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$1 million Crosstown Shootout shot 14 years later

Theo Nelson before making the half court shot in 2001 (FOX19 NOW File Photo) Theo Nelson before making the half court shot in 2001 (FOX19 NOW File Photo)
One of the iconic moments is when Theo Nelson tackled Xavier University's Blue Blob after hitting the shot (FOX19 NOW File Photo) One of the iconic moments is when Theo Nelson tackled Xavier University's Blue Blob after hitting the shot (FOX19 NOW File Photo)
Theo Nelson soaks in hitting the half court shot by laying on the Cintas Center floor (FOX19 NOW File Photo) Theo Nelson soaks in hitting the half court shot by laying on the Cintas Center floor (FOX19 NOW File Photo)
Theo Nelson hits another half court shot for FOX19 NOW (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Brett Hoffland) Theo Nelson hits another half court shot for FOX19 NOW (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Brett Hoffland)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - It's the $1 million shot that was heard all around the Tri-State in 2001.

Theo Nelson made a half court shot 14 years ago at the Crosstown Shootout, the rivalry game between the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University, for a cool $1 million.

"When I released it was like this sensation, and I knew it was good," said Theo Nelson.

In the years following the $1 million moment, Nelson says he does get recognized a tad more than he used to.

"I'll meet people that remember it, and they're so excited about it so it kind of makes you feel special," said Nelson.

When thinking back to that December night in 2001, Nelson says beforehand he dropped his kids off at a social. That's when the program director there asked him to come inside.

"All the kids that were in that program, he put me in the middle of a basketball court at Pleasant Ridge and he had all these kids surround me and they prayed that I'd make the shot," said Nelson.

After banking the shot three hours later, Nelson said he knew exactly what he would do with the first part of the annual prize money Skyline provided him.

"I went back to that gymnasium and we got all those kids and we took them out and we fed them because they needed to know that prayers can be answered," said Nelson.

How has this shot changed Nelson's life?

"You're looking at it, right here it's tuition and so it's helped us drastically," said Nelson.

So there weren't any trips across the world or extravagant purchases. Instead Nelson says he bought his kids a nice basketball hoop, gave to charity, and kept it simple while also maintaining a full-time job.

"Working every day, my wife works, and the boys need to see an example. They need to see someone, especially their dad working," said Nelson.

Nelson adds he's glad to see "The Shootout" tradition continue, and he still practices that half-court shot from time to time.

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