There always has been a star factor when it comes to Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) football with Snoop Dogg in the stands at virtually every game and the support of UFC honchos Dana White, and Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta.
Randall Cunningham Jr. was the team’s QB in the past and the son of Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux is on the roster.
Things got taken to another level in Saturday’s Nevada Division I state championship game with the presence of Muhammad Ali.
Yes, “The Greatest” was in the stands to watch his grandson, Gorman sophomore running back Biaggio Ali Walsh. Walsh had four carries for 137 yards and touchdown runs of 34 and 91 yards in Gorman’s 70-28 victory against Reed (Sparks). Gorman finished 15-0 and won its sixth consecutive state title.
Ali resides in Scottsdale, Ariz., and also has a home in Louisville.
“I didn’t know he was coming,” Walsh told MaxPreps after the game. “It was a complete surprise. I looked back in the stands and just saw a big cluster of people. It was awesome. He made me want to play harder. I did it for my team and seniors, but I really wanted it badly for him.”
The oldest son of Rasheda Ali-Walsh and Bob Walsh, Biaggio is quickly improving and gaining more attention after starring on the freshman team last year (see highlights below).