From All-Star to Jewish Day School basketball coach.

Welcome to the life of former NBA guard Kenny Anderson, who beginning his coaching career at David Posnack Jewish Day School in a suburb of Fort Lauderdale.

Anderson played in front of huge crowds as he led Georgia Tech to the 1990 Final Four, yet his home coaching debut drew a slightly smaller crowd of 56 fans. Anderson, 41, was New York City playground legend but now he's looking for a fresh start.

He's got a great attitude -- that's for sure.

"I just want to be a coach," Anderson told Fox Sports Florida. "I got to start somewhere. There's only upside. I guess it's a great story because it's a small school, and going back is humbling. But I'm going to work my butt off and try to do the best I can with these kids. We'll see what happens."

The school is in Davie, Florida, not far from the Miami Dolphins training facility. It only has about 150 students, in grades 9 through 12. The David Posnack Jewish Day School motto is sending "100 percent" of enrollees to college.

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Anderson was up for assistant coaching jobs at the University of Miami and Florida Atlantic but was passed over each time.

"I was surprised. ... It's a good, old boy networking system, which is understandable," Anderson said of others getting jobs as assistants. "(College coaches) got a lot of people that they're loyal to, that they got to help and I'm just one of those guys on the line. I just got to do what Kenny Anderson feels is best and maybe pay my dues."

The former guard, who played for the Nets and Celtics along with six other teams, was contacted via Twitter for the prep opening.

Although Anderson made more than $63 million during his 14 pro basketball seasons, he's pretty much working for free. The school give him just a small stipend. That's significant considering Anderson declared bankruptcy in 2005.

"I'm not like I used to be, but I'm comfortable," Anderson said. "I took care of my family. I was generous. So that's just how I was."

Although Anderson briefly coached in the now-defunct Continental Basketball Association with the 2007 Atlanta Krunk, he's still adjusting to life at the Jewish Day School.

"A guy missed practice because he had an acting class," Anderson said. "I didn't know what to say."


Kenny Anderson was a true legend coming into the NBA.

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Finally a positive from a nightmarish season of pro football in Naptown.

Colts punter Pat McAfee spent a recent day off in a salon chair, having approximately 12 inches of his ponytail clipped off to help fund care for cancer patients. The quotable kicker began letting his hair grow two years ago, during his rookie season of 2009.

McAfee gave the hair to Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that donates hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children who have lost hair because of medical issues.

Earlier this season, McAfee told the Indianapolis Star he's had a lot of people in his family and close friends that have been impacted by cancer.

"I think it's a horrible thing," he told the Star. "One of the worst things about it is the physical appearance. People get embarrassed a little bit. The wig is something that helps. Anything you can do to help, why not?"

McAfee has gotten a chance to shine during a lousy Colts season. He's fourth in the NFL in total attempts and punting yards, while ranking ninth in gross punting average.

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McAfee joked to WTHR-TV that he's "excited to be a dude again," and "a lot of people are worried" his performance will veer into a Samson-like spiral after getting his lettuce shorn. His mom told him on numerous occasions that he looked like a "dirty hippie." McAfee says he doesn't know how women do it (long hair) and he has a whole "new respect" for the ladies of the world.

No doubt the ladies have some extra respect for him, too.

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A high school football team in a small Michigan town is competing for a state title, but its the mothers of the players who deserve MVP honors.

St. Ignace High School, located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, has a pretty good football team. But because of a lack of interest on the students' part (and a small school size of 215), it hasn't fielded a cheer squad this season -- at least until the players' mothers went to work.

On the gridiron, the St. Ignace Saints are undefeated and on the way to the Motor City this weekend with a chance to win the Michigan state championship at Ford Field -- home of the NFL's Detroit Lions.

To show their support, more than a dozen team mothers put on their sons' football jerseys and formed their own cheerleading squad for the team. The imaginative mamas even put together a pep rally and pulled off a cheer routine.

"Wow, that is my mom, she's cheerleading, what's going on?" senior Nate Monte told reporter Andrew Keller of the 7&4 News Team.

Coach Marty Spencer said he never really heard cheerleaders on the sidelines in his 25 years at the school, but these mamas are loud and proud. "I haven't seen a group of moms do what these moms are doing," Spencer told 7&4.

The mothers have brought back 1970's-era old-school cheers such as "hold that line," according to coach Spencer.

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Paula Mayer, whose son plays for the team, said cheerleading "gives me a little bit of my youth back."

As for the players? Well ...

"I could ask for a blonde, a brunette," Monte said, "but my mom will do."

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The year of awesome college football fan and band displays continues with this outstanding effort from the Notre Dame band at this weekend's game against Maryland at the Washington Redskins' FedEx Field.

If you appreciate the armed forces and/or the motion picture Top Gun, you can't miss this choreographed collision of both worlds (scroll to the 2:45 mark to jump right into the awesomeness).

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All that's missing is a carefully orchestrated volleyball match and a voice in the crowd shouting, "Talk to me, Goose!" Well, and about 10 rounds of "You've Lost That Loving Feeling." (You really can't play that song enough, and it would be a fitting song for Notre Dame to sing to its fans). But the band was still stellar, the football team cruised by the Terrapins and the US armed forces were creatively honored. Everybody not wearing a uniform designed in the dark won!

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Medical miracles still happen. Less than a year after a Southern California high school football player was shot in the face while two of his best friends were killed, this senior is back playing football.

Jordan Howard, 17, took a gunshot near his left eye last school year as he walked to see a movie with friends. The bullet exited through his temple. KTLA reports medical officials advised Howard's mother to have the damaged eye removed during surgery, but Gail Howard chose to keep her son's eye in place. "I said no, we're going to have our trust and our faith," she told the TV station.

The doctors informed the mom that her child was going to survive, but his football career was over.

Howard's health eventually improved, and after two and a half months of not being able to see out of his left eye, his vision returned. Now, just 10 months after taking the bullet to his face, he's got 20-20 vision in the repaired left eye. Jordan was able to play linebacker in his team's regular season football game Thursday night for the Cajon High School Cowboys in San Bernadino, Calif.

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And not only did Howard play, he's the captain of his team. KTLA reports Cajon High beat Carter 24-7 in the regular season finale to earn a top seed in the Southern California playoffs.

No one was arrested for the January 5 shooting of Howard and his friends; police are continuing to investigate the random violence.

 

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For many years a popular NHL broadcaster turned down offers to enter his team's Hall of Fame because he's really a shy person. But this year, he finally backed down -- to make his aging mom proud.

Rick Jeanneret, legendary voice of the Buffalo Sabres, accepted the team's offer to join its Hall of Fame because he wanted his 91-year-old mother, Kay, to enjoy the experience with him.

Jeanneret began calling Sabres games 40 years ago in 1971. He's the longest tenured announcer in the NHL. Jeanneret received loud appreciation from a sellout crowd on Tuesday night. He told the Niagara Gazette he gave in after receiving "a lot of encouragement" from his mom.

The Buffalo broadcaster often wears his trademark suspenders and has a strange resemblance to late comedian Rodney Dangerfield.

Jeanneret raised a saber in appreciation to the fans after he and Dale Hawerchuk were inducted into the Sabres Hall of Fame Class of 2012.

Kay Jeanneret watched her son's honor from a suite high above the First Niagara Center. She met Sabres owner Terry Pegula and the team president before the game and her son claimed it sent her to "seventh heaven."

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"She's absolutely having the time of her life up there, and I'm glad that I made the decision to do it now," Jeanneret said after seeing the joy on her mom's face.

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He has competed so many times before. But no matter what the situation, there was one person too afraid to attend -- an elderly woman who refused to come to any of his football games, whether it was middle school, high school or college. She couldn't bare to see her grandson, Justin Nunez, get hurt.

Yet it was he who would be forced to watch her suffer from pain.

"The last few weeks of her life," Nunez says, "were very tough.

"To see someone who was once so full of life become a shell of who they were was extremely painful to witness."

Nunez's grandmother's struggle with ovarian cancer would become the driving force behind his desire to be crowned "Wall Street's Best Athlete" while raising funds to reduce the suffering of others in her honor.

So late in October, Nunez was back on his former field, at Columbia University's Wien Stadium, where he played football for the Lions from 2003 through 2007. The 27-year-old banker from Goldman Sachs was competing in The Decathlon, a challenge for jocks or wannabees on Wall Street to prove their worth on the athletic field, while raising money for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Yes, Wall Street bankers are about as sympathetic these days as, well, NBA owners (many of whom went to the same schools). But this charity event has raised nearly a half million dollars by bringing together 100 bankers, brokers, analysts, and traders to compete in 10 athletic events in a single day.

"First and foremost, my overall goal was to raise as much money as possible for the charity," Nunez says. "After that, my goal was to win."

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Brad Bagdis is an assistant vice president at Knight Capital Group, a former All-Ivy League defensive lineman and captain of Harvard's football team. But if you talk to him for any length of time, he'll talk about his identity as the grandson of four grandparents who all died "from one form of cancer or another."

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"Cancer is a pervasive disease that impacts every single person, whether it be directly or indirectly," Bagdis says, "and that is why I feel The Decathlon ... resonates with all of us."

Bagdis shattered the event record with a 43-inch vertical jump, and bagged an extra $50,000 from an anonymous donor.

There are so many others. Douglas Schlack, a broker at Cantor Fitzgerald/BGC Partners, says his grandmother, Vincenzina Harris, who died from ovarian cancer in 2010, has been with him in spirit the entire time he was preparing for The Decathlon.

"When things got tough in training and on Oct 22nd," Schlack says, "I thought of her and all the other cancer patients and just dug as deep as I possibly could. I knew what she had to go through each time she went for chemotherapy and how she felt days after."

While so many who work on Wall Street are well-off enough to support their families, many come from families that once struggled to support themselves. Out of that struggle came generations that could afford to put time and money into charity. And many have put serious effort into fighting a disease that robs from rich and poor alike.

Adam Katz is a 35-year-old Vice President and private banker at Bank of America's Merrill Lynch unit. He finished an un-astonishing 57th overall in The Decathlon this year. But for him, like so many others, it wasn't about how he finished -- it was about how much money he was able to raise.

Katz's mother had been diagnosed with lung cancer and died before he competed in The Decathlon last year. Then he learned from his father that his maternal grandmother and grandfather both died of cancer decades earlier.

Katz took home the prize for top fundraiser for the second year in a row.

This isn't an Olympic Decathlon. Events consist of the kind of tests we all do on the weekends: a football throw, a 40-yard dash, a vertical jump, and the bench press.

Nunez ran the fastest time in his first attempt in the 40-yard dash, clocking 4.53 seconds. But in his second attempt, he tweaked his right hamstring, killing his chance to participate in the event's big publicity stunt.

Organizers had arranged for the winner of the 40-yard-dash to face-off with Willie Gault, the three-time world-record holder in track, former Olympian, and wide receiver who won a Super Bowl ring with the Chicago Bears.

"I ran the fastest time and I was supposed to race him, but I didn’t think it would be a wise decision to run against him given my injury," Nunez says. "Maybe I can get a rematch in a few weeks."

Instead, another competitor got the chance and smoked the 51-year-old Gault.

But Nunez kept his eye on the big prize. In the final events, Nunez held his own in the vertical jump and kept pace in the 175-pound bench press. He finished among the top five in the last event, the 800-meter dash, to seal the victory.

The Englewood, N.J., native knew who to thank -- both those present in the stands, and the one who never could to be.

"In the realm of my athletic career, I would put this up there with one of my greatest accomplishments. I can say I wouldn't have won it without them."

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Two households. Both alike in dignity. In Louisiana, where we lay our scene.

In the world of college football, Matt Catrett and Juliet Clayton are star-crossed lovers. The Catretts are Alabama fans from Mobile, while the Claytons hail from Baton Rouge and bleed purple and gold. Saturday, in Baton Rouge, the two families came together -- not to watch the Game of the Century, but to watch Matt and Juliet get hitched.

"My family has plenty of jokes about me marrying a Bama fan," says Clayton. "We have a friendly rivalry."

The couple met and still lives in New Orleans, and their story has its own Shakespearean twist.

"We met at midnight on Friday, Feb. 13, 2009. She was with two of her friends, and somehow I ended up with both of their numbers and not Juliet's," Catrett says. "I knew I had to find her, which led to me showing up at her fencing practice."

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After sustaining a mild injury from an eight year-old fencer, the modern day Romeo pursued his crush and convinced her to marry him. He had more trouble, however, convincing some of his family members to stay for the entire reception.

After all, didn't these sweethearts know both teams would be undefeated heading into their wedding night?

"I exhaled a huge sigh of relief when I learned the game was scheduled for 7 p.m.," says Clayton, who has been glued to media outlets for the past six weeks. "It was a risk we were willing to take."

However, to keep the natives from getting restless (or fleeing), there were plenty of TVs added to the reception area and the lounge near the dance floor.

The bridesmaids wore silver, but the groomsmen had a touch of crimson on their suits, which Clayton swears was just a coincidence. Sure.

What wasn't a coincidence was the groom's cake. Ambrosia Bakery in Baton Rouge crafted a football field-style confection with frosted yard lines and goalposts. Strawberries were lined up, ready to snap the ball. LSU "players" were decorated in yellow and gold icing, while Bama players wore red and gray.

"It was a surprise for Matt," Clayton says.

What shouldn't have been a surprise for Matt was the outcome of the game. As every husband finds out in marriage, the wife always wins in the end.

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