Sports Birthdays for August 8 — Roger Federer and More
Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on August 8:
Profession: Retired Basketball Coach
Best Known For: One of the winningest college basketball coaches of all-time, Jerry Tarkanian won 706 games while coaching at Long Beach State, UNLV and Fresno State from 1968 to 2002. Tarkanian had the most success at UNLV, where four of his teams advanced to the Final Four, including the 1990 squad that won the national championship. While at UNLV, Tarkanian engaged in a long-standing legal battle with the NCAA over penalties the organization had imposed on the coach and his program. Tarkanian also coached the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA for 20 games in 1992.
Profession: Retired NFL Player
Best Known For: A 14-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman, Bruce Matthews played for the Houston Oilers / Tennessee Oilers / Tennessee Titans franchise from 1983 to 2001. Matthews was named to the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007.
Profession: NBA Player
Best Known For: A two-time All-Star forward, Rashard Lewis played for the Seattle SuperSonics, Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards of the NBA from 1998 to 2012. He signed a free agent deal with the Miami Heat in July of 2012. A skilled outside shooter, Lewis has averaged 16.1 points per game during his career.
Profession: Tennis Player
Best Known For: Winner of a record 17 Grand Slam men’s singles titles, Roger Federer is the No.1-ranked men’s tennis player in the world and one of the best tennis players in history. A native of Switzerland, Federer has appeared in 24 men’s Grand Slam finals and held the No. 1 ranking a record 286 weeks overall.
Profession: NFL Player
Best Known For: Pierre Garçon is a speedy wide receiver who played for the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL from 2008 to 2011. After having the best season of his career in 2011, Garçon signed a five-year, $42.5 million contract with the Washington Redskins prior to the 2012 season.
Profession: NBA Player
Best Known For: A native of Italy, Danilo Gallinari is a European basketball star who was selected by the New York Knicks in the 2008 NBA Draft. After being traded from the Knicks to Denver as part of the Carmelo Anthony deal in 2011, Gallinari became a key part of the Nuggets’ future. During his NBA career, Gallinari has averaged 14.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.