Sports Birthdays for August 9 — Deion Sanders and More
Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on August 9:
Profession: Retired NBA Player
Best Known For: A 13-time NBA All-Star, Bob Cousy was one of the greatest point guards in NBA history. Playing from 1950 to 1963 with the Boston Celtics, Cousy was on six NBA championship teams, winning the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award in 1957. Cousy was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1971 and selected to the NBA’s 50th Anniversary Team in 1996.
Profession: Retired Tennis Player
Best Known For: Winner of more men’s singles titles (200) than any other tennis player in history, Australian Rod Laver was the world’s No. 1-ranked player from 1964 to 1970. Laver is the only male player to have won a true Grand Slam during the open era, finishing his career with 11 Grand Slam singles’ titles. Laver was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1981.
Profession: Retired Boxer
Best Known For: A former heavyweight champion of the world, boxer Ken Norton amassed a record of 42-7-1 from 1967 to 1981. Norton won the heavyweight title by beating Muhammad Ali — and breaking his jaw — in March of 1973. Norton fought, and lost to, Ali twice more by decision. Norton also fought and lost heavyweight title bouts to George Foreman and Larry Holmes. Norton’s son, Ken Jr., played linebacker in the NFL.
Profession: Retired NFL Player / College Coach
Best Known For: A skilled vertical passer, Doug Williams was the first black quarterback to play in, and win, a Super Bowl (XXII). Having played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins from 1978 to 1989, Williams threw for nearly 17,000 yards and 100 touchdowns in his NFL career. Williams was selected Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXII, a 42-10 Redskins’ win over the Denver Broncos. He is currently the coach of Grambling State University, his alma mater.
Profession: Retired NHL Player
Best Known For: The third greatest goal-scorer in NHL history, Brett Hull was an eight-time All-Star with the Calgary Flames, St. Louis Blues, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings and Phoenix Coyotes between 1986 and 2005. Hull’s 741 career goals trail only Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe. One of five players to score 50 goals in 50 games, Hull won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league’s Most Valuable Player in 1990-91. Hull was a member of Stanley Cup-winning teams in Dallas in 1999 and Detroit in 2002. Hull was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009. Hull’s father Bobby, also in the Hockey Hall of Fame, is considered to be among the best hockey players of all-time.
Vinny Del Negro
Profession: Retired NBA Player / NBA Coach
Best Known For: After a 12-year NBA career as a guard for the Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns, Vinny Del Negro retired to pursue a career in coaching. Del Negro coached the Chicago Bulls from 2008 to 2010 and has coached the Los Angeles Clippers since 2010.
Profession: Retired NFL and MLB Player / Analyst
Best Known For: One of the most boisterous and athletically gifted athletes ever, Deion Sanders played in both the NFL and MLB. An eight-time Pro Bowl cornerback and return specialist, Sanders played with the Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens from 1989 to 2005. The NFC’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1993 and 1994, Sanders was on the 49ers’ team that won Super Bowl XXIX and the Cowboys’ team that won Super Bowl XXX. Known to many fans by the nickname ‘Prime Time,’ Sanders was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011. A speedy outfielder, Sanders played for the New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants from 1989 to 2001. During the 1989 season, Sanders became the only player to hit a major league home run and score a touchdown in the NFL in the same week. Sanders now works as an analyst for the NFL Network.
Profession: WNBA PLayer
Best Known For: A six-time WNBA All-Star, Chamique Holdsclaw is among the best women’s basketball players of all-time. Having played for the Washington Mystics, Los Angeles Sparks, Atlanta Dream and San Antonio Silver Stars since 1999, Holdsclaw was the WNBA Rookie of the Year in 1999. She won both the rebounding and scoring championship of the WNBA in 2002. While in college at Tennessee, Holdsclaw was selected as the winner of the Naismith Award as the nation’s best player in 1998 and 1999 and led the Volunteers to national championships in 1996, 1997 and 1998. Holdsclaw was on the US women’s national team that won the gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
Profession: Former NFL Player
Best Known For: Largely regarded as one of the biggest disappointments in NFL history, quarterback JaMarcus Russell was selected with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. Before being released by the Raiders before the 2010 season, Russell amassed a 65.2 passer rating and a 7–18 career record as a starting quarterback.