Sport Jerry Bird, in Kentucky's Hall of Fame, dies

20:25  17 july  2017
20:25  17 july  2017 Source:   Associated Press

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Jerry Bird , a former Kentucky men’ s basketball player and member of the UK Athletics Hall of Fame , died Sunday morning of natural causes in his hometown of Corbin, Ky.. He was 83.

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LEXINGTON, KY - FEBRUARY 07: Detailed view of Kentucky Wildcats Nike basketball before the game against the LSU Tigers at Rupp Arena on February 7, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky defeated LSU 92-85. © Joe Robbins/Getty Images LEXINGTON, KY - FEBRUARY 07: Detailed view of Kentucky Wildcats Nike basketball before the game against the LSU Tigers at Rupp Arena on February 7, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky defeated LSU 92-85. CORBIN, Ky. (AP) -- Former Kentucky basketball player Jerry Bird, who was a member of the school's Athletics Hall of Fame and had his No. 22 jersey retired to the Rupp Arena rafters, has died.

An obituary posted by O'Neil-Lawson Funeral Home says Bird died Sunday at a hospital in Corbin. He was 83.

Media report Bird played for Kentucky from 1954 to 1956 and helped the school attain two Southeastern Conference titles in 1954 and 1955. He was part of the 1954 team crowned national champions by the Helms Athletic Foundation after a 25-0 season.

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Kosair Charities/KY Athletic Hall of Fame . Stephanie Smith. ssmith@kosair.org. 502-432-4489. Rodger Bird – One of the state’ s greatest football players of all time, Bird was a high school All-American at Corbin and then went on to play at the University of Kentucky .

Jerry Tarkanian belongs in the basketball Hall of Fame . He also said Kentucky "did more cheating in one day than Western Kentucky did in a year." Next thing you know, he said, the NCAA investigators "were coming after us."

Bird scored 713 career points and had 589 career rebounds under coach Adolph Rupp.

"Jerry Bird was Kentucky through and through," UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said in a statement by the school. "He was proud to be a Wildcat and is an important part of Kentucky basketball history.

Bird played one season with the New York Knicks before returning to his hometown of Corbin to work at American Greetings.

His is survived by a son, two grandchildren, a brother and a sister. Visitation and services are scheduled for Saturday at Central Baptist Church in Corbin.

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