NFL Hall-of-Famer Munoz To Be Kentucky Speedway Indy Racing League Race Grand Marshal
Kentucky Speedway will welcome National Football League Hall of Fame member and former Cincinnati Bengal Anthony Munoz as grand marshal of the August 13 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series "Meijer Indy 300 Presented by Coca-Cola and Secret."
"Being a little 'heavy-footed' myself, it will be an honor for me to be at the race and be the grand marshal," Munoz said. "The fun thing for me playing football was that the offensive linemen, quarterback, defensive back, equipment manager and trainer had to work in unison to accomplish the same goals. It's the same with racing. When I have an opportunity to be around a team effort, it's exciting for me to see just how everybody works together."
Considered by many as the greatest offensive lineman in NFL history, the 11-time Pro Bowl selection is the only Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee in Cincinnati Bengals history. The California native and decorated high school athlete received a football scholarship to the University of Southern California where he earned numerous All-American and All-Conference awards while leading the Trojans to the 1978 National Championship. He was selected by Cincinnati as the third overall pick in the 1980 NFL Draft and went on to lead the team to two Super Bowls, three American Football Conference Central Division titles and two AFC Championships (1981 and 1988). He was named the NFL Offensive Lineman of the Year in 1981, 1987, and 1988. He also was the NFL Players Association Lineman of the Year in 1981, 1985, 1988, and 1989. From 1980 to 1990, he started in 185 of 186 games. In recognition of his achievements, he was named to NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team.
Munoz received the game's ultimate honor in 1998 when he was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a first-ballot inductee.
Throughout his career, he matched his football achievements away from the game with tireless community involvement. He was the recipient of the Athletes in Action Bart Starr Award for Leadership in 1990, and was named the Cincinnati Bengals Man of the Year for five consecutive years. In 1991, he was honored as the NFL Man of the Year.
He continues his service in his retirement and has built a reputation as one of the Greater Cincinnati's most accessible and involved advocates. In 2002, he established the Anthony Munoz Foundation as a non-profit organization that engages the Tri-State region to impact area youth mentally, physically and spiritually. Since its inception, the foundation has reached thousands of children and raised more than $1,000,000 for foundation programs and select charities. Munoz also is involved in a variety of other local, national and international charitable activities.
Kentucky Speedway's final race weekend of 2006 commences Saturday, August 12, with Indy Racing League IndyCar Series and Indy Pro Series practice and qualifying on "97.5 WAMZ-FM Pole Day." Sunday, August 13, will showcase the IRL Indy Pro Series "97.5 WAMZ-FM 100" at 12:30 p.m., and the IRL IndyCar Series "Meijer 300 Presented by Coca-Cola and Secret" at 3:45 p.m.
Tickets for both days are on sale now and can be reserved online at http://www.kentuckyspeedway.com or http://www.tickets.com and by phone at 888-652-RACE (7223). Fans also can reserve tickets through Tickets.com outlets including Meijer stores as well as the speedway ticket offices at 2216 Dixie Hwy., Ste. 200, in Ft. Mitchell, Ky., and the speedway Fan Center off of Interstate 71 Exit 57 and Ky. Hwy. 35 in Sparta, Ky.
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