According to the Philadephia Inquirer, Pat Croce is going prime-time as a Judge on American Inventor.
The newspaper states "The Villanova entrepreneur has been signed as one of four judges for the next season of ABC's American Inventor, according to a rep of FremantleMedia North America, which also produces American Idol."
The Inqirier explains that Croce, the former 76ers co-owner who's been juggling motivational speeches with his Pirate Soul museum in Key West, Fla., and with movie producing, also hosted one season of Moving In, a syndicated show on which he served as a life coach.
According to Wikipedia, "Pasquale “Pat” Croce graced the cover of Success magazine as the first person to ascend from the training room to the boardroom of a professional sports team. His remarkable success as a physical therapist and pioneer in the sports medicine field to the colorful leader responsible for the resurrection of the Philadelphia 76ers as a NBA championship contender has been defined as one of the most amazing stories in sports history."
Croce created Sports Physical Therapists, a sports medicine empire of 40 centers in 11 states, into a top-ten finalist for the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Following the sale of his company, Croce purchased the NBA’s last place team, the Philadelphia 76ers in 1996. During his 5-year tenure as President, the team rose from worse to first in the NBA standings and broke franchise records on the way to the NBA Championships against the Los Angeles Lakers in 2001.
Croce next tackled television as commentator on the NBA on NBC, a Tae Kwon Do commentator for the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Greece, and during that same year hosted a nationally syndicated daily TV show Pat Croce: Moving In for Sony Pictures Television. He is a nationally-renowned motivational speaker, and is the author of the New York Times bestseller, I Feel Great and You Will Too!, the motivational tome 110%, and the business book Lead or Get Off the Pot!
Croce was the recipient of the “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award and was featured on the cover of Inc magazine as “The Dale Carnegie of the 21st Century.” He has a variety of angel investments in the fitness, spirits, technology, and real estate sectors.
Sounds like an interesting choice, no?