This Day In Sports History (December 8th) – Charles Barkley
It was on this day in 1999 that Houston Rockets forward Charles Barkley ruptured his left quadriceps tendon. The injury occurred in Philadelphia, where Barkley’s career began 15 years earlier.
Charles Barkley was one of the fiercest competitors and best rebounders that the NBA had ever seen. He averaged a double-double in points and rebounds for an incredible 15 straight seasons while playing for the Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns and Houston Rockets. Barkley was named to the All-Star Game in 11 consecutive seasons from 1987-1997 and was named as the 1993 NBA regular season Most Valuable Player. Sir Charles was one of the most colorful personalities in sports and remains so to this day as a basketball commentator for TNT.
Barkley did not want the last image of his career to be of him being carried off the court. So in the final home game of the season, he suited up, played and was able to walk off the court for the final time in his Hall-of-Fame career.
Here are some great plays from Barkley’s career.
Mike Mussina, MLB – Born December 8th 1968 (age 43) in Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Phillip Rivers, NFL – Born December 8th 1981 (age 30) in Decatur, Alabama
Dwight Howard, NBA – Born December 8th 1985 (age 26) in Atlanta, Georgia