian of the Miami Dolphins. In spite of being a fantastic kicker on Super Bowl champion teams, Yepremian is probably better remember for a misplay in the 1972 AFC-NFC championship matchup against the Washington Redskins.

The Dolphins led 14-0 when coach Don Shula sent Yepremian to attempt a field goal that would put Miami up by another three points. After the kick was blocked, Yepremian picked up the ball and attempted to pass it. As the ball slipped from his hand, Garo batted the ball before it hit the ground. Unfortunately, it landed in the arms of Washington defensive back Mike Bass, who returned it all the way to the end zone for a Redskins touchdown.

Another unlikely story concerning Yepremian is where he was สมัครufabetเว็บแม่  working when he signed his first pro football contract. He was working in his basement tie shop in 1970 when the Dolphins discovered him, an unlikely place of employment for a future NFL star.

A handful of other famous athletes had been working as day laborers when they signed on to play at or near the professional level. Most prominent is probably NBA Hall of Famer Larry Bird, who went on to win several championships with the Boston Celtics after having been working for a sanitation department when Indiana State University signed him.

Kurt Warner, Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena Football League

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