Sports Birthdays for — Derek Jeter and More
Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on June 26:
Profession: Former World Class Cyclist
Best Known For: American cyclist Greg LeMond is one of only nine men to have won the Tour de France three or more times. After first winning the Tour in 1986, LeMond was seriously injured in a hunting accident. He eventually returned to win the 1989 and 1990 Tours.
Profession: Retired NFL Player
Best Known For: Loud, cocky and talented, Shannon Sharpe finished his career as the NFL’s all-time leader in receptions (815), receiving yards (10,060) and receiving touchdowns (62) by a tight end. An eight-time All-Pro during his playing career with the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens from 1990 to 2003, Sharpe is considered by many to be one of the greatest tight ends in football history. Sharpe was a key member of Broncos’ teams that won Super Bowls XXXII and XXXIII and the Ravens’ team that won Super Bowl XXXV. Sharpe was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
Profession: MLB Player
Best Known For: The longtime captain of the New York Yankees, Derek Jeter has been one of the best hitters in baseball throughout his career from 1995 to the present. A 12-time American League All-Star, Jeter has amassed more than 3,100 hits and a .313 average over his 18-year playing career. Jeter was named the American League Rookie of the Year in 1996, when the Yankees won the first of five World Series championships with him batting leadoff and playing shortstop. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2000 World Series. Jeter has won five Gold Glove Awards and four Silver Slugger Awards. He is almost certain to be a first-ballot selection to the Baseball Hall of Fame after his retirement.
Profession: NFL Player
Best Known For: A four-time Pro Bowl selection, Michael Vick is one of the most athletic men ever to play quarterback. Originally drafted by the Atlanta Falcons with the first-overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft, Vick led the Falcons to the playoffs twice. In 2007, Vick was implicated in a dog fighting ring, which eventually led to him being sentenced to 23 months in prison. After being released by the Falcons while still under house arrest in June of 2009, Vick signed with the Philadelphia Eagles that August. After becoming the starting quarterback for the Eagles in early 2010, Vick was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year because of his Pro Bowl-level performance that season. Vick is the NFL’s all-time leading rusher among quarterbacks.
Profession: NBA Player
Best Known For: A member of the 2005 NCAA champion University of North Carolina basketball team, Raymond Felton now plays point guard for the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA. During his playing career from 2005 to the present, Felton has averaged 13.4 points and 6.7 assists per game while playing for the Charlotte Bobcats, New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets and the Trail Blazers. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team in 2006.
Profession: NBA Player
Best Known For: A three-time All-Star, Deron Williams is one of the most dynamic backcourt players in the NBA. Currently with the Brooklyn Nets, Williams is a flashy and skilled point guard who was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2006. In college, Williams led the University of Illinois to the NCAA championship game in 2005, where they were defeated by North Carolina. The Utah Jazz selected Williams with the third-overall pick of the 2005 NBA Draft. Utah traded Williams to the Nets in 2011.