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July 15, 2002
O.K., we'll bite: Who's servin' up hot wings? How's Nolan's steak sauce? And where the heck is Salami?
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July 15, 2002

Lost & Found

O.K., we'll bite: Who's servin' up hot wings? How's Nolan's steak sauce? And where the heck is Salami?

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Changing Their Stripes

These former players still suit up for games—as umpires, referees and officials.

Bruce Benedict, MLB CATCHER

ACC and SEC basketball official



Atlantic 10 basketball official



MLB umpire

Chandler, Ariz.

Bernie Fryer, NBA-ABA GUARD

NBA official

Sequim, Wash.


NFL replay assistant

Kampsville, Ill.

Kevin Maguire, NHL FORWARD

NHL referee

Woodbridge, Ont.

Bill McCreary, NHL FORWARD

NHL referee

Guelph, Ont.


NHL referee

Walpole, Mass.

Leon Wood, NBA GUARD

NBA official

Mission Viejo, Calif.

Tracy Woodson, MLB INFIELDER

Ohio Valley Conf. basketball official


Herschel Walker

Walker has more oars in the water than the entire field of the Henley Regatta. It has been that way since his days as a record-breaking tailback and valedictorian at Johnson County High in Wrightsville, Ga., and later as a Heisman Trophy winner at Georgia and an NFL running back-receiver-kick returner. When he retired in 1997, after 14 seasons with the Cowboys, Vikings, Eagles and Giants, he ranked second alltime in career all-purpose yards with 18,168—not counting the more than 7,000 he amassed in his first three seasons as a pro, in the USFL. Walker has found time to dance with the Fort Worth Ballet, serve as a brakeman in a two-man U.S. bobsled at the 1992 Olympics and earn a fifth-degree black belt in taekwondo.

It helps that on a daily basis he still sleeps only four hours, eats but one meal and cranks out 1,500 push-ups and 3,000 sit-ups. "I never read that you're only supposed to play football," says Walker, 40, who lives in Irving, Texas, with his wife of 18 years, Cindy, and their 2�-year-old son, Christian Alexander. "That was just me living. I wasn't trying to impress anyone."

These days, though, Walker is looking to impress customers with his three-year-old company, the aptly named Renaissance Man International. Sole owner of the business, which grossed more than $500,000 in 2001, he envisions its becoming a Fortune 500 conglomerate. His biggest-selling food products, a line of chicken wings and other appetizers called Herschel's Famous 34 (his uniform number), are sold to restaurants, cafeterias and other food-service companies. Renaissance Man also sells mesquite wood chips, a line of women's apparel featuring silk-screen artwork primarily by minority artists and dinnerware imprinted with the same images. What's more, Walker is venturing into medical supplies and health drinks; he has spun off his aloe-based beverage, Aloeluya, and plans to take the company public this summer. "I want to make this a huge, huge company," says Walker, whose ventures employ more than 60 people. "I want to put people to work."

He's off to a good start, displaying business savvy and boundless energy. To produce and distribute Herschel's Famous 34 Appetizers, for instance, Walker has teamed with ConAgra and Sysco, two food industry giants. He works tirelessly at the commercial food fairs where his products are sold. "He's at the show when it opens at eight and when it closes at five, and he rarely leaves the booth," says Robert Thurber, a Sysco vice president. "He's great at making customers feel good and selling them products. For a new product, the appetizers have been an overwhelming success."

To Walker, his varied business pursuits aren't so different from his do-everything football career. "Whatever I did, I tried to be one of the best at it," he says. "I'm doing the same thing now. I focus on everything I do and try to get the right people together to do it well. I want to be a force."

Byun Jong Il

The man whose behind was behind the most incendiary sit-in since the '60s turns out to be a stand-up guy. Byun, the South Korean boxer who set an Olympic record for sulking by sitting in the ring for 67 minutes after he lost at the 1988 Games in Seoul, now runs a popular health club in that city and starred in an aeroboxing video that sold faster than kimchi. Byun, 34, is genuinely sorry about all the trouble he caused.

The brawling bantamweight's first-round loss to eventual silver medalist Alexandar Hristov of Bulgaria set off a riot in the Chamshil Students Gymnasium. Referee Keith Walker had twice deducted points from Byun for persistent butting. When Walker raised Hristov's arm as the winner by a 4-1 judges' decision, outraged South Korean boxing officials piled into the ring and assaulted the ref. Byun simply sat in his corner in silent, disconsolate protest. His vigil ended only after the lights were turned off and he was told the arena would be closed for the night.

For unsportsmanlike conduct Byun was barred from amateur boxing for two years. "Overnight," he says, "I became a social outcast." Countrymen called him Ring Rebel. However, after Byun turned pro in 1990, his nickname changed to Handsome Boxer. He was easy on the eyes in winning a '93 tide bout with WBC champ Victor Rabanales. But eight months later he lost his second defense, to Yasuei Yakushiji of Japan, on points. Shortly after starting a mandatory two-year hitch in the South Korean army, Byun got a rematch but fared no better. He retired from the ring in '96.

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