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William E. Miller, Jr.
[1977]

School: Madison

Sports Played: Football, Baseball

High School Honors: 3-year Football letterman. 1st Team All-PIL as a Junior and Senior running back; 2nd Team All-State as a Senior. In top 5 all-time leading rushers at Madison. 3-year Baseball letterman. 2nd Team All-PIL as a Senior pitcher (1st Team East Division).

Post High School Career: Drafted by Kansas City Royals and played professionally for both the Kansas City Royals' Minor League teams and with the Detroit Tigers, 1977-81. Co-led Baseball camps for youth for 3 summers. Career in Business Development and Sales Management for Industrial Companies in Arizona, Oregon, and Washington. Now semi-retired.

Commentary:

Athletics provided me the basic tools needed to succeed in life. I learned competitiveness, perseverance, adaptability, and teamwork. To win in all aspects of life, you need to strive to do better each day. To keep going when things are tough and the odds seem against you. To change directions sometimes, and yes, to rely on others who share a common goal, and to allow others to rely on you.

The camaraderie shared among the team, the joy of the game, and the excitement of winning are feelings I keep with me, that help me to keep going. I cherish the friendships I have maintained through the years.

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