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Happy Birthday Bill Russell

On a day when Boston Celtics fans are grieving the loss of yet another player due to injury, let’s take a moment to celebrate the birthday of a living legend. NBA Hall of Famer and Boston Celtic great Bill Russell turns 79 today. Russell embodies what it means to be a Boston Celtic. He always put the wants, needs & feelings of himself aside for the betterment of the team. That attitude helped Russell lead the Celtics to 11 championships and pick-up countless individual records & accolades. Off the court, Bill Russell was an outspoken member of the fight against racism. He refused to play in a preseason game before the 1961-62 season in Kentucky as he and his fellow black teammates were denied service in a local restaurant. That’s just one example of how Bill and his teammates were targets of racism throughout his high-school, college & NBA career.

Such treatment however only made Russell stronger, and more selfless as his career went on:


It was announced last month that a local sculptor has begun work on the much anticipated statue of Russell to be erected in Boston. It will be a fitting tribute to one of the best players the NBA has ever seen, and an amazing human being. So from all of us at Red’sArmy, Happy Birthday Bill-and many, many more!

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  • Wyvonnia

    Happy Birtday “Bill Russell” and many, many more!….we

  • Joseph Reed

    The greatest defender to ever play the game of basketball….Happy Birthday Russ

  • BillRussellTheGreatestOfThemAll

    11-time NBA champion,
    5-time League MVP,
    20,000+ career rebounds,
    Unofficial All-Time Blocks Leader,
    Greatest Defensive Player Ever,
    Greatest Team Leader Ever,

    And my personal all-time favorite athlete in any sport anywhere …


  • SSJ6Celts

    Boston should be ashamed of itself! Perhaps the most accomplished athlete in the history of North American team sports is finally going to get his due. Boston Garden was the house that Russell built and Bird later added a few additions.

    There should’ve been a statute decades ago! But better late then never!

    And while we’re at it, start designing Larry Legend’s statue too!

    Happy Birthday Bill!

    • Chris H

      It should be noted that Bill never wanted any of that stuff and barely showed up when they raised his number to the rafters.

      • KWAPT

        He did not-you’re absolutely right.

  • Chris H

    Forgot one of the greatest players ever, as hard as that may be.

    One of the best “MEN” to ever do anything on the planet. Read his books, he is as much philospher as anything else.

  • Eddie Allen Powe

    Happy Birthday Morgan Freeman!