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Sports Birthdays for May 31 — Kenny Lofton and More

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Here are just some of the figures in the world of sports who are celebrating a birthday today:

Joe Namath
Age: 69
Profession: Former NFL Quarterback
Best Known For: Namath’s claim to fame was being the starting quarterback for the New York Jets from 1965-1976. During his NFL career, Namath threw for 27,663 passing yards and 173 touchdowns. Joe’s most notable moment came in Super Bowl III when he led the New York Jets over the favored Baltimore Colts for the American Football League’s first Super Bowl win. Namath’s nickname during his time in New York City was ‘Broadway Joe’ and he was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fam e in 1985.

Kenny Lofton
Age: 45
Profession: Former MLB Player
Best Known For: Kenny Lofton started his Major League Baseball career with the Houston Astros in 1991. He’s best known for his play with the Cleveland Indians in the mid-1990s. Lofton was known as great outfielder who had the pension for making highlight catches. He was also one of the premiere base stealers in baseball, swiping 622 of them during his career.

Jake Peavy
Age: 31
Profession: MLB Pitcher
Best Known For: Jake Peavy is an all-star pitcher for the Chicago White Sox, but is most notably remembered for his days spent with the San Diego Padres. His best season with the Padres came in 2007, when he won the 2007 National League Cy Young Award and the pitching triple crown by leading the league in ERA, strikeouts, and wins.

Nate Robinson
Age: 28
Profession: NBA Playerest Known For: Robinson has played for four NBA teams during his seven-year NBA career after excelling as a star at the University of Washington. Robinson’s trademark leaping ability has helped him become the first person in NBA history to win three NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contests. He is currently a member of the Golden State Warriors.

And the late…

Happy Hairston
Profession: Former NBA Player
Best Known For: Hairston played 11 seasons in the NBA, most notably with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was part of the 1972 Los Angeles Lakers championship squad that won 33 consecutive games. He and Wilt Chamberlain each grabbed more than 1,000 rebounds that season to become the only teammates in NBA history to do so. Hairston passed away in 2001 due to complications with prostate cancer. He was 58 years old.

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