USC offensive tackle Zach Banner came to the Optometry Practice of Dr. Alex Corbin Liu for an eye exam. The 6-foot-8, and roughly 375 pound Trojan is the biggest athlete to ever come to the office.
Zach’s final game with the Trojans was one of the most memorable Rose Bowl games of recent, where USC beat Penn State 52-49. It was the best Rose Bowl game that I had seen since the USC and Texas Rose Bowl of 2006.
Zach is projected to be a second or third round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. I want to wish Zach the best of luck in the NFL.
Facts about Zach
- From Lakewood, Washington.
- Majored in communications at USC.
- Zach’s biological father is former NFL offensive tackle Lincoln Kennedy.
Samaki Walker had an appointment at the Optometry Practice of Dr. Alex Corbin Liu for an eye exam. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because he won an NBA championship in 2002 while with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Samaki was very nice and friendly. He enjoyed his time at the office and after the exam, he picked out new eyewear and met with staff.
What is Samaki up to these days? He is currently running a coaching business and lives in the Valley.
Facts about Samaki
- Full name is Samaki Ijuma Walker.
- Attended the University of Louisville.
- Was the 9th overall pick of the 1996 NBA draft.
- 2002 NBA champion.
- Played for six different NBA teams.
Former USC quarterback John David Booty came to the Optometry Practice of Dr. Alex Corbin Liu. John had his eyes examined by Dr. Liu and then had the opportunity to pick out new eyewear.
It was nice having a former Trojan from the Pete Carroll era at the office. John was very friendly and told us stories from his time at USC.
John had two seasons as the starting quarterback at USC after the departure of Matt Leinart. He shined both years and led the Trojans to two Rose Bowl victories. Following his final season, John was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
Facts about John
- Full name is John David Booty.
- Was drafted in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
- 2008 offensive Rose Bowl MVP.
- Is the brother of former NFL quarterback Josh Booty.
Former NBA point guard Pooh Richardson visited the Optometry Practice of Dr. Alex Corbin Liu. Pooh had an appointment for an eye exam followed by him choosing new eyewear.
Pooh loved the variety of eyewear available at the office and didn’t have any trouble making a selection. Before leaving the office, he posed for photos and signed autographs for Dr. Liu and staff.
Pooh played his college ball at UCLA where he was a standout before heading to the NBA.
Facts about Pooh
- Full name is Jerome Richardson.
- Was given the nickname “Pooh” by his grandmother.
- Attended UCLA from 1985 to 1989.
- 3x All-Pac 10 first team.
- Was the 10th overall pick in the 1989 NBA Draft.
- Played for the Timberwolves, Pacers, and Los Angeles Clippers.
On August 18, 2015, Kaleb Bryant Cowart made his major league debut with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Once again, Kaleb has been a late season call up and may finally show why he was a first round pick.
Kaleb spent much of the 2012 season with the Inland Empire 66ers of the California League.
I want to wish Kaleb the best of luck in The Show.