Sports Birthdays for June 5 – Robert Kraft and More
Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on June 5:
Profession: Retired NFL Player
Best Known For: Art Donovan was a defensive lineman who played for the New York Yanks, Dallas Texans and Baltimore Colts of the NFL. A member of two NFL championship teams while with the Colts and a five-time Pro Bowler, Donovan was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968. Years after retiring from football, Donovan had a second career as a sports personality who appeared as a guest on such TV shows as ‘Late Night with David Letterman.’
Profession: Businessman and Owner of the New England Patriots, New England Revolution and Gillette Stadium
Best Known For: Chairman and chief executive officer of The Kraft Group, Robert Kraft bought the New England Patriots in 1994. Since taking over ownership, the Patriots have appeared in six Super Bowls, winning three. Since Kraft has been the principal owner of the New England franchise, every home game has been sold out.
Profession: Retired Olympic Track Athlete
Best Known For: Along with American Tommie Smith, United States Olympian John Carlos medaled in the 200 meter dash at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. However, it was what gold medalist Smith and bronze medalist Carlos did during the medal ceremony for which they are best remembered. Both African-American men raised a black-gloved hand — the salute of the Black Power movement — creating a stir during the height of the American Civil Rights Movement over what some saw as an inappropriately timed gesture. Carlos later played briefly in both the National Football League and Canadian Football League.
Profession: Retired NBA Player
Best Known For: A member of the Cleveland Cavaliers team that lost in the 2007 NBA Finals, Zydrunas Ilgauskas was a center who played for the team from 1997-2010. He is the franchise’s career leader in games played, rebounds and blocked shots. He now serves as assistant general manager for the Cavaliers under general manager Chris Grant. A native of Lithuania, Ilgauskas was a two-time NBA all-star. He finished his career in 2011 with the Miami Heat.
Profession: NFL Player
Best Known For: Wide receiver Marques Colston has five 1,000-yard receiving seasons and 48 touchdowns in the six years that he’s played in the NFL. Colston signed a five-year, $40 million dollar contract extension with New Orleans in March. A favorite target of Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Colston had seven receptions for 83 yards in New Orleans’ Super Bowl XLIV win in 2010. Colston was drafted by the Saints in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played his college football at Hofstra.