Event Hosts

James Brown

James Brown, a native Washingtonian and three-time Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Studio Host, serves as host for “The NFL Today” on CBS and the Emmy Award-winning “Inside the NFL” on SHOWTIME. In 2010, Brown was named “Best Studio Host of the Decade” by SportsIllustrated.com. He has hosted a total of seven Super Bowl’s including CBS Sports’ Super Bowl show in 2013.


Michael Wilbon

Michael Wilbon is co-host of ESPN’s award-winning show “Pardon the Interruption,”  a contributor to ESPN and ABC’s coverage of the NBA, and a columnist for ESPN.com. Wilbon left The Washington Post after 30 years as a reporter and columnist to assume an expanded role with ESPN and ABC. Wilbon also appears weekly on ESPN Radio 1000 in Chicago, ESPN 980 in Washington, D.C. with Kornheiser and with Scott Van Pelt on ESPN Radio.

Event Chair

Ted Leonsis, DC-CAP Board Chair

Ted Leonsis is the founder, chairman, majority owner and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which owns and operates the Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, Washington Mystics, and Verizon Center in downtown Washington, DC. Mr. Leonsis serves on the board of governors for the NBA and NHL as well as the executive committee of the NHL.

This year's Celebrity Guests

Brig Owens

Brig Owens is a partner in Bennett & Owens, a sports management and real estate development firm. Prior to founding his own firm, Owens served as assistant executive director and associate counsel to the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) from 1979-1984. Owens also created the Professional Athletes Youth Foundation and Community Service Department of the NFLPA where he raised over $10 million to implement a youth development program in ten cities across the nation. This program was selected by the Department of Education as one of the top exemplary programs in the United States. He is a former thirteen-year veteran of the National Football League and seven-year player representative and defensive captain for the Washington Redskins.  * Golf only


Chick Hernandez, Emcee

In nearly a decade as an anchor and reporter for Comcast SportsNet, Chick  Hernandez has become one of the most recognizable and respected authorities on the regions professional and college sports landscape. His status as a knowledgeable expert on local teams, along with his deep ties to the community, has made him an indelible part of the sports landscape in the region, as well as the television industry. His professionalism, dedication and skill as a broadcaster has earned him numerous honors and accolades throughout his career, including three Capital Region Emmy Awards.


Chris Baker

Chris Baker is a starting defensive tackle for the Washington Redskins.  He recently launched “The Chris Baker Foundation,” a 501(c)(3) established to provide literacy training and other educational programs to children in Chris’ home state of Connecticut and in Washington, D.C


Christine Brennan

Christine Brennan is an award-winning USA Today sports columnist, best-selling author and commentator for ABC News, ESPN, NPR and Fox Sports Radio.


Derrick Dockery

Mr. Dockery was a 3rd round pick by the Washington Redskins in the 2003 NFL draft. He remained with the team until 2006, and then went on to play for both the Buffalo Bills and most recently the Dallas Cowboys.  


Donald E. Graham

Donald E. Graham is the Chairman of the Board of Graham Holdings and the Founding Chairman of the Board of DC-CAP (DC College Access Program). In 1965, he was elected president of The Harvard Crimson, the college's breakfast daily. After graduation in 1966, he volunteered for military service and served in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968. There he worked as an information specialist with the 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968.


George Solomon

Mr. Solomon is a former sports editor and columnist at The Washington Post and was the first ombudsman for ESPN. Mr. Solomon is a 1963 graduate of the University of Florida. He began working at the Post in 1972, and served as assistant managing editor for sports from 1975 to 2003. From 2003 to his retirement, he was an assistant editor for the paper.


John Fitzgerald Booty

John Fitzgerald Booty is a former professional football player who played eight years in the NFL with five teams including the Jets, Eagles, Cardinals, Giants and Buccaneers. Since retiring, John has been an integral part of the business and philanthropy community. He is currently a member of The Corporate Huddle, a mentoring, networking and professional development group consisting of former pro athletes and CEO’s. He also collaborates with Gridiron Legacy, a marketing and brand awareness company consisting of Super Bowl Champions and NFL legends. John also works as an NFL Analyst for News Channel 8 Sports Talk, and is a popular guest motivational speaker. John is an Honorary Member of the Redskins Alumni Association, the recipient of the 2012 Sports and Fitness Industry Lifetime Achievement Award, and he is a 2013 Carthage High School Athletics Hall of Honors Inductee.  He is also a well-known community activist and lends his talents and support to various community events, such as the Congressional Football Game For Charity where he has an active role. Throughout his NFL career, he has served as a charity spokesman and has participated in events that support important causes throughout the country. 


Kellen Winslow Sr.

Mr. Winslow is a member of both the Pro Football and the College Football Hall of Fame. Mr. Winslow is widely recognized as one of the greatest tight ends in the league's history. Mr. Winslow amassed 541 receptions for 6,741 yards and 45 touchdowns in just nine NFL seasons. He played college football for the University of Missouri, where he was a consensus All-American.    


Ken Harvey

Harvey played professional football in the NFL for the Phoenix Cardinals and the Washington Redskins.   He was selected by the Cardinals in the first round (twelfth overall) in the 1988 NFL Draft. He was a four-time Pro Bowl selection from 1994 to 1997. He currently works as a fitness trainer for space tourists and a sports writer for The Washington Post.


Kristen Berset

Ms. Berset, a Florida Gator alum and life-long fan, is currently the Sports Anchor for WUSA 9 and also hosts Game On!.  She was also crowned Miss Florida USA, and placed in the Top Ten at the 2004 Miss USA beauty pageant.


Michael Adams

Adams is a former NBA Player and basketball coach.  Known for his push shot, Adams played for the Sacramento Kings, Washignton Bullets, Denver Nuggets, and Charlotte Hornets. 


Paul Berry

Mr. Berry was born and raised in “Motown,” and he has been blessing the airwaves of households from Detroit to Washington, DC for over 25 years.  Mr. Berry is an award winning producer, news anchor, and reporter.  Over the years, Mr. Berry has been recognized countless times for his unyielding work and commitment to the community, particularly as a role model of Washington area youth.


Steve Buckhantz

Popular Washington, DC sportscaster Steve Buckhantz is entering his 18th season as the Television play-byplay
voice of the Washington Wizards on Comcast SportsNet. With 40 years of broadcasting experience,
including 30 in the Nation’s Capital, he is one of the longest tenured sportscasters in the Metropolitan area.

Past Celebrity Guests

Al Bumbry

Al Bumbry is a former Major League Baseball outfielder who played for the Baltimore Orioles and San Diego Padres from 1972 through 1985. He spent 13 of his 14 major-league seasons with the Orioles, and played for them in the 1979 and 1983 World Series. In 2002, he was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame


Alexis Glick

Alexis Glick is an American television personality who was an anchor of Money for Breakfast and The Opening Bell on Fox Business Network, as well as the Vice President of Business News. She left the channel in December 2009. Glick has since founded the GENYOUth Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to nurturing child health and wellness through improved nutrition and physical activity.


Andy Pollin

Andy Pollin, currently hosts The Sports Reporters on Sportstalk 570 and ESPN 980 and has hosted a wide variety of other programs during his time in D.C., from Redskins pre-game and post-game shows to things called "Redskins Magazine" and "Redskins Game Day" (on WTTG) to ESPN's "GameDay" with Mel Kiper Jr. to WTEM's current "5th Quarter Show." He also is the author of the "Great Book of Washington DC Sports Lists". Anyhow, Pollin has spent several decades in sports radio, working for several stations in Texas, WNTR-AM in this market, the UPI Radio Network and the Associated Press Radio Network. 


Bobby Dandridge, Roaster

Named to the NBA All-Rookie Team in 1970, Dandridge is recognizably one of the NBA's best forwards in the 1970s. He played a total of 13 seasons in the NBA, nine of them with the Bucks as well as four with the Washington Bullets, with whom he won an NBA championship in 1978 while forming the frontcourt with another future Hall-of-Fame duo: Elvin Hayes and Wes Unseld.

In his career he averaged 18.5 points per game over 839 regular season games and 20 points per game in 98 playoff games and was a 4-time NBA all-star. His dunk in Game 7 of the 1978 Finals sealed the Bullets championship victory.


Brad Edwards

Brad Edwards became the fifth athletic director in George Mason’s history on July 1, 2014.

Edwards has worked for three college athletic departments. In 2012, he was named athletic director at Jacksonville University, and in 2009, he joined Newberry College as director of athletics and later served as senior vice president for Intercollegiate Athletics and Institutional Advancement. He began his work in intercollegiate athletics in 1999 after a successful nine-year career in the NFL, joining the University of South Carolina Athletics Department in the role of assistant athletic director for development.

He also played with the Washington Redskins and Atlanta Falcons and was a defensive co-captain and runner-up MVP with the Redskins Super Bowl XXVI championship team. He was a USA Today All-Pro, a UPI All-NFC selection, and is a member of South Carolina (statewide) athletic Hall of Fame.

Edwards grew up in Fayetteville, N.C., and is married to the former Marlana Brown. He has three sons—Jackson, Thomas and Colton.


Bubba Tyer

Mr. Tyer was hired by the Redskins in 1971 and was named head trainer in 1976. In his time with the team, he worked in an incredible 602 regular-season games and was a part of five Super Bowl appearances, three of which turned into titles for the Redskins. In 2000, he was recognized by the NFL as its “Super Athletic Trainer of the Year.”


Cato Nnamdi June

Cato Nnamdi June played college football at Michigan. He was selected by the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. A 2006 Pro Bowl choice, June was a member of the Super Bowl XLI champion Colts. During the Super Bowl championship season, June was the Colts' leading tackler. In addition to his tenure with the Colts, he played in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


Charley Taylor

Charley Taylor is a former Washington Redskin. He was inducted into the Pro Football hall of fame in 1984. During his tenure with the Redskins they reached the Super Bowl in 1973, (Super Bowl VII), after the 1972 season. They also made the playoffs four other times in the 1970s. After retiring, Taylor was hired to work in the front office with Bobby Mitchell as a scout. When Joe Gibbs became head coach of the Redskins in 1981, he selected Taylor to be the team's receiver coach. He served in that position from 1981 through 1994.


Charley Taylor

he 1984 Hall of Fame inductee Charles Taylor, was a the third overall pick of the 1964 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins.  He won the NFL Rookie of the Year award as a running back and became the first rookie in 20 years to finish in the NFL's top 10 in both rushing and receiving.  Although, he was known as a successful running back, Mr. Taylor was switched to wide receiver in 1966 and led the NFL in receiving in both 1966 and 1967.


Chris Dodd

Chris Dodd is a former United States Senator. He is currently the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc., which serves as the voice and advocate of the U.S. motion picture, home video and television industries around the world. He served as a United States Senator from the state of Connecticut for thirty years, after serving for six years in the House of Representatives. Senator Dodd authored major legislation in the areas of education, health, financial services, foreign policy, and election reform. He was a principal author of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. He formed the first children’s caucus in the Senate, and wrote the Family and Medical Leave Act.  A former senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Dodd is a recognized expert on Latin America.   * Golf only


Clinton Portis, Celebrity Roaster

A former NFL running back, Clinton Portis is best known for being the starting running back for the Washington Redskins for seven seasons and is considered one of the best Redskins in history. When he announced his retirement in 2012, he was just 77 yards short of the 10,000 yards rushing mark, making him 27th all-time rusher. Portis’ NFL career began in 2002 when he was drafted by the Denver Broncos. In his rookie year with the Denver Broncos, he was named NFL Rookie of the Year. He rushed for over 1,500 yards in each of his first two seasons with the Broncos. In 2002, Portis became the youngest player to score four touchdowns in a game and the following season became the youngest player to score five touchdowns in a game. Portis played college football at the University of Miami where he led the Hurricanes to the 2001 National Championship and had his best season rushing for 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns on 220 carries.


Dan Steinberg

Dan Steinberg started at The Post as a part-time agate clerk, news aide and high school sports reporter in the fall of 2001. Since then, he’s covered high school volleyball, college football, the Final Four, two Olympics, the Preakness, the Super Bowl, the National Spelling Bee, the Indianapolis 500, the NBA and NHL playoffs, and the New Zealand curling team. He writes a blog about D.C. sports.


Darrell Walker

A former NBA player, and head coach of the Washington Wizards, Darrell is currently in his 13th season as an NBA coach. Walker returned to the Knickerbockers when he was named an assistant on Mike Woodson’s staff on Mar. 17, 2012. He is now in his second season on the Knicks bench.

Walker’s NBA career began thirty years ago in the Big Apple. Now, with a resume that includes a decade each as a player and coach - not to mention a World Championship ring - he returns to a transformed Garden that remains familiar territory.


Darryl Pounds

A former defensive back for the Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos, Darryl Pounds is now the owner of Pounds Construction, a real estate services firm specializing in residential and commercial development, construction and consulting.  He played college football at Nicholls State University where he was named second-team Associated Press All-American in 1991 and first-team Associated Press All-American in 1994. 


Dave Owens

Mr. Owens serves as a Sports Anchor/reporter covering everything from the Redskins to NCAA basketball to local high school sports. He also hosts Game On! He played football for two seasons at the Naval Academy and served in the United States Navy for six years.


David Falk

David B. Falk is an American sports agent who primarily works with basketball players in the National Basketball Association. Falk began his career representing professional tennis players for Donald Dell's ProServ and is best known for representing sports icon Michael Jordan for the entirety of Jordan's career.  Besides Jordan, Falk has represented more than 100 other NBA players, and is generally considered to be the most influential player agent the NBA has seen. During the peak years of Falk's career in the 1990s, he was often considered the second-most powerful person in the NBA behind Commissioner David Stern,  and in 2000 he had at least one client on all but two NBA teams.  He was listed among the "100 Most Powerful People in Sports" for 12 straight years from 1990 to 2001 by The Sporting News, and was also named one of the Top 50 Marketers in the United States by Advertising Age in 1995.


Denny Hamlin, Celebrity Roaster

Denny Hamlin has been a model of consistency since joining Joe Gibbs Racing in 2007. He entered the 2013 season having made the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship in each of his previous seven seasons behind the wheel of the No. 11 car.  The 2013 season has been filled with adversity with a back injury suffered early in the season sidelining the talented driver for four weeks and causing him to miss the Chase for the first time in his career.

A Virginia native, Hamlin grew up a Redskins fan and as a young boy he once told Joe Gibbs that he would like to drive for him someday.  Amazingly that prediction has come true and Hamlin is looking forward to finishing this season strong for his JGR team and rebounding in 2014 with another run at the championship.  Hamlin has a baby daughter, Taylor, who was born this past January.


Dexter Manley, Celebrity Roaster

A two-time Super Bowl champ, an All-Pro Defensive Lineman of the Year, and a Pro Bowl player, Dexter Manley played nine seasons for the Washington Redskins and is the Redskins all-time sack leader. He also played for the Phoenix Cardinals and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Every year since 1996, Dexter is nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Manley is the marketing director for a facilities management company and serves as chairman of the nonprofit Dexter’s Team, whose mission is to bring forth positive life transformation and direction for youth and families through literacy programs, parent education and substance and drug abuse prevention.


Doc Walker

Doc Walker is a former tight end in theNFL who played for the Cincinnati Bengals and the Washington Redskins.  He played college football at UCLA.  Walker currently covers sports during radio broadcasts in the Washington Metro Area and co-hosts Inside The Locker Room with former Redskin Brian Mitchell and broadcaster Scott Jackson on ESPN 980.

Doc Walker is a former tight end in theNFL who played for the Cincinnati Bengals and the Washington Redskins.  He played college football at UCLA.  Walker currently covers sports during radio broadcasts in the Washington Metro Area and co-hosts Inside The Locker Room with former Redskin Brian Mitchell and broadcaster Scott Jackson on ESPN 980.


Doug Williams

Doug Williams is best known for his MVP performance in Super Bowl XXII against the Denver Broncos and legendary Denver quarterback John Elway. Williams engineered a 42-10 rout, in which the Redskins set an NFL record by scoring five touchdowns in the second quarter. Williams completed 18 of 29 passes for 340 yards, with four touchdown passes, and was named Super Bowl MVP. He is the first African American quarterback to win the Super Bowl.


Earl Monroe

Known for his dribbling, passing, and play making Earl "the Pearl" Monroe is an NBA Legend.  Monroe played for the Bullets, and Knicks and has been awarded Rookie of the Year, NBA All-Star, and is now in the NBA Hall of Fame. 


Earvin (Magic) Johnson

Earvin "Magic" Johnson is a retired Hall of Fame NBA point guard who played 13 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers. Johnson helped lead Michigan State University to a National Championship and was eventually the top overall pick in the 1979 NBA Draft. With the Lakers, Johnson won five NBA titles and was a three-time Most Valuable Player. HE was a studio analyst for TNT between 2001-2008. He left for a similar role at ESPN, where he is on "KIA NBA Countdown" with Michael Wilbon and Jalen Rose. He founded the Magic Johnson Foundation in 1991. The nonprofit foundation focuses on developing programs to aid community-based organizations that focus on educational, health and social needs of urban locations. He founded Magic Johnson Enterprises in 1987 and serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. His portfolio includes four AMC Magic Johnson movie theatres, over 100 Starbucks locations, a range of Burger King franchises throughout the South and thirteen 24 Hour Fitness Magic Sport centers. * Roast only


Ed Tapscott

Ed Tapscott is the Director of Player Development & Player Programs at Washington Sports & Entertainment and scout for the Washington Wizards. He has had over a quarter-century experience in basketball relations. HIs career in basketball began in Medford, MA in 1975 as a graduate assistant coach at Tufts University, and he later moved to American University where he began as an assistant coach under Gary Williams during the 1977-78 season. He was elevated to head coach in 1982 and he guided the Eagles to more victories than any other coach in the program’s history. Tapscott’s career also includes a tenure as Vice President of Player Personnel and Basketball Operations for the New York Knicks. He returned to DC after serving as President and Chief Executive Operating Officer of the Charlotte Bobcats from 2003-2006.


Fred Carter

Fred Carter is a former professional basketball player and head coach. A 6' 3" guard from Mount St. Mary's University, Carter was selected by the Baltimore Bullets in the third round of the 1969 NBA Draft. He played eight seasons (1969–1977) in the NBA as a member of the Bullets, Philadelphia 76ers, and Milwaukee Bucks, scoring 9,271 career points. Carter was the leading scorer on the 1973 Sixers team that lost an NBA record 73 of 82 regular-season games. He later coached the Sixers for almost two seasons, from late-1992 to mid-1994. Following his tenure with the Sixers, Carter began a successful career as a basketball analyst for ESPN. During his time as co-host of "the NBA 2Night" he was known for his claim of being "the best player on the worst team in NBA history." He is a former analyst for NBA TV.


George Bradford

George is a 38 year old member of the PGA tour of Canada. The Maryland native has competed on the PGA Tour the Web.com Tour and various mini-tours over his 14 year professional career. A career that is highlighted by a 2008 season in Canada where he finished fifth on the Final order of merit behind three second-place finishes.  Bradford is one of only four African-Americans currently a member of the PGA tour family and often lectures about the importance of Diverisity in the game of golf.  As a Junior Golfer he was one of the best golfers in the mid-Atlantic region and went on to play golf at University of Maryland where he graduated with a degree in Finance 97'.


George Smith

George Smith is a reporter at ESPN. He formerly was a News Anchor/Reporter at KHOU-TV, Sports Anchor/Reporter at WHDH-TV, 5:30 p.m. News Anchor at WTNH-TV, News Reporter at Fox 5 (WNYW-TV New York). He is Columbia University Graduate from the School of Journalism, Oberlin College, Phillips Academy Andover.


George Solomon

George Solomon is a former sports editor and columnist at The Washington Post and was the first ombudsman for ESPN. He has taught sports journalism classes at the University of Maryland since 2003. In the same year, he was also honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors, who awarded him the Red Smith Award, which is America’s most prestigious sports writing honor.


Gheorghe Muresan

At 7-7, Gheorghe Muresan developed into a legitimate NBA center and a force in the league before injuries slowed his career. He earned the NBA`s Most Improved Player Award in 1995-96, his third year in the league, and followed by leading the league in field goal percentage in 1996-97. Muresan and Manute Bol are the tallest men ever to play in the NBA. 


Greg Ballard

Born in Los Angeles, California, Ballard attended the University of Oregon where he played at the collegiate level at the forward position. He was drafted by the Washington Bullets in the 1st round (4th pick) of the 1977 NBA Draft and won an NBA Championship with the Bullets in 1978. He played for the Golden State Warriors for the 1986 and 1987 seasons. He finished his career with the Seattle SuperSonics in 1989 with career stats of 12.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.



Harold Green II

Harold Green II is a former professional football player who spent his 10 year career playing for the Cincinatti Bengals, St. Louis Rams, and Atlanta Falcons. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina where his outstanding football career landed him an induction to the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame. He is currently the Vice President of Pro Bowl Motors in South Carolina. He participates in various local and national charities; established the “Green Team Foundation” in 1993 and is on the board of directors for the “South Carolina Children’s Home” and “National Retail Advisory Board” for the department of Retailing at the University of South Carolina.


J.A. Adande

Mr. Adande, an alumnus from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, is a dynamic sports columnist who covers the National Basketball Association for ESPN.  He also serves as a panelist for ESPN's Around the Horn and as a guest host on ESPN's Pardon the Interruption television shows.


J.D. Gibbs. Celebrity Roaster

Named president of JGR in October 1997, J.D. Gibbs has spent the past 16 years overseeing the team’s expansion from a single car team to its current three-car operation in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and is now leading the organization through its 22nd NASCAR season. J.D. has been with JGR since he joined his father to launch the operations in 1992. JGR, J.D., and his family make a big impact off the track as well through their involvement in a number of local charities and organizations. J.D. and his wife Melissa live in Davidson, N.C. with their four boys – Jackson, Miller, Jason  and Taylor.


James Brown, Jr.

James Brown, Jr. is a proven and successful senior executive and entrepreneur. He recently served as senior vice president in the highly acclaimed Content Development group of ESPN. Within that organization, he served as senior vice president, ESPN High School/ ESPNW, overseeing the event and television business for the cross-platform high school business and the ESPN woman’s initiative. He is co-founder and co-owner of ALFA Worldwide. Where he partnered with Boris and Patrick Kodjoe to launch www.WorldofAlfa.com in 2010. The company's mission is to make the luxury of high quality custom-made clothing at affordable prices to everyone (Alfa is an Acronym for Affordable Luxury for All). In 2011, he assisted in creating a successful real estate business where the company owns and manages condos, single family residences and apartment buildings in major cities across the U.S.


Jan Fox

Ms. Fox is a 4-Time Emmy Award winner with almost 30 years on local network TV. Ms. Fox, a legendary news reporter and anchor in the Washington, DC metro area, is now a sought after speaker, conversation starter, CEO Speaking Coach, and consultant. She is the author of the popular book “Get Yourself on TV & What to Do When You Get There.”


Jeff Bostic, Celebrity Roaster

Pro Bowl and All-Pro offensive linesman Jeff Bostic played for the Washington Redskins from 1980-1993.  His 184 games as a Redskin is seventh in the club’s all-time list.  A member of “The Hogs,” he helped lead the Redskins to victory in Super Bowls XVII, XXII, and XXVI. Bostic had streaks of 64 and 52 straight starts during his career. Born in Greensboro, NC, Jeff was an all-Atlantic Coast Conference player for Clemson University. Today, Bostic is involved in real estate development in Charleston, SC, and Greensboro, NC, and holds an annual golf tournament to benefit the Hospice House of Greensboro, NC. He and his wife, Lynn, have two daughters and reside in Oakton, Virginia.


Jimmie Jones

Mr. Jones was a former defensive end in the National Football League for the New York Jets and the Washington Redskins. He played college football at Wichita State University and was drafted in the sixth round of the 1969 NFL Draft.


Joe Theisman, Celebrity Roaster

An entrepreneur and former Washington Redskins star quarter-back, Joe Theismann has spent the last two decades working for ESPN on their NFL broadcast and the NFL Network. A 12-year NFL veteran, Theismann played in 163 consecutive games from 1974 to 1985 and holds the Redskin record for passing yards, completions and attempts. He was a two-time Pro Bowl selection and led the Redskins to victory in Super Bowl XVII. A graduate of University of Notre Dame, Theismann received All-American honors and is a College Football Hall of Fame inductee. Theismann was elected the NFL’s Man of the Year (1982) for his community service and dedication to the health and welfare of children and won the league’s 1983 MVP award. Today, he oversees a popular local restaurant that bears his name and serves on the Sports Advisory Board of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


John Riggins, Celebrity Roaster

All-Pro running back John Riggins played 175 games in 14 seasons during his five years with the New York Jets and nine years with the Washington Redskins. A Big Eight rushing champion who broke Gale Sayers’ rushing record at the University of Kansas, Riggins was the first pick of the New York Jets and the sixth player selected in the 1971 NFL Draft. His 13,435 combined net yards and his 116 touchdowns by rushing and receiving are among the best ever. Riggins played in Super Bowls XVII and XVIII, was the Super Bowl XVII MVP, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992. John currently hosts Riggo On The Range, an outdoors program broadcasted on the Sportsman Channel and on Comcast SportsNet Washington. Riggins has been married twice and has six children. He lives in Cabin John, Maryland with his current wife Lisa Marie.


John Thompson

John Thompson is a former basketball coach for the Georgetown University Hoyas. He is now a professional radio and TV sports commentator. In 1984, he became the first African American head coach to win a major collegiate championship, capturing the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship. After retiring from coaching, Thompson continued to be active in basketball as a commentator for both professional (mainly for TNT) and collegiate games. He hosted The John Thompson Show, a sports talk show on ESPN 980 (formerly Sports Talk 980) in Washington, D.C. Thompson is perhaps best known for preluding interviews with the statement, "Let me ask you a question..." Thompson signed a lifetime contract with Clear Channel Radio and SportsTalk 980 in February 2006. Thompson left ESPN 980 in March 2012 to pursue other broadcasting opportunities.


Jon Barry

Jon Barry is a 14-year NBA veteran. He joined ESPN as a game and studio analyst prior to the 2006-07 season after retiring from the league. Barry provides analysis for a variety of ESPN news and information studio shows throughout the season. Barry played for several teams throughout his career including the Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, Detroit Pistons, Denver Nuggets and most recently with the Houston Rockets. He was a first-round pick by Milwaukee in 1992 out of Georgia Tech. Jon is the son of Hall of Famer Rick Barry and brother of current NBA player Brent Barry, of the San Antonio Spurs.


Kara Lawson

An American professional women's basketball player in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) and a women's basketball television analyst for ESPN. Lawson primarily plays as a shooting guard. She won a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. Lawson signed a three-year contract extension with the Connecticut Sun on August 19, 2012.


Kevin Blackistone

Kevin Blackistone, a native Washingtonian, is a sports journalist and professor, as well as a frequent panelist for ESPN's Around the Hornand for Comcast's Redskins Postgame Live. On radio, he appears as a frequent guest co-host on the Sports Reporters on DC's ESPN980.


Kevin Grevey, Roaster

Kevin Grevey is a former Washington Bullet. He played in DC from 1975-1983 and the Milwaukee Bucks from 1983-1985. For his first two seasons Grevey was a backup small forward and shooting guard. In 1978 he became a starter and averaged 15.5 points per game. He was part of the 1978 championship team.Over his ten seasons in the league Grevey played 672 games and averaged 11 points per game. Grevey currently owns a Sports Bar/Restaurant in Falls Church, Virginia. He is also a  commentator for men's college basketball games. 


Kevin Grevey, Roaster

A retired American professional basketball player, swingman, the left-handed Grevey played for the Washington Bullets in 1975-1983 and is known for his three-point shots.  He is now a color commentator for various college basketball games, including on national radio with Westwood One. 


Kevin Payne

Kevin Payne is the President & General Manager of the Toronto FC.  Prior to Toronto, Payne served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of D.C. United for 17 years. During his tenure, D.C. United became the most successful team in United States professional soccer history, boasting 12 major domestic and international championships. After careers as an award-winning radio journalist and a marketing and special events executive, Payne was a founding member of the Major League Soccer/Soccer United Marketing (MLS/SUM) Board of Governors, Chairman of the Technical Committee for the U.S. Soccer Federation, is the Vice Chairman of the U. S. Soccer Foundation, and is a member of the FIFA Standing Committee for Club Football.  * Golf only


Kim Williams

At the age of 16 Kim Williams started playing the game of golf which she attributes to her father, Doug Williams, and other mentors. Today, she is an accomplished LPGA player still activelyparticipating in competitive events.  


Kyle Busch, Celebrity Roaster

Kyle Busch has proven to be one of the most talented drivers in NASCAR history racking up an amazing amount of wins over a short period of time and setting several records in the process. In fact, since joining Joe Gibbs Racing prior to the 2008 season, Busch has captured 24 of his career 28 wins in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and has won an amazing 49 NASCAR Nationwide Series races over that same time period. His 60 career Nationwide Series victories has shattered the all-time record previously held by Mark Martin.

Busch has won four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in 2013 and will enter the Chase for the Championship just behind his teammate Matt Kenseth in second place. He and his wife Samantha live in the Charlotte area.


L.C. Greenwood

L.C. Greenwood is a former NFL player who was a defensive end for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1970s. One of the four members of Pittsburgh's famous Steel Curtain, he would remain there until retirement in 1981. Greenwood, who was 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighed 245 pounds, was a six-time Pro Bowl player and was named to NFL All-Pro teams in 1974 and 1975. He was named All-AFC five times. He also led the Steelers six times in sacks with a career total of 73½ (sacks were an unofficial stat at the time). He played in all four of the Steelers Super Bowl victories in the 1970s. Greenwood is now the president of an electrical and plumbing supplies company. L.C. currently owns three businesses and is very involved in the Pittsburgh area.


Lee Reed

Lee Reed was named the 17th director of athletics (Francis X. Rienzo chair) at Georgetown University in April 2010. As director of athletics, Reed will oversee the operations of all Georgetown University intercollegiate athletics programs, which includes 29 sports and more than 750 student-athletes Reed takes over for Daniel R. Porterfield, Ph.D., Georgetown's senior vice-president for strategic development who served as interim director of athletics during the 2009-10 academic year.


Lesley Visser

Lesley Visser is the most highly acclaimed female sportscaster of all-time. She is the first and only woman to be recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame as the recipient of the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award, recognizing “long-time exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football.” She was voted the No. 1 Female Sportscaster of All-Time by the American Sportscasters Association. She is the only sportscaster in history who has worked on the Network broadcasts of the Final Four, Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals, Triple Crown, Olympics, U.S. Open and World Figure Skating Championship.  * Roast only


Marcus Johnson

An independent Billboard-ranked musician and NAACP Image Award-nominated jazz keyboardist and pianist, Marcus Johnson is also the CEO and Founder of Flo Brands, LLC and more recently Flo Wine, LLC. He has combined an eminently successful musical career with his love of wine by marrying the two in a unique endeavor. - See more at: http://www.threekeys.com/about/#sthash.ToR0PtB3.dpuf


Matt Kenseth, Celebrity Roaster

Matt Kenseth’s victory in the 2012 Daytona 500 placed the driver into an elite group of only nine drivers in the history of NASCAR who have won the famed race more than once.  Not only did Kenseth earn his first Daytona 500 in 2009, but when he earned that title, the Cambridge, Wisconsin native became one of only five drivers in the sport’s history to win a Cup Championship, the Raybestos Rookie Award and the Daytona 500; placing him in the elite company of Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, David Pearson and Richard Petty.

Kenseth joined Joe Gibbs Racing prior to the 2013 season and has had an immediate impact, winning a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season-high five wins and qualifying for the Chase for the Championship as the top seed.  Kenseth is married to his wife, Katie, and has three children, Ross, Kaylin, and Grace.


Mike Moss

Mr. Moss, WTOP's morning anchor, has been with WTOP radio for almost 15 years now and has reported on some of the most important stories in history. He was the recipient of the Edward R. Murrow award that recognized WTOP's 7am broadcast as the best radio newscast in the nation.


Mike Riordan, Roaster

A 6'4" guard/forward from Holy Cross High School (Queens, New York) and Providence College, Riordan played 9 seasons (1968–1977) in the National Basketball Association as a member of the New York Knicks and Baltimore/Capital/Washington Bullets. He scored 6,334 points in his NBA career and won an NBA Championship with the Knicks in 1970. He was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 1973.


Morgan Wootten

Morgan Wootten is a former high school basketball coach. From 1956 to 2002, he coached at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland.  He was inducted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000. Wooten has helped over 250 student-athletes receive a full college scholarship and a number of his players went on to play in the NBA.  


Nick Lowery

Mr. Lowery, who grew up in Washington, DC, was a former NFL placekicker for the New England Patriots, the Kansas City Chiefs, and New York Jets. The record-setting place kicker for the Kansas City Chiefs has dedicated his post NFL energies to charitable and public service, with a focus on youth.


Pat Fischer

Nicknamed the “mouse,” Mr. Fischer, was the 17th Round Draft selection of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1961. At the time of his retirement, Fischer had played in 213 NFL games, then a record for a cornerback.


Paul Hewitt

Paul Hewitt has been head coach at George Mason University for two seasons. He was head coach at Georgia Tech for 11 years before coming to Mason. In 11 seasons under Hewitt, Tech went to the NCAA Tournament five times, played for a national championship, played for two ACC championships, advanced to the Postseason NIT quarterfinals and won the Preseason NIT. Hewitt compiled a record of 190-162 at Tech and has an overall record of 280-198.  Hewitt served for three seasons as head coach at Siena, guiding the Saints to two postseason appearances. His coaching career began with assistant coach stops at C.W. Post, USC, Fordham and Villanova.  Hewitt is a 1985 graduate of St. John Fisher college, where he was a four-year letter winner.


Paul Hewitt

Paul Hewitt is entering his fourth season as the head basketball coach for George Mason University. In his first three seasons, he has guided the Patriots to two 20+ win seasons. Prior to joining the Patriots he spent 11 seasons as Georgia Tech’s head coach, guiding the Yellow Jackets to the 2004 NCAA Final Four and finishing as runner-up to Champion UCONN. 


Phil Chenier, Roaster

Phil Chenier is an American former professional basketball player. He is now a television sports broadcaster for the NBA's Washington Wizards. After playing for Berkeley High School and the University of California at Berkeley, Chenier, who was selected fourth in the 1971 NBA Hardship Draft by the then Baltimore Bullets, would play professionally for the Bullets in the National Basketball Association from 1971 to 1979.


Ravin Caldwell

Mr. Caldwell is a native of Port Arthur Texas and was a standout player at the University of Arkansas. Mr. Caldwell was drafted in the 5th round by the Washington Redskins in 1986, and  played the linebacker position from 1987-1992.


Renaldo Nehemiah

Renaldo Nehemiah is the former world record holder in the 110 meter high hurdles, and is world renowned not only for his remarkable performance in track and field but also for his career as a National Football League wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers, his four superstar victories and his experience as a sports commentator. Nehemiah is the President of Athletics Promotions, Ltd


Renaldo Nehemiah

Mr. Nehemiah dominated the 110m hurdle event  and was the first man to run the high hurdles in under 13 seconds.  Mr. Nehemiah also played pro football in the NFL as a wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers from 1982-1985, before returning to track and field athletics from 1986-1991.


Richard Dent

Richard Dent was an All-Pro defensive end for the Chicago Bears and a member of the 1985 NFL Champions, which can claim to be the best team in NFL history. He was selected the MVP of Super Bowl XX, and continues to be the Bears all-time sacks leader. 

After a long and successful NFL career, and bringing the same competitive desire and work ethic he exhibited on the gridiron, Mr. Dent formed his own firm, RLD Resources, LLC (RLD) in the early 1990’s.   RLD holds MBE (Minority Business Enterprise) certificates with the City of Chicago, Cook County, the State of Illinois and the Federal General Services Administration. 


Roland S. Martin

Roland S. Martin is a nationally award-winning and multifaceted journalist. He is the host of the "Washington Watch with Roland Martin," and a commentator for TV One Cable Network. He is an author of several publications and his newest book is, "The First: President Barack Obama's Road to the White House as originally reported by Roland S. Martin." An insightful and provocative analyst, Mr. Martin has appeared numerous times on a variety of American networks, as well as media outlets in Canada, Columbia, Italy, Australia and South Africa.  * Roast only


Sam Jones

Sam Jones spent all of his twelve seasons in the NBA with the Boston Celtics who drafted him in the first round in 1957. Jones was known as a clutch scorer, and scored over 15,000 points in his career. He participated in five All-Star Games, and is recognized as one of the best shooting guards of his generation.


Scott Smith

Mr. Smith joined the FOX 5 family in September 2012. Along with anchoring sports on weeknights, you can catch Mr. Smith hosting Redskins pre & post-game shows & Sunday night's "Sports Extra." A graduate of Harding University, he also played football for the Bison.


Stephen Howard

Stephen Howard is an award winning speaker, author, and ESPN college basketball commentator.  Stephen Howard has been presenting and speaking worldwide for the past 6 years.  He is a former NBA player and played collegiately at DePaul University.


Stuart Scott

Stuart Scott joined ESPN in 1993 for the launch of ESPN2 as a host of short sports update segments. Stuart Scott’s role and visibility on studio shows has consistently grown.  His primary roles are on SportsCenter. Since 2008, Scott has been the lead host for NBA on ESPN and ABC, including the NBA Finals on ABC. He is also studio host for NBA on ESPN since 2002. When Monday Night Football moved to ESPN in 2006, Scott added on-site hosting duties to his schedule during the NFL season.


Ted Vactor

Mr. Vactor was a NFL cornerback for the Washington Redskins and Chicago Bears. He played college football at the University of Nebraska.   Mr. Vactor also served as the head football coach at the University of the District of Columbia from 1977 to 1982.


Tim Legler

The sharpshooting 6-4 guard was born in Washington DC, and coincidently is probably known most as a player for the Washington franchise, where he played four seasons. In 1995, Mr. Legler gave perhaps the greatest performance in the history of the three-point shootout by beating out the legendary Dennis Scott. Mr. Legler is a basketball analyst and can be seen regularly on various NBA programs sponsored by ESPN. 


Tony Kornheiser, Celebrity Roaster

Tony Kornheiser, a longtime Washington Post sportswriter and columnist, is one of ESPN’s most popular on-air personalities as a co-host of “Pardon the Interruption.” In addition, Kornheiser and Wilbon’s “Big Finish” segment appears in the opening 15 minutes of the 6 p.m. edition of “SportsCenter.”  From 2006-2008, Kornheiser was a booth commentator on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.” Only the third non-former player to serve as a commentator on MNF (joining the legendary Howard Cosell and comedian Dennis Miller), Kornheiser helped MNF become the most-watched series in cable television history in its first three years on ESPN. In addition to his ESPN role, he hosts the popular “Tony Kornheiser Show” on Washington Post Radio. The program also airs on XM Satellite Radio. Kornheiser continues to write for The Washington Post’s website today and along with Mike Wilbon is a recipient of the Post’s prestigious Eugene Meyer Award. In 2008, Kornheiser was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Kornheiser graduated from Harpur College (now Binghamton University). He is married and has two children.


Tony McGee

Known as “Mac the Sack,” Mr. Mcgee had a career total of 106 sacks and played in 203 games missing only one game during his entire 14 year NFL career. Mr. Mcgee is the founder and host of the longest running minority-owned sports talk show in the Washington, D.C. region.  


Visanthe Shiancoe

After playing college football for Morgan State, he was drafted by the New York Giants in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played for the Giants for four seasons from 2003 to 2006 and the Minnesota Vikings for five seasons from 2007 to 2011. He played for the New England Patriots in 2012, and now currently a free agent.

After playing college football for Morgan State, he was drafted by the New York Giants in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played for the Giants for four seasons from 2003 to 2006 and the Minnesota Vikings for five seasons from 2007 to 2011. He played for the New England Patriots in 2012, and now currently a free agent.