NBA Legend, civil rights activist and Hall of Famer Bill Russell died at 88.
Russell’s family announced his passing in an official statement from his verified account.
“Bill Russell, the most prolific winner in American sports history, passed away peacefully today at age 88, with his wife, Jeannine, by his side,” the statement said.
Russell won two high school state championships, two NCAA championships, an Olympic gold medal, and 11 NBA championships.
Bill Russell was the first black head coach in all of the United States, from all sports teams to win a championship.
Russell ended his coaching tenure with two NBA championships.
Russell was a glorious NBA player.
The NBA Finals MVP has his name on it.
Since 2009, the NBA Finals MVP is called the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Award.
Bill Russell is one of the most prominent basketball players in the NBA.
However, he left an equality legacy. Russell fought for minorities not only in professional sports but in all of the United States.
In 2010, Russell obtained the Presidential Medal of Honor for his decades of fighting for equality.
“Perhaps you’ll relive one or two of the golden moments he gave us, or recall his trademark laugh as he delighted in explaining the real story behind how those moments unfolded. And we hope each of us can find a new way to act or speak up with Bill’s uncompromising, dignified, and always constructive commitment to principle. That would be one last, and lasting, win for our beloved #6.” the statement ends.