Sports Birthdays for August 14 — Tim Tebow, Magic Johnson and More
Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on August 14:
Profession: Retired NASCAR Driver / Analyst
Best Known For: A former NASCAR Cup Series champion, Rusty Wallace won 55 NASCAR races from 1984 to 2005. In addition to being named the 1984 Rookie of the Year, Wallace was later named one of NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998. He is currently a broadcaster on ESPN’s racing coverage.
Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson
Profession: Retired NBA Player
Best Known For: A 12-time NBA All-Star, Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson is among the greatest players in NBA history. Having played with the Los Angeles Lakers from 1979 to 1991 and again in 1996, Johnson won three NBA MVP awards. As the point guard of the ‘Showtime’ Lakers, whose fast-breaking style piled up points on opponents, Johnson was a member of five NBA championship teams. His main rival — and friend — was Boston Celtics’ legend Larry Bird. The two met in the 1979 NCAA Championship, won by Johnson while he played for Michigan State against Bird’s Indiana State team.
In 1991, Johnson left the NBA because he learned he had tested positive for HIV. He returned to play in the 1992 NBA All-Star Game because he was elected by the fans, and won the game’s MVP award. Johnson was part of the gold medal-winning 1992 US Olympic ‘Dream Team.’ Johnson later had a short comeback in 1996 after briefly coaching the Lakers in 1994. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002. A tremendously successful businessman since his retirement from basketball, Johnson led a successful ownership bid to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012.
Profession: MLB Player
Best Known For: A 2010 All-Star, Clay Buchholz has been a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox since his debut in the 2007 season. In his third major league start, Buchholz threw a no-hitter against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park.
Profession: NFL Player
Best Known For: A former Heisman Trophy winner at Florida, where he led two BCS Championship teams, Tim Tebow is an NFL quarterback for the New York Jets. After being selected by the Denver Broncos in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft, Tebow went on to start three games for the team as a rookie. During his second season,Tebow led the Broncos to six come-from-behind victories and a win in the playoffs. His habit of praying for thanks on one knee after a score was dubbed ‘Tebowing’ and became a national craze and meme. Prior to the 2012 season, Tebow was traded to the New York Jets. Tebow, who is not retired from the NFL, just recently signed on with ESPN to be part of the new SEC Network, where he’ll be doing analyst work.