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Who was Bill Russell ?
Legendary Boston Celtics big man Bill Russell is dead at the age of 88, per reports.
His death was announced in a written statement on his Twitter account.
“Bill Russell, the most prolific winner in American sports history, passed away peacefully today at the age of 88, with his wife, Jeannine, by his side.”
Russell played for the Boston Celtics from 1956 to 1969.
“Bill’s two state championships in high school offered a glimpse of the team’s unparalleled streak of pure achievement to come: two-time NCAA champion; capital of a gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic team; 11-time champion of the NBA; and commanding two NBA championships as the first black head coach of any professional sports team in North America,” the statement continued.
“Along the way, Bill won a series of individual awards that are unprecedented, since he didn’t mention them.”
Mr. Russell, who died on July 31 at the age of 88, was indomitable on and off the field and one of the most compelling public figures straddling sports and civil rights. He was intensely motivated and innovative as an athlete, especially when he faced off in electrifying matchups against Wilt Chamberlin, the dominant scorer of the era. Their rivalry elevated the popularity of the National Basketball Association.
“Bill’s wife, Jeannine, and her many friends and family thank you for keeping Bill in his prayers.”
“Perhaps you relive one or two of the golden moments he gave us, or remember his trademark laugh as he delighted in explaining the true story behind how those moments unfolded.”
“And we hope that each of us can find a new way to act or speak with Bill’s uncompromising, dignified and always constructive commitment to principle.”
“That would be a last and lasting victory for our beloved number 6,” the statement concludes.
How did Bill Russell fight for civil rights?
He participated in the 1963 March on Washington for civil rights and defended Muhammad Ali when he refused to serve in the military on the basis of his religious beliefs. Russell went on to lead the Celtics to a total of 11 championship titles, before retiring in 1969.