My Top 10 Redheads: 10 – 6

10.Shaun White: “The Flying Tomato” is an American professional snowboarder and skateboarder. Shaun became a pro-snowboarder at the age of 13, and he started skateboarding professionally at 16. He’s competed in numerous Winter X Games competitions and he has medaled every year since 2002. – his medal count stands at 10 (6 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze).White also earned a gold medal in the men’s halfpipe while representing the United States at the 2006 Winter Olympics. The Flying Tomato has also competed in the Summer X-Games. In the mid 1990s he and Tony Hawk had a nasty collision on the vert ramp that sent Shaun to the emergency room.

9.John Arne Riise: John Arne Riise is a Norwegian football player, and he currently plays for FC Liverpool in the Engligh Premiere League. Riise is known for his powerful left foot, and he’s scored 29 goals in his six seasons with The Reds.

In August 2005 Norwegian newspapers printed a text message that Riise had sent text to various Norwegian models and actresses.

“Good evening… After a lot of calling to all kinds of contacts, I finally got your number. I have always thought you are very charming, cute, sexy, fantastic aura, and last but not least, you seem exciting and challenging;) hope we can get in touch, and I will of course invite you on a romantic dinner for two;) kiss from John Arne Riise xxx”.

Earlier this year it was reported that Riise was attacked by team mate Craig Bellamy with a golf club during a team training session in Portugal. Riise allegedly refused to sing Karoke with Bellamy at a Portugese bar, and as a result he was struck with a golf club.

8.Ron Howard: Ron is a two-time Academy Award-winning actor, film director, and producer.As a child he appeared in the role of Opie Taylor in the television series The Andy Griffith Show, and as a teenager he played Richie Cunningham in Happy Days. He attained film success with his role as Steve Bollander in George Lucas’ teen movie American Graffiti. He has also directed a number of highly acclaimed movies: Splash, Cocoon, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man, and the Da Vinci Code.

Ron’s younger brother, Clint Howard, is a well-known character actor, and Ron has directed him in several of his movies (Cocoon and Apollo 13). Clint is best known for his role in the Waterboy, where he plays a college football fan that confuses Joe Montana with Joe Montoya.

7.Chuck Norris: Carlos Ray “Chuck” Norris is a martial artist, action star, actor, and recently, an internet phenomenon. Norris is a highly decorated martial artist, and he has black belts in Taekwondo, Shito ryu Karate, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. In 1972, he acted as Bruce Lee’s nemesis in the movie Way of the Dragon, and in the 1980s and 1990s he starred in movies like Code of Silence, The Delta Force, and Firewalker. Norris is best known for playing Cordell Walker on Walker, Texas Ranger.

Norris regained popularity as a cult icon during the early 2000s, especially on the Internet. In 2004, Late Night with Conan O’Brien began a recurring sketch in which O’Brien would pull a “Walker:Texas Ranger Lever” next to his desk, which would cause a brief, out-of-context clip from Walker: Texas Ranger to play. In 2005, Norris became the object of an internet phenomenon known as Chuck Norris Facts, which document fictional, often absurdly heroic feats and characteristics about Norris.

6.Red Auerbach: Auerbach was both a highly successful head basketball coach and an influential front office executive for the Boston Celtics. As coach of the Celtics from 1950 to 1966, Auerbach won nine NBA titles, including eight straight from 1959 to 1966 – the longest consecutive string of championships in the history of North American professional sports. After retiring from coaching, he continued to serve as the general manager or president of the Celtics from 1966 until 1997, and again as president from 2001 until his death.

As a coach, Auerbach was a pioneer in race relations. In Auerbach’s first season coaching the Celtics in 1950, Brown and Auerbach chose Chuck Cooper of Duquesne University as the first black player selected in an NBA Draft. During the 1963-64 season, Auerbach’s starting lineup of Bill Russell, K. C. Jones, Sam Jones, Tom Sanders and Willie Naulls, made the Celtics the first team with five black starters. When Auerbach named Russell as his coaching successor in 1966, it was the first hiring of a black coach by a major American pro sports team.


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