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Sports Birthdays for July 6 — Pau Gasol and More

Pau Gasol
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Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on July 6:

Fred Dryer
Age: 66
Profession: Retired NFL Player/ Actor
Best Known For: An All-Pro defensive end for the Los Angeles Rams in the 1970s, Fred Dryer played 13 years in the NFL. From 1969 to 1981, Dryer recorded 104 career sacks with the Rams and the New York Giants. He remains the only NFL player to score two safeties in one game. After his retirement from football, Dryer went on to work as an actor, playing the lead role in the NBC cop drama ‘Hunter’ from 1984 to 1991.

Brad Park
Age: 64
Profession: Retired NHL Player / Current Hockey Analyst
Best Known For: A nine-time All-Star, Brad Park was one of the best defensemen in the NHL during his career from 1968 to 1985 while with the New York Rangers, Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings. Park was the runner-up for the Norris Trophy, honoring the league’s best defenseman, in 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1976 and 1978. Park was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1988, his first year of eligibility.

Willie Randolph
Age: 58
Profession: Retired MLB Player/ Current MLB Coach
Best Known For: A six-time All-Star selection, second baseman Willie Randolph was an underrated player during a career that spanned from 1975 to 1992 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets. Randolph was a member of the New York Yankees’ teams that won the World Series in 1977 and 1978. After retiring as a player, Randolph began a career in coaching. He was a coach on the Yankees teams that won the World Series in 1996, 1998, 1996 and 2000. Randolph later served as the manager of the New York Mets from 2005 to 2008, leading the team to the National League Championship Series in 2006. He currently serves as a bench coach for the Baltimore Orioles.

Matt Bahr
Age: 56
Profession: Retired NFL Player
Best Known For: Part of a kicking family that included his brother Chris and father Walter, who was a soccer player, Matt Bahr won Super Bowl rings while with the Pittsburgh Steelers (XIV) and New York Giants (XXV). From 1979 to 1995, Bahr kicked for the Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns, Giants, Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots. He was an All-American at Penn State in 1978.

Ron Duguay
Age: 55
Profession: Retired NHL Player / Current Hockey Analyst
Best Known For: A flashy and flamboyant hockey player with long, curly hair, Ron Duguay played 12 seasons in the NHL from 1977 through 1989. Duguay’s most notable years were with the New York Rangers, where, in addition to becoming an All-Star and 40-goal scorer, Duguay dated models, starred in fashion commercials and became a favorite on the New York nightlife scene.

Valerie Brisco-Hooks
Age: 52
Profession: Former U.S. Olympian
Best Known For: A winner of three gold medals in track at the 1984 Olympics at Los Angeles, Valerie Brisco-Hooks was among the fastest women in the world during the 1980s. Brisco-Hooks won gold medals in both the 200- and 400-meter races, as well as the 4×400-meter relay.

Pau Gasol
Age: 32
Profession: NBA Player
Best Known For: A four-time NBA All-Star, Spanish-born Pau Gasol is a star power forward for the Los Angeles Lakers. Originally drafted third-overall in 2001 by the Atlanta Hawks, who traded him to the Memphis Grizzlies, Gasol won the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2002. After setting most major franchise records for the Grizzlies, Gasol was traded to the Lakers in 2008. While with Los Angeles, Gasol has won two NBA championships (2009, 2010).

Nnamdi Asomugha
Age: 31
Profession: NFL Player
Best Known For: A four-time All Pro selection, Nnamdi Asomugha is one of the best defensive backs in the NFL. Currently playing cornerback for the Philadelphia Eagles, Asomugha started his career in 2003 with the Oakland Raiders and was named their team MVP in 2006 and 2008. He signed a lucrative free agent contract with the Eagles in 2011.

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