Russell in Bronze


Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell has been forever immortalized in bronze. The city of Boston, where he played his entire professional basketball career, has erected a bronze statue of Russell in City Hall Plaza. Russell was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, by President Barack Obama in 2011 for his advocacy of equality, and the impetus for the statue was comments made by President Obama during the ceremony.

Comcast SportsNet presents Russell in Bronze – a 30-minute documentary chronicling the behind-the-scenes construction of the Bill Russell statue. The documentary examines pivotal moments in Russell’s life both personally and professionally. Russell in Bronze will air on Saturday, immediately after Celtics vs. Heat Postgame Live at 10:30 p.m.

Russell in Bronze will feature exclusive and historical interviews with Russell himself, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Red Auerbach, Sam Jones, Frank Ramsey, Johnny Most, NBA Commissioner David Stern, Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy, Celtics Partner Steve Pagliuca, Mayor Thomas M. Menino, and local artist Ann Hirsch who was selected to construct the statue.