Bill Russell turns 80 today. And while it’s been a while since the 11-time NBA champion has graced the hardwood with his play, his influence on the game is still felt today. You know about the 11 rings in 13 seasons, though the grandeur of that number only continues to grow, and you know about Red Auerbach and the Celtics dynasty. However, like any athlete that embodied the game, and still holds sway over current proceedings, there’s way more to Bill Russell than just being the face of the Boston Celtics. Russell is an ambassador for the game, he’s made TV appearances, and he had one of the greatest college careers in NCAA history. To go past the surface of the NBA’s most winningest player, check out, 20 Things You Didn’t Know About Bill Russell in GIFs.
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