NBA Basketball Player, Championship Coach, and Executive. A 1955 grad of Weequahic High School.
Graduated from Barringer High School. Former college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for twelve seasons during the 1980s and 1990s for the New England Patriots. He was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008. In Branch Brook Park, the sports complex is named after him.
Marquis "Bo" Porter
Manager of the Houston Astros Baseball Team. A 1990 grad of Weequahic High school.
Born in Newark in 1951, he is a sportscaster and former football wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League.
Born in Newark in 1939, he is a retired professional baseball player who was a pitcher for the New York Yankees, Seattle Pilots, Houston Astros, and Atlanta Braves between 1962 and 1978. He also wrote the best-selling sports expose, "Ball Four."
Born in Newark in 1989. Attended Technology High School. NBA Basketball Player currently with the Denver Nuggets.
Weequahic High School's Legendary Basketball Coach. USA Coach of the Year in 1967 when his "dream team" was number 1 in the country.
Born in Newark in 1954. He is a retired professional boxer who was Undisputed World Middleweight Champion from 1980 to 1987. He made twelve undisputed title defenses and holds the highest KO% of all middleweight champions at 78%.
Morris "Moe" Berg
Graduated from Barringer High School. He was an catcher and coach in Major League Baseball who later served as a spy for the Office of Strategic Services during World War II.
He fought as a light-heavyweight in the 1920s and early 1930s out of Newark, worked in movies after retiring. Bain's unique voice, which had been caused by botched surgery, was the inspiration for Anthony Quinn's performance in the movie Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)
A member of the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame, he was a top lightweight contender from Newark in the late 1930s and 1940s. He fought for the world title twice, but lost both bouts, including a controversial decision against Sammy Angott in 1942.
As a professional boxer he fought in every division from flyweight to middleweight. In the beginning of his career he was managed by Patsy Kline noted ex-fighter. He was ranked as the number 10 middleweight in the world for January and February 1935 by Ring magazine. Hometown was Newark.
A member of the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame, he was a lightweight in the 1930s. During his career, he twice defeated future welterweight champion Freddie Cochrane, and lost tough decisions to two other champions. He lived and had a business in Newark and his children attended Weequahic High School.
Born in Newark in 1910. Through his eight-year boxing career as a Junior lightweight, he fought 121 matches without ever suffering a single knockdown. He retired from the ring at the age of 22. He was inducted into the NJ Boxing Hall of Fame.
Benny Levine & Benny Leonard
Benny Levine: began pro career has a bantamweight and featherweight. Pro career started sometime in 1926. He is a member of the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame. Benny Leonard: he was World Lightweight Champion for almost seven years, which is still the longest lightweight title reign ever.
Newark Boxers Honored
Lived in Newark, A former U.S. fencing champion and Olympic medalist. Founded the Peter Westbrook Foundation (PWF), a non-profit that uses the sport of fencing as a vehicle in developing life and academic skills for young people from underserved communities.
A graduate from East Side High School. NBA Basketball Player currently with the Denver Nuggets. He starred in basketball at Villanova University.
Hall of Fame Negro League Baseball Player
Born in Newark in 1954. stared in baseball at Seton Hall University. Former Major League Baseball player from 1975 to 1992. Was a catcher with the NY Yankees.
Born in Newark in 1972. Won four NBA Championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat. He ranks 6th all-time in points scored, 5th in field goals, 13th in rebounds, and 7th in blocks. Currently, a rapper, a sportscaster, and a developer of housing in Newark.