On This Day...June 22nd...Born on Edition!
1947- Basketball Hall of Famer Pete Maravich was born...Maravich scored 15,948 (24.2 ppg) points during a 10-year NBA career from 1970-80...all after setting NCAA season and career scoring records at LSU.
Maravich's awards include: 5-time NBA All-Star, 1970 Naismith College basketball player of the Year, 3-time SEC Player of the Year and 3-time Consensus NCAA First-Team All-American.
His son Josh played for the Tigers as well. "The Pistol" as the older Maravich was known...died of a heart attack after a pick-up game at age 39.
Check out the younger Maravich's story here: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/basketball/2003-02-12-maravich-sons_x.htm
1971- Former Arena Football League and NFL quarterback Kurt Warner was born in Burlington, Iowa.
Warner played college ball for the University of Northern Iowa Panthers in the Missouri Valley Football Conference where he did not start until his senior season. He went undrafted in 1994...was picked up by Green Bay Packers in training camp but released before season even began.
Warner bagged groceries for a short time and returned to Northern Iowa as a graduate assistant coach. In 1995, he joined the AFL as the quarterback for the Iowa Barnstormers. Warner was named to the AFL's First-team All-Arena in both 1996 and 1997 after leading the Barnstormers to the Arena Bowl both seasons.
Warner got another shot in the NFL when he was signed by the St. Louis Rams and allocated to NFL Europe's Amsterdam Admirals (where he led the league in touchdowns and passing yards during the Admirals 1998 campaign)
After re-entering the NFL, Warner played for the Rams, NY Giants and Arizona Cardinals...amassing 4 Pro Bowl appearances (1999- 2001 and again in 2008), Super Bowl XXXIV Champion and MVP, RECORD for highest completion percentage in a game (min of 20 attempts) with 92.31 while with the Cardinals against Jacksonville, Sept. 20, 2009 (24 of 26) and second in career completion percentage behind Peyton Manning (min of 1,500 attempts), also 3rd all-time on passing yards gained in one season.
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