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Guy Rodgers
Birth: Sep. 1, 1935
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Feb. 19, 2001
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA

Hall of Fame Professional Basketball Player. For twelve seasons (1958 to 1970), he played at the guard position in the National Basketball Association with the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, Chicago Bulls, Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks. Born Guy William Rodgers, Jr., he demonstrated a love for the game as a child at the neighborhood playgrounds with his friends which included Bill Cosby and while attending Northeast High School (Philadelphia), he established himself a skilled player. He enrolled at Temple University where he continued his athletics on the collegiate level. While with the Owls under Hall of Fame coach Harry Litwack, Rodgers distinguished himself as he set a team record of 15 assists for one game, earned team MVP honors in 1957, was a key contributor to two Temple squads which reached the Final Four (1956 and 1958) and achieved First Team All-American status in 1958. At the conclusion of his collegiate career, he was the school's leader with 1,767 points, a total which remains unsurpassed to date. Rodgers was selected by the Warriors as a territorial pick during the 1958 NBA Draft and joined fellow Philadelphia natives Wilt Chamberlain, Paul Arizin and Tom Gola. He became one of the greatest guards during his era, as he led the league twice in assists (825 in 1962-1963 and 908 in 1966-1967). In 1963, he tied Bob Cousy's record of 28 assists for one game. He was claimed by the Milwaukee Bucks during the 1968 NBA Expansion and concluded his career there in 1970. In 892 regular season games, he amassed 10,415 points with 6,917 assists, earning All-Star status four-times (1963, 1964, 1966 and 1967). Following his basketball career, he worked as a personnel executive with the Xerox Corporation. He had the distinction of playing guard to three Hall of Fame centers (Chamberlain, Nate Thurmond and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), with Rodgers himself regarded by many basketball greats including Bob Cousy as being worthy for the Basketball Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Temple University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1971, and enshrined posthumously into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014. (bio by: C.S.) 

Cause of death: Heart attack
 
Burial:
Mount Lawn Cemetery
Sharon Hill
Delaware County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
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Originally Created by: C.S.
Record added: Jan 15, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 23978219
Guy Rodgers
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