Dwight Freeney and Marcus Camby) or deceased athletes (Willie Pep).
Michael Adams: Adams was one of the NBA's greatest 3-point shooters. Born in 1963, Adams starred at Hartford Public High School before moving on to Boston College. Adams was the 66th pick in the 1985 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings. During his 11 year NBA career, Adams played for Sacramento, Washington, Denver, and Charlotte. He enjoyed his greatest success in Denver, twice leading the league in three-pointers and being named to the 1991-92 All-Star game. After his playing career, Adams got into coaching and has coached in the NBA, WNBA, and NCAA. In 2010 Adams was named an assistant coach to the St. Bonaventure basketball team but resigned just six weeks later to focus on supporting his son through his senior year of high school.
Xavier High School in Middletown before attending the University of Hartford. After a 15 year career in Major League Baseball, Bagwell has no real competition as UHart's most successful athlete. Though he played his whole career with the Houston Astros, Bagwell was traded while in the minor leagues by the Boston Red Sox for reliever Larry Anderson, a trade now considered one of the worst of all-time. Bagwell had an extremely prolific career, winning the 1994 MVP award and is considered one of the best first baseman of all time. Bagwell was named the Astros hitting coach for the last couple months of the 2010 season, but said he would not return for 2011. Bagwell lives in Houston and has been in news lately as he just became eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Though falling short on his first eligibility to make the Hall, many baseball experts predict that he will make it, an honor that might solidify his claim as Hartford's greatest athlete.
Vin Baker: Another UHart athlete, Baker's career started out as promising as Bagwell's but had a much sadder ending. After high school in Old Saybrook, Baker excelled at UHart, a school not known for its basketball prowess. After Hartford, Baker was selected 8th overall in the 1993 NBA Draft. Baker was an immediate success in the NBA, named to the first of four straight all-star games in 1994 at age 23. His success was rewarded with a 13-year $87 million contract. After the 1998-99, season that was shortened by a strike, Baker's weight ballooned and his play suffered. Baker later revealed that this is when his alcoholism spiraled out of control. As his play continued to decline his contract became an albatross and joke fodder for sports fans and media. While with the Celtics in 2004, Baker was suspended and his contract terminated after the coach smelled alcohol on his breath. Baker was never effective again and out of the NBA in a couple of years. In 2008, Baker's $2.5 million Old Saybrook house and Old Saybrook restaurant were foreclosed on. Baker can be seen talking about his problems and his life today in this interview.
the beginning of the end for for NHL hockey in Hartford. While in Hartford Francis was the captain for six seasons and set nearly ever Whalers scoring record. Francis would play in the NHL until 2004, including a 5 year stint with the Carolina franchise. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007 and ranks 4th all-time in NHL points and 2nd in assists. Today he works in the Carolina Hurricanes front office.
Managing Director of Octagon Hockey.
Mahorn filed bankruptcy, declaring that he had only just over $1,000 to his name. Today he works as a radio analyst for the Detroit Pistons.
The day before that Super Bowl, Robinson was given an award for "high moral character" from evangelical group Athletes in Action. Robinson was seen as a role model athlete and regularly espoused his religious beliefs. Later that evening Robinson was arrested for soliciting oral sex from an undercover officer for $40. His wife and two children were at the team hotel at the time. During the game Robinson played very poorly and took much of the blame for the teams loss from the media.
Robinson would play one more season with Atlanta and then finish his career for Carolina in 2000. Today he works as an analyst for the Carolina Panthers radio broadcasts (apparently Hartford athletes make great radio analysts) and a high school football coach in Charlotte. With the Super Bowl coming soon, Robinson will get mentioned as one of the biggest Super Bowl cautionary tales to players and be joked about in the media. All over a $40 blowjob he never got.
Mike Rogers: When the New England Whalers became the Hartford Whalers and part of the NHL, Rogers was the teams first superstar. An undersized player at 5'9'', Rogers had to overcome doubts that he was big enough to play professionally. After being traded from Edmonton to the Whalers (still in the WHA) Rogers flourished playing on a line with Mark and Gordie Howe. When the Whalers entered the NHL, Rogers soared to superstar heights scoring over 40 goals and 105 points in each of the first two seasons in the NHL. After these successful seasons Rogers was dealt to the New York Rangers where he would play five seasons. He retired as a player in 1986. Today Rogers is the radio commentator for the Calgary Flames. You can read his hockey blog here.
During his fighting career, Starling worked with F.Mac Buckley, a flamboyant defense attorney who lived in just outside of Hartford in what happens to be the hometown of both Jumper and Hakaan. Starling would often train at F.Mac's house and on a regular basis would jog by Hakaan's, who would usually be outside tossing tennis balls into the air and pulverizing them with an aluminum baseball bat in preparing to become the next Mike Greenwell. A Sad City writer may have even had his first female friend and first crush on the youngest of F.Mac's daughters and may have been babysat on a regular basis by the next youngest. Years later F.Mac would gain notoriety when he ran afoul of the law and went MIA for a period.