Sports Birthdays for December 10 — Matt Forte and More
Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on December 10:
Profession: NBA Referee
Best Known For: The ‘Iron Man’ of NBA referees, Dick Bavetta has not missed a game he was assigned to work since 1975. Bavetta has officiated more than 2,500 games, the most in league history. In 2007, Bavetta and retired NBA player Charles Barkey raced three and one-half court lengths for charity at the NBA All-Star Weekend, with Bavetta losing to Barkley. Bavetta’s impartiality has been questioned by several investigations and former NBA referee Tim Donaghy.
Profession: Retired NBA Player / Assistant Coach
Best Known For: A three-time All-Star forward, Mark Aguirre played with the Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers from 1981 to 1994. He was a member of the ‘Bad Boys’ Pistons’ teams that won the NBA Finals in 1989 and 1990. Aguirre played college basketball at DePaul, where he was named Naismith College Player of the Year in 1980. He was a two-time Consensus All-American for the Blue Demons. The Mavericks selected him with the first-overall pick of the 1981 NBA Draft.
Profession: Retired NHL Player
Best Known For: A six-time All-Star defenseman, Rob Blake played for the Los Angeles Kings, Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks from 1989 to 2010. He won the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the league’s best defenseman in 1998. He was on the Avalanche team that won the Stanley Cup in 2001. Blake played on the Canadian Olympic Team in the 1998, 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics, winning a gold medal in 2002.
Best Known For: An accomplished musician who has toured with Dave Matthews and Ben Harper, Donavon Frankenreiter is also a world class surfer. He has been a pro surfer for more than 15 years and is sponsored by Billabong.
Profession: NFL Player
Best Known For: Matt Forte is a running back for the Chicago Bears. He has been with the team since 2008. A rushing and receiving threat, Forte was named to the Pro Bowl in 2011.