Sports Stars of the '90s: Where Are They Now?
Remember your favorite athletes from the '90s?
They were the ones embossed on Fleer Metal cards. You watched them tear up the competition on 400-pound, fat-back televisions and only heard from them off the field if they were arrested or starring as a genie in a children's movie.
The '90s were the last decade where a wall existed between athletes' personal lives and the public. We never knew what they were doing back there, but thanks to the drastic expansion of the Internet over the last 15 years, we can now catch up with our old heroes.
These are sports stars of the '90s, and this is what they're up to today.
Then: Michael Johnson was the sprinter of the '90s; very much in the same way Usain Bolt has been the force of nature dominating in the mid-2000s to now.
Johnson won gold in the 200- and 400-meter dash at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, and his record for the 400 continues to last to this day. His short, hammer-stepping stride defied all conventional wisdom in the sport.
He retired after winning the 400-meter dash at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, becoming the oldest Olympian to ever win a track event under 5,000 meters.
Now: Johnson has continued to be active in the running community since retiring in 2000. He has opened Michael Johnson Performance—a training and development center for young and professional athletes.
He's also appeared as a contestant on NBC's The Celebrity and filmed a controversial documentary about Afro-American/Afro-Caribbean runners titled Survival of the Fastest in 2012.
Twitters?: Yes, although he doesn't post often, and when he does, it's typically about a commercial or philanthropic venture.
Then: A Heisman Trophy winner and prolific wide receiver with the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders throughout the '90s, Tim Brown's tremendous playmaking ability far outreached his ho-hum size (6'0", 195 lbs).
He was the first wide receiver to ever win the Heisman Trophy and earned the name "Mr. Raider" after spending 16 consecutive seasons with Oakland from 1988-2003.
Now: Since retiring in 2004, Brown has been snubbed three times by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Committee. He currently works as a co-host on FSN Pro Football Preview with Jay Glazer, Jason Sehorn and Eddie George.
Twitters?: Oh, he's on the Twitters—and he's active. Brown was at the Heisman ceremony Saturday and tweeted out a picture with the triumphant Jameis Winston.
Then: After Michael Jordan, the Mailman might be the most iconic NBA star of the '90s.
The Utah Jazz forward was a two-time NBA MVP award winner, 14-time NBA All-Star and 11-time member of the All-NBA first team. Scholars continue to debate his stature as possibly the most dominant force in NBA Jam history.
Now: Malone retired in 2004 and appears to be enjoying life after basketball. He's dabbled in politics, is a card-carrying member of the NRA and enjoys fine cigars.
Twitters?: Yes. Malone uses Twitter sparingly—but when he does, it's pretty awesome. This October, he randomly advocated for athletes to call one of their fans every week, just to chat.
Then: A member of Michigan's 1991 "Fab Five" team.
While not as highly touted as Chris Webber or Jalen Rose, Jimmy King was a talented shooting guard who spent two short years in the NBA before leaving for Europe in 1996 and bouncing around multiple teams abroad.
Now: King has led a relatively quiet life since leaving the game in 2000. He did a stint as a radio color commentator for Michigan basketball in the 2000s and was reportedly arrested in church for dodging child support payments in 2011. (He paid the money due in full and the charges were dropped.)
He's currently the VP of Business Development at Schechter Wealth, a financial planning office.
Then: Another member of Michigan's 1991 Fab Five team, Ray Jackson was the only one of the bunch who didn't play a single game in the NBA.
After spending four years at Michigan, Jackson tried out to play in the NBA and ended up playing in the CBA and abroad.
Now: Jackson now owns Jackson's Moving and Delivery, a moving company based in his hometown of Austin, Texas. He's also the founder of Ray Jackson's Rising Stars—a non-profit group aimed at providing social, recreational and occupational opportunities for Texas youths.
He may not be famous, but Jackson seems to have his head screwed on straight and his life together.
Twitters?: Not that I can tell. Please comment if you know otherwise.
Then: A Boston College folk legend turned journeyman quarterback of the NFL, CFL and UFL.
Now: Ever the myth, Doug Flutie continues to work with The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism and do awesome things. He's happily retired, it would appear, and enjoys playing drums with his brother Darren in the Flutie Brothers Band.
Twitters?: Indeed. Flutie attended the 2013 Heisman presentation ceremony and tweeted out a picture of himself and Jameis Winston.
Also, everyone who has ever won Heisman Trophy in the history of the world has taken a picture with Jameis Winston.
Then: German-American ballplayer for the Dallas Mavericks, Seattle SuperSonics and Indiana Pacers. He was the 1991-92 NBA Sixth Man of the Year and a full-time bad boy. Probably less of the latter.
Now: Detlef Schrempf is now a business development officer at Coldstream Capital, a wealth management firm. Seattle indie group Band of Horses has a song named after Schrempf, because of course they do. He has also made several amazing appearances as himself on the NBC show Parks and Recreation.
Schrempf continues to have a name superior to everyone you know.
Then: An Olympic skier and gold medalist at the 1998 Winter Games, Picabo Street plied her skills in downhill racing.
She was the first American woman to win World Cup downhill titles (1994 and 1996) and has a readymade rap alias should she ever feel the need to flex game on the mic.
Now: Street retired from pro skiing in 2002 and has since invested time in her charity, Picabo’s Street of Dreams Foundation. She also appeared on the NBC show Stars Earn Stripes in 2012, which someone somewhere probably watched.
Twitters?: You know it, chatch.
Then: Gold medal winning ice skater turned tragic victim by an awful jackass' ploy.
Now: While known primarily (and unfairly) for getting jacked in the knee in 1994 by the oafish beau of fellow ice skater Tonya Harding, Nancy Kerrigan's life didn't end with the attack.
Kerrigan retired from pro competition but has continued to make appearances in various ice skating movies and shows. She featured in Skating With Celebrities in 2006 and had a cameo in the Will Ferrell movie Blades of Glory in 2007. Kerrigan also is a supporter of Fight For Sight—a nonprofit organization that raises money for eye and ophthalmology research.
Then: Shot threes, made assists, and didn't miss a game.
I'm still not entirely convinced that John Stockton is human. The Utah Jazz point guard missed 22 games over the course of his 19-year career in the NBA. He'll forever be known for being the league's all-time leading assist man, and the only guy in the NBA who looked as athletic as your dad.
Now: Stockton is working with different NBA teams and recently finished Assisted, an autobiography chronicling his life and basketball career. He was enshrined in the NBA Hall of Fame in 2012 and has been seen training with Deron Williams and rookie Trey Burke.
Twitters?: No. John Stockton isn't on the Twitters, and the world is better for it. It just wouldn't be right.
Then: A quick-handed point guard for the Atlanta Hawks who racked up steals by the bushels during the '90s.
Mookie Blaylock registered five seasons with over 200 steals and earned a spot on the NBA All-Defense team twice during his 13-year career in the league.
Now: Blaylock retired in 2002 and has since had a rash of run-ins with the law. He was involved in a deadly car accident this summer after causing a head-on car accident.
Blaylock was arrested after his condition stabilized and was in jail waiting to appear in court for outstanding DUI and drug charges last we've heard.
Then: Rod Strickland was an All-American point guard at DePaul who went into the NBA and became one of the more talented point guards of the '90s.
Now: After retiring in 2005, Strickland took an assistant coaching job with the Memphis Tigers under John Calipari. He's since moved with Calipari to the University of Kentucky.
Strickland continues to have run-ins with the law and was arrested near the UK campus in August of 2012 and charged with driving under the influence. It was his second DUI arrest in two years.
Factoid: Rod Strickland is the godfather of Cleveland Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving.
Then: A 12-time MLB All-Star with a mighty bat, Mike Piazza was one of the most solid hitters to ever hunch behind home plate.
Now: Piazza has dabbled in a little of everything after retiring from baseball in 2007.
Twitters?: Yes, Mike Piazza is on the Twitters. He'll tweet about anything from European soccer to inspirational quotes.
Then: The greatest hockey player of all time, Wayne Gretzky wasn't just a star of the '90s.
His NHL career lasted 20 seasons, and while his most prolific work came during the '80s, his greatness can't be confined to a single decade.
Now: Since retiring in 1999, Gretzky has coached both the Phoenix Coyotes and the Canadian men's national team. He remains the owner of his restaurant Wayne Gretzky's in Toronto.
Twitters?: Yes, although his account isn't "verified" and appears to be written by a robot.
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