2019 Muscle Team® Athletes and Entertainers

Joe Andruzzi
Joe Andruzzi, New England Patriots

Joseph Andruzzi, 3-time Super Bowl Champion, is a former American football offensive guard born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Staten Island. He is the current President of the Joe Andruzzi Foundation and the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the New England Patriots.

Andruzzi was picked up as an undrafted free agent in 1997 by the Green Bay Packers, and in February, 1998, he was allocated by the Packers to play football in Scotland for NFL Europe.

He was released from the Packers after three seasons and picked up as an offensive guard by the New England Patriots in 2000, where he played five seasons and earned three Super Bowl rings. In February 2005, Joe became a free agent and was signed by the Cleveland Browns, for whom he played two seasons.

Andruzzi has always been known as a player who gives his all on and off the field. He received the Ed Block Courage Award in 2002 and the first Ron Burton Community Service Award in 2003. As a brother to three New York firefighters, who were all involved in the September 11 attacks, he organized a trip for 100 New York firefighters to attend a Patriots vs. Jets game at Gillette Stadium in 2002. Joe, his father, and brothers were the honorary game captains.

In 2001, Andruzzi and his wife, Jen, were introduced to C.J. Buckley, who had an inoperable brain tumor. The families became very close and, therefore, it was devastating when C.J. died late in 2002. The couple launched the C.J. Buckley Brain Cancer Research Fund at Children's Hospital and, through the Joe Andruzzi Foundation, they remain committed to tackling cancer's impact by providing financial assistance for patients and their families as well as funding pediatric brain cancer research.

On May 30, 2007, Andruzzi was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's Burkitt's lymphoma, predicted to double in size in just 24 hours. The family relocated back to New England where Andruzzi had an aggressive form of chemotherapy treatment over three months at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital. Andruzzi's last treatment was on August 6, 2007 after which he spent the following year at home in recovery.

Since then, Joe has remained cancer-free, and lives a healthy life with Jen, their five children (including their youngest son, C.J., named after the late C.J. Buckley) and two dogs.

Troy Brown
Troy Brown, New England Patriots

Troy Brown is a former New England Patriot and 3x Super Bowl Champion. Brown was born July 2nd, 1971 in Barnwell, South Carolina. During his college career at Marshall University, he filled the wide-receiver position and set a NCAA record for kickoff returns. In 1992, Brown helped lead Marshall to their first-ever national championship, intercepting Youngstown State’s Hail Mary pass in the last seconds of the game to secure a Thundering Herd victory.

After attending Marshall University, Brown was drafted by the New England Patriots in the 8th round of the 1993 NFL Draft, where he remained for the entirety of his 15-year career. In 2001, Brown led the team to their first Super Bowl championship alongside quarterback Tom Brady, and assisted the Patriots in earning two more championships in 2003 and 2004. Brown is tied for the franchise record with three punt returns for touchdowns and breaking the franchise record for yards per punt return average. Over his career, Brown demonstrated incredible versatility, primarily filling the wide receiver position, but also contributing as kick returner, cornerback and even lining up as an emergency quarterback in the 2006 preseason.
Brown is the second-longest playing Patriot in history, retiring from football after 15 seasons with the team in 2008. He ranks second in franchise history for both receptions (557) and receiving yards (6,366). In 2010, Brown was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame, and has since been honored by being inducted into the New England Patriot Hall of Fame in 2012, as well as the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016.

In his retirement, Brown has continued his legacy by giving back to those in need, earning The Ron Burton Community Service Award in 2004 for his commitment to helping others. Brown recently penned a book about his experience on the legendary New England team, entitled Patriot Pride: My Life in the New England Dynasty (2015). He currently lives in Huntington, WV and has three sons, Sir’mon, Saanjay, and Skylar.

Manny Delcarmen
Manny Delcarmen, Boston Red Sox

Manuel "Manny" Delcarmen is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He previously pitched in Major League Baseball(MLB) from 2005 through 2010, mainly for the Boston Red Sox; he was a member of Boston's 2007 World Series championship team.

Meghan Duggan
Meghan Duggan, U.S. Women's National Hockey Team

A native of Danvers, MA, Meghan Duggan has achieved sustained success at all levels of her hockey career in international and collegiate play. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin where she won 3 NCAA Championships, led the nation in scoring and is the all-time leader in career points. During her Team USA career, Duggan won 3 Olympic medals, including during the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, where as captain she led the U.S. Olympic Hockey Team to its first gold medal in 20 years. A member of the U.S. Women’s National Team since 2007, she has won 7 IIHF Women’s World Hockey Championships. Professionally, she has been a 3-time All-Star in the two different women’s leagues in the U.S. (NWHL) and Canada (CWHL), a 2-time Clarkson Cup champion while playing for the Boston Blades of the CWHL and a two-time Isobel Cup finalist while playing in the NWHL for the Buffalo Beauts & Boston Pride.

Off the ice, Duggan led a successful strike by the 2016-17 U.S. Women’s National Team vs their national governing body, USA Hockey, for the Gender Equitable Treatment of their team in advance of the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship. The team received ESPN’s 2018 Sports Humanitarian Award for their efforts. In the spring of 2018, she became an athlete ambassador for the Women’s Sports Foundation & Tyler Clemente Foundation to combat bullying in which she still advocates for today in 2019.

Billy Gillman
Billy Gillman, Singer

Billy Gilman burst onto the national stage in 2000 releasing the hit single “One Voice.” To date he has sold over five million albums worldwide. The Rhode Island native, now 28, Gilman is sharing his new music and his new sound with his fans after nabbing runner up and winning over the hearts of millions on NBC's THE VOICE: SEASON 11. Gilman has been a long-time ambassador of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and has used his talents and passion to raise awareness and funds for the cause that is important to him.

Ted Karras
Ted Karras, New England Patriots

Taken in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, Ted Karras has appeared in 45 games as an offensive lineman over the course of his three seasons in New England, including appearances in three consecutive Super Bowls. Hailing from a rich family football tradition, Karras became the third member of his family to earn a Super Bowl ring following Super Bowl LI, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Ted, a guard for the 1963 NFL champion Chicago Bears, and father, Ted Jr., a member of the 1987 Super Bowl champion Washington Redskins. Complementing his on-field successes, Karras graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree from the University of Illinois, and is in pursuit of his MBA through an online program at Indiana University.

Jason McCourty
Jason McCourty, New England Patriots

Jason McCourty, cornerback for the New England Patriots, is a Super Bowl LIII Champion and a former Walter Payton Man of the Year Award Nominee. He spent 8 years with Tennessee Titans after being selected by the Titans in the 6th Round of the 2009 NFL Draft. After his time in Tennessee, Jason played one season for the Cleveland Browns. A trade prior to the 2018 season, landed him on the New England Patriots, where he was reunited with his twin brother and long time Patriots safety, Devin McCourty. Jason played an integral role for the Patriots defense this season en route to winning the Super Bowl. Back In 2013, Jason launched the "McCourty Twins Tackle Sickle Cell Campaign” with his twin brother and fellow NFL standout, Devin McCourty. Together the twins have raised over 1.5 million dollars net profit to support families battling sickle cell disease.

Rick Middleton
Rick Middleton, Boston Bruins

Born in Toronto, Canada on Dec 4, 1953

Played minor hockey in Toronto before being drafted in 1969 by the Oshawa Generals of the OHA Jr A League

Played 1 year of Jr B for the Toronto Young Nationals and 2 years for the Oshawa Generals

Won the OHA Jr A League MVP Award in 1972-73 after leading the league in goals with 67

Was drafted by the NY Rangers in the first round…14th pick in the 1973 NHL Draft

Played for the Providence Reds in 1973-74 (Rangers AHL affiliate).

Won the 1972-73 Rookie of the Year in the AHL and voted on 1st team All Star

Played for the NY Rangers in 1974-75 & 1975-76 before being traded to the Boston Bruins for Ken Hodge in May 1976.

Scored a hat trick in his first game as a Bruin (only player in history) under coach Don Cherry

Played in 3 Stanley Cup Finals (1977, 78 & 88)

Played for Canada in 2 Canada Cup Tournaments in 1981 & 84

Played on a line w/Wayne Gretzky & Michel Goulet in 1984

Played in 3 All Star Games (81, 82 & 84)

Voted 2nd team All-Star at right wing in 1982

Won the NHL Lady Byng Award in 1982

Scored 51 goals in 1982 (only 50 goal season)

Tied Ken Hodge in 1983-84 for most points by a Bruins right wing (105)

Named Co-Captain of the Bruins with Ray Bourque in 1985

Played 12 years w/Boston Bruins scoring 402 goals (3rd all time), 496 assists (6th all time), 898 pts (4th all time)

Playoff stats…45 goals & 55 assists for 100pts (3rd all time)

NHL RECORDS

Most Points in one playoff series (19)

Most assists in one playoff series (14)

POST NHL CAREER

Coached the US National Sled Hockey Team to a GOLD MEDAL in the 2002 Paralympics in Salt Lake City

Worked on NESN from 2002-07 as an in between periods analyst

In 2008 became the PRESIDENT of the Boston Bruins Alumni Association…a position he currently holds

Inducted into the OSHAWA GENERALS Hall of Fame in 2005

Inducted into the MASS Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012

Inducted into the NH Legends of Hockey as a coach in 2014

Received the New England Sports Museums HOCKEY LEGACY AWARD in 2017

On Nov 29/2018 Rick had the special honor of having his #16 BRUINS JERSEY retired to the rafters of Boston Garden (only one of eleven players in the history of the Boston Bruins)

Jose Antonio Rivera
Jose Antonio Rivera, Boxing

Jose Antonio Rivera was born on April 7, 1973 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. When he was 8 years old, he defined his dream to become a world champion boxer. He grew up with his four siblings and his single mother. His mother died when he was 10. From ages 10 to 15, he struggled to maintain himself, traveling from home to home. Finally, he was sent to Puerto Rico and he dropped out of school. He worked in the fields of Puerto Rico as a day laborer. One day, when Rivera was 15, his Aunt visited him; he begged her to take him back to the United States. He told her that for the first time in his life, he believed in himself. Rivera returned to the States with his Aunt, re-enrolled in school, and re-ignited his dream to become a world champion boxer.

At 16, Rivera started the pursuit of his dream. Rivera began his boxing training at the Worcester Boys & Girls Club where he was a student of Carlos Garcia, a highly regarded boxing coach. In his young amateur career he started with a record of 35-10. His professional record is 39-6-1 (24 KOs). He is a former WBA welterweight and WBA world super welterweight champion.

Jose played boxer Gilberto Brown in the 2010 Mark Wahlberg Oscar nominated film "The Fighter".

WWE Legend Sgt. Slaughter
WWE® Legend Sgt. Slaughter™, Wrestling

With one of the most instantly recognizable monikers of any grappler in history, Sgt. Slaughter is truly one of a kind. A former U.S. Marine, he earned his famous ring name during the service. Once he began his professional career, he would certainly solidify that name, intimidating adversaries and fans alike in his trademark drill sergeant attire. He was a top contender to Bob Backlund’s WWE Championship, and faced Bruno Sammartino in the Italian legend’s final Madison Square Garden appearance prior to his 1981 retirement. He was an NWA United States Champion, as well as NWA World Tag Team Champion with Don Kernodle. Sarge experienced a popularity explosion that coincided with Hogan's in 1984. Along with Hogan and “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka, Slaughter was one of WWE’s most beloved Superstars of the 1980s.

After departing WWE, he became the celebrity spokesman for Hasbro’s G.I. Joe TV cartoon and toy line, and even appeared on screen as a G.I. Joe animated character, further cementing his position as an icon of popular culture. Following his retirement from full-time competition, he spent some time as WWE Commissioner and was inducted to the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004. Sgt. Slaughter currently serves as a WWE Ambassador.

Lexie Elston, Miss Maine
Lexie Elston, Miss Maine

Lexie Elston was born and raised in Maine where she grew up exploring the sandy coast, the tallest mountains and all of the beauty that Maine has to offer.

She is currently a student earning her undergraduate degree at The University of Southern Maine in Environmental Science, and is planning on attending Texas A&M University to obtain her Master’s degree. After graduation, Lexie aims to become an Environmental Scientist for the U.S. Department of the Interior to work towards improving and protecting the current climate of our planet. Lexie also hopes to one day become a science Professor and teach at her Alma Mater!

Before deciding to pursue her passion in science, Lexie worked as a model after being discovered by the CEO of Guess Jeans at just 16 years old. After numerous rejection from agencies for being “too big” for the industry, she finally pushed through and signed a contract with Elite Model Management Worldwide in which she then split her time between Miami and Los Angeles.

Passionate about the outdoors and wildlife, Lexie hopes to represent the importance of environmental awareness in today’s modern world by teaching young adults and individuals across America the great impact they have on the world and its many facets based upon their numerous daily actions and decisions. Lexie hopes to show people that protecting our earth and wildlife in the climate we are currently facing is extremely important for our future children and all generations that are to come.

As Miss Maine USA 2019, Lexie hopes to bring it all to Miss USA with her own unique story in order to inspire and push others to believe in themselves, work hard, and go after their dreams!

Kelly O'Grady, Miss Massachusetts
Kelly O'Grady, Miss Massachusetts

Kelly O’Grady is a 27-year-old from Duxbury, Massachusetts who now resides in Boston. After fifteen years of competitive figure skating at the highest levels across Massachusetts and beyond, including guest starring in the Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting in New York City, Kelly enrolled at Harvard University for her undergraduate degree. At Harvard, Kelly concentrated in Social Studies and East Asian Studies and was President of both Harvard Women in Business and Harvard Undergraduate Television. After graduating with honors in 2013, she pursued her passion for the media and entertainment industry and rose quickly through the ranks at The Walt Disney Company, where she worked on several large acquisition deals and strategic company initiatives before deciding to return to school for her graduate degree. Following Disney, Kelly earned her MBA from Harvard Business School. Most recently, she began working as a management consultant in the Boston area, where she advises CEOs and top industry managers across a wide range of business challenges and strategic initiatives.

In her spare time, Kelly enjoys volunteering with Boston GLOW and the Jimmy Fund, as well as watching any Boston sports game she can catch! Kelly is extremely honored to be Miss Massachusetts USA 2019 and plans to spend the year promoting her passion for female empowerment. As a woman who will not let stereotypes define her, Kelly advocates that women should not feel compelled to change themselves to fit society’s definition of success – they can be strong and intelligent leaders while also embracing their femininity and the incredible power that comes with being a woman. Partnering with a range of like-minded initiatives celebrating female empowerment, Kelly hopes to advance this mission forward and inspire young women to highlight their complexities and be their authentic selves.

Alexis Chinn, Miss New Hampshire
Alexis Chinn, Miss New Hampshire

Becoming part of the work force, resident, and student of the Granite State, Alexis Chinn is greatly honored to be your new Miss New Hampshire USA 2019.

Alexis’ drive to explore new adventures and meet new people all across the country, has landed her here in the great Northeast. Born and raised in the Seattle area, Alexis came out to the east coast for her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. As she finishes up school at Southern New Hampshire University, she also spends a good amount of time visiting other states and checking them off her bucket list. Between balancing work, school, and now her duties as Miss New Hampshire, Alexis enjoys snowboarding, painting, and any DIY project she can get hair hands on.

By sharing the story of her year as Miss New Hampshire USA, and her road to the Miss USA stage, Alexis hopes to motivate all young people to love and learn to accept themselves as an individual, to become truly happy, and see every challenge as chance to better themselves.

Muscle Team® Athletes and Entertainers from past events

  • Joe Andruzzi, New England Patriots
  • Martin Bowes, Boston Cannons
  • Kevin Buchanan, Boston Cannons
  • Jordan Burke, Boston Cannons
  • Jeremy Collins, Survivor Winner
  • Steve DeOssie, New York Giants/New England Patriots
  • Lenny DiNardo, Boston Red Sox
  • Davey Emalia, Boston Cannons
  • Billy Gilman, Singer
  • Geneo Grissom, New England Patriots
  • Josh Hawkins, Boston Cannons
  • Brandon King, New England Patriots
  • Bill Lee, Boston Red Sox
  • Matt Light, New England Patriots
  • Adam McQuaid, Boston Bruins
  • Anthony Pupura, Rugby
  • Mike "Sarge" Riley, 98.5 Sports Hub
  • Jose Antonio Rivera, Boxing
  • Sebastian Vollmer, New England Patriots
  • WWE® Legend Sgt. Slaughter™, Wrestling
  • Paul Stewart, Former NHL Player and Referee