Today’s question: Immediately after winning the heavyweight title, Cassius Clay announced that he had converted to the Nation of Islam and that he was now to be called Muhammed Ali. The backlash from this announcement made virtually every major sporting center in the U.S. refuse to host his rematch with Sonny Liston. Where was the fight finally held?
Yesterday’s question and answer: This Notre Dame alum led the Fighting Irish to a 29-7-1 record under his leadership, including two bowl victories. With the No. 2 pick in the 1993 Draft, Seattle chose him, and things were all downhill from there. After going 20-31 with the Seahawks over four years, he played in the 1997, 1999, 2000, and 2003 seasons all for different teams. Who was this quarterback, who only won four games after leaving Seattle?: The answer is Rick Mirer. When Mirer left Notre Dame, he held the school record for most passing touchdowns with 41, and when he entered the 1993 NFL Draft, Bill Walsh nicknamed him “the next Joe (Montana),” another Notre Dame alum. Unfortunately, Mirer didn’t even live up to former Irish quarterback Steve Beuerlein. After the 1996 season, Seattle traded Mirer to Chicago for a 1st round pick, a definite steal for the Seahawks. In Chicago, his place in history was cemented as "the quarterback in between Dave Krieg and Erik Kramer". Mirer was on the Packers in 1998 though he never saw any playing time, found the field for the Jets in 1999, and a few plays for San Francisco in 2000. He played his last down in Oakland in 2003.