2022 CELEBRITY GUESTS An Evening with Andre Reed, Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas

Andre Reed

In 1985, the Buffalo Bills used their fourth round pick in the draft to select wide receiver Andre Reed out of relatively little known Kutztown State University. Reed went on to play 15 seasons with the Bills (1985-1999) and one final year with Washington (2000). He played in seven consecutive Pro Bowls (1989-1995), rewrote the Bills’ record book and added several entries in the NFL’s record book. When Reed retired, he was considered one of the greatest “yards after catch” receivers and his 951 career receptions ranked third in league history.

His 13 seasons, including nine consecutive, with 50-plus receptions was exceeded only by Jerry Rice at the time of Reed’s retirement. Reed started in five AFC championship games and four Super Bowls.

Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith is a former NFL Defensive Tackle who played in the league for 19 seasons, primarily with the Buffalo Bills. He played college football at Virginia Tech, where he was a two-time All-American, and was selected first overall by the Bills in the 1985 NFL Draft. Considered one of the greatest defensive ends of all time, Smith is the NFL’s all-time career leader in quarterback sacks.

Smith also received 11 Pro Bowl selections and eight first-team All-Pro honors, while appearing in four consecutive Super Bowls with the Bills. He was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009.

Thurman Thomas

Thurman Thomas is a retired professional football player. He was the NFL MVP in 1991. He went to five pro bowls and started in four straight Super Bowl appearances. He was inducted into the Pro football Hall of Fame in 2007 and had his jersey retired for The Buffalo Bills in 2019.

Currently, Thurman owns a construction company in Buffalo New York called 34 Group . He also is part owner of an energy company, Prosperitus Energy. Thurman and his wife and children run the Thurman Thomas family foundation which raises funds for many community efforts in the western New York area.

Co-Hosted By

James Duthie

James Duthie is the popular host of TSN’s extensive and award-winning hockey coverage. He also contributes to key CFL ON TSN events, including the playoffs and Grey Cup as well as The Masters and the Super Bowl.

Duthie’s entertaining and sharp-witted style continues to make him a fan favourite across Canada and one of the most-followed media personalities on Twitter.

His natural charisma and extensive history in sports broadcasting allow him to gain exclusive interviews with some of the biggest stars in sports and entertainment.

Duthie’s work has earned him multiple awards including three Geminis, a Canadian Screen Award, and the Excellence in Sports Broadcasting award from Sports Media Canada.

Stuntman Stu

“Stuntman Stu” Schwartz is a 20 year radio and television veteran in Ottawa.
Hear him every morning alongside Angie Poirier & Janel Steeper on MOVE 100.
A victim of bullying as a child, he created the “NoMoreBullies” campaign where he visited schools to speak and educate children about the effects of bullying.
Stu is a recipient of a United Way community builder award, named Algonquin College’s top alumni in 2003. A recipient of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and a Governor General’s sovereign award.
Stu is a two time Leukemia survivor and launched the #StuStrong campaign which has raised over three hundred thousand dollars for Leukemia and Stem Cell research at the Ottawa Hospital. He is married and has 2 children. 

Previous Celebrity Sports Dinner Hosts and Guests

2021 – Jack Nicklaus

2019 – Barry Sanders

2018 – Jerome “the Bus” Bettis

2017 – Jerry Rice

2016 – Jim Kelly

2015 – Emmitt Smith

2014 – Mark Messier

2013 – Pete Rose

2012 – Bo Jackson

2011 – Joe Montana

2010 – Dan Marino

2009 – John Elway

2008  – A Tribute to Canadian Hockey Legends:

  • Wayne Cashman
  • Dale Hawerchuk
  • Glenn Anderson
  • Billy Smith
  • Paul Henderson
  • Darryl Sittler
  • Peter Mahovlich
  • Steve Shutt
  • Yvan Cournoyer
  • Brad Park

2007 – 15 Years of Ottawa Senators Hockey:

  • Jean Beliveau
  • Chris Nilan
  • Steve Shutt,
  • Rick Middleton
  • Terry O’Reilly
  • Bryan Trottier
  • Henri Richard
  • Rejean Houle
  • Billy Smith

2006 –  Legends of Hockey:

  • Guy Lafleur
  • Yvan Cournoyer
  • Brad Park
  • Dale Hawerchuk
  • Rejean Houle
  • Peter Mahovlich
  • Gerry Cheevers

2005 –  Bobby and Dennis Hull

2004 –  Marv Levy

2003 –  The Coaches Panel:

  • Jacques Martin
  • Brian Kilrea
  • Joe Paopao

2002 –  Roger Neilson

2001 –  Walter Gretzky

2000 –  Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter

1999 –  Dick Irvin

1998 –  Ron MacLean