Brian Joseph Leetch was born March 3, 1968.

Leetch led the New York Rangers to the 1994 Stanley Cup to end the franchise's 54-year championship drought. Leetch became the first non-Canadian to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the playoffs.

A two-time Norris Trophy winner as the league's best defenseman, Leetch was inducted into the Hockey Hall Of Fame in his first year of eligibility, and the Rangers have retired his No. 2.

Leetch helped Team USA win gold at the 1996 World Cup and silver at the 2002 Olympics.

Confirming a rumor embellished upon years ago in a now-famous Chappelle Show skit, the musical artist Prince was once an ambitious high school basketball player growing up in the Twin Cities.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune reporter Libor Jany dug through the newspaper's archives and found at least two mentions of Prince, although both were retrospective pieces published after Prince has become a global star. The important details: Prince played for Bryant Junior High and Central High and was a member of one of the school's best-ever teams.

He also had an impeccable head of hair.


And it turns out Prince wasn't just some benchwarmer the team kept around because his hair looked so fantastic. He was an important bench player for the team and was not short on confidence, making it clear to his coach that he thought he should be starting:


This revelation adds a new layer of enjoyment to the already-legendary Chappelle Show skit in which Charlie Murphy tells a fictional story of the night he met Prince -- and was invited to participate in a pick-up basketball game.

No explanation can do the skit justice. Watch for yourself:

March 3, 1993: Kevin McHale scores a franchise-record 56 points in the Celtics' 138-129 win against the Pistons in Boston Garden. McHale, who makes 22 of 28 field-goal attempts, holds the record for less than two weeks as Larry Bird drops 60 on the Hawks. McHale also registers 16 rebounds, four assists and three blocks.

Another interesting note about this game is that the teams combined for 267 points, and there was only one three-pointer made (by Bird).

March 2, 1993: Winnipeg winger Teemu Selanne scores three goals to set the NHL record for most goals by a rookie with 54. Mike Bossy of the Islanders earned the previous record of 53 in 1977-78. Selanne finishes the season with 76, and it's considered one of the NHL's untouchable records.

But what makes this moment all the more memorable was Selanne's celebration after passing Bossy. He tosses his glove in the air and then uses his stick to gun it down, pump-action style.

Bonus trivia: Tie Domi picks up the primary assist for chipping the puck ahead for Selanne to chase down.

Selanne finishes his career with 684 goals, which ranks 11th on the NHL's all-time, despite a career that spanned three owners' lockouts.

Reginald Alfred Bush, Jr. was born March 2, 1985.

Bush won the Heisman Trophy in 2005 at USC. Five years later, he relinquished the award after the NCAA hammered the Trojans with severe heavy sanctions after an investigation to improper benefits to Bush and basketball star O.J. Mayo.

But NCAA penalties can't take away some of the breathless moments Bush provided for USC fans, including this dazzling zig-zag run against UCLA in 2004. (Bonus: Keith Jackson on the call.)

The Saints took Bush with the second overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft, one pick after Mario Williams and one pick ahead of Vince Young. Bush had 1,000-yard rushing seasons with the Dolphins in 2011 and Lions in 2013.

Mayce Edward Christopher "Chris" Webber III was born March 1, 1973.

In high school, he was the most recruited player to come out of Michigan since Magic Johnson. As a senior in high school Webber averaged 29.4 points and 13 rebounds per game and was National High School Basketball Player of the Year. Webber led his high school Detroit Country Day to three Michigan State High School Basketball Championships.

Webber attended the University of Michigan for two years as part of the famed Fab Five recruiting class. He and his teammates would bring a different brand of basketball with their baggy shorts and hip hop flavor. Michigan would make two consecutive NCAA championship games, but lose both. The hardest was against North Carolina in the 1993 championship with 11 seconds remaining and trailing 73-71, Webber infamously called a timeout the team didn't have:

Webber was a unanimous All-American, but later he was indicted by a federal grand jury and stripped of his All-American honors by the NCAA as a result of his direct involvement in a scandal where he accepted money as an amateur.

Webber was drafted No. 1 overall by the Orlando Magic in the 1993 NBA Draft, but traded to the Golden State Warriors for Anfernee Hardaway and three future first round picks. Webber was a star right away, winning the NBA's rookie of the year after averaging 17.5 points and 9.1 rebounds.

Over his career with the Warriors, Bullets/Wizards, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers and Detroit Pistons, Webber was a 5-time All-Star. He was also an integral part of the revival of the Kings into a legitimate championship contender.

Take a look at Webber's best career highlights:

Webber is now an NBA analyst on NBA TV. Happy birthday, Chris Webber.

March 1, 1996: Atlanta Hawks coach Lenny Wilkens became the first coach in NBA history to reach 1,000 wins after his team's 74-68 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Wilkens is one of the all-time greats in the history of basketball. He has been inducted three times into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, first in 1989 as a player, as a coach in 1998, and as part of the 1992 United States Olympic "Dream Team" for which he was an assistant coach.

For his career, Wilkens finished 1,332-1,155 won-loss record. His record is only surpassed by Don Nelson in 2009-10. Nelson finsiehd with 3 more career wins than Wilkens. Wilkens won one NBA title with the Seattle Sonics in 1979.

Here's to you Lenny Wilkens, and the day you got your 1,000th NBA win.

March 1, 1972: Wilt Chamberlain became the first player in NBA history to score 30,000 points.

Chamberlain was the most dominant scorer the game has ever seen. During the 1961-62 season with the Philadelphia Warriors, Chamberlain averaged an NBA record 50.4 points per game. That's a record that likely will not be broken ever again. Oh, and in one game that season against the New York Knicks he scored the NBA's only 100 point game:

Wilt's scoring record would stand for 18 years until Kareem Abdul-Jabbar broke it. Wilt's 31,419 career points are still good enough for fifth all time behind Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan.

Here's to you Wilt Chamberlain and the day you scored you 30,000th point.

Mario Gabriele Andretti was born February 28, 1940. He would grow up to be one of the most successful Americans in the history of the sport. He is one of only two drivers to win races in Formula One, IndyCar, World Sportscar Championship and NASCAR (the other being Dan Gurney).

Watch some of his greatest moments:

Eric Bryan Lindros was born February 28, 1973. He would become a 7-time NHL All-Star with the Philadelphia Flyers, New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Dallas Stars. He won the Hart Trophy in 1995. He is the 6th faster player ever to 600 points.

Take a look back at his best moments:

Tayshaun Durell Prince was born February 28, 1980. He was a great player for the University of Kentucy, and has had a great NBA career. He still plays for the Detroit Pistons, where he won a championship in 2004. He has one of the most memorable blocks in NBA history in Game 2 of the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals against the Indiana Pacers and Reggie Miller. Watch it again:

Happy birthday to all the February 28 sports legends.

February 28, 1971: Only five golfers have won all four of golf's modern Majors at any time during their careers, but only Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods have done it multiple times. On this day, Nicklaus became the first golfer in history to do it twice.

Nicklaus completed a two-shot win at the 1971 PGA Championship in February in Palm Beach, Florida, over reigning Masters champion Billy Casper. In this championship, Nicklaus was the only player to break 70 consecutively in the first two rounds under windy conditions and finished at seven-under par 281.

By the end of 1971, Nicklaus had won four additional PGA tournaments/ With $244,490 in official PGA Tour earnings, Nicklaus established a new single season money record.

Nicklaus would win 9 more majors over the span of his career and currently holds the all-time record with 18. Woods is the next closest with 14.

Watch some of the best moments from the "Golden Bear":

Here's to you Jack Nicklaus and your PGA Championship win in 1971 and your second career grand slam.

Anthony David Gonzalez was born February 27, 1976 in Southern California.

He was an All-American tight end and linebacker in high school. As a senior, he caught 62 passes for 945 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was also the Orange County MVP in basketball, averaging 26 points per game.

Gonzalez chose to play football at the University of California, Berkeley. At Cal, Gonzalez was an All-American tight end, and a member of the basketball team. He ultimately chose to play football. Smart choice.

The Kansas City Chiefs drafted Gonzalez as the 13th overall pick in the 1997 NFL Draft. All Gonzalez would do in his 17-year career with the Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons is crush the NFL record books. He currently holds the NFL records for touchdown receptions with 111 and total reception yards (15,127) by a tight end. He's also a 14-time Pro Bowl player, and one of the most durable players ever, missing only two games in his career. Since the 2000 season, he tallied 1,145 reception with only one fumble.

Happy birthday, Tony Gonzalez.

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