Surprise! Scotty Bowman And Over 100 Other Michigan Sports Names Are On Cameo

Posted on January 5, 2021

OK, maybe the big Michigan and Detroit sports fan in me just needed a pick-me-up after a tough 2020. This is probably why I went down a Cameo rabbit hole recently.

You’ve probably heard of the website Cameo, where you can pay celebrities to record video messages for almost any occasion.

What I didn’t know was just how vast the options were. Under athletes alone, there were more than 8,000 names to peruse from football to rugby and skateboarding, according to Cameo.com. Crazy.

You’ve probably guessed that many of them have Detroit and Michigan sports ties, more than 100 of them actually. Here they are, including some very interesting ones that stood out to us.

23 with Detroit Pistons’ ties on Cameo

There are nearly two dozen former members of the Detroit Pistons, one former assistant coach in Tim Hardaway Sr., and one current player available in Mason Plumlee.

The fees range from $1,000 for Michael Beasley, who never played a regular-season game for Detroit, to $10 for Alexander Acker, who was drafted No. 60 in 2005 and played 12 games for Detroit.

Here’s a full list of Pistons, including some of the Bad Boys:

  • Michael Beasley, $1,000
  • Dennis Rodman, $750
  • Ben Gordon, $700
  • Isiah Thomas, $261
  • Will Bynum, $250
  • Mason Plumlee, $200
  • Richard Hamilton, $150
  • Boban Marjanovic, $150 (nice inch-per-dollar ratio!)
  • Allan Houston, $120
  • Sean Elliott, $100
  • Charlie Villanueva, $100
  • Gerald Henderson Sr., $75
  • John Salley, $75
  • Tim Hardaway Sr., $70
  • Danny Manning, $60
  • Smush Parker, $60
  • Langston Galloway, $60
  • Dewayne Dedmon, $55 (sounds like a stretch!)
  • Mateen Cleaves, $50
  • Rick Mahorn, $44
  • Anthnoy Tolliver $43
  • Jaylen Hands, $40
  • Olden Polynice, $35
  • Brice Johnson, $35 (traded with Blake!)
  • Alexander Acker, $10

13 Detroit Red Wings dignitaries on Cameo

Ahh, speaking of glory days, how about reminding the big Detroit Red Wings fan in your life about the good old days as they brace for another wave of losses.

Surprisingly, Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman put himself out there for a price. Less surprisingly, Darren McCarty is also available.

There are four current Wings in training camp with Troy Stecher, Evgeny Svechnikov, Sam Gagner, and Bobby Ryan. Rightfully so, those are the cheapest prices.

The list:

  • Brett Hull, $250
  • Scotty Bowman, $150
  • Mike Modano, $109
  • Darren McCarty, $100
  • Todd Bertuzzi, $84 (“pass the phone to your nephew, Tyler?”)
  • Petr Mrazek, $79
  • Bernie Federko, $75
  • Chris Chelios, $75
  • Ken Daniels, $65
  • Evgeny Svechnikov, $50
  • Bobby Ryan, $50 (have him introduce himself to the new fan base?)
  • Sam Gagner, $50
  • Troy Stecher, $49

25 with Detroit Lions ties on Cameo

The Detroit Lions fan in your life is perpetually disappointed, so let’s pick them up a little this year.

How about some of the missteps of the past to smooth things over, such as Andre Ware, or maybe one of the current players such as Jason Cabinda or Trey Flowers to get you hyped for a new era!

Or maybe just skip the Lions?

In any case, the list:

  • Golden Tate III, $200
  • Calvin Johnson, $181
  • Steve Mariucci, $150
  • Crevon Leblanc, $150
  • Jim Zorn, $150
  • Gino Torretta, $100
  • Chris Spielman, $100 (“who is the new coach going to be?”)
  • Kenny Wiggins, $79
  • Dave Krieg, $75
  • Trey Flowers, $75
  • LeGarrette Blount, $70
  • Andre Ware, $60
  • Henry Thomas, $60
  • Darren Fells, $55
  • Devon Kennard, $50
  • Jeff Garcia, $50
  • Larry Foote, $50
  • JD McKissic, $50
  • Aaron Dobson, $40
  • Jason Cabinda, $40
  • Joseph Fauria, $25 (I’m guessing he’ll do a little touchdown dance?)
  • Deontez Alexander, $25
  • Eli Harold, $22
  • Brandon Powell, $15
  • Chris Lacy II, $15

19 Cameo names from the Detroit Tigers

Baseball and the Detroit Tigers makes us think of summer, so no better time to brighten up the dark days of winter with the boys of summer.

There’s a bunch of blasts from the past here and even a prospect providing future hope in Kody Clemens.

You can also ask Ben Verlander if his brother, Justin, is ever going to wear the Olde English D again.

The list:

  • J.D. Martinez, $228
  • Pudge Rodriguez, $199
  • Torii Hunter, $150
  • Rod Allen, $100 (so, what’s the real story…?)
  • Sean Casey, $100
  • Francisco Rodriguez, $100
  • Aubrey Huff, $100 (maybe take a pass here…)
  • Eric Davis, $99
  • Carlos Pena, $75
  • Gabe Kapler, $75
  • Placido Polanco, $75
  • Fred Lynn, $65
  • Dontrelle Willis, $50
  • Marcus Thames, $50
  • Kody Clemens, $40
  • Kyle Farnsworth, $35
  • Rajai Davis, $30
  • Omar Vizquel, $25
  • Ben Verlander, $15

14 Michigan Wolverines, but not Jim Harbaugh

There is no more proud fan base than the maize and blue of the University of Michigan. Despite a potentially exciting college basketball season happening here, it’s still downtime for Michigan, as the Jim Harbaugh saga continues (or does it?).

The list:

  • Jimmy King, $100
  • Rudy Tomjanovich, $100
  • Brandon Graham, $100
  • Donovan Peoples-Jones, $75 (don’t interrupt his playoff preparations)
  • Zavier Simpson, $55
  • Charles Matthews, $50
  • Jarrod Bunch, $50
  • Maurice Hurst Jr., $38
  • Phil Martelli, $25 (get an inside scout from Juwan’s main assistant)
  • Ekpe Udoh, $24
  • Jay Feely, $25
  • Max Bielfeldt, $20
  • Karan Higdon, $20
  • Khalid Hill, $10

10 beloved Michigan State Spartans

This list of Michigan State Spartans dignitaries features some notorious football names from the past and some fan-favorite recent basketball studs for Tom Izzo.

The list:

  • Plaxico Burress, $117
  • Andre Rison, $100
  • Morten Anderson, $100
  • Tony Mandarich, $50 (just where is he now?)
  • Deyonta Davis, $50
  • Matthew McQuaid, $39
  • Kyle Ahrens, $30
  • Branden Dawson, $25
  • Riley Bullough, $20
  • Gerald Holmes, $8

2 Eastern Michigan Eagles legends

Can’t forget about Ypsilanti!

Two of the finest athletes to come out of Eastern Michigan:

  • George Gervin, $200 (the Iceman!)
  • Maxx Crosby, $45

2 pro wrestling legends from Michigan

How about Diesel and Big Poppa Pump? Doesn’t get much better than that:

  • Kevin Nash, $105
  • Scott Steiner, $100

And the rest …

From Floyd to a couple Flint boys lighting it up in the NBA:

  • Floyd Mayweather, $999
  • Javale McGee, $500 (championship rate)
  • Jerome Bettis, $400
  • Brad Keselowski, $190
  • John Smoltz, $150
  • Monte Morris, $100
  • Rob Parker, $50
  • Rashad Phillips, $40
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A Michigan native, Matt has worked at newspapers in Michigan, Missouri and the Virgin Islands. A versatile sports reporter, Matt has covered sailing on the Great Lakes, cricket in the Caribbean, high school and pro playoffs, and the Olympics in Rio. He's also the host of the Locked On Pistons Podcast and producer of a documentary on Emoni Bates. A former blackjack dealer, Matt has studied the industry from all sides.

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