Others were not
so blasé. "It was unbelievable for someone local to get that kind of
recognition," recalls Alexander's cousin Ben Brown, a former high school
teammate. "We knew he was putting up big numbers, but we didn't think
anyone would take notice nationally. It was so cool to see your high school's
name in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED."
Alexander made it
to the NFL, and in 2005 he led the league in rushing (1,880 yards), set the
single-season record for touchdowns (28), won the NFL's MVP award and took his
team to Super Bowl XL.
Jan. 10, 1994
FLORENCE, KY. > FOOTBALL
Shaun, a junior at Boone County High, rushed for 2,396 yards and 42 touchdowns
this season, including 334 yards and seven TDs in the Rebels' season finale, a
win against Campbell County High. Shaun, who's also class president, led the
team to the Class 4A semifinals.
WHAT WE SAID
THEN: Jack, a husky homebred 17-year-old, made up a two-stroke deficit soon
after the start of the final round and hung on to win the international Jaycee
junior golf tournament.
WHAT HE SAYS NOW:
"Being featured in the magazine is among the memories you look back on and
cherish more now," says the winner of 18 majors. "That issue is now in
the [Jack Nicklaus] Museum in Ohio."
TRACK AND FIELD