On This Day

February 2017 in Sports History

Events in Sport


Sport awardSuper Bowl

Feb 5 Super Bowl LI, NRG Stadium, Houston, TX: New England Patriots defeat Atlanta Falcons, 34-28; MVP: Tom Brady, New England, QB

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 14 Laureus World Sports Awards, Monte-Carlo Sporting, Monaco: Sportsman: Usain Bolt; Sportswoman: Simone Biles; Team: Chicago Cubs

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
Gymnast Simone Biles
Gymnast
Simone Biles
  • Feb 19 NBA All Star Game, Smoothie King Centre, New Orleans, LA: West beats East, 192-182; MVP: Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans, F
  • Feb 26 59th Daytona 500: Kurt Busch wins after Kyle Larson runs out of gas on last lap; Jeffrey Earnhardt makes NASCAR history, 1st ever 4th generation driver to compete in Daytona 500

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 6 Joost can der Westhuizen, South African rugby player, dies of motor neurone disease at 45
  • Feb 6 Roger Walkowiak, French road cyclist (Tour de France 1956), dies at 89

Person of interestMike Ilitch

Feb 10 Mike Ilitch, American businessman (founded Little Caesars Pizza, owner Detroit Red Wings, Tigers), dies at 87

Entrepreneur and Founder of Little Caesar's Pizza Mike Ilitch
Entrepreneur and Founder of Little Caesar's Pizza
Mike Ilitch
  • Feb 17 Peter Richardson, British cricketer (England batsman mid-50's), dies at 85
  • Feb 22 Ed Garvey, American labor leader (NFL Players Association), dies at 76
  • Feb 22 John McCormack, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 91
  • Feb 23 Derek Ibbotson, English 5K runner (Olympic bronze 1956), dies at 84