It was legendary the Celtics coach Red Auerbach who made the victory cigar popular during his time as head coach. And with an incredible nine championships in a 10-season span between 1957-66, the image of Auerbach with a cigar was everywhere.
Today, smoking a cigar is a staple of locker room celebrations, with Jordan, Kobe, and other champions rejoicing with their team behind closed doors.
Alabama's Bear Bryant
Known for his classy hat and jacket, Alabama's Bear Bryant led his teams to six national championships. He fully solidified 'Bama as one of the premier programs in college football- a title they have yet to waiver. Bear was also one of the few coaches to have coached at a stadium named after himself.
When Bear Bryant retired in 1982, he held the record for most national championships by one coach, something Nick Saban would only tie many years later while coaching at Alabama.
The First Super Bowl
The first-ever Super Bowl in NFL history was a game between the AFL's Kansas City Chiefs and the NFL's Green Bay Packers. The Packers ended up winning the intensely anticipated game 35-10, thanks to their powerful offensive play and strong defense. This Super Bowl became known as the AFL-NFL World Championship Game.
Jim Taylor, the running back picture here, is seen leading the famous "power sweep," the Packers' most unstoppable and straightforward, running play in Vince Lombardi's playbook. Taylor had gained 56 yards, and one score as the Packers defeated their inferior opponents from the upstart AFL. The Packers achieved 11 NFL Championships, two AFL-NFL Super Bowls, and two modern-day Super Bowls.
Monica Seles and Shaquille O'Neal
The great Shaquille O'Neal and tennis star Monica Seles share a tender moment at a press conference in New York. Monica Seles, a tennis star who was an international sensation signed-on to be the first female investor in a multi-million dollar sports restaurant in Times Square.
Shaquille O'Neal was a retired four-time NBA champion and also agreed to invest. The restaurant, called the Official All-Star Cafe, went out of business in 2007 following the closure of their last existing location in Disney World.
Pete Rose's Head First Dive
Pete Rose was known for his intense style of play, and as such, he was even called "Charlie Hustle. The Cincinnati Reds Pete Rose popularized this head-first slide in baseball. He often crashed into players and walls and played with reckless abandon.
Rose was a 17-time All-Star and three-time champion, the Major Leagues' all-time hits leader. Thanks to his involvement in gambling, he became one of the most controversial figures in baseball history - which resulted in a lifetime ban in 1989.