And the legend will only grow as retired NBA star Scottie Pippen and former boxing lightweight Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini will also be included among the ranks of honored athletes and NBC sportscaster Bob Costas hosts.
Obviously, the invite reads like a network lineup for ESPN. But the tickets don't come cheap. Dinner starts at $850 a head and goes up to as much as $100,000 a table. Perhaps the chef is plating up some delectables that outdo the vintage steakhouse fare at the Bull & Bear, but steep ticket prices haven't held anyone from coming back to this annual event for the last 23 years -- even if Hilton's ownership has watered down the Waldorf's cache.
But then, the event has always turned out a stellar cast of sports celebs in the past, with the likes of Wayne Gretzky, Michael Jordan and even Joe DiMaggio turning out to support this national fundraising arm of the spinal cord injury research center The Miami Project. More details can be found here.