Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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Lew Alcindor played for the UCLA Bruins in the late 1960s. Alcindor later changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar after converting to Sunni Islam.

While playing for UCLA on January 12, 1968, 7 foot 2 inches center Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr. (known later as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) was struck on the left eye by Tom Henderson of Cal while battling for a rebound; the impact resulted in a left corneal abrasion.  He eventually developed recurrent corneal erosions and began wearing protective goggles while playing basketball.

Abdul-Jabbar would eventually become a six-time NBA champion and six-time NBA most valuable player.  He remains the NBA’s all-time points leader at 38,387 points.