Sports Birthdays for July 9 — O.J. Simpson and More
Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on July 9:
Profession: Retired NHL Player / Coach
Best Known For: An eight-time All-Star defenseman, Red Kelly played on more Stanley Cup-winning teams than any non-Montreal Canadiens player in NHL history. During his playing career from 1947 to 1967, Kelly played on eight championship teams with the Detroit Red Wings (1950, 1952, 1954, 1955) and Toronto Maple Leafs (1962, 1963, 1964, 1967). After his retirement, Kelly served as a head coach for the Los Angeles Kings, Pittsburgh Penguins and the Maple Leafs. He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1969. From 1962 to 1965, Kelly was elected to the Canadian Parliament while still playing for Toronto.
Profession: Retired NFL Player / Actor
Best Known For: One of the NFL's greatest all-time running backs during his playing days, O.J. Simpson is now known for being tried, and acquitted, for murdering his wife, Nicole Brown-Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, in 1994. Prior to being arrested in connection with the murders, Simpson and his friend Al Cowlings were chased in a nationally-televised, low-speed pursuit while in a white Ford Bronco SUV on the Southern California freeways. Simpson is currently serving a 33-year prison sentence for an armed robbery and kidnapping he committed in Las Vegas in 2007.
After winning the Heisman Trophy at USC in 1968, Simpson was selected first-overall in the 1969 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. In 1973, he became the first professional football player to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season. Simpson still holds the NFL record for single-season, yards-per-game average at 143 in 1973. Simpson was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985. Prior to his legal troubles, Simpson had a successful career as an actor and sports analyst.
Profession: Retired MLB Player
Best Known For: A two-time All-Star, WIllie Wilson was a speedy outfielder and leadoff hitter for the Kansas City Royals, Oakland A's and Chicago Cubs from 1976 to 1994. Wilson led the American league in steals in 1979 and won the American League batting title in 1982. He was a member of the Kansas City Royals' team that won the 1985 World Series. Wilson finished his career with 668 stolen bases, and 13 inside-the-park home runs, the most in MLB since 1950.
Profession: Retired NFL Player
Best Known For: A two-time Pro Bowl quarterback, Trent Green played from 1993 to 2008 with the San Diego Chargers, Washington Redskins, St. Louis Rams, Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins. After being injured in the 1999 pre-season, Green was replaced by Kurt Warner, as the Rams went on to win Super Bowl XXXIV. While with the Chiefs, Green became one of only 12 quarterbacks in NFL history to pass for more than 4,000 yards in three or more seasons.
Profession: Soccer Player
Best Known For: Ashley Young is a winger for English soccer team Manchester United and the English national team. Playing with the English team since 2007, Young has scored six international goals.