Whoever said “there are no second acts in American lives” clearly never met Wayman Tisdale. (Er, obviously, since F. Scott Fitzgerald was the one who said it, and he died in 1940.) One of the greatest college players of his generation, Tisdale was the No. 2 overall pick in 1985 but never quite fulfilled his promise in the NBA — never making an All-Star team during his 12-year career, only once averaging 20-plus points per game. After he retired, however, he found his groove. Tisdale became even better known as a jazz bassist than he ever was as an athlete, recording several successful albums and touring the world. Diagnosed with cancer in 2007, he faced all the complications — including the amputation of a leg — with his usual broad smile and positive outlook. He passed away suddenly in May of 2009. Happy birthday, Wayman. RIP.