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Kevin Brown
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Posted: 03 April 2018 at 7:23am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

It's simple, who's your all-time favorite athlete?  Any sport, any time period.  Just one person, no "honorable mentions" or "I would have included _____ if I could" comments.

For me, it's Michael Jordan.  Arguably the greatest basketball player of all time, and not just because of his stats or awards.  He elevated everyone around him to play better.  He was merciless in practice, pushing his teammates to be better and play better, giving no quarter.  If not for the year and half he "retired from basketball", who knows what else he could have accomplished.
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I'm an atheist, but I do use the term "God-given talent" (as it is my right to do). ;-)

I would say Pelé. He had "God-given talent". He scored over 1,100+ goals in his career. The likes of George Best had talent, but I am not sure there has ever been as good footballer as Pelé.

Great topic, Kevin.
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Wayne Gretzky. Not a 6'2" stud athlete nor the fastest skater but was able to elevate his linemates and had an uncanny instinct to know where the play was going, not where it is.
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John Elway. For my dollar the greatest quarterback of all-time who won a mountain of games with lousy talent around him. Plus, I always prefer a gunslinger quarterback to a safe and efficient one.

I spent years as a Broncos fan but once Elway retired I realized I didn't actually care about the Broncos, I just liked Elway.
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Just one?

Wilt Chamberlain. I think he's the most fascinating
athlete of all-time. His autobiography is one of my
favorite books ever, highly recommended. He was way
ahead of his time in many, many ways.
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Muhammad Ali.

An amazing combination of charisma, skill, speed, athleticism and courage. He moved with a grace and nimbleness that has never really otherwise existed in the heavyweight division, going up and prevailing against some of the baddest bruisers that have ever existed. And we never even saw him box in his prime!
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My favorite not best athlete.

Mickey Lolich

A mix of nostalgia and talent makes my decision for me.
The robust left hander won 3 games in the '68 series, had 25 wins and over 300 strike outs one season.
Seemed to have a smile on his face often when  I watched  him. I met him once, he was as friendly as could be.

And there's one more thing and it's a biggie. He looked like my Dad. One baseball card in particular, '73, looked like his twin. He's been my favorite since.
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Doug gets what I am trying to go for here.  Your favorite may not be the best in their sport.  This thread comes from a conversation I had at work on Monday.  We were discussing who the best was, etc., and the subject of who was each person's favorite.  One of my co-workers picked John Paxson when he played on the Chicago Bulls.  He said it was because while he wasn't the best, he was basically a role player, but he always made the most out of every opportunity when it was given to him.  

Can't fault that!

Anyway, this is why I started this thread to see what the answers might end up being. 


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Mickey Lolich, such a great choice. He was even on my Mets for one season, late in his career. How in the world did he out-pitch Bob Gibson in '68...?! Gibson was having maybe the best season by a pitcher ever until that seventh World Series game! 
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David Wells. Being a lifelong Yankee fan, I always thought Wells bled Yankee blue. He once bought a Yankees hat worn by Babe Ruth for 35k and wore it on the field for an inning (which resulted in a fine). He also pitched a perfect game hangover. He was also very stingy with the walks. A true larger than life personality and a great talent.
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Can't post mine without violating the rules, because for me it's an unbreakable two-way tie. I'll just say both are long retired, and from two different sports.


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"How in the world did he out-pitch Bob Gibson in '68...?!"

...

And Mickey out hit him. The only HR of his career came in game 2.
It seemed like destiny.
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I have a lot of love for Walter Payton. Fantastically talented and apparently the nicest guy ever to play football. Even if not, he had a ton of heart and compassion, and was, by every report, a tremendous person. There's a reason the NFL's "Man of the Year" trophy is named for him. 
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Eric, did you know that Walter Payton accompanied Razor Ramon (as his cornerman) at WWF SUMMERSLAM '94? 
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I did not. I'm not much of a wrestling fan anymore... since about 1971. :)
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