This Day in Sports History: May 2

On May 2, 1999 NFL legend John Elway announced his retirement from football.  Elway impressed fans in the NFL with his throwing precision, cool leadership, and rushing ability. In his rookie year he led the Broncos to the franchise’s fourth play-off appearance in its 24-year history. While Elway rarely led the league in individual statistical categories, he was noted for his consistent production and his ability to rally his team to victory in the late stages of games. The most famous of his comebacks came in the 1986 American Football Conference (AFC) championship game against the Cleveland Browns when he led the Broncos on a 98-yard drive to score the tying touchdown in the game’s final seconds. The Broncos won the game in overtime to advance to the Super Bowl, and Elway’s feat became known as “the Drive.”

This Day in Sports History: April 18

On April 18, 1966 NBA hall of famer Bill Russell was named the first African American coach in NBA history. Bill Russell was the cornerstone of the Boston Celtics’ dynasty of the 1960s, an uncanny shot blocker who revolutionized NBA defensive concepts. A five-time NBA Most Valuable Player and a 12-time All-Star, the angular center amassed 21,620 career rebounds, an average of 22.5 per game and led the league in rebounding four times. He had 51 boards in one game, 49 in two others and a dozen consecutive seasons of 1,000 or more rebounds.

This Day In Sports History

Marquist Parker   Sports Editor On March 21, 1994, NHL legend Wayne Gretzky tied Gordie Howe’s National Hockey League (NHL) record 801 goals. Arguably hockey’s greatest player, Wayne Gretzky played for the Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues and Read More …

This Day in Sports History: March 1

Marquist Parker   Sports Editor On March 1, 1949, former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Louis retired with a 66-3-0 record, including 52 knockouts(KOs). During what is often described as boxing’s “Golden Age” — approximately 1930 to 1955 — Joe Louis, Read More …

NFL: Ravens Trade Flacco

Marquist Parker   Sports Editor The Baltimore Ravens have agreed in principle to send former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco to the Denver Broncos for a 4th round pick. The move cannot be made official until the NFL league year begins Read More …

This Day in Sports History

Marquist Parker   Sports Editor On February 14, 1966, Wilt Chamberlin broke the NBA career scoring record with his 20,884th point. The record books are loaded with Chamberlain’s accomplishments. He was the only NBA player to score 4,000 points in a Read More …