Who I’ve Covered

The single best aspect of my job is watching an athlete before they become a household name.  Every story is different, but dedication, work ethic and passion are all the common bond.  I list them in alphabetical order, because I love them all the same!

Robert Ayers

The newest member of the G-men has matured into a role model for any young football player.  I was with him when he creatively chose the University of Tennessee on Signing Day.

Amber Campbell

Two time US Olympian in the hammer throw.  She gave us daily updates of her Olympic experience in London through the magic of Apple.

Justin Durant

Great NFL career – a music reviewer and savvy on social media.

Raymond Felton

Sitting in the interview area at the NBA Draft, they told me that there was no guarantee I could get a one on one interview with the #5 pick.  He walked in the crowded room, saw me and sat right down for five minutes.

Raymond Felton at 2005 NBA Draft

Raymond Felton at 2005 NBA Draft

Everett Golson

Two time WPDE Zoneman winner.  Made a mistake that was well publicized.  He learns from his mistakes.  A special kid.

everett golson

Junior Hemingway

Great family – won the Sugar Bowl MVP and now is getting it done with the KC Chiefs.

Dustin Johnson

Before he became a PGA superstar and dating Paulina Gretzky, the only attention he had was me and Hags chasing him around the course at Myrtle Beach during his days at Coastal Carolina.

Jordan Lyles

Colorado Rockies pitcher was a tremendous three sport athlete at Hartsville High.

Cliff Matthews

Atlanta Falcons DE finished 2nd for our Zoneman Trophy, but won our Mister Hoop Zone award!  Of all the tweets I received when I left SC, this was one of my favorites:

Cliff Matthews@Mr_Matthews_ Apr 26

Don’t leave Rich RT @Rich_WPDESports

Josh Norman

The best is yet to come for this Carolina Panther.

Ryan Quigley

Exciting to spend time with him on the field at Myrtle Beach High just before he made the New York Jets.

Ramon Sessions

Lightly recruited – if he listened to all the so called experts, he would have never become a veteran NBA point guard.  One of my all time favorites, he goes home every year to hand out Thanksgiving turkeys to his old neighborhood.

Ramon Sessions, NBA veteran handing out turkeys in his old neighborhood

Ramon Sessions, NBA veteran handing out turkeys in his old neighborhood

Jerome Simpson

Before his famous Bengals flip, I saw plenty of amazing catches at Coastal Carolina.

Tyler Thigpen

Went from not playing quarterback in his senior year of high school to the NFL.

Lawrence Timmons

Super Bowl champ with Steelers is one of the best in the game at linebacker.  Says winning the Zoneman in 2003 “one of the greatest days in my life”.  Was in our studio when he picked the Florida State Seminoles.

Mike Tolbert

I can always say I saw those dance moves before everyone else.  His mother, Miss Cee Cee, is one of my favorite people.  This is his best game in his college career.

 

 

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