In honor of March Madness, which begins today, Ivy-Style pays tribute to Bill Bradley, the 1965 National Player of the Year for Princeton. At the time, the school had produced more American presidents than basketball All-Americans.
Bradley made the cover of the December 7th, 1964 issue of Sports Illustrated, complete with classic Princeton haircut. (Shot above comes from the same issue):
In 1965 Bradley led his team to Princeton’s highest-ever finish in the 64-team tournament: Third, behind UCLA and Michigan. The following year he was the number-one pick in the NBA, but opted instead for a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford:
After Oxford, Bradley played 10 years in the NBA for the New York Knicks, who retired his jersey in 1984. Bradley then served as a senator from New Jersey from 1979-1997. In 2000, Bradley ran in the Democratic presidential primaries, losing to Al Gore.
Born in Crystal City, Missouri, Bradley is now largely retired from public life and lives with his family in Verona, New Jersey.
Click here for a recollection of Princeton basketball in the ’60s, while below is an ESPN tribute to Bradley. — CC
Addendum: Men.style.com gave this post a quick plug, adding some video of vintage Bradley.
This post originally ran on March 19, 2009.