As Cleveland celebrated its first professional sports championship in 52 years, Cavaliers elder statesman, international ambassador, team historian, and small forward Richard Jefferson took a moment to recall some of his favorite moments from the city’s previous titles.
“I remember Frank Ryan throwing that 18-yard pass to Gary Collins like it was last week,” Jefferson told ABC sideline reporter Doris Burke. “I remember looking around, like ‘holy cow, we’re really going to do this!'”
“Wait was it Collins or…? Yeah it was Collins. Forgive me, my memory is a little hazy — I was only 24 at the time,” laughed a jovial Jefferson, as he lit a celebratory stogie.
With young members of the Cavs organization James Jones and Zydrunas Ilgauskas rapt with attention, Jefferson went on to recall several other notable Cleveland sports moments from growing up.
“Bob Feller, now he was a gamer,” Jefferson said, a nostalgic smile forming on his face. “Honestly, I don’t know even know why I remember this stuff — I’m from Los Angeles!”