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Current or retired, let's hear some of your all time favorite pro athletes. Not necessarily the BEST ever, the most famous or even in the "major" sports; just players you've liked or admired. Here are mine:

NFL : Defense - Ronnie Lott. Offense - Barry Sanders. Current player - Larry Fitzgerald.

MLB - All time position player, Tony Gwynn (close runner up, Edgar Martinez). Pitcher - Nolan Ryan (runner up Randy Johnson).

NBA - Terry Porter. (Honorable mentions to David Robinson and Alex English)

NHL - Wayne Gretzky. (Besides being THE GOAT, he is a very nice guy. I got to meet him once and he talked to me for a good five minutes when he didn't really have to).

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NFL- Joe Montana, JJ Watt, Larry Fitzgerald

NBA- Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Tim Duncan

MLB- Chipper Jones, Nolan Ryan, Albert Pujols

Boxing- George Foreman, Roy Jones JR, Mike Tyson

MMA- Randy Couture, Rhonda Rousey, Chuck Liddell

Golf- Jack Nicholas, Greg Norman

Hockey- Wayne Gretzky, Patrick Roy

Alternative- Tony Hawk, Matt Hoffman, Shawn White

Disc Golf- Nate Sexton, Paige Pierce, Ken Climo

Tennis- Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Serena Williams
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Baseball, Ken Griffey Jr., George Foster, Johnny Bench
Football, Russell Wilson, Kenny Easley, Steve Largent
Basketball, Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp, Fred Brown
Hockey, Bobby Orr
Soccer, Raul Ruidiaz, Jordan Morris and the rest of the 2019 Seattle Sounders, MLS CHAMPS
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Totally forgot about Griffey JR. He too would be on my list.
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Boxing- George Foreman, Roy Jones JR, Mike Tyson

Alternative- Tony Hawk, Matt Hoffman, Shawn White
I totally forgot about Boxers! Roy Jones Jr. in his prime was incredible! Smokin' Joe Frazier was also a baaaad man. Too bad we don't have Wide World of Sports anymore...

On a side note, Tony Hawk lived 4 doors down from me in Springfield for about a school year. I knew him to say hello to, but wish I'd have gotten to know him better. This would have been around 1980 or 1981, somewhere in there anyway.
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NFL-Rodger Staubach, Walter Payton.
MLB-Hank Aaron, Edgar Martinez, Pete Rose NBA-Gus Williams. Golf-Lee Trevino. Auto Racing-John Force Boxing- Mohamed Ali, George Foreman Swimming- Mark Spitz. All Around Athlete- Jim Thorpe
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Baseball, Ken Griffey Jr., George Foster, Johnny Bench
Football, Russell Wilson, Kenny Easley, Steve Largent
Basketball, Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp, Fred Brown
Hockey, Bobby Orr
Soccer, Raul Ruidiaz, Jordan Morris and the rest of the 2019 Seattle Sounders, MLS CHAMPS

Football it would have to be Steve Largent not because I'm a Seahawk fan but because my little brother broke his arm while swimming on the McKenzie river and Steve drove him to our house. I was a teenager and was alone so he stayed at our house until my parents came home to take my little brother to the hospital. I did get his autograph. My sister was a huge fan of his and she wasn't home... I still rub it in to this day
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Current or retired, let's hear some of your all time favorite pro athletes. Not necessarily the BEST ever, the most famous or even in the "major" sports; just players you've liked or admired. Here are mine:

NFL : Defense - Ronnie Lott. Offense - Barry Sanders. Current player - Larry Fitzgerald.

MLB - All time position player, Tony Gwynn (close runner up, Edgar Martinez). Pitcher - Nolan Ryan (runner up Randy Johnson).

NBA - Terry Porter. (Honorable mentions to David Robinson and Alex English)

NHL - Wayne Gretzky. (Besides being THE GOAT, he is a very nice guy. I got to meet him once and he talked to me for a good five minutes when he didn't really have to).
How did you not include Steve Largent ?
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Maurice Lucas. Never will forget his "boxing match" in the '77 Finals, and the handshake before the next game.


Jr. Griffey. The look of shear joy on his face when he slid home with the winning run in a playoff game.
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Dutch Savage and Lonnie Mayne.
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How did you not include Steve Largent ?
Definitely my favorite Seahawk and by all accounts a really great guy!
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Earl Campbell Barry Sanders was better, but Earl played the game like none other.
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Chuck "Concrete Charlie" Bednarik, the last nfl player to play both sides of the ball.
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Never been into team sports so my list would be quite different than many here. I’ll start with....

Gary Player

Arnold Palmer

Martina Navratilova

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Earl Campbell Barry Sanders was better, but Earl played the game like none other.
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Lefty Kreh, hands down!
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Michael Jordon, Walter Payton, Mike Tyson (Prior to all his troubles)
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Michael Jordon, Walter Payton, Mike Tyson (Prior to all his troubles)
No way. I'll take the ear nibbling, cannibalistic, I'll eat you baby Tyson any day!
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John Riggins.
Joe Frazer.
Chipper Jones.
John McEnroe.
Bill Walton.
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No way. I'll take the ear nibbling, cannibalistic, I'll eat you baby Tyson any day!
I don't remember which fight it was for, but I recall in one pre-fight interview Mike Tyson saying, very "matter of fact-ly", in that creepy high voice of his: "I'm gonna catch him on the tip of his nose. I'm gonna drive the bone into his brain and kill him."
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MJ and LT, and for non-Tar Heels, that'd be Micheal Jordan and Lawrence Taylor.


Manny Pacquiao was fun to watch in his prime.
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I don't remember which fight it was for, but I recall in one pre-fight interview Mike Tyson saying, very "matter of fact-ly", in that creepy high voice of his: "I'm gonna catch him on the tip of his nose. I'm gonna drive the bone into his brain and kill him."
If a boxer says that kind of stuff today (Deonte Wilder talked about wanting a body on his record,) they get fined and scrutinized. Tyson says some hardcore stuff and it was business as usual back in the day.
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If a boxer says that kind of stuff today (Deonte Wilder talked about wanting a body on his record,) they get fined and scrutinized. Tyson says some hardcore stuff and it was business as usual back in the day.
Yup. And he stung like a bee.
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Yup. And he stung like a bee.
More like a hornet.
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More like a hornet.
BIG hornet.
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Not necessarily the best, just favorites.

NFL - Peyton Manning, Joe Namath, Mean Joe Greene, Roman Gabriel, Richard Sherman, Terry Bradshaw
NBA - Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Pete Maravich, Michael Jordan
MLB- Clyde Wright, Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Jackie Robinson
Boxing - Muhammed Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard
Golf - Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Michelle Wie
Track - Bruce Jenner, Doug Brown, Steve Prefontaine
Tennis - Chris Evert, John McEnroe
MX/SX - Ricky Carmichael, Roger DeCoster, Travis Pastrana, Ryan Villopoto
Automobile Racing - Danica Patrick, Kyle Busch, Richard Petty, A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, John Force
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More like a hornet.
Yep! Bees die after they sting. Wasps just keep on stinging. And, they bite too! I guess Holyfield really WAS fighting a hornet!
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Ken Griffey jr
Tiger woods
Arnold Palmer
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Mike Tyson
Larry bird
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I worship or admire none of them. I just have no time to concern myself about what other grown men do with rubber balls. Bread and Circuses are not for me.
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Rick Clunn, Jay Yelas.
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I worship or admire none of them. I just have no time to concern myself about what other grown men do with rubber balls. Bread and Circuses are not for me.
Well... I guess someone that quotes Juvenal really IS elevated above the rabble. Pray tell what doth thee concern thyself with?
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I worship or admire none of them. I just have no time to concern myself about what other grown men do with rubber balls. Bread and Circuses are not for me.
Stewie?? Is that you?

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Kelly Slater....GOAT
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Laird Hamilton
Rob Machado

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Bode Miller -I named my dog after him.
Hermann Maier- the Herminator for getting stale fished @ 90 mph in Nagano and taking the gold two days later.
Lindsey Vonn- For her shear determination in the face of adversity.

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I enjoyed the reference to Lonnie Mayne. He visited the Fairview Hospital for developmentally disabled several times and on each visit the patients just went nuts over him. In the ring he projected a mentally slow persona and the patients felt like he was one of theirs. My favorite memory of this surprisingly gentle soul is of Lonnie in my gym literally being swamped by 20 high-functioning 10-12 year old boys with Down's syndrome. They were climbing all over him, yammering and yelling with excitement and in the middle of it all stood this bad-ass tough guy, trying to hug 20 kids at once, grinning from ear to ear. Remember the Pepsi commercial with the little blonde boy being inundated by a pack of puppies? That was Lonnie. The world lost a kind soul when he died far too early.

My favorite athletes:

Vasily Alekseyev. An unparalleled man-mountain.



Tyler Lockett impresses me. Quiet, humble, superb technician, and he just published a book of poetry.

Colin Kaepernick. Agree with him or not, the man demonstrates courage in the face of shrill and strident opposition. He's got guts. Save the flaming, you'll not change my opinion.
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Stewie?? Is that you?
I dunno, but he sounds like he'd be a real hoot to spend time with in a duck blind! And, he'd probably just WALK out to collect the birds....
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I worship or admire none of them. I just have no time to concern myself about what other grown men do with rubber balls. Bread and Circuses are not for me.
lol, how did you get to worship/admire from favorite?!
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One baseball figure I forgot—Yogi Berra. What a character, in a good way
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Kurt Von Steiger.
Got to know him quite well. Tag team wrestling with Karl Von Steiger (stage names).
Fished with Kurt once at Opal lake.
Wikipedia say's he's 6'2". LOL More like 5'8" at most.
But wada temper. Last I heard he lived in Salem, and trains shutzhund dogs for obedience, tracking,and defense or attack.
The guy knew his stuff. My hefty cousin and I were kidding him one day about being nuttin' but a show man in the ring.
He put us both down on our knees VERY quick.
Just a cupped hand against my cousin's lower back. And since I was laughing so hard, he put the Spock death grip on me.
Mighty impressive for a late 70 year old. Now probably in his late 80's.
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Old 11-19-2019, 06:08 PM   #51
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[QUOTE=Nightvisionary;16172555]I worship or admire none of them. I just have no time to concern myself about what other grown men do with rubber balls. Bread and Circuses are not for me.

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The man who would of smashed every rushing record in the NFL if he didn’t get hurt that fateful day against the Bengals... u know who!!!!!!!


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Current or retired, let's hear some of your all time favorite pro athletes. Not necessarily the BEST ever, the most famous or even in the "major" sports; just players you've liked or admired. Here are mine:

NFL : Defense - Ronnie Lott. Offense - Barry Sanders. Current player - Larry Fitzgerald.

MLB - All time position player, Tony Gwynn (close runner up, Edgar Martinez). Pitcher - Nolan Ryan (runner up Randy Johnson).

NBA - Terry Porter. (Honorable mentions to David Robinson and Alex English)

NHL - Wayne Gretzky. (Besides being THE GOAT, he is a very nice guy. I got to meet him once and he talked to me for a good five minutes when he didn't really have to).

G.O.A.T= Mario Lemieux
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G.O.A.T= Mario Lemieux
Hmmm. Nope. Your opinion vs. my fact.

https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-records...etzky/c-384583
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Really an amazing all around athlete! Do you remember that commercial where he ended with "Now where's that Tour de France thing?" With some training, I don't know that I would have bet against him!
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Michael Jordon

Jerome Kersey

Kurt Warner

Eric Dickerson
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Michael Jordon

Jerome Kersey

Kurt Warner

Eric Dickerson
Dang it!

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Muhammad Ali

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