On Thursday June 27th, the Levin Papantonio Law Firm will present a charity dinner event at the Sanders Beach Corrine Jones Center to celebrate and honor these champions of Pensacola and raise funds for two local non-profit organizations: the Southern Youth Sports Association and the Pensacola Sports Museum.
Attendees will have the opportunity to mingle and take photos with Pensacola’s star athletes at a cocktail reception and a dinner for the 350 sponsoring attendees. The dinner will be followed by a live auction and remarks from MLB Hall of Fame member Don Sutton and three-time Super Bowl champion Emmitt Smith.
A limited number of tickets are available at $250.00 each and a table of 10 tickets is $2500.00. If you would like to purchase a ticket please call Shirley Cronley at 850 748-9008.
Don Sutton is a National Baseball Hall of Famer for his career as a Major League Baseball pitcher. He went to Tate High School where he played baseball, basketball, and football. As a pitcher, he led his baseball team to the small-school state finals two years in row, one of which he won, and was named all-county, all-conference, and all-state for both of those seasons. He was signed by the LA Dodgers in 1966. In the majors, he played 23 years for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, and California Angels. He won a total of 324 games, 58 of them shutouts and five of them one-hitters, and he is seventh on baseball's all-time strikeout list with 3,574 K's. He was named MVP of the 1977 All-Star Game (he was invited to 4), received the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award and had his number retired by the Dodgers, #20.
Emmitt Smith is a three-time Super Bowl Champion and is considered one of the greatest running backs of all time. He was born in Pensacola and played football at Escambia High School where he led his team to the state football championship and rushed for 106 touchdowns and 8,804 yards, which was the second most yardage in the history of high school football at the time. He was Player of the Year in 1986 and received a full scholarship to the University of Florida. In his first full game, Smith broke Florida's 40-year old all-time single game rushing record, carrying 39 times for 224 yards and two touchdowns. Smith broke numerous records and received many prestigious awards while at Florida and in 1990 he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys. Smith currently holds the NFL record in career rushing yards with 18,355 and leads all running backs with 164 career rushing touchdowns. The total of his rushing yards, receiving yards (3,224) and fumble return yards (−15) gives him a total of 21,564 yards from the line of scrimmage, making him one of only four players in NFL history to eclipse the 21,000-combined yards mark. Additionally, Emmitt Smith and Jerry Rice are the only two non-kickers to score 1,000 points in a career.
Derrick Brooks attended high school at Washington. In his senior season in 1991, he carried Pensacola to the state playoff semifinals. In 2007, he was named to the Florida High School Association All-Century Team which selected the Top 33 players in the 100 year history of high school football in the state of Florida's history. He played college football for Florida State University, and was twice recognized as a consensus All-American. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the 1995 NFL Draft, and he played his entire professional career for the Bucs. An eleven-time Pro Bowl selection and nine-time All-Pro, Brooks was named AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2002, and earned a Super Bowl ring with the Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII. He is currently a co-owner and president for the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League.
Trent Richardson was born in Pensacola. He attended Escambia High School where he finished his senior season with 2,090 yards on 228 carries scoring 25 touchdowns. He played college football for the University of Alabama, was recognized as an All-American, and was a member of two BCS National Championship teams. The Cleveland Browns selected him with the third overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft, and he was rated as the best running back prospect since Adrian Peterson.
Alfred Morris played football and basketball at Pine Forest High School. While he was in sixth grade, he played midget football against another future Pensacola football star, running back Trent Richardson. The two would meet again in their rookie seasons as the Redskins would travel to Cleveland to take on the Browns. He played college football for Florida Atlantic University. He was selected in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He currently holds the Washington Redskins All-Time Single Season Rushing Record (1,613 yards).
Superbowl champion and Pro-Bowler Josh Sitton attended Catholic High School, where he lettered four times in football and twice in basketball. He played college football for the University of Central Florida, and was picked by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. In 2010, he was named Offensive Lineman of the Year by the NFL Alumni Association.
George Selvie attended Pine Forest where he was Class 3A second-team all-state selection. He totaled 55 tackles with six sacks. Selvie played both on the offensive and defensive line and was originally recruited to play center at South Florida. He played college football for the University of South Florida, and received All-American honors. The St. Louis Rams drafted him in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft, and he has also played for the Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars.
Ahtyba Rubin graduated from Escambia High and is now a defensive end for the Cleveland Browns. 2010 was the best season of Rubin's young career, highlighted by his 87 tackles and an interception against Kansas City's Matt Cassel.
Domenik Hixon lives in Milton and is currently a wide receiver and return specialist for the Carolina Panthers. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft and won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants. He played college football at Akron where he was a letterman in football, basketball, track, and baseball.
Michael Johnson played high school football for the Pine Forest Eagles. He played college football for the University of Alabama, and was recognized as an All-American. The Atlanta Falcons chose him in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Doug Baldwin played football for Gulf Breeze High School. As a senior, Baldwin had 42 receptions for 682 yards (16.2 avg.) with 6 touchdowns. He attended Stanford University and is now a wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks.
Lady Comfort first played basketball at Pensacola High, then finished her high school career at Woodham under Coach Chris Godwin. She then went on to play for Temple University where she was the all-time leader in career field goal percentage (53 percent), averaged 9.4 points and a career-high 8.4 rebounds while shooting 46 percent from the floor during her senior campaign. She entered the WNBA after she was selected by the Los Angeles Sparks in 2008. She now competes in Europe.
Tyronne Green played high school football at Woodham as a defensive end, where he led the team with 34 tackles, three sacks, nine quarterback pressures, three pass deflections and an interception before getting hurt in his senior year. He played college football at Auburn before being drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He is currently an offensive guard for the New England Patriots.
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Help us celebrate our hometown heroes and support these wonderful causes! To learn about becoming a sponsor or to sign up for the event, contact Shirley Cronley at email@example.com.
The Sanders Beach-Corrine Jones Resource Center is a 17,500 square foot waterfront facility located at 913 South I Street. For more information about its many uses, visit here