Bill Russell was always referred to as a “giant,” not only because of his 6 ’10” height but also because of his record-setting 11 NBA championships (a U.S.

sports record) with the Boston Celtics. Mind you, he only played in the league 13 years. Russell also won five Most Valuable Player awards, was a 12-time NBA all-star, and was a U.S.

gold medalist at the 1956 Olympics.And he led the University of San Francisco to NCAA basketball tournament titles in 1955 and 1956.