Click here for his complete obituary.
Kelly first broadcast USC football and men's basketball games in 1961 and he was behind the mic for Trojan games almost yearly until 2003. He did so on radio from 1961 to 1965 and 1973 to 1988, then on TV from 1989 until 2003. He described the action of five USC national championship football teams, five Heisman Trophy winners and 92 first team All-American football players. In 2001, he was inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame.Click here for Tom Hoffarth's reflections.
"[Kelly's] voice was something you could hear from a subway tunnel six blocks away," current USC football radio voice Pete Arbogast told Hoffarth. "He was the voice -- he was the guy."
In his 2007 biography, Kelly summed up his legendary career by saying, "There's no rhyme or reason how I managed to remain the 'Voice of the Trojans' except luck and good fortune." And continued, "I don't know how I qualified but I'm thankful. I enjoyed every moment and realize I was one of the fortunate ones."
Name: DeMar DeRozan
Country: United States of America
Event: Men's Basketball
DeRozan is the first-ever USC alum to make the "Dream Team" and only the third Trojan to play in the Olympic men's basketball tournament. Wearing the Stars and Stripes is a fitting reward for the kid from Compton who has turned himself into a two-time NBA All-Star, peaking with an Eastern Conference Finals run this season for the Toronto Raptors. DeRozan played one year at USC (2008-09), earning Pac-10 Tournament MVP honors after leading the Trojans to the program's only conference tournament title.
Each fall, Schneider takes the term "passion" to a new level as a dedicated USC fan who travels 2,300 miles almost every other weekend to watch his Trojans take the field in the Coliseum. He didn't go to USC, but the Florida resident understands the Trojan Family as true as anyone after being adopted in by USC alumni at the 2005 Orange Bowl. In the 11 years since, Schneider has bled Cardinal & Gold.
"I always get goosebumps when I step foot into the Coliseum," Schneider said. "This place is special."
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