Legendary UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon is a prime contender for a future Corporate Speaker of the Year Award. The amazing Bruin who earned a celebrated MVP of the year award continues to score new victories in his winning crusade for justice against the NCAA on behalf of other players and in his challenging role as a top business executive. O’Bannon’s relentless drive to win justice in a people’s court, against all odds, parallels his spectacular basketball court career. Today, he challenges himself again to reach ongoing pinnacles of success as Marketing Director of one of the most dynamic and successful auto dealerships in the nation, FINDLAY TOYOTA of Las Vegas, Nevada.
O’Bannon’s triumph was recently featured in a fascinating article in Sports Illustrated magazine.
After a brutal basketball knee injury he refused to accept a medical diagnosis that would prevent him from ever walking again, much less competing on the court. Instead he opted for a skin graft and non-stop therapy. O;Bannon’s playing was key to UCLA’s 1995 NCAA Basketball Championship. He was named the NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player.
For several years Ed O’Bannon’s indefatigable spirit persevered and finally won a landmark court decision for players’ in his battle against the powerful NCAA.
&qout;In Championing the rights of amateur athletes to control-and profit from- their names and images, former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon has become the face of the most important legal case in the history of collegiate sports&qout; -Sports Illustrated
“If somebody took your face and made you the star of a video game, you’d expect to be compensated, right? In no other walk of life can your identity be stolen like that, &qout; O’ Bannon said.
The court’s decision secured hundreds-of-thousands of dollars compensation due Division 1 Football and Men’s Basketball Players for use of their implied endorsements, plus actual costs to be paid to them for college scholarships.
Small wonder that young Ed O’Bannon’s incomparable drive to win a team victory translates today into a motivational message that thrills audiences wherever he speaks to them, nationwide.
In person, Ed O’Bannon shares his experiences that include the exciting powerhouse games he has played with the greatest sports names in the U.S. and throughout Europe, with current tips on sustaining one’s loyalty and drive for success in the fevered and competitive corporate jungle.
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May We Introduce You to Ed O’Bannon:
Ed O’Bannon grew up in Los Angales, California, graduating from Artesia High School in 1990. Ed was a high school All-American in basketball and was recruited by every major college in the country, before selecting UCLA.
Ed entered UCLA with the highest of expectations before a knee injury put him out for the year and threw his career in jeopardy. Ed faced months and months of rehab with the possibility of never playing again. This injury and his fight to return to his career was a building block that made Ed take this fire into his basketball career and eventually gain the courage to take on the NCAA.
Ed’s career at UCLA culminated in the Bruins being National Champions and Ed being the MVP of the Final Four. Ed won numerous honors including winning the 1995 John R. Wooden award, which is awarded annually to the best player in college basketball.
Ed was drafted by the New Jersey Nets in the first round. Ed’s NBA career was cut short as his knee never recovered 100% from his old injury. After the NBA, Ed played 7 seasons in Europe. He retired from basketball in 2004 and got into the car business where he worked his way up from salesman to sales manager. Ed is also an assistant coach in high school.
Ed O’Bannon was a great basketball player, teammate and leader but the thing that will carry on Ed’s name is that he was courageous enough to take on the NCAA, to make it better for future athletes.
Ed also married his college sweetheart Rosa. Together they have three kids. Aaron 20, a junior at University of Nevada Reno, Jazmin 18, a freshman at Utah Valley University and Edward III 16, a junior at Liberty High School.