Remembering Bill Russell

08/01/2022 Remembering Bill Russell

By: Jeff Yoder

Celtics Legend, 11-Time NBA Champion & Iconic Civil Rights Leader Bill Russell Dies at Age 88

A sad day for sports fans… Boston Celtics icon Bill Russell passed away on Sunday at the age of 88. He was a champion of the highest caliber, securing 11 NBA titles — tied for the most by any professional athlete, ever — including eight straight from 1959-1966. Russell holds the record for NBA championships, as well as games played, rebounds and minutes. He also won two NCAA championships with San Francisco. In addition to his legendary basketball career, he was also a predominant figure in the civil rights movement during the 60s.


“Bill called out injustice with an unforgiving candor that he intended would disrupt the status quo, and with a powerful example that, though never his humble intention, will forever inspire teamwork, selflessness and thoughtful change.” — Russell Family Statement


Russell showed a generation of athletes how to use their platform to create change. And for that reason, he leaves a legacy beyond basketball.


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