Minden Press-Herald

Sep 17th

Tennis phenom has local ties

Nineteen-year-old Sloane Stephens became the talk of the sports world when she upset Serena Williams at the Australian Open quarterfinals, and she certainly advanced the family name by doing so.

But she's not the first member of the Stephens family to gain fame in sports. Her father John, a former Springhill Lumberjack was selected in the first round of the 1988 NFL draft out of Northwestern State, won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award that season after he gained 1,168 yards and scored four touchdowns on 297 carries.

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