Interesting Facts and Career Highlights of Moses Malone, NBA Biography

After Moses Malone made the unheard of jump from high school to the NBA back in 1974, many wondered how he could pass up the chance for a free education at college. 20 years later, nobody questioned the decision he made back in ’74. A twelve time NBA All Star and 3 time MVP, Moses Malone was a superstar by the time that most players were rookies just entering the league.

Moses had an amazing sense of where a basketball would end up after bouncing off the rim. Malone would u that skill to become the most dominant rebounder of his era. The most amazing aspect of this is that although he once passes up a college education for the basketball court, Malone is now recognized as one of the games most knowledgeable teachers from his generation. He guided the careers of such young stars that were coming into the league such as, Hakeem Olajuwon, Kevin Willis, and Shawn Bradley. After Malone was done playing basketball his skill lived on in another generation of stars that eventually passed on the same knowledge when their careers came to an end.

Moses Malone played for the:

  • San Antonio Spurs
  • Philadelphia 76ers
  • Milwaukee Bucks
  • Atlanta Hawks
  • Washington Bullets
  • Houston Rockets
  • Buffalo Braves
  • St. Louis Spirits
  • Utah Stars

Some of his career highlights were:

  • National Basketball Association 587 offensive rebounds in 1979
  • NBA basketball champion in 1983
  • 3 time NBA Most Valuable Player
  • 5 time NBA Rebounding champion
  • 12 time NBA All Star selection
  • All Time NBA free throw leader

Interesting Sports Facts about Moses Malone’s basketball career

  • Malone was the most valuable player on one of the greatest teams in sports history. The 1983 76er won the NBA title, losing just one basketball game in the playoffs.
  • Malone holds the honor of being the last ABA alumnus to play in the NBA. His 21 professional seasons surpassed Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s record for the longest term of service in professional basketball.
  • Malone and his mother barely made ends meet when he was growing up in a small shack. The windows were broken, the roof leaked, the doors didn’t ose, the plumbing hardly ever worked and there were places in the wall where you could actually see through to the outside. The first thing that Moses did after signing with the Utah Stars was to immediately buy his mom a house in suburbia. The house that they had formally lived in was condemned and demolished by the city.

John Riggins Biography and Interesting Facts About His Career

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When it came to John Riggins everyone knew what to expect. He played by his own rules. He ran hard, and he ran his own way. He was just as likely to show up to team functions in army fatigues as he would in a tuxedo. However, when it was time to play football, he was a no nonsense running back whose strength and speed were only surpassed by his determination and toughness.

Riggins didn’t tire down as the game wore on. The more times that he got the ball, the stronger he seemed to become. The same applied to his NFL career. When other backs would lose a step as they aged, John Riggins picked up momentum with each passing NFL season. He was 35 years old when he recorded his sixth 1000 yard rushing season. While nobody knew what to expect from Riggins off the football field, teammates and fans could always count on exceptional play when it was time to play football.

While still playing at a high level, Riggins shocked the world when he retired from football after posting back to back 1000 yard seasons. One day he just walked out of the Redskins training camp in 1980 and announced his retirement.

Riggins played by his own rules. He was not happy with his contract and with football in general, so decided to leave on his own rules. After spending the offseason on his Kansas farm, he returned to Washington in 1981 and said “I’m bored, I’m broke, and I’m back” Riggins decided he was ready to play football once again.

After Riggins humbling declaration to return to football, he launched his second career as an NFL player. His one year layoff showed during his first season back, but by the end of 1982 he completely regained his form. Entering the playoffs he approached the Redskins coach Joe Gibbs and told him that if he could be given the ball 20 times a game or more, the Redskins would win.

Coach Gibbs took Riggins advice. The next three games, Riggins averaged 148 yards and 33 carries and led the Washington Redskins to Super Bowl XVII.

In the Super Bowl against the Miami Dolphins, the Redskins relied on Riggins heavily. His biggest play came in the 4th quarter. Losing 17-3 and facing fourth and one, Riggins took the handoff, darted to his left and raced 43 yards to the end zone. Behind John Riggins’ 166 yards on a record 38 carries the Washington Redskins won the Super Bowl 27-17.

The following season at the ripened age of 34, John Riggins had his best year as a pro. At the time he retired, he was ranked fourth on the all time rushing list. It was a career that nobody could have predicted. Nobody who didn’t understand the will and determination of John Riggins, that is.