Celebrity Golfer List
For WAVE’s 12th Annual Putt for Penguins golf outing, we are lucky enough to be joined by over 30 celebrity golfers! Each foursome of golfers will be joined by a celebrity for a five man scramble.
* Celebrity list is subject to change without notice. Teams will be paired up with celebrities by a random drawing.
David Fulcher, a big supporter of WAVE, holds the title of having the third highest interception record in Bengals history! This three-time pro bowler was not only a dominant presence in the NFL but after retirement also became a dominant presence in the local community. Some notable accomplishments off the field include: running an annual youth football camp, founding the non-profit organization MANA, head football coach at local Cincinnati Christian High School, and head football coach at Cincinnati Christian University!
Darren Anderson, a former football cornerback, attended University of Toledo. Anderson has had his fair share of football seasons, playing a total of seven for teams such as the New England Patriots (1992), the Tampa Buccaneers (1992-1993), the Kansas City Chiefs (1994-1997), and the Atlanta Falcons (1998). He is now living in Ohio again and is a regional scout for the Detroit Lions.
Five years with the Cincinnati Bengals as a kick returner, from 1989 to 1994, returning 115 kicks for a total of 2,474 yards over 97 games. In the 1986 Rose Bowl he tied the record, scoring 4 touchdowns for UCLA and was named to the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1996.
Drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1978, Breech played for the Oakland Raiders for a year and then the Cincinnati Bengals for the majority of his career. He spent 14 seasons there, obtaining a franchise record 1,151 points by placekicking. He was a member of the Super Bowl XXIII team, giving the Bengals a 16-13 lead with little time remaining. Currently Jim Breech is on the board of directors for Kicks for Kids and is the President of the Cincinnati chapter of the NFL Alumni.
Who has the second highest recorded interceptions and return yards in Bengal’s history, the highlight of which being a 102-yard interception, noted as one of the longest plays in Bengal history? Not a stranger to the AFC Championship “Freezer Bowl,” defensive back Louis Breeden will be joining us for this years Putt for Penguins golf outing in June!
Ten-year veteran to the NFL, including quite a few seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, Barney Bussey will be attending this year’s Put for Penguins golf outing! Bussey is no stranger to reaching back to the community, as he has spent volunteer time as an assistant coach at local Lakota West High School here in Cincinnati. We can’t wait to tee off with this local inspiration!
Native to Dayton, OH, Byars played 13 seasons in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, and the New York Jets. He has rushed for 3,109 yards, caught 610 passes for 5,661 yards, returned five kickoffs for 94 yards, and completed 6 of 13 passes for 119 yards and six touchdowns, with one interception. His six passing touchdowns are the third highest total by a running back in NFL history.
Richard Carey is a former NFL player that played defensive back for the Cincinnati Bengals (1989) and Buffalo Bills (1990). He played college football at the University of Idaho. After the NFL he went on to play in the World League of American Football.
Vinnie Clark was born in 1969 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He played college football at The Ohio State University and was drafted by the Packers in the first round of the 1991 NFL Draft as the 19th overall pick. During his NFL career he played for the Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, and Jacksonville Jaguars. After his NFL career, Clark was named an assistant coach in the Arena Football League for the Columbus Destroyers.
Marc is an All-American punter from Eastern Kentucky University. Collins was named All-OVC during his junior AND senior years, set the EKU single-season punting average record of 42.3 (which stood for 20 years), and signed with the Seattle Seahawks.
Mike Dardis co-anchors the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts with Sheree Paolello. He joined WLWT News 5 from Seattle, where he was morning anchor at KOMO. Mike has been in the TV business for more than 30 years. Mike is an Emmy Award winning anchor. He has also been honored with multiple Emmy Awards for his reporting and work on special projects. Mike has field anchored at conventions for both major political parties as well as presidential inaugurations.
Dinkel played college football for the Kansas Jayhawks and went on to be selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 5th round (126th overall pick) of the 1978 NFL Draft. He played seven seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals. 1978 through 1985, with the unquestioned highlight the Bengals’ 1981 season, which ended with a Super Bowl berth on Jan. 24, 1982, against Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49ers.
George Foster was born in 1948 in Tuscaloosa, AL. He was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 3rd round of the 1968 MLB draft and was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in 1971. Foster was a key piece of the Reds Big Red Machine and helped the Reds win consecutive World Series in 1975 and 1976. George was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2003.
Glover is from Dayton, Ohio but attended college at the University of Cincinnati. He played as a defensive back. He has a very impressive career, playing for teams such as Pittsburg Steelers (2002), Cincinnati Bengals (2002), Detroit Lions (2003), Orlando Predators (2004), Columbus Destroyers (2004), BC Lions (2006-2009), and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2010). After his playing career, he became the head coach and general manager for the Dayton Sharks in 2014.
Currently the spokesman for the Wendy’s High School Heisman award program. He formally served as Assistant Athletic Director for The Ohio State University and still speaks to the football team before every game. Griffin played for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1976-1982, for seven seasons in the NFL. He has been the only NCAA football player to win the Heisman award twice. He is one of two players to win The Big 10 Most Valuable Player Award twice (1973–1974).
Furniture Fair Director of Marketing, Ed Hartman is best known for his on screen appearances in the Furniture Fair commercials with Anthony Munoz. Ed is also a strong supporter of the Anthony Munoz Foundation helping area children succeed in all aspects of life. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Dan Hoard joined the Cincinnati Bengals organization in 2011 after spending six years as the voice of the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox. It marked a return to Cincinnati where he is a sports anchor/reporter for WXIX-TV, the host of the Cincinnati Reds pre-game show on Fox Sports Ohio, and the radio voice of University of Cincinnati football and basketball on 700-WLW.
Offensive Tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals (98’-99’) spent 14 seasons in the NFL playing not only for the Bengals but also the Chargers, and Steelers (with whom he started in Super Bowl XXX). John was drafted out of Easter Kentucky University. He was inducted into the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame in June 2009.
Central Michigan star Robert Jackson was drafted in 1981 to our very own Cincinnati Bengals. One of the best defensive backs in the league during the 80’s, Jackson will be joining our collection of players attending this year’s Putt for Penguins outing in June.
Joe Kelly was new to Putt for Penguins for the 2019 year. He attended the University of Washington before starting his football career with six different teams. He played as linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals (1986-1989), the New York Jets (1990-1992), the Los Angeles Raiders (1993), Los Angeles Rams (1994), Green Bay Packers (1995), and Philadelphia Eagles (1996). He was awarded the Washington MVP in 1985.
While Thor might have created thunder and lightning, Harlem Globetrotter Thunder Law brings the modern-day hammer every time he dunks. A high-flyer with a healthy disregard for gravity, Thunder has the hops to touch the sky and the power to rattle the rim every time he steps on the court. While you would be forgiven for thinking Thunder only means power, in this case, he also brings touch and aim as a master of several long-distance trick shots.
Thunder has been a record-breaking machine since landing with the Globetrotters, currently owning 11 Guinness World Records titles.
Thunder’s magnetic personality has translated to off-court notability, with appearances on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” “Rachel Ray,” Nickelodeon’s “Mutt & Stuff” and “Ryan’s Mystery Playdate,” and ESPN’s “SportsCenter.” All of this media fun has led him to start taking acting lessons recently.
While Allen Iverson was his favorite player growing up (he is from Virginia after all), he grew to respect Kobe Bryant, especially because Thunder is a fellow Girl Dad, and relishes the time he spends with his daughters. Now he is living his dream as a central part of the Harlem Globetrotters’ high-flying brand of family entertainment.
Dick LeBeau is former NFL football player and coach who was active in the NFL for 59 consecutive seasons, 14 playing cornerback for the Detroit Lions and 45 as a coach. LeBeau spent the majority of his coaching career as a defensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers and is considered to be one of the greatest defensive coordinators of all time. LeBeau played college football for the Ohio State Buckeyes and was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the fifth round of the 1959 draft. During his time as a player in the NFL, he was named to three Pro Bowls while playing with the Lions. Upon retiring as a player in 1972, LeBeau began his coaching career. He joined the Bengals in 1980, where he spent 19 non-consecutive years, including 12 years as defensive coordinator. As defensive coordinator he helped the Bengals make two Super Bowl appearances. He also served as the Bengals’ head coach from 2000 to 2002, his sole head coaching position. In addition to coaching for the Cincinnati Bengals, he has coached for the Pittsburg Steelers, Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans. LeBeau was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a player in 2010.
Melvin “The Helicopter” Levett was born in Cleveland in 1976. He played basketball as a shooting guard at the University of Cincinnati from 1995-1999 and was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the 2nd round. While at UC he set the single-game record for three-point goals making 10 in one game. He finished his career at UC 25th all-time in scoring with 1,119 points. He later went on to play in the International Basketball Association and has coached basketball at various levels throughout Cincinnati.
According to the NFL Network’s The Top 100 NFL’s Greatest Players, a survey compiled in 2010, this next player is ranked #12, and is also the highest-ranked offensive lineman overall. Does the name Anthony Munoz sound familiar? It should… because this legend was also the first Cincinnati Bengal to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Often considered to be the greatest offensive linemen to have ever played, teeing off in June will sure be a delight with Anthony Munoz!
Retired quarterback Tony Pike will be joining the roster for the Putt for Penguins golf outing in June. Before playing for the Carolina Panthers, Pike played football for not only local Reading High School, but also for the University of Cincinnati. Leading the 2009 Bearcats to a 12-0 season, Pike will be bringing his competitive nature to the course.
Originally from Cincinnati, David Poole attended Cape High School. He played college football at the University of Tennessee and was a member of the University of Tennessee 1985 Sugar Bowl and SEC Championship Team. Pool transferred to Carson Newman University his sophomore year, where he played defensive back and receiver. He was named to the First Team South Atlantic Conference twice and college All-American twice as a defensive back. Coach Pool played in three college National Championship games that resulted in two national titles. Pool was drafted in the sixth round of the 1990 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers and played for the Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins during his NFL career.
Randi I was born and raised in Mentor, Ohio, just outside Cleveland, but has spent nearly two decades in Southwest Ohio. Rico went to Ohio University to study broadcast news and meteorology and played outfield for the Ohio Bobcats softball team. Her career started at WCBI in Columbus, Mississippi and she has also worked at WDTN in Dayton. During her career at WLWT Randi has had many opportunities including going to NYC to do weather with Al on the Today Show, swimming with the sharks at Newport Aquarium, repelling off hotels downtown, competing against Joey Chestnut eating brats at Oktoberfest, splashed down on the American Ninja Warrior course…and accidentally kicked over Slash’s guitar during a backstage interview at a rock festival.
Mo debuted in major league baseball as a pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds in 1991. He was then signed by the Colorado Rockies for their inaugural season in 1993.
John played as defensive back for Southern Methodist University and was recognized as an All-American during his time in college. He then went on to play 6 seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals and 1 season each with the Packers and the Colts.
Springs was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and attended Miami University. A stand-out defensive back for the Miami football team from 1976-79, Kirk was a two-time First-Team All-MAC selection and earned Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America honors as a senior in 1979. Following his Miami career, Springs went on to play in the National Football League, playing with the New York Jets from 1981-85 and finishing his career with the Indianapolis Colts in 1987. He was inducted into the Miami University Hall of Fame in 2015.
Eric Thomas is a former professional American football player who played cornerback for nine seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets and Denver Broncos. He went to the Pro Bowl after the 1988 season. Thomas attended Tulane University.
Kevin Walker was a 3rd round draft choice for the Bengals out of the University of Maryland in the 1988 NFL Draft. He was a regular throughout the 1989 and 1990 seasons and was a part of the Cincinnati Bengals team that reached Super Bowl XXIII. Walker’s career came to an end in 1992 with an injury of his own torn knee ligament during a game against the New York Giants.
Wilcots played college football at the University of Colorado and was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the eighth round of the 1987 NFL Draft. In 1991, he signed with the Minnesota Vikings and played his final season for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1992. After retiring from the NFL, Wilcots began his television career as a weekend sports anchor for WLWT. He also spent three seasons (1998–2000) as a sideline reporter for ESPN’s Sunday Night Football for which he received an Emmy Award in 2000 for sideline reporting.
Elbert L. “Ickey” Woods was a running back for the Cincinnati Bengals from 1988-1991. He played college football at the University of Nevada and was drafted by the Bengals in the 1988 NFL Draft. He is best remembered for his “Ickey Shuffle” end zone dance, performed each time he scored a touchdown. After a rookie season in which he set numerous rookie franchise records, a series of injuries shortened his NFL career and he retired after four years.