Boston Celtics center Bill Russell shoots over the reach of Philadelphia Warriors center Wilt Chamberlain during a game in 1960 at Convention Hall in Philadelphia. Hall of Famer Bill Russell, a five-time MVP, 12-time All-Star and winner of 11 NBA Championships, turns 80 today. (Neil Leifer/SI) GALLERY: Rare Photos of Bill Russell
Two champions battling Parkinson's. Ali and Michael J. Fox, New York City, 2004 Photo by Mark Seliger: "After the shoot, the champ was signing a Neil Leifer print of his legendary fight with Sonny Liston that I have hanging in my house. He wrote, 'Love is the net where hearts are caught like fish' across the bottom of the print, and when he made a mistake, he would fix it by inking in the miswritten letter with a big black heart."
Nadia Comaneci Montreal Summer Olympics | Aug. 2, 1976 | Photo By Neil Leifer/SI Nadia Comaneci of Romania completes a somersault during the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. Comaneci was the first gymnast to ever be awarded a perfect score in an Olympic gymnastic event, and in total, won three gold medals in Montreal.
Browns RB Jim Brown rests on the sidelines during a 1963 game against the Cowboys. The 2012 season has yet to begin and the Brown are already in trouble. Rookie back Trent Richardson had a scope on his knee Thursday and may miss the opener. Defensive back Joe Haden is facing a four-game suspension for a taking drug usually used to combat narcolepsy and attention deficit disorder. If that’s not enough, starting wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi was concussed Friday night. (Neil Leifer/SI) KIN