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Dr. Cal Nicholas, 88, Was Jets’, Namath’s Internist

Posted by Randy Lange on August 2, 2012 – 1:52 pm

We were preparing to do a feature on Connie Carberg, a.k.a. Ms. Jet, and her new Website, but unfortunately a more important matter has intervened for Connie and her family. Her father, Dr. Cal Nicholas, died Wednesday at the age of 88.

Jets fans of a certain age will remember “Dr. Cal,” who was the Jets’ internist from 1962, when they were still the Titans, through 1987, and therefore was one of Joe Namath’s team doctors. He added to his New York sports medicine profile with his six years of affiliation with the New York Islanders.

“Pop loved every minute of it,” Connie told me today. “And it was a great way for us to grow up around the team. Every once in a while we’d be in the car and he’d say, ‘Maybe it’s time for me to give this up,’ and we kids in the back seat would say, ‘Don’t you ever give that up.’ “

Nicholas did, of course, eventually did give it up, moving with his wife, Evelyn, to Florida after he retired from the Jets. They were married 57 years until “Lynne” died in 2005.

“He believed in ‘the Three F’s’ — faith, family, football,” Connie said. “He was a great, great man and we’re celebrating his life.”

Chris Carberg, Connie’s son and Dr. Cal’s grandson, sent us Nicholas’ obituary and a photo for fans to remember him one last time:

Dr. Calvin Nicholas (“Dr. Cal and “Pop”) of Coral Springs, FL and Babylon, NY passed away peacefully on August 1st, 2012.

Calvin was born to Greek immigrants, the late Harry & Julia Karanicholas in Norfolk, VA and grew up in the Washington Heights area of New York City with his older brother, Dr. James Nicholas, and his sister, Patricia. During his upbringing, his family name was changed to the more American-sounding “Nicholas”. In 1941, he was enrolled at Fordham University but spent a year at Cornell on the Navy V12 program. He was a baseball pitcher while in college, playing semi-pro Metropolitan, the Queens Club and had a tryout for the Washington Senators. He was a graduate of Fordham University in 1945.

While attending Cornell, Calvin would achieve what he always believed was his greatest accomplishment. He met the love of his life, Evelyn Nurkiewicz, and they were happily married for 57 years until her passing in 2005. To the very day of his passing, he never took off his wedding ring, and always spoke of his excitement of seeing his beloved Lynne again.

Calvin attended Medical school in Brooklyn, graduating in 1948 and then completed an internship at Meadowbrook Hospital (now Nassau County Medical Center).  

He was a US Navy Lieutenant JG and was stationed in Korea from 1950-1952 on the hospital ship, “The Haven”. Upon his return from war overseas, he became the chief medical resident at Meadowbrook Hospital.

He opened his medical practice in internal medicine in 1953 in Babylon, Long Island and had his office attached to his home so he could always be there for his family. He was Babylon Police surgeon, on staff at Brunswick and Good Samaritan Hospital (West Islip).

Dr. Cal became the team internist for the New York Jets (then Titans) in 1962 with his Orthopedist brother, the late Dr. James Nicholas. His work with the New York Jets ignited a passion for sports in the Nicholas family that would endure. He was also the team internist for the Islanders from 1974-1979.

He always found time to umpire little league games for his sons, never missing any of their sports but more unique in the 1960s, he attended and supported every sporting event his daughter was active in and filmed all of her games.  He was a man whose entire makeup was honor, integrity and faith.  

He made a lasting impressing in all he left behind.  His is survived by his three grown children Christopher Nicholas (Mary Nicholas, wife) of Brooklyn, NY, Connie Carberg (John Carberg, husband) of Coral Springs, FL, Bruce Nicholas of Buffalo New York.

He is loved and will be greatly missed by his grandchildren: Derek, Erica, Lisa, Carly, Michael, Matthew, Gregory, and Chris, as well as his great grandchild, Adelaide, and his step-granddaughter, Lisa Carberg Palmer.

Dr. Cal was an adoring husband and caring father, compassionate physician, and beloved friend to all that knew him. 

Services will be held at Kraeer Funeral Home on University Drive in Coral Springs, FL on August 10th, from 2-6 PM.

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49 Responses to “Dr. Cal Nicholas, 88, Was Jets’, Namath’s Internist”

  1. By Bennett on Aug 2, 2012 | Reply

    I like the direction Buffalo is going the are trying to build something up there. Are the going to ba a force to reckon with yhis year? Don’t think so but they are headed in the righr direction, got to give em credit. Nice first game for the Jets should be a real good warm-up for the big ones coming. Dolphins MAN you think our fans are bitter? Shame to see that proud franchise hit so low, like the Islanders sad to watch.Pats always trying to improve came up 1 short last year smart enought to realize you still actually need a defense, even with Brady, the ones to beat again… as always

  2. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Aug 2, 2012 | Reply

    In his own off-the-field way, one of the most important men in the history of the Jets, and of modern pro football. RIP.

  3. By JRobertson on Aug 2, 2012 | Reply

    Very sad news indeed. Read article yesterday and enjoyed it very much. He must have been proud of his daughter. RIP Dr. Nichols and my sympathies to his family

  4. By Tom Spicer on Aug 2, 2012 | Reply

    Gary C, We were talking about WR’S making QBS look good or bad well here is a great example the Vikings. The Vikes had Chris Carter & a young Randy Moss & that WR combo had Brad Johnson, Jeff George & Daunte Culpepper looking like 3 of the best QBS the game when they were on that team. Well after those guys left the Vikes how did they really turn out?

  5. By Tom Spicer on Aug 2, 2012 | Reply

    Mark had Chance Stuckey & Jerrico Cotchery as his WR’S for the 1st 5 game sof his rookie year (way to put a guy in a position to succed). Than we traded for Braylon (please look this up & correct me if I am wrong) as soon as we got Braylon Cothcery went down for 5 games. So we had Braylon new to the team & did not know the plays for 5 games with a nobody on the other side. If I dont even remember his name you know he stunk! So only for the final 6 games of that year did Mark have 2 good guys. Year 2 was the 1 year he had legit weapons in the passing game with Holmes, Braylon & Cotchery. But Holmes missed the first 4 games that year. Year 3 we lost Braylon & Cotchery & again Mark was back to having 1 legit threat in the passing game.

  6. By Tom Spicer on Aug 2, 2012 | Reply

    This year (year 4) again until Hill proves it on the field in real NFL games again Mark has 1 legit threat in the passing game ( & I am as high on Hill as anyone on this site but I am just stating the facts)

  7. By scjoe on Aug 2, 2012 | Reply

    What Jet fan can forget Dr Cal Nichols or his brother James? RIP Sir!

  8. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    Spicer, as I recall, and I’m not checking any stats, J-Co went down for only 2 games in 2010, it was 2011 when he went down for 3 or 4 after making the amazing horizontal catch. But MS actually did quite well with Stuckey and J-Co at the start of his rookie yr until the D’s got tape on him. He’s yet to get past the tape and last yr it was like everybody in the NFL knew his every trick. You should watch some games other than the Jets sometime. (I recall one time you angrily admitted that you don’t.) Then you’d see how guys like Brady, Brees, Manning, Ben R. and even Rivers can turn just about anybody into a quality WR. That’s what an elite QB does but on this site some folks think it’s about putting “perfect” personnel around poor Mark.

  9. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    And don’t forget, Spicer, that Year 3 was also the year Kerley threw a better long pass while rolling right than Sanchez threw from any position on the field all season.

  10. By GaryC on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    Bennett, stop knocking the islanders, they are going to youth,like the jets,they have accomplished more in hockey than that manhattan franchise,the nhl justs wants the rangers because they were an original six franchise.

  11. By GaryC on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    Hearing Holmes still has aches and pains,poor boy,with all that money he can not find an acupunturist to cure him of his maladies,well like I said,if you are not happy being on a super bowl team and making the winning catch,when will you ever be happy.

  12. By GaryC on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    even charles jones on nfl network says keep an eye on Jordan white,just like I said jones repeated,he says remember antonio brown, same conference,free agent pickup by steelers who has become a star.

  13. By Tom Spicer on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    I was listening to the radio on the way into work. Ron Jaworski & Sal Palantnio were on they are both at Jets camp. Jaws was saying that Mark looks physically stronger than he has ever seen him. Jaws said that he is throwing the ball with much more velocity & he has spirals flying out of his hand. Sal Pal said that Mark gained 15 pounds of muscle this offseason & that he is up to 230 lbs. Sal also said he is in the best shape of his life. Hopefully that translates to his play on the field.

  14. By Tom Spicer on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    Tebow is a weapon on the goal line no doubt about it he is 250 lbs & he runs like a bull. If we are within 5 yards of the end zone he can defenitly punch it in. But when I think about it I can see it now Mark drives the team down the field & everytime we get in the red zone Tebow will come in & bascically steal Mark’s TDS. Now while I think Tebow can do a very effective job at this. At the end of the season I can see it now. The usual suspects will be like Mark Sanchez only had 17 TDS he stinks UM YEA well the 17 TDS that Tebow has he vultured from Mark. The Jets have clearly set Mark up for faliure. 1 he has 1 legit option in the passing game. 2 The Jets are saying they are going to run the ball more = less pass attempts so he is not

  15. By Tom Spicer on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    going to have any more yardage than he had last year. 3 Tebow will be stealing half his TDS coming in on red zone plays. So his TDS will be cut in half. So bascially Mark can not be judged off of yards or TDS this year cause they will not be good. He has to be judged off of 3 things. 1 Completion % 2 turnovers & 3 wins. Cause there is no way his yardage is going up with a significantly less amount of passes & his TDS cut in half by Tebow.

  16. By scjoe on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    Tom Spicer, I know this is another one that will fall in to the beating a dead horse category. But, you always talk about the WRs that MS had to throw to over his 3 year career. With that I direct you up to NE (for example) and ask you to take a close look at the multitude of WRs that Brady has thrown to throughout his career. Key word “multitude” There have been some good ones, there has been some not so good ones, but Brady NEVER skipped a beat. And that is putting it mildly because one could make the argument he excelled, no matter who the WRs were or how long they were there.This is more about making a point then making a comparison,

  17. By GaryC on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    oh yes jetfantom, the teams have tape on fig newton this year also,we will see how he does,by the way, I feel a trade coming on Steve Smith and a number two pick from carolina for santonio holmes, then you would have Newton throwing to Holmes,then you can sing,I got Carolina on my mind.

  18. By Tom Spicer on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    SCJoe, As we talked about the other day. We know what Mark is & we know what Mark is not. We also know how much better he has to get. Because we know what Mark is we know that he needs weapons around him to succeed. He does not have what he needs that is the point I am looking to make. Also bringing in Tebow will not help him either it will only hurt him.

  19. By Tom Spicer on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    With all of the talk of getting a elite QB let me just point out a few things. 1 No one is trading us a elite QB 2 No team is going to let there elite QB walk via free agency. So that leaves us with 2 options. 1 Hope that Mark gets better or 2 lose ALOT & hope that we draft a guy that becomes good. The problems with option 2 are as follows. 1 with our D which is top 5 worst case & our O line which if healhty unlike last year is very good (minus Hunter he stinks) even with our lack of weapons at QB, RB & WR. Cause our D & O line is so good we will be around .500 & we will have to trade the farm to move up to get a QB. Than once we get that guy. There is a 25% chance he is a total bust. A 25% chance he is a bad QB. A 25% chance he is a

  20. By GaryC on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    This year is not about Tebow,if Sanchez performs Tebow will only run some wildcat and plays at the goal line,If you see Tebow more than that the jets are in big trouble.

  21. By Tom Spicer on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    average QB & a 20% chance he is a good QB. About a 5% chance he is a great QB. So in short we better hope Mark steps up or we are in big trouble. Also what in the Jets drafting history tells us they will get it right next time.

  22. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    That’s absolutely right, GaryC, how a new QB adjusts to D’s adjusting to him is a big part of the story, and Newton didn’t do so well with it last yr, either. But he didn’t start throwing picks to linemen or come out onto the field, much less perform on the field, like some scared kid, and I didn’t see him lay his head on his WR’s shoulder on the way off the field after throwing 5 picks (Sanchez with Braylon after the 2009 Buffalo loss). And by the way, why did it take until yr 4 for Sanchez to build up his body and arm? It didn’t occur to anyone before now that that’s a big part of his problem?

  23. By Albanyjet on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    In 1972 I had the same injury as Joe. ACL tear, MCL and Meniscus tear. It called O’donahues triad. After surgery I fitted for the derotation brace that Dr. Nicholas helped develop for Joe. I was LT. Now many interior lineman wear them.

  24. By Jimmer on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    Who thinks Rex said something in the wed meeting that is self muting to the players? I think he told the players to man up and criticize teammates to their faces. Keep the press out of it type speech. Rex is not gonna let the press call him the ringleader of some asylum.
    The DL is still not NFL ready. We have another 1st rd pick on the DL that’s never mentioned. We gave last yr a free pass due to the lockout. But we now have 2 1st rd picks in 2yrs at DE, and they appear to be meat and potato guys. And a 2nd rd pick that only gets mentioned cause he was able to split his jail time? I’m concerned deeply about both lines this yr.

  25. By scjoe on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    Randy, I don’t know if this is just my settings or if it is wide spread, but I can not hear any of the beat writer questions on Rex’s pressers. If they ask a question about a particular player, unless Rex mentions that players name, I have no idea who they are talking about.

  26. By wayne on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    Bout time GQ got in football shape…..He’s gettin paid royally ain’t he? He’s been prepping his body for photo shoots these last 3yrs…………………Like I said end of last year, he needed to come in buff and gruff……Keep taking my advice GQ, you’ll go far…..We’ll know we’re gettin something new from GQ, the first time he stands in the pocket and delivers a spiral while getting popped in the kisser. Until then it’s still a bunch a pom………..Yeah Rex, you’re handling it alright…..That’s why these guys still can’t understand why it’s a good idea to keep their mouths shut…..If your mouth isn’t open, it’s far less likely something of any kind will come squirting out of it…………

  27. By scjoe on Aug 4, 2012 | Reply

    Tom Spicer, I agree with your statement “we know what Mark Is” I agree with your statement “we know how much better he has to get” I agree with your statement “we know he needs weapons around him to succeed” However, I can’t agree with your statement “bringing Tebow in can not help him, only hurt him” the reason I can’t agree with it is, it is not about Mark Sanchez! It is about the NY Jets, it is about scoring, it is about winning! If the plan they have for Tebow works and it increases the scoring to the point we can keep up with NE we should all be jumping for joy. If it don’t work? Then we are all in for another long season.

  28. By Tom Spicer on Aug 4, 2012 | Reply

    SCJoe, The Jets were #1 in the NFL in the red zone last year they did not need help in that area. That is what is Tebows strength is so that got help in what they did not need help in. Why not get help where you clearly need it 1 right tackle (Wayne Hunter) 2 RB someone better than Greene 3 WR to partner with Holmes so he does not get double teamed on every play. When I say help I mean someone under 30 not a 36 year old Plax & a 38 year old Mason whos skills no longer match there name.

  29. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Aug 4, 2012 | Reply

    Like scjoe says, Spicer, I agree with almost everything you say about Sanchez and QBs. Only thing I don’t agree with is your question about what’s the guarantee the Jets will get the QB thing right next time. That kind of fatalism is, in my view, deeply ingrained in Jet DNA: We traded up to draft a QB and he’s not measuring up, so let’s not risk such aggressive action again. We made a big deal out of getting Rex, so let’s pretend he can’t be replaced. I think you’re always better off with the Parcells “Better the yr before than the yr after view,” dropping the fear and sentimentality, and making changes when it’s time to make ‘em. And if MS doesn’t get better this yr, it’s time for the next QB.

  30. By scjoe on Aug 4, 2012 | Reply

    Tom Spicer, right again, and when you are right I will be the first to tell you. They were very efficient in the red zone last year, BUT, that stat alone can be misleading, plus the fact it didn’t help us in the grand scheme of things. I guess what I mean to say is we didn’t GET in to the red zone quite enough to challenge anybody. If you are in the “red zone” lets say for example 20 times during the course of the year and you score on 12 or 13 of them your percentage looks pretty good, BUT, you didn’t quite get there enough. So why all the fuss?
    Have to agree with 64. THIS is the year to really put a grade on MS.

  31. By GaryC on Aug 4, 2012 | Reply

    does it bother anyone that the jets are holding a scrimmage while one of their top players ever is getting inducted into the hall of fame.Just my take on it,the scrimmage couldn’t have been held earlier in the day.

  32. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Aug 4, 2012 | Reply

    You get my vote for best post of the month — and maybe the year — for your point about the Jets getting help where they didn’t need it by picking up Tebow, Spicer.

  33. By scjoe on Aug 4, 2012 | Reply

    GaryC, I see your point, but what could they have done differently? Even if they held the scrimmage in the day (which would not have been as good a fan experience) there is no way any of the players would have been able to make the trip to Canton, so, life goes on.

  34. By scjoe on Aug 4, 2012 | Reply

    Tom Spicer, one note on one of your posts above about drafting a QB with a 500 record at years end. History has taught us that a quality starting QB can be drafted anywhere (Tom Brady, Favre, Unitas, Starr etc) and by the same token you will find your share of busts high in round one (Russall, Klingler, A.Smith, Leaf, Carr, Sanchez) (JUST KIDDING TOM;-) But you get the point. Look at the Bengals last season, they got their elite WR in rd #1 and waited till rd #2 to get their QB. I think it turned out ok for them.

  35. By danny on Aug 5, 2012 | Reply

    Guys cmonnn Plax helped big time in the red zone last yr so thats why we did so well. Plax couldn;t do anything for us except in the red zone. What did he have 8 – 10 TD’s in the red zone ??? I don’t think we should be running TT out every time we get in the red zone but it could be a good thing to use once in a while because TT is def a weapon. Spicer we did get help at wr drafting Hill and Kerley the last 2 yrs and we drafted 3 RB’s in Mcnight, Powel and Gannaway. All these guys are well under 30 and could help feel needs this

  36. By Jimmer on Aug 5, 2012 | Reply

    Seeing Curtis go in is like getting a fudgcicle. He put a smile on our faces while keeping it together. Sure we stole him, but that is the modern NFL. . Whoever pays the most wins!
    I Hope down the road the NFL see Chrebet may have been the best 3rd down guy that ever played as well. Lets see.

  37. By GaryC on Aug 5, 2012 | Reply

    scjoe, I think they could of got to canton,no problem if they held a afternoon scrimmage,cortland is not far from canton by plane,you would think there would have been more representation by the current team for one of the best jets in history.I think it is just another reason why the jet organization has not treated it’s players the best over the years.I mean how many more jets are getting to Canton.

  38. By Tom Spicer on Aug 5, 2012 | Reply

    Curtis Martin 1 of only 2 backs in the history of the NFL to rush for 1,000 yards 10 years in a row. I think if he did not get hurt he would have ehad the record for the most rushing yards ever in the history of the game he was that good. To me the greatest Jet of all time.

  39. By Tom Spicer on Aug 5, 2012 | Reply

    I have been reading good things about Powell they are saying he has a chance to be the change of pace back for the Jets.

  40. By Tom Spicer on Aug 5, 2012 | Reply

    I think Hill is going to be a good player for us I just hope it is this year & it does not take a year or 2. What I do know is this he is faster than both Braylon & Plax. He is as big as Plax & bigger than Braylon. He is 9 years younger than Braylon & 15 years younger than Plax. In football years are like dog years those numbers are alot. He also is a strong blocker in the run game just like Braylon & Plax were. The key is this he needs to be able to beat 1 on 1 coverage this year with his speed & size because if he cant we are in trouble. Every play Holmes will be doubled with saftey help over the top & the run game will struggle with at least 9 men sometimes 10 men in the box on every play.

  41. By Tom Spicer on Aug 5, 2012 | Reply

    If hill can be a good player for us this year like I talked about above I think or running game will be better this year. I think between Tebow & Sparano we will be better. Schotty used to run these shifts & motion plays were the guy would just motion right back to where he started. I never got it it fooled no one & the QB would have to focus on the guys behind him to make sure they were in the right place when he should be looking ta the D seeing what they are doing taking 2 calls that the OC gives him & running the play based off of what he sees in front of him. Not focusing on whats behind him with all these shifts & motion that dont work. I also like how Sparano is no nonsense & rip these guys when they mess up. He also talks about how

  42. By Tom Spicer on Aug 5, 2012 | Reply

    we are going to be more physical. I also like how Rex is taking charge more this year. When a reporter asked him did he speak to Mark when he traded for Tebow he said Mark doesnt get paid to be the GM he gets paid to be the QB. When Holmes said a 2 QB system will not work (even thou I agree with Holmes) I like that Rex came out & said that Holmes is paid to be a WR & not the teams OC. Lastly when the whole Cro I am the 2nd best WR on the team thing happend right away Rex came out & said I will take care of it right away its over.

  43. By Tom Spicer on Aug 5, 2012 | Reply

    If this Jet team does not pan out it has to fall on MR. T he has to go. Woody as a owner has done everything that can be asked of him. Rex despite what guys say about he is a great D coach maybe the best in the NFL. Does he know alot about O no he does not. Does he talke to much yes he does. But I think he is learning & most head coaches are former OC’S or DC’S who expertise is on 1 side of the ball. I think he is a very good head coach. MR.T on the other hand between his bad drafts & bad trades should be on the hot seat. We need a football guy running the show not a salary cap guy. We need someone who knows the game & is great at scouting talent.

  44. By Westcoast GangGreen on Aug 5, 2012 | Reply

    Jet Nation … Glad football is back w/no lockout. Im glad to be back, gone to long “mdical reasons”. All you guys make good points again. 64Tom,scjoe, T Spicer,GaryC ect. One thing has not changed from season 1 to season 4 is that M Sanchez is the center of your debate. I for one think the Jets made alot of gd changes, even GQ himself has madse sone physically. I like to read your predictions on GQ and on the Jets as a team and stick to them. Because, over the last 5yrs of reading your posts, alot of you tend to change your tune alot. I personally think MS will have a gd season, like 4,300 yds passing with 36 TD’s and 13int’s and 6 fumble and the team finishing at 10 & 6 or 11 & 5 record. I strongly beleave that and sticking to it..

  45. By Westcoast GangGreen on Aug 5, 2012 | Reply

    …again , i just like to come back at the end of the season and take a peak at was more accurate on their prediction.. Go J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets! look fwd to reading everyones smack all season on Randy’s Radar.. What’s Up Randy..

  46. By Randy Lange on Aug 5, 2012 | Reply

    Westcoast, welcome back. I hope all is well and you’re ready for some Jets football. Sounds like you are.

  47. By scjoe on Aug 5, 2012 | Reply

    Tom Spicer, some good work above. One question I do have though, IS, Rex Ryan REALLY taking charge more this season then in past seasons? If so, why do we still here these off the wall comments by Holmes, Cro, and even Schilens for that matter? That can not, and should not happen if the HC is truly in control.

  48. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Aug 5, 2012 | Reply

    Of course Sanchez is still the center of the debate, Westcoast, as much as Rex and Mr T would like to delay the final judgment, none of us know yet if he’s never gonna get any better than this or if he’s going to realize what has looked like his full potential at times. I’m with you again on this Jets chatter, scjoe, I can’t understand why any of it is still going on. Wouldn’t be surprised if the players are already more scared of Sparano than Rex and Sparano hasn’t fully grasped the power he has to shut the squad up.

  49. By Dan Lark on Aug 8, 2012 | Reply

    While playing my last HS game at Bklyn Tech I suffered a Torn ACL, Torn MCL and Torn Meniscus. It was the first time I heard ‘O’Donoghue’s triad;’ referred to after my exam at the NY Hospital for Special Surgery. Lucky for me Dr. Cal and his brother James had developed procedures to repair the damage. I wore the De-rotation
    brace from ’72 – ’77 and had a functional life, even playing some tennis, raquertball until knee replacement in 2002. A lot of people don’t realize how the accomplishments of the Nicholas brothers affected many lives of people outside professional sports. I just wanted them to know and say Thanks!.

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