Sports Birthdays for June 22 — Kurt Warner and More
Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on June 22:
Profession: Retired NBA Player / Current Broadcaster
Best Known For: Nicknamed ‘The Glide,’ Clyde Drexler was a 10-time NBA All-Star during his playing career with the Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets from 1983 to 1998. Named to the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996, Drexler scored more than 22,000 points over his career. A member of the Olympic gold medal-winning U.S. ‘Dream Team’ in 1992 and the 1995 NBA champion- Houston Rockets, Drexler was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004. In college, Drexler was a part of the University of Houston ‘Phi Slama Jama’ teams that went to three consecutive Final Fours from 1982-1984.
Profession: Retired Mixed Martial Arts Fighter
Best Known For: An Olympic alternate in Greco-Roman wrestling in 1988, 1992 and 1996, Randy Couture went on to become a preeminent fighter in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) ranks before retiring in 2011. Couture was a three-time UFC Heavyweight Champion and a two-time UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. He has competed in a record 15 title fights, including three bouts against rival Chuck Lidell. Couture was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2006. Couture has also performed in several films, including ‘Invincible,’ ‘The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior,’ and ‘The Expendables.’
Profession: Retired NBA Player / Current Analyst
Best Known For: Undrafted out of the University of Northern Iowa, Kurt Warner went on to a stellar NFL career while playing with the St. Louis Rams, New York Giants and Arizona Cardinals from 1998 to 2009. He was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1999 and 2001 while playing with the Rams. Warner was the MVP of Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000, which St. Louis won by defeating the Tennessee Titans. Warner and the Rams returned to the Super Bowl after the 2001 season, but were defeated by the New England Patriots. Warner led Arizona to Super Bowl XLIII in 2009, where they were defeated by the Pittsburgh Steelers. After announcing his retirement in 2010, Warner went on to compete in reality dance competition ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 11. He now serves as an analyst for NFL broadcasts.
Profession: NFL Player
Best Known For: An 11-time Pro Bowl cornerback, Champ Bailey is one of the best defensive backs in the NFL. A star defender for both the Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos from 1999 to the present, Bailey holds the NFL record for most Pro Bowls by a cornerback with 11. He has 50 career interceptions, including a career-high 10 in 2006. In 1998, his final year at Georgia, Bailey was named a consensus All-American and winner of the Nagurski Trophy as the best defensive player in the nation.
Profession: MLB Player
Best Known For: Second-baseman Ian Kinsler is a key member of the Texas Rangers, who have represented the American League in the World Series in 2010 and 2011. A two-time All Star, Kinsler hit 30 home runs and stole 30 bases in the same season in both 2009 and 2011. In 2009, Kinsler was named No. 24 on the Sporting News’ list of the 50 greatest current players in baseball.