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UA's Michael Bates in the 200 meter at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Handout photo

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In the 1980s, Marion Bates became an all-state defensive back at Amphitheater High, signing with USC. Middle brother Michael became the top sprinter in Arizona, winning five state titles, and rushed for more than 3,000 yards. He won the 1992 bronze medal in 200 meters at the Barcelona Olympics and was a five-time Pro Bowl player in the NFL. Youngest brother Mario set the state record for rushing at Amphi, 4,836 yards, became an All-Pac-10 runner at ASU and played seven NFL seasons. 

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