Sports Birthdays for June 17 — Venus Williams and More
Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on June 17:
Profession: Retired NHL Player / Hockey Broadcaster
Best Known For: Mike Milbury appeared in the post season 11 times during his 12-year NHL career as a defenseman for the Boston Bruins from 1974 to 1987. His most notable moment may have been charging into the Madison Square Garden stands in 1979 as his Bruins’ teammates Terry O’Reilly and Peter McNab fought with the crowd. Milbury removed a shoe from one of the fans and struck him with it, earning Milbury a six-game suspension and a $500 fine. Milbury later coached the Bruins, leading the team to the Presidents’ Trophy and the Stanley Cup Finals in 1990. He later served as head coach and then general manager for the New York Islanders from 1995 to 2006. Milbury currently is a hockey analyst for the New England Sports Network (NESN), Hockey Night in Canada and the NHL on NBC.
Profession: Retired NFL Player
Best Known For: A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Keith Sims had an 11-year NFL playing career as an offensive lineman with the Miami Dolphins and the Washington Redskins from 1990 to 2000. Sims was a second round pick of the Miami Dolphins in the 1990 NFL Draft. He played football at Iowa State University in college.
Ron “Popeye” Jones
Profession: Retired NBA Player
Best Known For: A two-time Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year at Murray State, Ron ‘Popeye’ Jones went on to play in the NBA from 1993 to 2004 with the Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Washington Wizards and Golden State Warriors. His best season was in 1995-96 with the Dallas Mavericks when he averaged 11.3 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. Jones is currently an assistant coach for the Brooklyn Nets.
Profession: WTA Player
Best Known For: Venus Williams is a former world No. 1-ranked tennis player who has won 21 total Grand Slam titles, including five Wimbledon singles championships. She was the first black woman in the Open era to be ranked No. 1. Her 43 career singles titles are the most of any active player on the WTA Tour. Williams has also won three Olympic gold medals, one in singles and two in women’s doubles while partnering with her younger sister Serena. Venus is currently battling the effects of Sjögren’s syndrome, an auto-immune disorder she was diagnosed with in 2011. She is still playing on the WTA Tour.
Profession: NFL Quarterback
Best Known For: A first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in the 2003 NFL Draft, Kyle Boller never became the franchise quarterback the AFC team had hoped he would be. His record as a starter with Baltimore was 21-19 from 2003 to 2008. Currently a free agent, Boller has also played with the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. His career passer rating is 69.5. Boller is married to former Miss USA contestant Carrie Prejean.