Jamie Foxx set the standard for portraying a star in a bio-pic with his Oscar-winning performance as Ray Charles in the 2004 hit Ray. Now Foxx has been cast to play Mike Tyson in a bio-pic that is projected to start production within a year to 18 months.

But the athlete he would really love to portray is NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor. The ferocious Giants linebacker changed the game with his defensive dominance while his life off the field included drug abuse, jail and outrageous sexual encounters, one of which led to a criminal charge.

"I'm not big enough, but I think the story of Lawrence Taylor is amazing," Foxx told ThePostGame. "Lawrence Taylor was a guy who absolutely revolutionized his position. And his life -- how tragic it was. The backstory of what he was going through."

Foxx said he got to know Taylor when both were working in Oliver Stone's 1999 football movie Any Given Sunday.

"He was an amazing force, an amazing character," Foxx said of Taylor.

Foxx, who was speaking at the Harold & Carole Pump Foundation's awards banquet in Century City, California, also earned critical acclaim for his role of Drew 'Bundini' Brown, a cornerman for the heavyweight champion of the world, in the 2001 bio-pic Ali.

Taylor helped the Giants win two Super Bowls including one after the 1986 season in which he earned the NFL MVP award. No defensive player has won it since. He was also selected to the NFL's 75th Anniversary All-Time Team.

During an interview with 60 Minutes in 2003, Taylor said he tried to get an edge on opponents by sending prostitutes to their hotel rooms the night before the game.

"You know what they like, and what type of women they like, and you just call the service," he told Mike Wallace.

Among the highlights of his post-football career were his terrific work against Bam Bam Bigelow at WrestleMania XI and advancing past midseason on Dancing With The Stars in 2009.

But in 2011, Taylor was sentenced to six years probation after pleading guilty to sexual misconduct with an underage girl.

Derek Jeter has said that, as he tours Major League Baseball stadiums for the final time as a player, he doesn't expect anything from anyone.

With that in mind, Jeter has admitted to being pleasantly surprised by the incredible variety and diversity of gifts that he's received.

The retiring Yankee captain has been honored at practically every stadium he has visited this year, by a host of characters from his past. George W. Bush, Roger Clemens and Robinson Cano have all been on hand to present Jeter with gifts at different stadiums.

"It's all been appreciated," Jeter told Newsday. "It's all been a surprise. Everyone's sort of curious about what I have been given, so it's been a pleasant surprise."

Jeter told Newsday that he'll "make room" for all the gifts, which shouldn't be too difficult considering he lives in a $13 million, seven-bedroom, 30,875 square foot mansion in Tampa. If the two three-car garages at "St. Jetersburg" don't fit all the gifts, perhaps Jeter can dump some of the goods in the massive entertainment and billiards rooms. One gift that doesn't require storage is a vacation in a Banff castle, courtesy of the Blue Jays.

Asked to choose a favorite, Jeter has declined to select between the personalized guitar, the personalized paddle board, the personalized bottle of wine, the personalized cowboy boots and the dozens of other presents he's gotten. Here's a look at all of the gifts given to the future Hall of Famer:

And as extensive as this list is, it doesn't even include the unofficial tributes to Jeter, from fans creating paintings of him to farmers carving his face into cornfields to Nike honoring him with this creative commercial:

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For many baseball fans, meeting Vin Scully is a lifelong dream.

Ray Charles once begged Bob Costas to introduce him to the voice of the Dodgers. Celebrated actor Bryan Cranston was downright giddy recently when he got to spend some time with Dodgers' legendary announcer. In a story in the Hollywood Reporter, Scott Feinberg likened hanging out with Scully to meeting the Wizard of Oz.

Scully's lore isn't lost on Washington Nationals pitcher Drew Storen, who went out of his way to meet Scully during the Nationals' trip to Los Angeles. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Storen, whose father was a radio and television broadcaster in Indianapolis, scoured eBay for a 1957 radio microphone that he could get signed by Scully at Dodger Stadium. The antique resembled one he saw Scully using in an old photo.

Before Tuesday's tilt between the Nationals and the Dodgers, Nationals broadcaster F.P. Santangelo arranged a meeting between Storen and his idol.

“I was just trying not to talk, because I wanted to listen to him tell stories,” Storen said. “He just blows me away every night. I told him he teaches me stuff about guys on the team that I don’t even know. He just tells stories. He’s like the emcee of the game. When he says your name, it means you’ve made it.”

Storen, who says Scully's voice is "beyond soothing," has an interesting tie to the 86-year-old. On Aug. 6, 2010, Scully called the first save of Storen's career.

Victor Estrella Burgos is 34. That's two years older than the retired Andy Roddick and one year older than supposedly past-his-prime Roger Federer. And it's more than double the age of California teen CiCi Bellis, who stole the show with her first-round win.

Yet Burgos made his U.S. Open debut this year. In fact, he is still experiencing it. The No. 80-ranked player in the world reached the third round Thursday with a 7-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over Croatian Borna Coric, a 17-year-old. On match point, his eyes began to water.

"I cannot believe I'm in this situation," Estrella Burgos said after the match. "Like I'm going to make the third round in the U.S. Open. I was a little nervous and very emotional for me, but thank God I got the point."

Winning two matches in U.S. Open debut is one accomplishment. Winning those matches as a 34-year-old -- and the first man from the Dominican Republic to ever play in the U.S. Open -- is another. With his two wins, Estrella Burgos is single-handedly publicizing tennis in his country in an unprecedented way.

"I think I am opening way to another player," he said. "People from the Dominican, I think they are in the party now. They are very happy. This is very special for me to come from a very long way. Nobody plays. I didn't have any idea before I was 18 years old about this tournament. Now, I enjoy it so much."

A significant amount of tennis stars at the U.S. Open spent their childhood and teenage years with expensive coaching. In the modern era, tennis academies around the world attract the strongest youth players in their respective countries to train for professional careers.

Estrella Burgos had no such tennis education. At 8, he started working as a ball boy at a country club in Santiago. He taught himself via naked eye, studying the members' techniques.

Paula Sebelen played tennis at St. John's University but spent much of her breaks in her native Santiago. For practice sessions, she was advised to hit with an 11-year-old Estrella Burgos.

“No one spent money on this kid, but he hit the ball like crazy," Sebelen told The New York Times.

Estrella Burgos was 22 when he turned pro in 2002, but spent most of the next decade playing in low-level tournaments. Due to monetary constraints he could not even focus solely on tennis until 2007. Even then, Estrella Burgos kept his game local in minor events.

In the past few years, something has clicked. After a right elbow injury nearly ended his career in 2012, Estrella Burgos bounced back to compete for Grand Slam opportunities. In 2013, Estrella Burgos reached the final round of U.S. Open qualifying before falling to American Donald Young.

This year, he earned a spot in the French Open, where he lost in four sets to then-23rd-ranked Jerzy Janowicz in the first round. At Wimbledon, he fell in the first round to then-68th-ranked Jiri Vesely.

At the U.S. Open, Estrella Burgos has popped.

"This makes me [hungrier] to do better and better," Estrella Burgos said. "I'm the winner, not just for today. I'm top 100, I have my entrance to the U.S. Open. I'm a winner already."

Although the U.S. Open is played thousands of miles from the Dominican Republic, the venue feels like home court for Estrella Burgos. He serves just a few thousand feet from the former home of such Dominican baseball stars as Jose Reyes and Pedro Martinez. Robinson Cano and Alfonso Soriano starred down the road at Yankee Stadium.

The Dominican fans in the New Yor area are flooding Flushing Meadows for Estrella Burgos. Although both his previous matches were played on side courts, Dominicans waved flags and screamed chants from 'Victor!' to 'Papi!' with all their might. At points, the scene indeed looked more like a baseball crowd than a tennis audience.

"We were talking about how many Dominicans are going to come?" Estrella Burgos recalled about a conversation with his physical coach and trainer before the match Thursday. "Today was full, the court was full. I have like a thousand coaches because all of them, they are coaching me. We are in the game. We are going to take the towel. We hear what they say every time. I don't know how to word this, but I think they are going to buy tickets for sure to come Saturday and see me play in the stadium."

Estrella Burgos will line up against Milos Raonic, the No. 5 seed from Canada. The 23-year-old Raonic reached the semifinals at Wimbledon earlier this year and is coming off back-to-back fourth round appearances at the U.S. Open.

As the lists of firsts continues to expand, it can be noted Saturday's match with Raonic will be Estrella Burgos' first against a Top 10 opponent.

"I don't think this is going to change my life," he said. "I'm going with the same life. I'm a tennis player. I'm on a different level now, of course, because I get my new ranking, and it is going to be a very good ranking. But I think I'm going to be the same Victor. The same Victor working every day very hard and being happy in the locker room."

It has taken Estrella Burgos 12 years as a pro to have his Grand Slam moment. In a few days, he has accomplished more than his countrymen had in a century. Only adding to his success is the ridiculous nature of Estrella Burgos' age. At a time most of his fellow tour players are retired, Estrella Burgos is having his best moment.


"I think it is happening now because this had to happen now," he said. "I think about when I was 20 years old, as I told you before, I didn't have any idea about this tournament. In the Dominican Republic, we don't have this.

"I cannot go back. I cannot start to think why didn't this happen when I was 20 or 22 or 24. Now, it is happening when I am 34. I'm very happy."

Estrella means star in Spanish. Win or lose Saturday, Estrella Burgos will be shining extra bright for those back in the Dominican Republic.

Clayton Kershaw didn't realize his "World Series or bust" comment was going to cause such a stir.

"It's funny that's a headline story -- World Series or bust," Kershaw told ThePostGame. "I feel like every team would say that, because what are we all here for, if we're not trying to win the World Series. That's all I meant by that."

Here are more of his thoughts about the Dodgers' chances at winning the World Series this year, his prospects of capturing the MVP award and the maturation of Yasiel Puig:

Andre Agassi is in a temporary tent in Juan Pablo Duarte Square in New York City. Outside, a few hundred people await Agassi on a makeshift court set up by Nike along Canal Street. Agassi's associates prep him on what he needs to wear, when he needs to be on the court and what he is going to do.

For the eight-time Grand Slam champion, this chaos is nothing out of the ordinary. If anything, this Friday before the U.S. Open is tame compared to others.

"This was one of the great times in my life coming here once a year," Agassi says. "You never knew what was going to happen and if magic happened, it was indelibly imprinted. There were some incredible years here–multiple incredible years. Ending here felt right."

Despite the anticipation of the Manhattan crowd and the bustling of Nike officials around him, Agassi, 44, is unfazed. There is clear comfort talking about the U.S. Open, as if Agassi is making conversation at the dining room table.

It is almost eight years to the day Agassi played his final professional match, a third-round loss on Sept. 3, 2006, at the hands of then-25-year-old German Benjamin Becker. Agassi missed the first two Grand Slams that season with multiple injuries and hobbled into Flushing Meadows for one last lunge. The New York crowd willed the 36-year-old into the third round by way of an epic five-set win over eighth-seeded Marcos Baghdatis.

In 2014, Agassi comes into town with a different mindset. He raises his son and daughter, Jaden and Jaz, in his hometown of Las Vegas, with wife and 22-time Grand Slam champion Steffi Graf. Unlike many athletes who have trouble embracing their post-playing days, Agassi is comfortable as a retiree.

"While there's that energy [in New York}, there's the feeling of being here now not worried about how I feel," Agassi says. "Waking up, seeing the weather coming in a bit humid and anticipating the Open and some great tennis but not having to be at my best, I really like where I'm at. I like being on the sidelines just watching and reflecting."

As outlined in his 2009 autobiography, Open, Agassi's life has been full of twists and turns off the court. His parents, Mike and Betty, took Agassi out of high school in ninth grade. Agassi is vocal about his lack of education and the need for others to stay in school. In 2009, he also revealed a positive drug test for methamphetamine in 1997 and the use of wigs during his playing career.

When Agassi looks back at his U.S. Open days, his thoughts are about more than just his own on court accomplishments and lapses. He recalls the spectators.

"I miss the people," he says. "I don't miss the stress and I don't miss the tennis as much. I miss the canvas of affecting people's lives–a New Yorker's life in a few hours. That was always a special responsibility."

As an American playing at the nation's premier event, Agassi was bound to garner publicity in Flushing Meadows. His unique wardrobe and hair choices heightened his popularity, along with his passion.

Early in Agassi's career, he remembers displaying some immaturities and close-mindedness at the U.S. Open. He did not embrace the situation surrounding his side of the net. He credits the crowd for pushing him to change.

"You know why they're there. You know why you're there," Agassi says. "Delivering for them, they just made me feel so rewarded for delivering a memory to them. That's how New Yorkers are. If you're not going to give us a memory, then we're going to give you a memory. I spent a few years with them dropping that on me. Shame on you for not bringing out your best, so we're going to treat you how you deserve. As a result they not only watched me grow up, but they helped me grow.

"That's what I mean when I say I miss New York, I miss being out there, I miss the people. It's a platform. That platform was treasured."

Agassi won his two U.S. Opens in 1994 and 1999. He also appeared in the final in 1990, 1995, 2002 and 2005. Times have changed since Agassi's heyday though. The U.S. Open features blue and green courts rather than solid green. Court 17 has become a fourth "show court" and attendance is even greater. Instant replay is embedded in U.S. Open culture and equipment technology has changed.

Agassi insists it is hard for him to make judgments on the differences in the contest.

"I used to see it from only one perspective and now I see it from only one perspective, but it's a different perspective. I was never a fan before and I'm not a player now," he says.

However, there is one modern alteration Agassi cannot help but reimagine had it been a part of his U.S. Open career. After a series of rainy years forced the men's Sunday final to be moved to Monday -- after the Saturday semifinals -- the USTA opted to build a third Monday into the U.S. Open schedule for the official men's final scheduled date. This adds an extra day of rest before the final -- something Agassi did not have during his sixth final appearances.

"I can only imagine what that must feel like," Agassi says. "I know how many years I wish I had that. It changes. It puts an asterisk next to every accomplishment prior to it because so many champions would be different if there was that extra 24 hours. Everybody struggles with change, but change happens and it is what it is. A little something special was lost in giving that up, but I think you also gain a quality of performance for the finals, which brings about its own good things."

As for predicting winners this, factoring in rest, Agassi is remaining conservative with former champions Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams.

"It's hard to always not pick Serena because when she's in full flight, it just seems like she's a level above," Agassi says. "I won't stand alone in that call of the women's side.

"When I look at that draw, Djokovic, although he hasn't had the greatest summer, with the draw he has, few rounds under his belt, he'll find his form. I think Feds (Roger Federer) will probably cruise through to the finals. Djokovic, my guess, would be put an end to it there," Agassi says of the men's draw.

As for his New York appearance in Duarte Square, Agassi was one of a number of players, including Williams, to play on the temporary Nike Court set up in TriBeCa. Agassi was sponsored by Nike from 1988 to 2005, but left the company for Adidas in 2005. Agassi returned to Nike in 2013 for both nostalgic and charitable reasons.

He refers to his return to Nike as "coming back home." Agassi is quick to mention the setup in Duarte Square is reminiscent of a Nike commercial he did with Pete Sampras back in 1995. The ad was symbolic of Agassi and Sampras' mark on tennis fans.

"It brings back memories of me and Pete in the streets of San Francisco even though people thought it was New York," Agassi says. "Stopping traffic, doing the commercials. They motivated people to get out there, get active and engaged."

Agassi rallied with two local children on the Nike Court in front of the crowd -- a couple hundred more than the kids usually experience, but a couple ten-thousand less than he saw at Arthur Ashe Stadium. The event helped promote the Nike Court line of shoes and apparel and Designed to Move, an initiative encouraging childhood exercise.

Agassi and Nike also support the Andre Agassi Foundation For Education. In 2001, Agassi opened the Andre Agassi College Preparatory School in Las Vegas, which saw its first graduating class come through in 2009. Through the Turner-Agassi Charter School fund, 39 total schools have sprouted up with Agassi's help in the last decade-plus. The latest school, the Metropolitan Lighthouse Charter School, opens this August in the Bronx, N.Y., with 322 students grades K-6 (588 students K-12 at maturation).

Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon complimented Johnny Manziel on his style but cited two other rookies who might be more suited for success in the NFL.

Moon said that Teddy Bridgewater of the Vikings has the best chance among rookie quarterbacks to have immediate success because of his college offense. Then Moon, a nine-time Pro Bowler, said he liked the potential of what Jacksonville's Blake Bortles could do the long run.

"Johnny is an exciting football player but the way he plays, I don't know how that's going to translate into the NFL," Moon said while attending the Harold & Carole Pump Foundation's 14th annual celebrity dinner in Century City, California.

Bortles was selected third overall in the draft. Manziel was the next quarterback taken at No. 22 by the Browns. Minnesota chose Bridgewater with the final pick of the first round.

Roy Jones Jr. was at the Harold & Carole Pump Foundation's 14th annual celebrity dinner in Century City, California, to help honor Sugar Ray Leonard, but he ad-libbed a shout-out his hometown buddy Emmitt Smith, who was also a guest.

Jones and Smith grew up at the same time in Pensacola, Florida. Jones said it wasn't easy to get out of Pensacola to become an elite athlete, but he and Smith showed it could be done.

"There's one other guy in room that's also responsible for pushing me as far as I could go," Jones said. "And it's that man sitting right there. His name is Emmitt Smith. He's from Pensacola too. When we was coming up, nobody thought you could make it out of Pensacola, Florida. Me and him changed that law."

Jon Dorenbos has made it to the Pro Bowl as a long snapper for the Philadelphia Eagles, but he might be more famous as a professional magician.

And despite his improbable football career -- he is headed into his 12th NFL season after going undrafted out of Texas El-Paso -- magic is what means the most to him.

When Dorenbos was 12, his father murdered his mother.

To help him deal with the depression that followed, a friend introduced Dorenbos to magic, and there was an immediate connection.

"It was something that at the darkest time in my life was genuinely fun for me," Dorenbos told Bryant Gumbel. "It saved me."

HBO's Real Sports takes a closer look at how Dorenbos recovered from such a shocking experience in an episode that premieres at 10 p.m. ET/PT Tuesday. Here's a preview:

There's nothing quite like Vin Scully telling a story. But a close second would be hearing other Hall of Fame broadcasters tell their favorite stories about Vin Scully.

That's what Bob Costas, Al Michaels, Brent Musburger and Bob Miller did to help honor Scully, who received a lifetime achievement award at the Harold & Carole Pump Foundation's 14th annual celebrity dinner in Century City, California.

The full clip below, which includes an introduction from former Dodger infielder Steve Sax, runs more than 30 minutes. But considering all the marvelous memories and the artful way each of the broadcasters crafts his piece with humor and drama, it is more than worth the time. Scully capped the festivities with his acceptance speech that is punctuated with a great story about Kirk Gibson in the 1988 World Series.

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