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Five Famous Athletes Born on Halloween
Halloween is celebrated every year in the United States as a holiday where kids dress up in costumes and get candy. For some people, Halloween is also a birthday. Consider these five famous athletes who were born on Halloween and have more than one reason to celebrate Oct. 31.
Alabama Crimson Tide head football coach Nick Saban was born Oct. 31, 1951, in West Virginia. After graduating from Kent State University in 1973, Saban eventually found work as an assistant coach before getting his first head coaching job in 1990 with Toledo. He was also a defensive coordinator under Bill Bellichick with the Cleveland Browns. Saban has won two BCS national championships, one as a head coach of LSU and another with Alabama.
Glenn "Doc" Rivers
NBA star and head coach Glenn "Doc" Rivers was born Oct. 31, 1961, in Chicago. He spent 13 years playing in the NBA among five teams, most notably the Atlanta Hawks. As a coach, Rivers won an NBA title with the Boston Celtics in 2008.
Major League Baseball player Fred McGriff was born Oct. 31, 1963. He was on five All-Star Game rosters and play first base. McGriff was in the league for all or part of 19 seasons from 1986 to 2004. He played for the Toronto Blue Jays, Atlanta Braves and Tampa Bay Rays among other teams. His stats weren't so frightening—McGriff had a lifetime .284 batting average.
Brazil has produced many great soccer players. Dunga is one of them, born Oct. 31, 1963. He led the Brazilians to the 1994 FIFA World Cup title as captain when it was competed in the United States. He played against the Americans in the Round of 16 that saw Brazil win 1-0. Dunga also coached his national team in the 2010 World Cup, taking over the reigns from Carlos Parreira. In late August 2011, Dunga was named coach of Al Rayyan, a team in Qatar's top soccer league.
Former Major League Baseball pitcher Steve Trachsel was born Oct. 31, 1970. His 16-year career was marked by one All-Star Game appearance. Trachsel played predominantly for the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets. Despite his length of time in the league, he never made an appearance in the World Series. His best year was 1998 when Trachsel went 15-8 playing for Chicago. His scariest statistic was the 8-18 year Trachsel had a year later.
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