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Sports Birthdays for July 17 — Bryan Trottier and More

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Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on July 17:

Daryle Lamonica
Age: 71
Profession: Retired NFL Player
Best Known For: A two-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time AFL All-Star, Daryle Lamonica was among the most prolific passing quarterbacks in an era when pro football offenses were run-focused. From 1963 to 1974, Lamonica played with the Buffalo Bills and Oakland Raiders, leading teams to AFL championships in 1964, 1965 and 1967. He was named AFL MVP in both 1967 and 1969.

Connie Hawkins
Age: 70
Profession: Retired NBA Player
Best Known For: A four-time NBA All-Star, Connie Hawkins was an underrated basketball star. He started his professional career with the Pittsburgh Rens of the American Basketball League from 1961 to 1963 while he was under investigation for a point shaving scandal in which he was never formally charged. The investigation caused him to be banned from the NBA in 1966. Hawkins played for the Harlem Globetrotters from 1963 to 1967, while suing the NBA for unfairly banning him. Hawkins then played for the Pittsburgh Pipers in the ABA, winning the MVP and the league championship in 1967-68. The NBA eventually settled the suit with Hawkins and assigned him to play for the Phoenix Suns in 1969. Hawkins played for the Suns, Los Angeles Lakers and Atlanta Hawks from 1969 to 1976. He was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992.

Charlie Steiner
Age: 63
Profession: Broadcaster
Best Known For: Charlie Steiner has been a play-by-play announcer, sports anchor and analyst for various sports broadcast organizations since 1977. He is best known for his work on ESPN’s SportsCenter, including starring in the ‘This Is SportsCenter’ commercials. He is currently an announcer on Los Angeles Dodgers’ radio broadcasts.

Bryan Trottier
Age: 56
Profession: Retired NHL Player
Best Known For: A 10-time All-Star center, Bryan Trottier played from 1975 to 1994 with the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins. Trottier won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year in 1976. In 1978–79, Trottier scored 134 points to win the Art Ross Trophy, and he was awarded the Hart Trophy as league MVP. Trottier was a key member of the Islanders’ teams who won four consecutive Stanley Cups from 1980 to 1983. During the Islanders’ first Stanley Cup run in 1980, Trottier won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs. He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997.

Scott Norwood
Age: 52
Profession: Retired NFL Player
Best Known For: A Pro Bowl selection in 1988, place-kicker Scott Norwood played for the Buffalo Bills from 1985 to 1991. In 1991, Norwood missed a 47-yard field goal as time expired in Super Bowl XXV, costing the Bills the victory against the New York Giants.

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