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Of course it had. Leonard and Spinks exemplify the group's diverse fortunes. Leonard, the light welterweight gold medalist, won pro titles in five weight classes. He makes speeches to FORTUNE 500 executives and hosts the boxing reality show The Contender, coproduced by Sylvester Stallone, which is in its second season. On May 20 more than 300 people, including Kenny G and Eddie Murphy, helped Leonard celebrate his 50th birthday in Los Angeles.
Spinks, the light heavyweight gold medalist in Montreal, took the WBA heavyweight title from Muhammad Ali in February 1978, in Spinks's eighth pro fight. Seven months later Ali took the belt back, and by the mid-'90s, after blowing through several million dollars that he made as a fighter, Spinks was a greeter at Mike Ditka's restaurant in Chicago. Today, still smiling toothlessly but afflicted with dementia, he lives in Columbus, Neb., where he is a janitor at a YMCA. His Olympic medal was stolen, and one of his sons, Leon Calvin, was murdered in St. Louis in 1990. "Look at me," Spinks says. "Lies don't help me. So I smile. I make friends. That ain't so bad."
Davis, the lightweight gold medalist, who was 36-6-1 as a pro, is a boxing instructor in Florida and the father of 11 children. Like Spinks, he says he was ripped off by advisers, but he is in better physical and financial shape than Neon Leon.
The fighters recalled teammates who weren't there. John Tate, the heavyweight bronze medalist in '76 and later the WBA heavyweight champ, was killed in a car accident in 1998. Clint Jackson, the Olympian welterweight, has served more than 16 years of a life sentence in Alabama for kidnapping. Davis has written the parole board, promising to give Jackson a job if his teammate is released. The squad has always been close, said Mooney: "We looked out for each other. We were family."