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Author, Coach Martin Dugard To Be Keynote Speaker At Annual Lott Trophy Banquet

Lott IMPACT Trophy Martin Dugard
– Martin Dugard, who has co-authored five successful best sellers with Bill O’Reilly, will be the keynote speaker at the 12th annual Lott IMPACT Trophy Banquet Dec. 13 at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach.

Dugard, who has written several other highly acclaimed books on his own, is also the track and cross country coach at JSerra High School in San Juan Capistrano.  His girls cross country teams have won three state titles.

He is the New York Times #1 best-selling author of “To Be a Runner.”  With television personality O’Reilly, he has written “Killing Lincoln,” Killing Kennedy,” Killing Jesus,” “Killing Patton” and “Killing Reagan.”

Dugard has also pursued triathlons and adventure racing as well as marathons in his career.

He has completed the New York, Boston and Los Angeles marathons, and has competed three times in the Raid Gauloises — a two week endurance competition often referred to as “the toughest race on earth.”

“Our award is all about athletes and character,” said Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation Chairman of the Board John Hamilton.  “And clearly Martin Dugard qualifies at the highest level.  He’s a great athlete and certainly some of the men he has profiled exhibited great character.  We’re excited to hear from him at the banquet.”

Dugard joins an illustrious group of speakers at the Lott Trophy Banquet, including Condoleezza Rice, Bill Walsh, Jack Kemp, Merlin Olsen, Keith Jackson, Peter Ueberroth and Frank Gifford.

The annual Lott IMPACT Trophy Award Ceremony will be broadcast live on Fox Sports.

CATCHING UP WITH – J Leman, Illinois Linebacker, Finalist in 2007.

An All-American Linebacker at Illinois, Leman played parts of four seasons in the NFL before retiring and pursuing other interests.

“I really don’t miss football much, because I’m so busy,” said Leman talking from his home outside Chicago.  “I have my own business, USANA which sells wellness products, I’m an analyst for Big Ten football every week and my wife, Katy (a former Illinois volleyball player), and I have two young children, 3 and 1.

“I’m enjoying life very much.  I suppose I miss college football more, but I am close to the game because of the TV work.

“My wife loves to camp so we take a lot of camping trips up in the Wisconsin area and we love the time there.  I’m also an avid reader.  I try to read around three books a month, nothing for pleasure really.  I read books about finance and personal development, biographies and history.

“The Big Ten is more wide open this year that it’s been in a long time.  Ohio State is still the favorite, but they don’t look as sharp as they have in the past.  Northwestern is playing well and Michigan will be getting better all the time.

“As for Illinois, we’ve got a lot of young players who have been thrown into the fire, but they’re growing up fast.

“I think the football world is doing a better job regarding concussions.  I retired because I had three concussions my last year with the Raiders.  But they’re diagnosing better, being more careful about it.

“Say hello to everyone out there for me, especially coach (Mike) White (who coached Illinois before Leman played there).”

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