WHO Yogi Berra
SCHOOL Saint Louis
WHY HIM The Hall of Fame catcher is a St. Louis native.
WORDS TO THE GRADS "There will be days when you wish you were back in class at SLU. Life gets tough. So be tougher. Stand up. Take your lumps. And before too long, you'll understand what it takes to be a winner."
WHO Brian Billick
SCHOOL Johns Hopkins
WHY HIM He coaches the nearby Ravens
WORDS TO THE GRADS "In a bacon-and-egg breakfast the chicken is involved, but the pig is committed. Be that pig."
WHO Billie Jean King
SCHOOL New England Institute of Technology
WHY HER The folks at NEIT admire the tennis pioneer.
WORDS TO THE GRADS "Insist your sons and daughters have equal rights and opportunities."
WHO Willie Randolph
SCHOOL Fordham (Bronx, N.Y.)
WHY HIM The Mets manager's daughter Ciara was among the graduates.
WORDS TO THE GRADS "I went on 11 managerial interviews and was rejected on all 11.... No matter how many rejections you get, keep fighting back."
WHO Bill Russell
SCHOOL Suffolk University
WHY HIM The school's in Boston, where his Celtics won 11 titles.
WORDS TO THE GRADS "I have heard people say that I would like for the society to be better.... But I, as an individual—what can I do? What you can do is be kind."
WHO Bernie Williams (above)
WHY HIM He played 16 seasons in Yankee Stadium, about 15 miles from the college.
WORDS TO THE GRADS: "If you want to reach your goals, you need to have a plan of action. You have to stay focused on the things you can control and don't get discouraged or distracted by the things you cannot control."
The Pop Culture Grid
|How do sports stars fit in?||People say I look like ...||Best nickname you ever had||Most you've ever paid for a haircut||Time you went to bed last night||Last thing you ordered for take out||Shrek reminds me of ...|
|PLENETTE PIERSON Shock F/C||Sanaa Lathan||Scooter||To get my hair done? $500||6 p.m.||A Chipotle burrito||Rick Mahorn|
|RUSSELL MARTIN Dodgers C||Turtle from Entourage||Turtle||$40||1:30 a.m.||Pizza||Jonathan Broxton|
|ERIN THORN Liberty G||Hilary Swank||ET||$15 (my sister is a hairdresser)||10:30 p.m.||Santa Fe salad||Danny DeVito|
|TYLER CLIPPARD||Nobody, really||Taz||$25||3:00 a.m.||10 nuggets, a burger and fries||Shelley Duncan (an old teammate)|