Sorry Molly Ringwald, but 16 candles just won't cut it when it comes to Boston Celtics legend  Bill Russell. The 11-time NBA Champion celebrated his birthday in style this year with one of the greatest birthday cakes of all-time for one of the greatest players of all-time, complete with a grand total of 85 candles (and one fire extinguisher!), each representing a year in Russell's incredible life. 

In addition to the flaming wax, the cake also featured 11 ring pops symbolizing his championships, and fell one mini-basketball short of having enough to signify his staggering five MVP awards (unless you count the one on the NBA tag). 


The cake also had the hilarious quote: "Every day I wake up above ground is a good one," poking fun at his age while also acknowledging how thankful ​Russell is for the gift of a long life. 

Russell had perhaps the most accomplished career in basketball history, with more rings (11) than any other player in the history of the game, including his teammates on those squads. He also changed the way teams game planned on defense, as his shot-blocking and man-to-man style of defense elevated his teams to new heights. 


He was truly one of the greatest to ever grace the court and it's good to see his special day celebrated the right way.


Happy birthday, Bill!