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This week, we add to our ever-growing roster of Hall of Fame guests with Cowboys legend Tony Dorsett and the Steelers Dermontti Dawson from the Class of 2012. Plus, we have a "Wynning" in-studio guest - Wynne Lacey, a former Luvabull who created the Chicago Blackhawks Ice Crew and IFL Chicago Slaughter Dancers.
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Sports and Torts: Wynne Lacey

Get to know former Chicago Luvabulls dancer Wynne Lacey, who is director of the Chicago Blackhawks Ice Crew and other entertainment squads. Her company, Wynning Teams, helps young women prepare for dance and cheerleading auditions and more. And she's in the process of creating another "Wynning" team for the Chicago Soul of the new indoor soccer league.
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Sports and Torts: Tony Dorsett

NFL legend Tony Dorsett was one of football's greatest running backs and was a key contributor for the Dallas Cowboys in the late 70s and throughout the 80s. He's the only player in history to win the Heisman Trophy, a Super Bowl, the College National Championship, and be inducted into both the College Football and Pro Football Hall Of Fame, and we touch on all of it in our conversation.
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Sports and Torts: Dermontti Dawson

After a seven year wait, Dermontti final joined the ranks of the Hall of Famer in Canton. We talk with the former Steeler about the honor, and his years anchoring the offensive line in Pittsburgh, where he redefined how the center position was played.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Wynne Lacey
Wynne was a member and captain with the NBA in both Chicago (4 years) and Milwaukee (1 year). She also danced with and captained the AFL Chicago Rush dancers before becoming a professional director of her own teams. Her current teams consist of the NHL Chicago Blackhawks Ice Crew and the IFL Chicago Slaughter Dancers. She has just completed her professional Life Coach training through the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching. Wynne's passion is to be your personal cheerleader…an uncritically enthusiastic supporter of what you want to accomplish and be in your personal and professional life. As a life coach, she partners with you or your team to achieve WYNNE-WIN situations for all. I think everybody should have their own personal cheerleader…an uncritically enthusiastic supporter of what you want to accomplish and be in your personal and professional life. I am the cheerleader's cheerleader, for those of you who are always in the supporting roles of others, I want to help you become the best player in whatever game of life you chose to play. As a professional life coach, I partner with you or your team to achieve WYNNE-WIN situations for all. I specialize in the Core Energy Coaching Process to bring about a high level change in personal and team development.

Wynning Teams

Tony Dorsett
Tony Dorsett, a 5-11, 192-pound running back from the University of Pittsburgh, already was a celebrity by the time he joined the Dallas Cowboys as their first-round draft pick in 1977. A four-time All-America at Pittsburgh, Dorsett also won the 1976 Heisman Trophy. Just as he had done at Pitt, he took the National Football League by storm in his rookie 1977 season. Dorsett rushed for 1,007 yards and 12 touchdowns and was a virtually unanimous choice for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. Dorsett, who was born April 7, 1954, in Rochester, Pennsylvania, rushed for more than 1,000 yards eight of his first nine seasons – the only miss was the strike-shortened 1982 campaign which, ironically, saw him win his only NFC rushing championship. His top production came in 1981, when he rushed for 1,646 yards and added 325 yards on 32 receptions. Dorsett spent the first 11 seasons of his 12-year, 173-game NFL career with the Cowboys before being traded to the Denver Broncos for a fifth-round draft pick in 1988. He led the Broncos in rushing with 703 yards in 1988 but injuries prevented him from playing after that first campaign in Denver. For his career, Dorsett rushed for 12,739 yards. He totaled 16,326 yards from scrimmage. He scored 546 points on 91 touchdowns, 77 by rushing, 13 by receiving and one on a fumble return. Dorsett, a three-time All-NFC pick, who was All-Pro in 1981 and a veteran of four Pro Bowls, played in five NFC championship games and Super Bowls XII and XIII. He had impressive post-season statistical totals -- 1,383 rushing yards and 1,786 yards from scrimmage in 17 games. In the 1982 regular season finale during a Monday night game against the Minnesota Vikings, Dorsett set a record that may some day be tied but will never be broken – a 99-yard touchdown run.

Dermontti Dawson
Dermontti Dawson, a second round draft pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1988, had a knee injury interrupt his rookie season. Despite the injury, he managed to start five of eight games that year at guard. The following year he replaced future Hall of Famer Mike Webster as the Pittsburgh’s starting center. He remained an anchor of the Steelers’ front line for the remainder of his 13-season NFL career. Dawson, who also served as the team’s long snapper through 1993, earned his first Pro Bowl berth following the 1992 season. It marked the first of seven straight Pro Bowl invitations for the lineman. Named co-AFC Offensive Lineman of the Year by the NFL Players Association in 1993, Dawson also earned the first of his six consecutive All-NFL honors. In 1995, he anchored the powerful Steelers offensive line that helped pave the way to Pittsburgh’s first Super Bowl berth since the 1979 season. That year, the Steelers topped the AFC in scoring with 407 points. He was named the NFL Alumni’s Offensive Lineman of the Year in 1996, a year in which the Steelers captured their third straight division title. That season, Dawson and the Pittsburgh offensive line led the way for Jerome Bettis who finished second in the AFC with a then-personal best 1,431 yards. One season later Dawson helped Bettis rush for a career-high 1,665 yards which was the second highest single-season total in team history. During Dawson’s 13-year career, Pittsburgh led the NFL in rushing twice as Steelers’ ball carriers amassed 2,180 yards in 1994 and 2,479 yards in 1997. In all, Dawson played in 184 regular season games and his 170 consecutive games played ranks second in club history. Named a center on the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s, Dawson started in three AFC championship games and was Pittsburgh’s starting center in Super Bowl XXX against the Dallas Cowboys.

Dermontti's Hall of Fame Speech