Sports Birthdays for September 29 — Calvin Johnson, Kevin Durant and More
Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on September 29:
Best Known For: Bryant Gumbel is a television journalist who served as a host for NBC Sports programming from 1975 to 1982, before co-hosting the ‘Today’ show for 15 years. Since 1995, Gumbel has hosted the Emmy-winning sports program ‘Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.’
Profession: Retired Olympian
Best Known For: A native of Britain, Sebastian Coe is a former distance runner who won four Olympic medals, including golds in the 1500 meters at both the 1980 and 1984 Summer Games. Coe held the world record in the mile three times from 1979 to 1981.
Profession: MLB Player
Best Known For: Jake Westbrook is a starting pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals. Since debuting in the major leagues in 200, Westbrook has also played for the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians. He was named an American League All-Star in 2004 while with the Indians. Westbrook was a member of the Cardinals’ team that won the 2011 World Series.
Profession: NFL Player
Best Known For: A two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, Calvin Johnson has played for the Detroit Lions since the franchise selected him with the second-overall pick of the 2007 NFL Draft. Nicknamed ‘Megatron’ after the robotic Transformers’ character, Johnson is an almost unstoppable force at wide receiver, leading the NFL in receiving in 2011. He already has more than 6,000 receiving yards and 50 touchdown receptions in his career.
Best Known For: A three-time All-Star forward and NBA scoring champion, Kevin Durant plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder. He has been with the franchise since it was located in Seattle and it selected him with the second-overall pick of the 2007 NBA Draft. Durant was named NBA Rookie of the Year in 2008. He was a member of the US men’s national team that won the 2012 gold medal at the Summer Olympics in London. Durant played college basketball at Texas, where he was named the National Player of the Year in 2007.