Sports Birthdays for June 7 – Allen Iverson and More
Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on June 7:
Profession: Retired NFL Player
Best Known For: From 1990-2002, Terance Mathis played for the New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons and Pittsburgh Steelers. An All-Pro wide receiver who had 111 receptions for Atlanta in 1994, Mathis scored 63 touchdowns during his NFL career. He holds Falcons career records in receptions (573) and touchdown receptions (57) and is second in receiving yards (7,349). He is currently second in NFL history in career two-point conversions with six, behind Marshall Faulk’s seven. Mathis played his college football at New Mexico, where he was named a consensus All-American. Mathis now serves as offensive coordinator at Savannah State University.
Profession: Retired NHL Player
Best Known For: The first overall pick of the 1988 NHL Draft by the Minnesota North Stars, Mike Modano is the all-time goals-scored and points leader among American-born NHL players. An eight-time All-Star over his 21 NHL seasons with Minnesota, the Dallas Stars and the Detroit Red Wings, Modano helped lead Dallas to the 1999 Stanley Cup. Modano is married to pop singer/songwriter Willa Ford.
Profession: Retired NFL Player
Best Known For: Terrell Buckley is the only NFL player with 50 or more career interceptions to never make a Pro Bowl. Buckley’s 50 interceptions from 1992-2005 rank 33rd on the NFL’s all-time interceptions list. In his junior year at Florida State, Buckley was named a first-team All-American and won the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given annually to the nation’s top defensive back. He currently serves as cornerbacks coach for the University of Akron.
Profession: Professional Basketball Player
Best Known For: Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the first overall pick of the 1996 NBA Draft, Allen Iverson was the Rookie of the Year in 1997 and Most Valuable Player in 2001. An 11-time All-Star and four-time winner of the NBA scoring title, Iverson’s career scoring average of 26.7 points per game is sixth in NBA history. His postseason career scoring average of 29.7 points per game is second only to NBA great Michael Jordan. Playing most of his career with Philadelphia, Iverson has also played for the Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons and Memphis Grizzlies. Often beset by conflicts with his coaches or off-court drama and personal issues, Iverson has never officially announced his retirement. He last played professionally in Turkey in 2011.
Profession: Pro Tennis Player
Best Known For: As well-known for her beauty as her tennis game, Anna Kournikova was the world’s eighth-ranked player in 2000. A native of Russia, Kournikova never won a World Tennis Association singles title. She did, however, win several doubles tournaments while partnered with Martina Hingis, including Grand Slam titles in Australia in 1999 and 2002. A back injury ended Kournikova’s WTA playing career in 2003. She now plays for the St. Louis Aces of World Team Tennis. Kournikova has modeled in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue and Maxim. She was named one of People’s 50 Most Beautiful People in 1998 and one of the “100 Hottest Women of All-Time” by ‘Men’s Health’ in 2011. She has been in a relationship with pop singer Enrique Iglesias since 2001.