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Sports Birthdays for July 16 — Barry Sanders and More

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Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on July 16:

Margaret Court
Age: 70
Profession: Retired WTA Player
Best Known For: Perhaps the greatest women’s tennis player of all-time, Australian Margaret Court was the first woman in the open era to complete a singles’ Grand Slam by winning all four major tournaments in 1970. Court won a record 24 singles and 62 total Grand Slam titles during her career. Court retired in 1977 with 192 championships. She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1979.

Jimmy Johnson
Age: 69
Profession: Retired NFL/NCAA Coach / Analyst
Best Known For: After a long and successful career as a college football head coach, including winning the 1987 national championship at Miami, Jimmy Johnson won consecutive Super Bowl titles while coaching the Dallas Cowboys from 1989 to 1993. He later coached the Miami Dolphins from 1996 to 1999, retiring with a career NFL record of 80-64. Prior to his coaching days, Johnson was a defensive lineman on the University of Arkansas’ 1964 national championship team. He currently serves as a football analyst for Fox.

Ron Yary
Age: 66
Profession: Retired NFL Player
Best Known For: A seven-time Pro Bowl selection at offensive tackle, Ron Yary was one of the NFL’s best offensive linemen of the 1970s. After winning the 1967 Outland Trophy as the nation’s best lineman in his senior year at USC, Yary was selected with the first overall pick of the 1968 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. Active from 1968 to 1982, Yary played all but one of those years with the Vikings, who won 11 division titles and played in Super Bowls IV, VIII, IX and XI during his tenure. Yary was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001.

Gary Anderson
Age: 53
Profession: Retired NFL Player
Best Known For: A four-time Pro Bowl Selection, Gary Anderson was one of the greatest place-kickers in NFL history. From 1982 to 2004, Anderson played with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, Minnesota Vikings and Tennessee Titans. Anderson is second on the NFL’s all-time scoring list, trailing only Morten Andersen. He was named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team for both the 1980s and 1990s. In 1998 with the Vikings, Anderson became the first kicker in NFL history to make all of the field goals and extra points he attempted in regular season play. However, Anderson’s missed field goal in the NFC Championship allowed the Atlanta Falcons to tie the game, subsequently defeating Minnesota in overtime.

Terry Pendleton
Age: 52
Profession: Retired MLB Player / MLB Coach
Best Known For: A three-time Gold Glove Award-winning third baseman, Terry Pendleton played for the St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves, Florida Marlins, Cincinnati Reds and Kansas City Royals during his playing career from 1984 to 1998. In 1991, Pendleton won the National League’s Most Valuable Player Award, as he captured the NL batting title and led the Braves to the post-season.
He currently serves as first-base coach for Atlanta.

Claude Lemieux
Age: 47
Profession: Retired NHL Player
Best Known For: A known agitator during his long NHL career, Claude Lemieux is one of only 10 players in history to win the Stanley Cup with three different teams: Montreal (1986), New Jersey (1995) and Colorado (1996 and 2000). Lemieux’s 80 career playoff goals are the ninth-most in NHL history. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the 1995 playoffs with New Jersey. Lemieux’s crushing hit from behind on Kris Draper of the Detroit Red Wings in 1996 helped create the Colorado-Detroit rivalry. He also played with the Phoenix Coyotes, Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks prior to his retirement in 2009.

Barry Sanders
Age: 44
Profession: Retired NFL Player
Best Known For: A 10-time Pro Bowl selection and four-time NFL rushing champion, Barry Sanders was one of the best running backs in the history of the NFL. Having played his entire career with the Detroit Lions from 1989 to 1998, Sanders is the third leading-rusher in NFL history behind only Emmitt Smith and Walter Payton. He was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1997 and the Offensive Player of the Year in 1994 and 1997. Sanders was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004. In 1988 at Oklahoma State, Sanders set the national college single-season rushing record with 2,628 rushing yards on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy.

Zach Randolph
Age: 31
Profession: NBA Player
Best Known For: A one-time NBA All-Star, Zach Randolph has averaged 17.3 points and 9.1 rebounds per game over his 11-year NBA career. Since being drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the 2001 NBA draft, Randolph has played for Portland, the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies. He played his college ball at Michigan State.

Duncan Keith
Age: 29
Profession: NHL Player
Best Known For: A two-time All-Star defenseman, Duncan Keith is an alternate captain of the Chicago Blackhawks. In 2010, Keith won the James Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenseman, as the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup. Keith was a member of the gold medal-winning Canadian hockey team at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

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