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Sports Birthdays for December 5 — Jim Plunkett and More

Jim Plunkett
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Here are some of the people in the sports world celebrating birthdays on December 5:

Jim Plunkett
Age: 65
Profession: Retired NFL Player
Best Known For: Winner of the Heisman Trophy while at Stanford in 1970, quarterback Jim Plunkett played for the New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers and Oakland/L.A. Raiders from 1971 to 1986. After being selected by the Patriots with the first-overall pick of the 1971 NFL Draft, Plunkett was named the AFC Rookie of the Year. After replacing an injured Dan Pastorini during the 1980 season, Plunkett became the starting quarterback of the Raiders and led the teams that won Super Bowl XV and XVIII. He was named MVP of Super Bowl XV.

Lanny Wadkins
Age: 63
Profession: PGA Golfer
Best Known For: Winner of 31 golf tournaments in his career, Lanny Wadkins has golfed professionally since 1971. He won the U.S. Amateur championship in 1970 and the PGA Championship in 1977. Wadkins was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2009.

Art Monk
Age: 55
Profession: Retired NFLPlayer
Best Known For: A three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, Art Monk played for the Washington Redskins, New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles from 1980 to 1995. Monk was the NFL’s all-time leader for receptions from 1992 to 1995. He retired with 940 career receptions. Monk was on the Redskins’ teams that won Super Bowls XVII, XXII and XXVI. He was selected to the NFL 1980s All-Decade Team. Monk was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008.

Eddy Curry
Age: 30
Profession: NBA Player
Best Known For: Eddy Curry is a center for the Dallas Mavericks. Since making his NBA debut in 2001, Curry has also played for the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks and Miami Heat. He was on the Heat team that won the 2012 NBA title.

Josh Smith
Age: 27
Profession: NBA Player
Best Known For: Josh Smith is a forward for the Atlanta Hawks. He has played with the team since 2004. Smith won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest championship in 2005.

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