(JTA) – Wrestler Bill Goldberg and Olympic swimmer Jason Lezak were among seven inductees into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
The five others inducted Sunday at the center in Commack, N.Y., were Virginia Tech basketball coach Seth Greenberg; female judo champion Rusty Kanokogi; Penn State volleyball coach Russ Rose; Achilles Track Club founder Dick Traum; and former NFL offensive lineman Alan Veingrad.
Goldberg, an all-American defensive end at the University of Georgia, was taken in the 11th round of the 1990 NFL draft by the Los Angeles Rams, but turned to wrestling and martial arts after an injury ended his football career in 1994. During his seven-year career on the World Champion Wrestling circuit, World Wrestling Entertainment twice recognized Goldberg as the world heavyweight champion.
“I wanted to try my best to give the Jewish youth something to look up to, someone who’s persevered and somehow made a difference,” Goldberg said. “What better way to help Jewish youth in dealing with adversity than to parade around the ring on national television in my underwear, demolishing every single person in my path?”
Lezak has won numerous Olympic medals, including an individual bronze at the ‘08 Beijing Games, and earned four gold medals at the Maccabiah Games in Israel last summer.
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