2018 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.

Steve DeOssie
Steve DeOssie, New York Giants/New England Patriots

Steve DeOssie is a former American football linebacker and long snapper. DeOssie played college football at Boston College, and went on to play in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Giants, and the New England Patriots. DeOssie was on the Giants' Super Bowl XXV championship team. Named NFL's Man of the Year in 1996, DeOssie retired from the game at age 35.

Lenny DiNardo
Lenny DiNardo, Boston Red Sox

Lenny DiNardo is a former Major League Baseball pitcher and World Series Champion. Lenny’s future career in baseball was first evident while playing at Santa Fe High School in Alachua, Florida, where he had the option to be drafted. Instead, he chose to play for Stetson University, and was then drafted by the New York Mets in the third round of the 2001 draft. DiNardo played a total of six seasons in MLB for three different teams, including three seasons for the Boston Red Sox.

In 2003 the Red Sox acquired DiNardo through the 5-Rule Draft, just in time for him to become a part of the 2004 World Series Championship team. That season he played in 22 games and struck out 21 batters. He stayed with the Red Sox through 2006 and was then picked up by the Oakland Athletics. DiNardo spent two years with Oakland before signing with the Kansas City Royals in 2009. Lenny’s last MLB game was in October of 2009, when he finished his career with 94 appearances and 132 strikeouts.

Once his professional baseball career ended, Lenny was able to focus on what he cares about most, his family. Lenny and his wife, Julie, currently reside in Wakefield, RI with their two children, Abigail and Lenny, Jr. When he isn’t spending time with his family, DiNardo runs a coaching company where he teaches pitchers of all ages how to better themselves and avoid injuries.

Lenny has made several appearances at the Hot Stove Cool Music Fundraiser in Boston and enjoys spending time in the community. He has also represented Italy twice in the World Baseball Classic and is an avid guitar player and collector.

Davey Emalia
Davey Emalia, Boston Cannons

Emala, who joined the Cannons in 2015, just completed his third season with Boston and finished second on the team with 37 points (32 goals, 5 assists). He recorded his 100th career point on June 22 against Ohio. In 42 career games for the Cannons, Emala has 92 goals, 20 assists, and 112 points. He has led the team in goals all three seasons. Emala has not missed a game since arriving in Boston and has shaped himself into one of the most consistent attackman in the league. In 2015, Emala was named the MLL Brine Most Improved Player of the Year.

Davey graduated the Gilman School in 2009 where he was an All-American attackman. He began his collegiate career at Georgetown University, leading the team in scoring as a Sophomore. Following that year, he transferred to the University of North Carolina. After leading UNC to its first ACC Championship since 1996, he was named the team's Unsung Hero in 2013.

Davey is a TB12 Brand Ambassador, assistant coach for Cohasset Boys’ Varsity Team and an LSN Analyst.

Billy Gilman
Billy Gilman, 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.

Bill Lee
Bill Lee, Boston Red Sox

For 14 years as a left-handed pitcher (1969-1982), ten with Boston and four with Montreal, Bill Lee was anything but a conventional major league ballplayer. His career record is 119-90, including three consecutive 17-win seasons with the Red Sox (1973-1975) and a 16-win season with the Expos in 1979. He was selected to the American League All-Star squad in 1973 and pitched in the World Series in 1975 against the Cincinnati Reds. Lee was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 22nd round of the 1968 amateur draft following a brilliant college career at the University of Southern California, where he won a College World Series title. He was called up to the major leagues less than 18 months after he was drafted.

Lee was one of the game’s few counterculture symbols: he talked to animals, championed environmental causes, practiced yoga, ate health foods, pondered Einstein and Vonnegut, quoted from Mao, and studied Eastern philosophers and mystics. It was in this context that former Red Sox teammate John Kennedy first dubbed him "Spaceman," a nickname writers thereafter used as shorthand to describe his free spirit.

He resides in Vermont where he tends to a farm and continues to play baseball regularly. He still has a cult following in New England, and is one of the most popular Red Sox players of all time.

Adam McQuaid
Adam McQuaid, Boston Bruins

Adam McQuaid is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing for the Boston Bruins (#54). McQuaid is originally from Prince Edward Island, Canada. He was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He was traded in the off-season to the Boston Bruins. McQuaid was assigned to the Providence Bruins in 2007–08 and scored 9 points in his professional rookie season. He scored his first NHL goal on February 7, 2010, a game-winner against goaltender Jaroslav Halak in a 3–0 win against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. During Game 4 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, Pierre McGuire termed him, "one tough hombre." In that same final, McQuaid won his first Stanley Cup.

Sebastian Vollmer
Sebastian Vollmer, New England Patriots

Sebastian Vollmer was signed by the New England Patriots as an unrestricted free agent on March 26, 2013. Originally drafted by New England in the second round (58th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. Vollmer played for the New England Patriots from 2009-2016. Born in Kaarst, Germany, Vollmer did not start playing American football until he was 14 years old. He attended Quirinus Gymnasium, a secondary school in Neuss, Germany. He played American football for the Düsseldorf Panther and helped his team to a 25-0 record and two national Junior Bowl wins. After appearing in the 2004 Global Junior Championships in San Diego, California, he was recruited by college coaches as a 250-pound tight end. Vollmer is a two-time Super Bowl Champion (XLIX, LI).

Marina Gray, Miss Maine
Marina Gray, Miss Maine

Marina Gray was born and raised in the quiet coastal town of Trenton. There, she was an active member of Student Council, Class President, and the only female player on her Junior High baseball team. Facing much adversity in her home life and within her family dynamic, it lead her to initiate a legal emancipation at the age of 16. Marina has never been one to let external factors define her. She chose to define herself. Knowing education was the key to a successful future, she graduated a year early from high school, applied for college at the age of 16, and was accepted to three separate Universities!

Marina graduated from the University of Maine in 2016 with a Major in Interpersonal Communication, Minor in Psychology, with future plans to attain her Master’s in Fine Arts for Documentary Production.

After graduating high school, Marina joined the US ARMY Guard where she has served for the last five years. She currently holds the rank of Sergeant, and received the Award for Soldier of Year in her unit in 2015 and recently received Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year of her unit in 2017.

In her spare time, Marina enjoys all the beauty Maine has to offer, entertaining her adventurous side with frequent hikes, skiing, snowboarding, and boating. One of her life’s greatest passions is cinematography. She hopes to produce content that will inspire others to appreciate the beauty that surrounds them, even at difficult times.

As Miss Maine USA 2018, Marina hopes to inspire self-confidence in others. She exudes positive progression without the fear of failing, knowing that she holds the power to achieve any dream she works hard for. She proved this to be true with her victory at Miss Maine USA 2018, her first pageant ever! This year will be her opportunity to prove that you can be both strong and beautiful.

Allissa Latham, Miss Massachusetts
Allissa Latham, Miss Massachusetts

Allissa Latham is an African American woman from Tuscaloosa, Alabama who now resides in Lowell, Massachusetts. Allissa studied Health Care Management and Spanish at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Upon graduating in 2013, Allissa began her career with Cerner Corporation as an Applications Consultant at Lowell General Hospital. Her knowledge of Cerner’s electronic medical record system and competing systems, in addition to her professionalism and skills were quickly noticed by management causing her to be promoted to Integration Architect in less than 2 years. Allissa is actively obtaining her Master of Business Administration in Healthcare at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. She also regularly volunteers at local homeless shelters.

At 11 years old, Allissa was diagnosed with Secondary Sjogrens syndrome. Since her diagnosis, Allissa has regularly received non-invasive chemotherapy treatment. Allissa believes that the only limitations we have are the ones we put on ourselves, and more importantly, we are given the life we have because we are strong enough to live it.

As Miss Massachusetts USA 2018, Allissa will work to bridge the gap between the homeless and healthcare while also spreading a message near and dear to her heart: “It’s okay to not be okay”. Allissa hopes to inspire individuals who are dealing with adversities such as anxiety, depression, and suicide and to help them see the beauty in their journey.

Michelle McEwan, Miss New Hampshire
Michelle McEwan, Miss New Hampshire

Having grown up in the Granite State and as a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Michelle McEwan is truly honored to be your new Miss New Hampshire USA 2018.

Michelle’s love of traveling, exploring new cuisines, and a degree in hospitality management has taken her all over the world. One accomplishment was being accepted into the Management in Training Program with The Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Thailand. Now back residing in the States, Michelle is currently a Realtor in the Seacoast area and southern Maine. Between balancing work and volunteering at the Portsmouth Regional Hospital, Michelle enjoys skiing, figure skating, fitness, and baking.

By sharing the story of her journey to the crown, Michelle hopes to motivate and inspire others who have faced adversities to find ways to overcome the challenges, to stay positive and strong, both mentally and physically.

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
  • Geneo Grissom, New England Patriots
  • Josh Hawkins, Boston Cannons
  • Brandon King, New England Patriots
  • Bill Lee, Boston Red Sox
  • Matt Light, New England Patriots
  • Anthony Pupura, Rugby
  • Mike "Sarge" Riley, 98.5 Sports Hub
  • Jose Antonio Rivera, Boxing
  • WWE® Legend Sgt. Slaughter™, Wrestling
  • Paul Stewart, Former NHL Player and Referee