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WORLD CLASS
Gene Menez
December 15, 2006
For some, FACES IN THE CROWD is a crowning achievement, but for these athletes, it was simply a stop along the way to greater things
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December 15, 2006

World Class

For some, FACES IN THE CROWD is a crowning achievement, but for these athletes, it was simply a stop along the way to greater things

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ORIGINAL ENTRY: Feb. 13, 1995

Vince Carter
DAYTONA BEACH > BASKETBALL
Vince, a 6'6" guard for Mainland High, had 38 points, 18 rebounds and five blocks in an 83--50 win over Oviedo High and 26 points, 16 rebounds and 17 blocks in an 80--55 defeat of Lake Mary High. Regarded as the top high school off-guard in the nation, Vince has led his team to a 53--5 mark in the last two years.

Ben Roethlisberger
QUARTERBACK, PITTSBURGH STEELERS

The day Ben Roethlisberger appeared in FACES IN THE CROWD, Findlay High School athletic director Jerry Snodgrass decided to have some fun. He scanned the magazine page into his computer at school and changed key words to make the item read as if it were celebrating the star quarterback's achievements in dodgeball. When Roethlisberger read it, Snodgrass recalls, he laughed so hard "he just literally rolled on the floor."

The joke page was fun, but Roethlisberger remembers the real one as a benchmark in his young career. "It was my first time ever in a magazine, one I subscribed to since I was real little," he says. "So to be in there was just awesome." After four years at Miami (Ohio), Roethlisberger was taken in the first round by the Steelers, and became the starter the second game of the season and went 14--1, becoming Rookie of the Year. In his second year, 2005, he led the Steelers to victory in Super Bowl XL.

ORIGINAL ENTRY: Dec. 6, 1999

Ben Roethlisberger
FINDLAY, OHIO > FOOTBALL
Ben, a senior quarterback at Findlay High, set state season records for yards passing, with 4,041, and touchdown passes, with 54, while leading the Trojans to a 10--2 record. He connected on 66.4% of his throws and directed an offense that averaged 43.8 points.

PAUL PIERCE
BASKETBALL

APPEARED: APRIL 24, 1995

WHAT WE SAID THEN: Paul, a senior at Inglewood (Calif.) High, averaged 27 points and 11 rebounds and was state player of the year. He had 28 points in the McDonald's All-American Game.

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