Did you know that Henri Richard of the National Hockey League’s Montreal Canadiens, and Bill Russell holds the record for the most championships won by an athlete in a North American sports league?
Did you know that Russell also won a gold medal at the 1956 Summer Olympics as captain of the U.S. national basketball team?
Did you know that by winning the 1956 NCAA Championship with USF and the 1957 NBA title with the Celtics, Russell became the first of only four players in basketball history to win an NCAA championship and an NBA Championship back-to-back (the others being Henry Bibby, Magic Johnson, and Billy Thompson)?
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Did you know that Russell led the NBA in rebounds four times and tallied 21,620 total rebounds in his career?
Did you know that Russell is one of just two NBA players (the other being prominent rival Wilt Chamberlain) to have grabbed more than fifty rebounds in a game?
Did you know that Russell was the first African American player to achieve superstar status in the NBA?
Did you know that Russell also served a three-season (1966–69) stint as player-coach and won two NBA Championships for the Celtics, becoming the first African American NBA coach?
Did you know that Russell was selected into NBA 25th Anniversary Team in 1971, into NBA 35th Anniversary Team in 1980 and named as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996, one of only four players that selected into all three teams?
Did you know that in 2009, the NBA announced that the NBA Finals MVP trophy would be named the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award in honor of Russell?
Did you know that Russell wrote 4 books?
- Russell, Bill; McSweeny, William (1966). Go Up for Glory. Coward-McCann.
- Russell, Bill; Branch, Taylor (1979). Second Wind. Ballantine Books. ISBN 978-0394503851.
- Russell, Bill; Faulkner, David (2001). Russell Rules. New American Library. ISBN 0-525-94598-9.
- Russell, Bill; Steinberg, Alan (2009). Red and Me: My Coach, My Lifelong Friend. Harper. ISBN 978-0-06-176614-5.