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Still in their 20s, these three football players and one Olympian fencer have reason to celebrate this week

TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: L.E. BASKOW - ACKERFeb. 6, 1990

Jacquizz Rodgers (age 28)

Born in Richmond, Texas, the former Oregon State running back recently completed his seventh NFL season with his third team (Tampa Bay). The 5-6, 205-pounder has 1,961 career rushing yards (3.8 average on 512 carries) and eight touchdowns. He's also caught 178 passes for 1,286 yards and five TDs.

Feb. 6, 1992

Kenneth Acker (age 26)

From Grant High, Acker went to SMU as a 6-0, 195-pound defensive back, then was drafted in the sixth round by the San Francisco 49ers. He played the past two seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Feb. 7, 1990

Rebecca Ward (age 28)

She trained at Oregon Fencing Alliance and won various cadet, junior and senior saber fencing titles, then was ranked No. 1 in the world in 2007. Ward, who won three national titles for Duke, won bronze medals individually and with the U.S. team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She was inducted into the USA Fencing Hall of Fame in 2015 and now works for U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley.

Feb. 7, 1991

Markus Wheaton (age 27)

The Phoenix native chose Oregon State for his college football and was selected in the third round of the 2013 NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He moved to the Chicago Bears in 2017. A 5-11, 190-pound wide receiver, he has 110 pro catches for 1,559 yards and eight touchdowns.

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