A former Trail Blazers center, a former track man turned entrepreneur and a Denver Broncos running back have reason to celebrate

TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Phil Knight joins coach Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans at PK80 in Moda Center.Feb. 22, 1965

Chris Dudley (age 54)

The 6-11 former Trail Blazers center and 2010 Oregon gubernatorial candidate was born in Stamford, Conn. He played 16 NBA seasons, averaging 6.2 rebounds per game while shooting 41.2 percent from the field and 45.8 percent at the free-throw line.

Feb. 24, 1938

Phil Knight (age 81)

The former Cleveland High and University of Oregon track standout became possibly even better known in the business world as co-founder and chairman/CEO of Nike Inc.

Feb. 24, 1996

Royce Freeman (age 23)

The Denver Broncos running back, listed at 6-0 and 230 pounds, came to the NFL from the U of O and ran for five touchdowns as a rookie in 2018. He's a native of Imperial, Calif.

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