Von Miller 4x All Pro/Super Bowl 50 MVP
All Pro NFL linebacker with the Denver Broncos. Von is in his second-year with the Broncos and was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, along with being named a Pro Bowl starter in 2011 after tying the franchise rookie sack record. The Broncos drafted him with the second overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Von played college football for Texas A&M University, earning All-American honors twice (2009,2010), and was recognized with the Butkus Award as the nations top college linebacker. He was also named to The Sporting News’ Freshman All-Big 12 Team in 2007 after seeing action in nine games as a true freshman for the Aggies.
NFL Profile: http://www.nfl.com/player/vonmiller/2495202/profile
Ryan Getzlaf 3x All Star Center
Ryan Getzlaf is a Canadian professional ice hockey center who currently serves as captain of the Anaheim Ducks (NHL). A first round selection at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Getzlaf has played his entire professional career in the Ducks organization and ranks as one of the franchise's all-time leading scorers. He has played in three NHL All-Star Games and was a member of the Ducks' 2007 Stanley Cup championship team. A playmaker and power forward, Getzlaf has led the Ducks in assists seven times, including a franchise record of 66 in 2008–09.
As a junior, Getzlaf played four seasons with the Calgary Hitmen and was twice named to a Western Hockey League (WHL) all-star team. Internationally, he has represented Canada on numerous occasions. Getzlaf was a member of the 2005 World Junior Championship squad considered the greatest in Canadian history, and won a silver medal at the 2008 IIHF World Championship. A two-time Olympian, Getzlaf played with Canadian teams that won gold medals at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Games.
Scott Langley PGA Tour
Born April 18, 1989 in Manchester, Missouri, Scott Langley is a golfer on the PGA TOUR. Prior to earning his PGA TOUR card, Langley notably made the cut at the 2010 U.S. Open as an amateur. He cites the standing ovation he received at that tournament as his most thrilling moment in golf thus far. He turned professional in 2011 and earned his PGA TOUR card for 2013 at Qualifying School. By earning his card for 2013, he became the first First Tee alum to earn TOUR membership.
Scott amassed quite the resume of amateur accomplishments. Not only did he qualify for the aforementioned 2010 U.S. Open, he was low amateur at the event. He was a quarter-finalist at the 2010 U.S. Amateur, qualified for match play at the 2009 U.S. Amateur, and for stroke play at the same event in 2008. During his collegiate years at the University of Illinois, Langley won the 2010 NCAA individual championship. He was also a two-time All American.
Since turning professional in 2011, Langley has seen measured success. In his first event as a PGA TOUR member, he carded an -8 and led in the first round of the 2013 Sony Open in Hawaii. He ended the third round with a 65, tied for the lead with fellow PGA TOUR rookie Russell Henley.
Scott’s earliest golf memory was playing in the back yard with his family. His family raised him with a healthy love for sports. He’s an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Green Bay Packers. Scott’s dream golf foursome would include Aaron Rodgers, Will Ferrell, and his brother.
Not many people know that Langley can play the violin. He keeps a level head because he never travels without the Bible. His grandmother has leukemia, and that close family connection led Langley to be an avid supporter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Melissa Arnot Everest Guardian
Melissa Arnot, has summited Mt. Everest (29,035 ft) 5 times, and has also led numerous expeditions to some of the worlds tallest peaks such as; Mt Kilimanjaro (19,341 ft) twice, and Mt. McKinley (20,320 ft) among many others on a global scale.
Arnot, along with being a certified EMT and wilderness medicine instructor for the past nine years, has led expeditions to summit Everest in 2008 as part of the Inspi(RED) campaign to raise AID awareness in Africa, along two Kilimanjaro summits to promote clean water access. Most recently Melissa launched a non-profit to provide life insurance and coverage for mountain workers named The Juniper Fund.
Arnot’s notable big mountain ascents include:
• 100+ summits of Mt. Rainier (14,410 feet/ 4,392 meters)
• 5 summits of Mt. Everest – record holder (29,035 feet/8,850 meters)
• 4 expeditions on Aconcagua (22,841 feet/ 6,962 meters)
• 4 expeditions on Cotopaxi (19,997 feet/ 5,897 meters)
• 3 expeditions on Cayambe (18,997 feet/ 5,790 meters)
• 2 expeditions on Kilimanjaro (19,341 feet/ 5895 meters)
• 1 expedition on Mt. McKinley (20,320 feet/ 6,194 meters)
Amy Cragg US T&F 10,000m & Elite Marathoner
Amy Cragg is an American track and field athlete, specializing in long distance running events. She is the 2012 American champion in the 10,000 meters and a qualifier for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
In 2011, a breakthrough year, she knocked 34 seconds off her previous results in the 5,000 meters, to become runner up at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 15:14.31. The results of that race also qualified her for the 2011 IAAF World Championships, where she qualified for the final.
2011 was also the year she tried her first marathon, at the Los Angeles Marathon. Her second place finish in 2:27:03 made her the eighth (fastest) best American.
Hastings announced she will run New York Marathon in November and will focus on the distance in future world events.
Whitney Pavlik “Sandblaster”
Whitney is currently the #1 ranked US Pro Beach Volleyball player, and plays on both the domestic and international Pro Beach tour. Whitney was named AVP Rookie of the Year in 2008.
Whitney began her career at Montana, where she played two seasons and was named to the All-Tournament team in all three of the tourneys Montana played in during her sophomore campaign. Pavlik was a first-team All-Conference choice while playing outside hitter at UCI. She set the school record for hitting percentage in a single match as a senior, and recorded the third-best hitting percentage in a season for the Anteaters.
Photo Credit: Chad Martin