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About Bret Bielema: From Iowa Hawkeye to NFL Coach

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Who is Bret Bielema?

A former American Football player, and the current head football coach at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Bret Bielema has worked with great National Football League (NFL) teams such as the New England Patriots and the New York Giants. However, he came into the spotlight back in 2013, when it was revealed that he’ll become the head football coach at the University of Arkansas.

It came as a shock to most of the college football world when he left the University of Wisconsin-Madison for Arkansas, since many thought that he was on top of the world with Wisconsin. More about the reasons why he left, and all about his journey from playing to coaching you’ll find out by reading this paper. So, keep on scrolling.

Early life, family, and education

Born Bret Arnold Bielema under the zodiac sign of Capricorn on 13 January 1970, in Prophetstown, Illinois USA, he holds American nationality and comes from a family of Caucasian descent. Bret was raised in his hometown by his parents, Arnie and Marilyn, alongside his four siblings, sisters Brandi and Betsy, and brothers Barry and Bart.

Growing up with two elder brothers, Bret followed in their footsteps, and from an early age competed in track, wrestling and football. He attended a local high school where he focused on football, playing linebacker and tight end.

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Upon matriculating in 1988, he enrolled at the University of Iowa, where he was a defensive lineman, and in his senior year served as team captain; he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing in 1992. Bret signed as a free agent with Seattle Seahawks after going undrafted in the 1993 NFL draft, however, he was cut during the summer. In 1994, Bret played for the Milwaukee Mustangs, a professional Arena Football League team.

From Iowa Hawkeye to NFL Coach

At the end of the 1994 season, Bret returned to Iowa where he began his coaching career, as a graduate assistant. Two years later, he was promoted to linebackers coach, and served in this position until 2001.

From 2002 through 2003, Bret was co-defensive co-ordinator for the Kansas State Wildcats, helping them to win the 2003 Big XII Championship.

After that season, Bret was next hired as the defensive co-ordinator for the Wisconsin Badgers, under head coach Barry Alvarez, a position he served in for two years, and when Barry announced his retirement after the 2005 season, he stated that his successor would be Bret.

In his first season as the coach (2006), Bret became the third Wisconsin Badgers head coach to win the first three games of his career. His team continued with winnings, and by the end of the season, he became the third coach in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) history to win 12 games in his rookie season. He was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year.

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In October 2010, the Wisconsin Badgers defeated number-one-ranked Ohio State, which was the team’s first victory over a number-one ranked team since 1981. Bret won the Bear Bryant Award for College Football’s Coach of the Year.

In the following year, Bret led his team to an 11-3 record, ranking the Wisconsin Badgers in 10th place in the final Associated Press (AP) poll. In his last season with Wisconsin, Bret and the Badgers finished with a 70-31 score in defeating Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Big Ten Championship Game.

As mentioned, he left Wisconsin in the 2013 season, and his statement said that he felt that it was time to spread his wings and try to fly a little further, which many considered difficult to understand after his great work and achievements with Wisconsin. According to certain sources, the underlying reason for his leaving was that Bret felt his assistant coaches were underpaid.

Bret stayed with Arkansas from 2013 to 2017, and in the second season with him as the head coach, the team showed some improvements. At the time, he was the highest-paid state employee in Arkansas, with a salary of over $4 million. However, the Razorbacks and Bret finished their last season together with a 48-45 loss – Bret was fired in November 2017.

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Bret debuted in the NFL as a defensive consultant to the famed team’s head coach, Bill Belichick, when he was hired by the New England Patriots in the 2018 season. In the following year, he was promoted to defensive line coach, and won his first Super Bowl title with the New England Patriots that season in Super Bowl LIII.

In January 2020, Bret was hired by the New York Giants, where he served as the outside linebackers coach and senior assistant, then in December of that same year, it was announced that Bret would become the next head coach at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he currently serves.

Love life and wife

Bret is a married man since 2012; his wife is Jennifer ‘Jen’ (nee Hielsberg) Bielema, a model from Tampa, Florida. The two met in Las Vegas, Nevada at an event, and dated for four years before they exchanged their wedding vows. At the time when they married, Bret was 42 years old, and his wife was 27. The couple has two daughters – their firstborn, Briella, came into the world in 2017, while Brexli was born in 2019. As of May 2023, Bret is still in a marriage, and the family of four lives in their residence in Illinois.

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Age, appearance, and net worth

Bret is a 53-year-old big guy, with a height of 6ft 2ins (1.8m) and weight of around 220lbs (100kgs). His hair is light brown, and the color of his eyes is blue.

As mentioned, while serving as the head coach for Arkansas his salary was a whopping $4.2 million, and when he signed with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, he received a six-year contract with $4.2 million the first year, plus annual raises. This salary makes Bret the ninth-highest paid among the 14 members of the Big Ten Conference. According to sources, as of May 2023, Bret has a net worth estimated at over $8 million.

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Who is Jared Abrahamson (aka Trevor Holden on ‘Travelers’)?

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Who is Jared Abrahamson?

Jared Abrahamson was born on 19 November 1987, in Flin Flon, Manitoba/Saskatchewan Canada, and is an actor as well as a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, but best known from rising to fame in his role in the Canadian film “Hello Destroyer”. He was subsequently cast in the Netflix show “Travelers”, portraying Trevor Holden

The Riches of Jared Abrahamson

As of early-2020, Jared Abrahamson’s net worth is estimated to be over $500,000, earned largely through a successful career in acting. He’s also competed in several MMA professional fights, which has helped in building his wealth.

Early Life and Education

Jared grew up in the small mining town Flin Flon in northern Canada. The environment there helped him become strong and adaptable as he navigated extreme weather conditions. At a young age, he began working in the mines, and during his free time he was trained by fighters from his town, learning the techniques of mixed martial arts.

However, while going through all of this, he discovered a strong desire to pursue a career as an actor. After matriculating from high school, he enrolled at Vancouver Film School, intent on paving his way as an actor.

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VFS is a private school in Canada and is internationally renowned, known for producing numerous high-profile names in the entertainment industry, such as Neill Blomkamp, Emily Bett Rickards, Kevin Smith, and Hannah Hall. He completed his studies there, joining its distinguished alumni, then pursued further studies by enrolling in numerous acting workshops, including taking classes in other schools in Vancouver such as the Actors Foundry, which is known for holding weekly and online classes. Shortly afterwards, he began taking a few projects, with his first being in the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days”.

Rise to Fame

In 2014, Abrahamson was cast in a five-episode role in the television series “Awkward”, playing the character Pete. The show follows the story of a female teenager who is in a phase of questioning her identity. The show was well received and ran for a total of five seasons, though he only appeared there during the fourth season. He also had a guest role in “Fear the Walking Dead”, and his second film role was in the drama ‘The Submarine Kid”, starring Finn Wittrock.

In 2016,he got his breakthrough role in the Canadian drama called “Hello Destroyer”, playing the role of Tyson Burr, a hockey enforcer, an unofficial role in which he serves as a goon to disrupt the other team.

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However, during one of his games, he violently hits an opposing player harder than intended. The film was nominated for four Canadian Screen Awards – he gained a lot of praise for his performance – and won four Leo Awards and eight Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards, with Jared winning in the category Best Actor in a Canadian Film.

Continued Success in Acting

Following this success, Jared was then one of the main cast members in the Netflix show “Travelers”, joining Eric McCormack, Mackenzie Porter, Patrick Gilmore, Reilly Dolman and Nesta Cooper.

It is set in a post-apocalyptic future, where special agents are assigned to fix time by sending their consciousness back where they can inhabit another body, in efforts to save themselves before their impending death. The show covers their lives as agents, the rules they must abide, and the conflicts they face while living another person’s life. In the show, Jared is depicted as the engineer of his team, and one of the oldest humans ever, but when he travels back in time, he assumes the life of an athlete in high school. The show ran for three seasons before it ended in 2019.

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While working on “Travelers”, he also continued taking film work – he had roles in the Canadian drama “Never Steady, Never Still”, and the thriller “Keep Watching” in which he worked with Bella Thorne. He also had a role in the American-Canadian co-production “Sweet Virginia”, which saw him work alongside Jon Bernthal. He also gained a bit of attention for his work in the independent film “Gregoire”, which was nominated for numerous awards. One of his latest projects is “American Animals”, which is based on the Transylvania University library heist of 2004; the film received a lot of positive reviews.

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Mixed Martial Arts

While working as an actor, Abrahamson has not forgotten his roots in Canada and his background in mixed martial arts. He began competing as a professional MMA fighter, labeling himself as a “blue-collar fighter” due to his history and heritage. He is often called Wolfblood Abrahamson, an homage to his ancestry in Canada. He has a professional record of 1-1. He has also competed in professional kickboxing, specifically Muay Thai where he holds a professional record of 2-0.

Personal Life

It is believed that Jared is single, but he hasn’t talked about his romantic life, which he prefers to keep it away from the public, being focused on developing his career further, taking in acting work when he can.

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He is a close friend of Bernie Yao whom he met during the filming of “Hello Destroyer”.

His background in mixed martial arts has helped him land roles, as he already has proper training for most fight scenes. With his budding career, he’s been compared by publications to several other popular Canadian actors, such as Ryan Reynolds and Stephen Amell. With many Canadian action stars being cast as superheroes, there is speculation that he might pursue a similar path in the future.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Elizabeth Zaks

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Elizabeth is the new face of the FahionNova clothing brand, and has a number of other brands under her name in the fitness industry, so is slowly taking over the world of fitness. Here are the 10 things you need to know about her.

1. Who is Elizabeth Zaks?

Elizabeth Zaks is a Russian-American fitness enthusiast and Instagram model; she has created her own fitness guidebooks, which contain her routine with which according to many she’s attained the perfect look. Since starting her career, Elizabeth has collaborated with a number of popular brands, and has started her own YouTube channel and website.

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2. Birth Date, Childhood

Elizabeth Zaks was born on the 13th June 1996, in Florida USA, of Russian ancestry, as her parents are both Russian who came to the US just a few months before her birth. Her mother was a doctor in Russia, but once settled in the USA, she had to do over medical education and worked as a waitress and cleaner, among other jobs. Her father Ilya Zaks passed away on the 18th June 2004 at just 31 years of age, when Elizabeth was eight years old. Her mother has since remarried, and Elizabeth now has a half-brother Danny and a step-sister Sasha.

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3. When Did Her Career Begin

Elizabeth was interested in fashion and modeling from an early age, but thought that she wasn’t good enough to become a model. However, her boyfriend in high school, Michael Falco, persuaded her otherwise, and it was in 2013 that she launched her Instagram page, and began uploading pictures of herself. The majority of the pictures were of herself in skimpy clothes, mostly swimsuits, which attracted the attention of people from all around the world, and she steadily became more popular. The next step was going to the gym with her boyfriend, and in no time she embraced training and gym on the whole. Elizabeth then started posting pictures and short videos from the gym on her official Instagram page, which brought even more followers to her page.

4. How Did She Become So Popular

Elizabeth continued to work hard on her body and herself on the whole, eating healthy and dedicating herself to becoming a fitness model. Her efforts didn’t go unnoticed, as she was spotted by a number of modeling scouts which put her career onto the next level. Over the years, Elizabeth has grown her fan base, and now has over 800,000 followers on Instagram. She has used her Instagram popularity to promote career, and has worked with a number of online brands, including EHPLabs, FashionNova, GymShark, and many others.

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5. Elizabeth Zak Fit Guide, Website

Encouraged by her popularity and success, Elizabeth decided to launch something of her own and opted for a guidebook to the perfect body, which she named EZ FitGuide, and has started the website ezfitguide.com of the same name, through which she sells her book. Furthermore, she has created several versions of the guidebook, and now has EZBootyBuilder, EZHomeBootyBuilder, and EZGainz, all of which you can buy from her website.

6. YouTube Channel

In addition to her popularity on Instagram, Elizabeth has also launched her YouTube channel, on which she already has over 300,000 subscribers.

Her videos are related to her gym workouts and healthy diet, but she has also shared some details from her personal life. She started the channel in 2015, and since then she has attracted more than 30 million views – and some of the popular videos include “Bikini Haul- Try On & My Thoughts”, which has over two million views, then “Travel Haul/ LookBook | What I Brought to Hawaii | Outfit Ideas”, (1.8 million), and “What I Eat In A Day | Physique Update | Mini Vlog”, which has been viewed 1.5 million times, among other videos that have increased her popularity and net worth.

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7. Elizabeth Zaks Net Worth

Elizabeth started her career in 2013, and since then has come a long way to become an international fitness star and an idol to many. Her success has increased her wealth to a large degree and according to authoritative sources, as of early 2020 it has been estimated that Zaks’ net worth is as high as $500,000, boosted by earning around $5,000 per Instagram post.

8. Elizabeth Zaks Height, Weight, Body Statistics, and Appearance

Elizabeth has invested so much in her looks, and on account of her beauty, she is extremely popular. She stands at 5ft 6ins (1.68m) tall, while she weighs approximately 130lbs ~ 59kgs, and her vital statistics are 35-24-39 ins.

She has brown hair, though she sometimes dyes it from blonde to black, and she has blue eyes.

9. Elizabeth Zaks Personal Life, Dating, Boyfriend

Elizabeth was in a relationship with Michael Falco; the two started dating back in 2011 when they were still in high school. He helped her a lot in her early career, and continued to support her professional enterprises, however, the couple reached the end of their romance in July 2018. Since then, Elizabeth has remained single, and has talked about how she enjoys her life after being in a relationship for seven long years.

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10. Workout and Diet

Since 2013, Elizabeth has frequently been in the gym; she would work out at least five days a week, and for every day she has special training. Elizabeth has done all to look great, and some of her favorite exercises include:

  • Squats 5×12;
  • Glute pull through with five seconds break in between;
  • Dumbbell deadlifts 4×12;
  • Cable squats with frog walks;
  • Glute kickbacks.
  • Elizabeth is under a strict diet, which includes enough protein and carb to retain her perfect form and muscles. However, she sometimes treats herself with sweets, and has stated that she loves waffles.
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From NFL Star to Convicted Killer: The Tragic Story of Rae Carruth

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Who is Rae Carruth?

Former American professional Football Player and convicted murderer Rae Theotis Carruth was born as Rae Lamar Wiggins in Sacramento, California USA on 20 January 1974, making Aquarius his zodiac sign. He spent three seasons playing for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL), and was fired after he was charged and eventually found guilty of conspiring to kill his former girlfriend Cherica Adams, who was at the time pregnant with their son.

Education and early life

Rae and his sister Samel were raised in Sacramento solely by their mother Theodry Carruth, as she divorced their father Charles Wiggins when Rae was still a toddler; Theodry went on to marry her second husband Samuel Carruth, but they divorced when Rae was 14.

Struggling to cope with family issues, as he and his sister were once again raised solely by their mother who worked multiple jobs to financially support them, Rae found comfort in football. He studied at Valley High School and was on the school’s football team, while he was rated to be the best player there.

Rae was offered football scholarships by multiple colleges, and chose to enroll at the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1992.

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College football

Rae began playing for the Colorado Boulder Buffaloes as soon as he enrolled at the university, and was during his final year there named to the first-team All-American; his teammates included future professional Football Players Kordell Stewart and Koy Detmer.

Rae graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English language and literature in 1996, thus making himself eligible for the NFL draft.

Professional Football Player

Rae was picked by the Carolina Panthers in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft, and signed a $3.7 million four-year contract with them, which included a signing bonus of $1.3 million.

He started 14 games and caught 48 passes during his rookie season, including four touchdown passes; he was named to the all-rookie team for the 1997 season.

Rae broke his right foot during the first game of the 1998 season, and then caught no passes for the remainder of the season.

He played only the first six games in 1999, catching 14 passes for 200 yards.

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Love life and relationships

Rae was in a relationship with Michelle Wright while attending the University, and she gave birth to their son Rae Jr. in 1994. Following their break-up and Rae’s success in football, he was ordered to pay $5,400 as child support; Michelle later testified that she agreed to have Rae pay half of the money, but only if he were to become a better father.

In 1998 and 1999, Rae was in an on-and-off relationship with American real estate agent Cherica Adams, whom he then conspired to kill.

Crime, arrest and conviction

Cherica was shot four times with a Charter Arms revolver on 16 November 1999, in the vicinity of Rae’s house in Charlotte, North Carolina; she was able to call the police, revealing that Rae had stopped his car in front of hers, and that a person from a vehicle next to hers shot her. The police later identified her killer as American nightclub manager and Rae’s friend Van Brett Watkins Sr.

Cherica was taken to a hospital, where she fell into a coma; she was eight months pregnant with Rae’s son, and the doctors had to perform an emergency caesarean section. Rae was arrested and then released on $3 million bail, while he promised to turn himself in if either Cherica or his son died.

The baby, named Chancellor Lee Adams was without oxygen for more than an hour prior to being born, and this caused cerebral palsy and permanent brain damage; he was 21 when he graduated from Vance High School in 2021.

Cherica died on 14 December 1999, nearly a month after she had been admitted to the hospital, but Rae failed to turn himself in as he had promised, so was arrested by police a day later, after they found him hiding in the trunk of his car in front of a motel. The police also found a cell phone, candy bars, clothes, bottles of his urine and $4,000 in the car; following his arrest, the Carolina Panthers waived him and the NFL suspended him indefinitely.

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During the trial, the prosecution claimed that Van Brett Watkins Sr. was hired by Rae to kill Cherica because she didn’t want to abort their son, while Rae’s lawyers claimed that Watkins was mad and searching for Rae because of a drug deal gone bad, and that he shot Cherica after asking her about Rae’s whereabouts, and after she ‘flipped him off’.

Rae was found guilty of using an instrument to destroy an unborn child, shooting into an occupied vehicle and conspiracy to commit murder, and was sentenced to spend between 19 and 24 years in jail; if he had been found guilty of first degree murder, he could’ve been executed. Watkins was sentenced to spend between 40 and 50 years behind bars for the murder of Cherica.

Rae had served 18 years when he was released from the Sampson Correctional Institution on 22 October 2018, and he’s since been living in Pennsylvania.

Interesting facts and hobbies

Rae was interested in playing various other sports during his teenage years, including basketball, baseball and tennis.

He was physically highly active during his time with the Carolina Panthers, as he attended all of the team’s training sessions, and also worked out at the gym nearly every day.

It’s believed that Rae was addicted to cocaine prior to being sent to prison, but this hasn’t been confirmed.

Cherica’s mother Saundra Adams often spoke badly about Rae in public, and he accused her of lying; Rae sent her a letter in 2018, apologizing for calling her a liar.

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Height, eyes and wealth

Rae’s age is 49. He has brown eyes and black hair, is 5ft 11ins (1.8m) tall and weighs around 190lbs (85kgs).

Rae’s net worth’s been estimated at over $10,000, as of May 2023.

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