Sports Birthdays for June 8 — Lindsay Davenport and More
Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on June 8:
Profession: Retired NFL Player
Best Known For: A five-time Pro Bowl selection, Herb Adderly was a star defensive back for the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys from 1961-1972. The only player to appear in four of the first six Super Bowls, Adderly returned an intercepted pass 60 yards for a touchdown in Super Bowl II for the Green Bay Packers. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980.
Profession: Retired NHL Player
Best Known For: A feared hockey goon during his playing days, Rob Ray played for the Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators during his NHL playing career from 1985 to 2004. Due to Ray’s practice of removing his own helmet, jersey and pads to gain an advantage in hockey fights, the NHL changed its fighting rules to penalize such behavior. Ray was also featured as a thug/security guard in the ‘This Is Sportscenter’ commercials for ESPN. He is now a Canadian sports broadcaster.
Profession: Retired NFL Player/Current NFL Player Advisor
Best Known For: A five-time Pro Bowl selection during his 14-year NFL career, Troy Vincent had 47 career interceptions for the Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins. Vincent is now the vice president of the NFL Player Engagement Organization. He instructs players on how to adapt to life after football. Vincent was formerly president of the NFL Players Association, which later investigated the former star for allegedly disclosing financial information on player agents to help build a financial services company. Formal charges were never brought against Vincent.
Profession: WTA Player
Best Known For: Lindsay Davenport is a former world No. 1 women’s tennis player who won three Grand Slam singles tournaments and the 1996 Olympic gold medal in women’s singles. She finished 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2005 as the world’s top-ranked player. Davenport ranks fourth all-time among women in career prize money won on the WTA Tour.
Profession: World Tennis Association Player
Best Known For: Russian-born tennis pro Nadia Petrova has won 28 WTA titles and was the No. 3-ranked women’s tennis player in the world in 2006. She is currently ranked No. 29. In addition to her singles prowess, she is also a very successful doubles player, reaching the doubles finals of the U.S. Open in 2010.
Profession: WTA Player
Best Known For: Kim Clijsters is a former world No. 1-ranked tennis player. She has won four Grand Slam singles titles, including three at the US Open in 2005, 2009 and 2010. The Belgian native was named one of the “30 Legends of Women’s Tennis: Past, Present and Future” by ‘Time’ magazine in 2011.