What Sue Bird’s former teammates remember about the UConn legend


In the fall of 1998, a 17-year-old small and speedy kid from Syosset, NY arrived in Storrs.

She was quiet and private, yet would randomly blurt out absurd movie quotes and knew all the lyrics to any Biggie Smalls song.

That’s the first impression Sue Bird gave her UConn women’s basketball teammates back in the late 1990s. UConn was three years removed from winning its first national championship and the program carried high expectations.

Those expectations changed when Bird suffered an ACL tear eight games into her freshman year. The time spent away from basketball motivated the Huskies’ starting point guard to become something bigger than herself, to raise expectations that much higher.

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