Back in Time: February 1
Vince Lombardi resigns as the coach of the Green Bay Packers.
David Stern officially takes over as the NBA's fourth commissioner, replacing the retired Larry O'Brien, who had served as commissioner since 1975. Stern had previously served as the NBA's first General Counsel and later as Executive VP of Legal & Business Affairs.
Barry Bonds signs the highest single-season contract. It was for $4.7 million.
Dennis Potvin's No. 5 becomes the first number to be retired by the New York Islanders.
Utah's John Stockton becomes the NBA's career assist leader when he makes his 9,922nd to move past Magic Johnson.
New England Patriots
At Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston, New England defeats the Carolina Panthers 32-29 for their second title in two years.
In the richest contract ever given to a pitcher, southpaw Johan Santana agrees to a $137.5 million, six-year deal with the Mets.
Born on this Day
Wade Wilson (1959)Tim Naehring (1967)Mark Recchi (1968, pictured)Kent Mercker (1968)Malik Sealy (1970)Tommy Salo (1971)Derek Byrd (1971)Geoff Sanderson (1972)Andrew DeClercq (1973)Walter McCarty (1974)Kevin Martin (1983)