All - time favorite athlete

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  1. DWFan

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    I've thought about it and I need to add Don Beebe to my list.

    1) He did the most hilarious thing I've seen in the NFL when he stripped that Dallas dude about to score.
    2) He feels the same as us about at least some of the discrimination against whites, and
    3) In Tecmo Bowl he used to constantly catch 100+ yard passes from me.
     
  2. icsept

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    George Brett
    Pete Rose
    Nolan Ryan
    Larry Bird
    John Stockton
    Andre Agassi
    Roger Federer
    Jimmy Connors
    Barry Sanders
    Brett Favre
    Toby Gerhart
    Wes Welker
     
  3. Colonel_Reb

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    So many of my favorites have already been named, but I'll list some childhood favorites who haven't yet been mentioned.

    Kirk Gibson-All-American WR at Michigan State and superb baseball player. I'll never forget his 1988 World Series pinch hit HR while sick and injured. To me he was a great example of grit and determination. No matter how bad things look, keep going.

    Orel Hershiser-The Bulldog had character and was a tremendous competitor. He got me interested in baseball in the late 80s.

    Elliot Perry-We lived close to Memphis in 89 and 90 and I used to watch him play on TV. He was basketball's Urkel look-a-like. He was fairly short, skinny, and looked different than everyone else with his old fashioned high socks and goggles. He was had the underdog image that appealed to me at the time. Of course if he'd been White he'd have been the ultimate underdog.
     
  4. GreatLakeState

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    Good call on Gibby. There are legendary stories about him at MSU, including one of the all-time best 40s (like 4.2) that he ran at Jenison Fieldhouse, and 360 dunks in intramural hoops.
     
  5. Don Wassall

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    Good one there I had forgotten. I always enjoyed watching him play, the epitome of a baseball player.
     
  6. DixieDestroyer

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    Good points. I guess Yates is my favorite bodybuilder of the "modern" era. In the pre-juice days, I think Roy "Reg" Park was my favorite.

    Also, I meant to add legendary Georgia strongman Paul Anderson to the list. [​IMG]
     
  7. space hillbilly

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    My favorite athlete is Kimbo Slice!
    he make's every white guy look like the greatest fighter in history!
     
  8. Quiet Speed

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    Bjorn Borg
    Dan Marino
    Roger Federer
    Larry Bird
    Pete Maravich
    Lance Alworth

    Honorable Mention:
    Evel Knievel
    Secretariat
     
  9. whiteCB

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    Baseball:
    Bob Feller (best RHP EVER in my book)
    Jim Thome
    Charles Nagy
    Nap Lajoie
    Tris Speaker

    Basketball:
    Mark Price
    Steve Nash
    Dirk
    Tom Chambers
    Jack Sikma

    Football:
    Clay Matthews
    Steve Largent
    Wes Welker
    John Riggins
    Roger Wherli
    Dick LeBeau
     
  10. Lance Alworth

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    Steve Young is far and away my favorite athlete. No one else even comes close.

    My namesake also deserves an honorable mention
     
  11. Bart

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    I'm surprised no one mentioned the greatest skater of all time - Eric Heiden. He's from Madison Wi. His German father and Slovene mother also produced a world class speed skating daughter. Heiden is still the most revered athlete in Holland from what I've read.
     
  12. jcolec02

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  13. Rebajlo

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    Funnily enough, most of my favourite athletes are football (soccer) players [​IMG]:

    George Best (the greatest footballer of all-time)
    Wlodzimierz Lubanski
    Kazimierz Deyna
    Grzegorz Lato (who, unfortunately, these days is the ultra-corrupt president of the Polish F.A. [​IMG])
    Zbigniew Boniek
    Marek Lesniak
    Alfredo Di Stefano (right up there with Best)
    Stanley Matthews
    Bobby Charlton
    Davie Cooper
    Kevin Keegan
    Chris Waddle
    Steve Moran
    Ian Rush
    Neville Southall
    Mark Hughes
    Mark Hateley
    Gordon Strachan
    John Wark
    Paul McStay
    Kevin Moran
    Norman Whiteside
    Juanito
    Paulo Futre
    Emilio Butragueno
    Michel
    Jose Maria Bakero
    Michel Platini
    Manuel Amoros
    Dominique Rocheteau (one of my childhood heroes. Unfortunately, the guy is essentially a communist. If only the little Rebajlo hadknown... [​IMG])
    Glenn Stromberg
    Jan Ceulemans
    Luc Millecamps
    Johan Cruyff
    Arnold Muhren
    Preben Elkjaer
    Marco Tardelli
    Bruno Conti
    Giuseppe Giannini
    Paolo Maldini
    Franco Baresi
    Enzo Francescoli

    Rugby Union:

    Gareth Edwards
    Barry John
    David Campese
    Michael Lynagh

    Boxing:

    Tom Cribb [​IMG]

    Athletics:

    Wladyslaw Kozakiewicz (Pole Vaulter). Here's a video of his "gesture" towards the Soviet top brass andcrowd who were booing him at the Moscow Olympics:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mn0in1fzqoI

    [​IMG]
     
  14. jcolec02

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    I just looked up that Tom Cribb guy, WOW! he was fighting 100 years before Jack Dempsey...thats really old school.[​IMG]
     
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    John Riggins; Len Dawson; Joe Namath; Don Maynard; Mark Moseley; Jan Stenerud; Steve Van Buren.

    Rick Barry, Jerry West, Bob Pettit, Billy Paultz, Brad Davis, Jeff Ruland, Kevin Mchale, Nate Thurmond

    Mike Mussina, Babe ruth, lou gehrig, nolan ryan, ron santo, harmon killebrew, ken holtzman, catfish hunter, carl yazstrzmski, johnny bench, carlton fisk, billy williams

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