It is the 100th year anniversary at my alma mater South Broward High School and as I sit less than one week away from ending my high school Career there are many people that I will see this week that I may never see again. In other words they will be history and speaking of History many people including myself may not know that South Broward has had people who wore that Red & Gold proudly just like us play in the NFL,MLB and WNBA. We aren’t ST.Thomas Aquinas level or anything like that but each school has its own unique history it can be proud of. I am a sports blogger this is what I do so let me give you a list of the top 5 Best athletes in my school’s illustrious 100 year history.
#5 Chris Bushing (Major League Pitcher-Cincinnati Reds)
After Graduating High School from South Broward Chris Bushing signed as an amateur Free Agent with the Baltimore Orioles in 1986. Although very talented Chris struggled with the control of his fastball which kept him in the Minor Leagues for five seasons. Baseball Legend Felipe Alou said the following about Chris “with that kind of Fastball he has to make a hitter cry”. Pretty great stuff to hear from a guy who has seen a lot of great talent in his day. Chris’s Career was very short he appeared in only 6 games for the reds in the 1993 season where he earned a 12.46 ERA and 4 strikeouts on 4 innings pitched.
#4 Broderick Nelson (Corner Back-Michigan State Spartans)
Broderick Nelson played 4 years at MSU and 2 as a starter. He earned All-Big ten Honorable mention recognition in 2001. He was an NFL Draft prospect until injuries derailed that. He did a lot of Damage in Red and Gold though. He was named twice to the Class 5A All-State team. Nelson also won MVP in the annual Dade vs Broward High School All-star game as well as Broward County Offensive Player of the year. Nelson is certainly one decorated individual I’m happy to call a South Broward Bulldog.
#3 Travis Daniels (Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs-Corner back)
Travis Daniels put up Big time numbers while attending South Broward. During his Senior Season at SBHS he recorded 60 tackles along with interceptions as a cornerback. Daniels also played wide receiver and hauled in 34 receptions 500 yards and 4 touchdowns. These dual threat numbers helped Daniels earn 1st team All- State, All-County and All-District Honors. This helped him earn his way to into the College Football rankings where he would go on to play for Nick Saban and the LSU Tigers. Daniels was a key contributor for 4 seasons at LSU and helped the Tigers Capture a National Championship in 2003 with a win over the Oklahoma Sooners. Daniels after 4 seasons at LSU declared for the NFL draft in 2005 and was selected in the 4th round 104th overall by his hometown Miami Dolphins. Daniels has played 8 seasons in the league and is now currently playing on the Kansas City Chiefs.
#2 Bill Hawkins (LA Rams-Defensive End)
Bill Hawkins accomplished a lot in his football life. At South Broward while on the Football team he had the Highest GPA on the team at 3.8 along with being an All-State Selection/High School All-American 2nd team. This led him to the University of Miami football program where he was a 3 year starter at the University of Miami. While at Miami he helped the Hurricanes Capture a National Championship in 1987. Jimmy Johnson called Hawkins “The most consistent Linemen I ever coached”. Pretty impressive coming from a guy who has coached some the greatest teams in football history. Hawkins was picked in the 1st round 21st overall by the LA Rams where he played three seasons in the NFL.
#1 Tamara James (South Broward/University Of Miami/Washington Mystics- Greatest Of All-Time)
If you have friends on the South Broward basketball team or just spend a lot of time in the gym If you look around Tamara James has left her mark everywhere around it. Look toward the far end of the gym and you will see that her #24 is retired, Look on the walls and you will see pictures of the Dynasty she helped build from 2000-2002 when the Lady Bulldogs captured 3 consecutive State Championships. James is a Bulldog for life. Tamara James didn’t stop her domination there though She went on to play basketball for the University of Miami where she became the Schools All-Time leading scorer with 2,406 Points. She was named to the All-ACC 1st team in 2005 and 2006 and would later go on to have her #2 retired by The University Of Miami. After all of her dominance in High School and College ranks it was time for Tamara to go pro and declare for the WNBA Draft. She was selected in the 1st round 8th overall by the Washington Mystics. She spent 1 season in the WNBA then went on to play pro basketball overseas. These days when she’s not playing basketball she is running her Foundation along with being an ambassador to the Girls Basketball team at SBHS. Tamara James you are the Greatest Bulldog Athlete of All-Time.
So as you can see the place we come from has a nice history of sports that to be quite honest I wasn’t aware of for many years even attending South Broward. It’s a history I and my fellow Seniors should be proud and take pride. It should also Inspire us to make our own history.