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Bill Russell is just an unbelievable human being

RedsArmyAdmin May 17, 2011 Uncategorized 8 Comments

There's nothing Bill Russell hates more than the spotlight.  But he stepped into it today as he was honored for his mentoring program.  But along with that comes his statue… which he really doesn't like very much.

“Well, [the statue] makes me a little uneasy, because it seems almost like a tombstone," Russell joked. "I don’t want to engrave my tombstone yet, but it’s tied in with the mentoring program and there’s very little that I would not do for the mentoring program." 

That last line is classic Russell.  He'll do things he hates for the greater good.  How can you not love that guy?  And he's also a brilliant mind.  

"I once said in a speech I made in Texas — it was right as the Vietnam War was winding down — I said that we should take those funds and dedicate it to our educational system," Russell said. "And after the speech a guy said to me, 'You know, you're talking about spending a lot of money, and as a taxpayer, I don't think I should have to pay taxes to educate other peoples' kids.' And I said, 'Sir, there are two reasons you should do this. One, when you were 6 years old and your folks sent you off to a school, there was a school there for you to go to. And second, there are no other peoples' children in the United States of America. That's the next generation of Americans.' And so, in my post-athletic career, I've done everything I could to further education, and if this will be something that will help, I'm all for it." 

I'm going to stop here… because otherwise I'll gush about this guy for hours.  He was not only a great basketball player… he's a great human being and a great American.  You can't honor him enough. 

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/sothewind Lee in Oregon

    Greatest player in the history of the game and a fantastic human being as well, Russ makes me proud to be a C’s fan.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/irisheyes9302 Irisheyes9302

    They simply do not make people this awesome anymore.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/paulmkane2001 Paulmkane2001

    I don’t like Bill Russell. His autobiography inspired me, when I was a kid, but now he’s a bitter old man who hates Boston, but still wants a statue here. The business about him not wanting the statue is such a blatant lie. If he didn’t want the statue, he would just say no, and demand that anything being done for his program be done another way.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/paulmkane2001 Paulmkane2001

    As for the mentoring program, there’s no reason whatsoever to connect it with a statue. The fact that they are trying to do so makes me wonder if there is anything real going on there, as far as mentoring is concerned. Sounds like pure PR to me.
    Mentoring is a good idea, but what is really needed is more funding for education. The whole thing reeks.
    If you want a statue, Bill, don’t try to hide your gigantic ego behind some kids.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/mollysdaddy Jp


  • http://profile.typepad.com/pasqualenap43 PasqualeNap43

    The way I see it, I have to get my hands on this rare misprinted Michael Jordan Biography that accidentally has Bill Russell on the cover…a printing error like that must be worth a small fortune

  • http://profile.typepad.com/jrutkowski34 Jared

    I dont think Mr. Russell is against funding of public education. His statement above seems obviously to imply the exact opposite. With all the scumbags and historical monsters we praise in public life I think your criticism of Russell and his “ego” is way, way off base. Grind your axe elsewhere, like a Laker site (although to be honest, I dont think even they have such a poor opinion of the man)

  • http://profile.typepad.com/sothewind Lee in Oregon

    you sound like a complete douchebag so I will assume u are.