Prior to his career with the C's, he also won back-to-back NCAA titles with the San Francisco Dons in 1955 and 1956 and an Olympic Gold in Melbourne (1956).
|Russell receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama|
Most recently, Russell unwittingly returned to the national spotlight when - while attending the Presidential inauguration ceremonies last month - he was mistaken by ABC news presenter George Stephanopoulos to be actor Morgan Freeman. As distinguished and decorated Russell's career and life have been, I guess Stephanopoulos confused him with having won an Oscar or two as well.
Happy Birthday Mr. Russell!