Sports Birthdays for October 17 — Ernie Els and More
Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on October 17:
Profession: Retired ABA / NBA Player / Broadcaster
Best Known For: A well-traveled basketball player who averaged 16 points per game during his nine-year pro career in the ABA and NBA, Steve Jones became a preeminent NBA analyst. Nicknamed ‘Snapper,’ Jones has provided pro basketball commentary since 1976.
Profession: Retired NFL Player
Best Known For: A two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle nicknamed ‘Mongo,’ Steve McMichael played for the New England Patriots, Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers from 1980 to 1994. He was a key member of the Bears’ team that won Super Bowl XX. McMichael also performed for World Championship Wrestling from 1994 to 1998.
Profession: Retired NBA Player / NBA Executive
Best Known For: Danny Ferry is the general manager of the Atlanta Hawks. Prior to his career as an executive, Ferry played from 1990 to 2003 with the Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs. Ferry eventually went on to work in the front office for each team, serving as general manger of the Cavaliers from 2005 to 2010. He was a member of the Spurs’ team that won the 2003 NBA Finals. Ferry played college basketball at Duke, where he was named the Naismith College Player of the Year in 1989.
Profession: Pro Golfer
Best Known For: Ernie Els is a professional golfer from South Africa. He has won 65 tournaments since turning pro in 1989, including the 1994 and 1997 U.S. Open and the 2002 and 2012 British Open.
Profession: Retired MLB Player
Best Known For: A hard-throwing, left-handed relief pitcher, John Rocker played for the Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Devil Rays from 1998 to 2003. In 2000, Rocker received a suspension for making insensitive comments toward minority groups in an interview published in Sports Illustrated.