Century's Best
College Basketball Golf Hockey Boxing Soccer Motor Sports Pro Basketball Tennis Baseball Olympics Pro Football College Football Final Battle - Men Final Battle - Women
 

 
Bill Russell

10. Bill Russell

The antistat man, he defined his basketball by one measure only: winning. He was sui generis, changing the game with his almost mystical ability to block shots. Off the court, he refused to dispense autographs and was utterly forthright, unafraid to speak out against racial injustice. Above all: No athlete ever had such a positive influence on his teammates -- everybody was a better player when Bill Russell was on their side.

Photograph by Walter Iooss

 
 
To the top

Copyright © 1999 CNN/SI. A Time Warner Company.
All Rights Reserved.

Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines.