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Your Top 10 Favorite Athletes (Edited 05/17/11 03:56PM by Kenne)
Who are your 10 favorite athletes of all time? (active or retired)
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3706.1431. Your Top 10 Favorite Athletes

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#2 | 1066 days ago

This is tough, even if I go with athletes I have actually watched play.

Walter Payton, Greg Maddux, Michael Jordan, and Nolan Ryan come to mind first. 
Lawrence Taylor, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Bob Gibson, Joe Montana, and Wayne Gretzky... I want to buy 10 or 20 more folks with my Q bucks so I can name some active players.


 
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#1 | 1066 days ago

1- Julius Erving
2- Muhammad Ali
3- james worthy
4- Jerry Rice
5- Eric "the Red" Davis
6- Rickey Henderson
7- Joe Montana
 8 Lynn Swann
  9 Wilt Chamberlain
10-Steffi Graff
#2 | 1066 days ago

This is tough, even if I go with athletes I have actually watched play.

Walter Payton, Greg Maddux, Michael Jordan, and Nolan Ryan come to mind first. 
Lawrence Taylor, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Bob Gibson, Joe Montana, and Wayne Gretzky... I want to buy 10 or 20 more folks with my Q bucks so I can name some active players.


 
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#3 | 1066 days ago

(Edited by Kenne)
1 Steve Nash
2 Kurt Warner
3 Larry Fitzgerald
4 Tom Chambers (NBA - met him few times)
5 Joe Montana
6 Wayne Gretzky
7 Pat Tillman (NFL - died serving in Afghanistan)
8 Drew Brees
9 Reggie White
10 Randy Johnson
#4 | 1066 days ago

(Edited by kobe_lova)

1. Brett Favre
2. Joe Montana
3. Kobe Bryant
4. Larry Bird
5. John Stockton
6. Jerry Rice
7. Magic Johnson
8. Peyton Manning
9. Joe Dumars
10. Deion Sanders/Steve Nash/Charles Barkley/Clyde Drexler/Allen Iverson/Michael Phelps/Ray Allen/Dennis Rodman/Ronnie Lott/Ray Lewis

#5 | 1066 days ago

Wow...  Really tough.  Just off the top of my head...

1.  Wayne Gretzky
2.  Willie Mays
3.  Pele
4.  Tim Lincecum
5.  Roberto Clelente (Just couldn't bring myself to put J Robinson here because he was a Dodger)
6.  Will Clark
7.  Joe Pavelski
8.  Ryan Clowe
9.  Hack Wilson (There is a story behind this but that is for another time)
10.  Tom Tolbert (One of the most entertaining radio guys out there.  And he laced them up so he counts.)
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#6 | 1066 days ago

sammy sosa
ron dayne
mark derosa
kurt  warner
chris chambers
hank aaron
albert pujols
kerry wood
carlos zambrano
ernie banks
#7 | 1066 days ago

1. Brett Hull
2. Darren McCarty
3. Steve Yzerman
4. Bill Laimbeer
5. Magglio Ordonez
6. Jarrod Saltalamachia
7. Tim Thomas
8. Matthew Stafford
9. Calvin "Big Play" Johnson
10. Sergie Konstantinov 
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#8 | 1066 days ago

1.Bill Freehan,my boyhood hero
2. Ty Cobb, The Georgia Peach
3. Al Kaline, Mr. Tiger
4. Steve Yzerman, The Captain
5. Tom Harmon, 1940 Heisman winner
6. Gordie Howe, Mr. Hockey
7. Desmond Howard, 1991 Heisman winner
8. Johnny Unitas, Baltimore Colts
9. Wayne Gretzky, "99"
10. Anthony Carter, Michigan All-American
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#9 | 1066 days ago

Bart Starr
Robin Yount
Connie Hawkins
Bobby Orr
A.J. Foyt
Christiano Ronaldo
Pete Rose
Barry Sanders
Hank Aaron
Gale Sayers
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#10 | 1066 days ago

1) Lou Gehrig
2) Stan Musial
3) Marshall Faulk
4) Albert Pujols
5) Jerry Rice
6) TJ Oshie
7) Dirk Nowitzki
8) Cal Ripken
9) Wayne Gretzky
10) Jim Thorpe
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#11 | 1066 days ago

Scott wrote:
1) Lou Gehrig
2) Stan Musial
3) Marshall Faulk
4) Albert Pujols
5) Jerry Rice
6) TJ Oshie
7) Dirk Nowitzki
8) Cal Ripken
9) Wayne Gretzky
10) Jim Thorpe
Jim Thorpe...  Good one.  Now that I have time to think about it, I should give him and Hobby Baker honorable mention.
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#12 | 1066 days ago

ML31 wrote:
Jim Thorpe...  Good one.  Now that I have time to think about it, I should give him and Hobby Baker honorable mention.
He was the epitome of an athlete.
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#13 | 1066 days ago
ChristiSunshine (+)

(Edited by ChristiSunshine)
1.  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
2.  Ryne Sandberg
3.  Pekka Rinne
4.  Peyton Manning
5.  Troy Polamalu
6.  Kobe Bryant
7.  Michael Jordan
8.  Hines Ward
9.  Magic Johnson
10.  Julius Irving
In no particular order.
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#14 | 1066 days ago

1)Zenyatta
2)Larry Bird
3Rafael Nadal
4)Lawrence Taylor
5)Mary Lou Retton
6)Michael Jordan
7)Carl Lewis
8)Wayne Gretzky
9)Michael Phelps
10)Tiger Woods
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#15 | 1066 days ago

Gretzky is the first to appear on 5 lists

#16 | 1066 days ago


1. Drew Brees
2. Dale Murphy
3. Craig "Ironhead" Heyward
4. Chipper Jones
5. John Daly
6. Micheal Jordan
7. Greg Maddux
8. Larry Bird
9. John Smoltz
10. Bobby Hebert
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#17 | 1066 days ago

(Edited by Eric_)
This isn't in any particular order, just the order I think of them.

Alex Zanardi (OK, he's definitely #1)
Cal Ripken, Jr. (OK, he's definitely #2)
Donald Driver
Alex Ovechkin
Nick Markakis
Brian Roberts
Aaron Rodgers
Tony Kanaan
Charles Woodson
Simona De Silvestro
#18 | 1066 days ago

(Edited by kteacher)
1. Gretzky----no one set up in his office the back of the net like he did.
2. Orel Hershiser
3. Marshall Faulk
4. Deacon Jones---saw enough video of his playing days and read his book
5. Luc Robitaille
6. Magic Johnson (LOVE HIM)
7. Michael Jordan
8. Greg Maddux
9. Michael Phelps
10. Anze Kopitar
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#19 | 1066 days ago

In no particular order:

Wayne Gretzky
Walter Payton
Barry Sanders
Marty Brodeur
Patrick Roy (I don't care what anyone says or what a douche he is - he was so much fun to watch on the ice)
Peyton Manning
Stevie Y
Bobby Orr
Ken Griffey Jr. (prettiest swing in baseball)
And not to be a homer but I love watching King Felix - he's surpassed Randy Johnson as my favorite M's pitcher of all time

I need more slots too.
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#20 | 1065 days ago

Michael Jordon X's 10.
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#21 | 1065 days ago

Barry Sanders
Walter Payton
Wayne Gretzky
Lou Gehrig
Larry Bird
Ray Bourque
Tom Brady
Nolan Ryan
Michael Jordan
Joe Montana

(I would add Davey Allison, but someone would debate me on the "Drivers are not athletes" debate which I refuse to take part in)
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#22 | 1065 days ago

Gordie Howe
Wayne Gretzky
Steve Yzerman
Russ Jackson
Toni Gabriel
Guy Lafleur
Mike Weir
Steve Nash
Terry Sawchuck
Doug Flutie
Honerable mention..the Hanson brothers.:)
#23 | 1065 days ago

Michael Jordan
Walter Payton
Brian Urlacher
Derrick Rose
Scottie Pippen
Ryne Sandberg
Jonathan Toews
Andre Dawson
Ken Griffey Jr
Raghib "Rocket" Ismail
#24 | 1065 days ago
John_Daly (+)

Tony Gwynn
LaDainain Tomlinson
Marshall Faulk
David Robinson
Manny Pacquaio
Lance Alworth
Bo Jackson
John Daly
Steve Young
Michael Jordan
#25 | 1065 days ago

Super question!!  I could be here all day.

 Larry Bird               Mark'the Bird'Fidyrich RIP
 Carl Yastrzemski    Joe Montana
 Tom Brady              Wayne Gretzky
 Bill Rogers               Chipper Jones
 Bobby Orr                 Muhammad Ali
 
 
#26 | 1065 days ago

Scottie Pippen
Bo Jackson
Deion Sanders
Randy Moss
Steve Yzerman
LeBron James
Jack Tatum
Manny Ramirez
Albert Belle
Peyton Manning
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#27 | 1064 days ago

 1- Muhammad Ali
 2- Bruce Lee
 3- Michael Jordan
 4- Julius Irving
 5- Evander Holyfield
 6- Manuel Pacquiao
 7- Reggie Jackson
 8- Magic Johnson
 9- Michael Jai White
10- Derek Jeter

 

 

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#28 | 1064 days ago
ChristiSunshine (+)

ChristiSunshine wrote:
1.  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
2.  Ryne Sandberg
3.  Pekka Rinne
4.  Peyton Manning
5.  Troy Polamalu
6.  Kobe Bryant
7.  Michael Jordan
8.  Hines Ward
9.  Magic Johnson
10.  Julius Irving
In no particular order.
I can't believe I left Ali off my list.
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#29 | 1063 days ago

1. Walter Payton - Greatest RB ever
2. Magic Johnson - Changed the NBA forever
3. Michael Jordan - Greatest Basketball ever
4. Joe Montana - Greatest QB ever
5. Wille Mays - Revolutionized the proto-typical outfielder
6. Earl Campbell - Overused but no one ran harder
7. David Robinson - Class act, one of the greatest Center
8. Nolan Ryan - Greatest pitcher ever
9. Mickey Mantle - One of the greatest pure hitters ever
10. Ronnie Lott - Hardest hitting DB ever
#30 | 1055 days ago
BDV4U (+)

It's hard just to restrict to my lifetime:
  • Albert Pujols
  • Gordie Howe
  • Cassius Clay
  • Nolan Ryan
  • Walter Peyton
  • Joe Montana
  • Patrick Roy
  • Lew Alcindor
  • Jerry Rice
  • Lou Brock
#31 | 1052 days ago

surprising there is only 1 WOMAN named in this poll
#32 | 1052 days ago
BDV4U (+)

alainpeartree wrote:
surprising there is only 1 WOMAN named in this poll
Not TOO surprising. There have been a lot of great women athlete - Babe Dickerson, Billie Jean King, William sisters, etc. But to transcend their sport to not just mainstream, but to the culture as a whole, takes some doing! If Danica Patrick can win some Indy/NASCAR races, Michelle Wei kicked the guys at golf, they may crack this list someday.

Top 500 - definitely. Top 100 - possibly. Top 10? Just not there yet!
#33 | 1051 days ago

alainpeartree wrote:
surprising there is only 1 WOMAN named in this poll
It's not even a little surprising really. Men have always dominated sports, especially on tv, still do. There are way more women athletes on tv than when I was a kid, and even fewer when most of y'all were. We all hear about the ones that were/are exceptional but is it really enough to overthrow most of the dudes listed above? I think not. Like dude above me said, the Williams sisters are great, so are several WNBA chicks, Flo-Jo, Joyner-Kersey, and others but who are you going to kick off of your list to include them?
#34 | 1051 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
It's not even a little surprising really. Men have always dominated sports, especially on tv, still do. There are way more women athletes on tv than when I was a kid, and even fewer when most of y'all were. We all hear about the ones that were/are exceptional but is it really enough to overthrow most of the dudes listed above? I think not. Like dude above me said, the Williams sisters are great, so are several WNBA chicks, Flo-Jo, Joyner-Kersey, and others but who are you going to kick off of your list to include them?
I can see a lot of people on a lot of lists that could be swapped out for some of the better female athletes.  

For example, I don't think David Robinson was a better basketball player or that Derek Jeter was/is a better baseball player than, say, Billie Jean King was a tennis player.  It's hard to compare, but if you were to try to name the top 10 players in women's tennis, BJK would be on there, no doubt.  You try to make a list of the top ten men's basketball players of all time, Robinson wouldn't even be a consideration.

With that being said, I don't think any women would be on my top ten of the 10 best athletes of all time, but neither would the two dudes in my example above.
#35 | 1051 days ago

janet011685 wrote:
I can see a lot of people on a lot of lists that could be swapped out for some of the better female athletes.  

For example, I don't think David Robinson was a better basketball player or that Derek Jeter was/is a better baseball player than, say, Billie Jean King was a tennis player.  It's hard to compare, but if you were to try to name the top 10 players in women's tennis, BJK would be on there, no doubt.  You try to make a list of the top ten men's basketball players of all time, Robinson wouldn't even be a consideration.

With that being said, I don't think any women would be on my top ten of the 10 best athletes of all time, but neither would the two dudes in my example above.
I agree to a certain extent. Some people's list are pure bias, so you are right, they could be replaced by greater female athletes, but I just remembered that this was "your top 10 favorite athletes" and not necessarily the top ten best athletes of all time which may be the problem. If I was to revamp my list for just the top ten ever, there would definitely be no room for a female.

(also, david robinson was pretty great, some could argue that you're just wrong, i won't but I probably could)
#36 | 1051 days ago

janet011685 wrote:
I can see a lot of people on a lot of lists that could be swapped out for some of the better female athletes.  

For example, I don't think David Robinson was a better basketball player or that Derek Jeter was/is a better baseball player than, say, Billie Jean King was a tennis player.  It's hard to compare, but if you were to try to name the top 10 players in women's tennis, BJK would be on there, no doubt.  You try to make a list of the top ten men's basketball players of all time, Robinson wouldn't even be a consideration.

With that being said, I don't think any women would be on my top ten of the 10 best athletes of all time, but neither would the two dudes in my example above.
I think a strong case can be made that Babe Didrikson Zaharias was better than most men.  That being said, the key word in this poll is "favorite".  Which is why most lists have a local flavor to them.
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#37 | 1051 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
I agree to a certain extent. Some people's list are pure bias, so you are right, they could be replaced by greater female athletes, but I just remembered that this was "your top 10 favorite athletes" and not necessarily the top ten best athletes of all time which may be the problem. If I was to revamp my list for just the top ten ever, there would definitely be no room for a female.

(also, david robinson was pretty great, some could argue that you're just wrong, i won't but I probably could)
Didn't realize it was "favorite".  My bad.

Mark my spot so one day, when this EXACT same argument happens over best athletes of all time (we both know it has and will again), I'll have my counter-argument ready.

(David Robinson was great ... he was actually my favorite NBA player back when I, you know, gave a sh*t about the NBA.  Still don't think he'd be called anywhere near top ten of all time in the sport, though.)
#38 | 1051 days ago

1. willie mays
 2.Di maggio
  3 joe montana
  4. LT
  5. peyton manning
   6.walter peyton
    7 jerry rice
    8. kurt rambis
    9 dave diehl
    10 eli manning
#39 | 1051 days ago

Babe Ruth - Ty Cobb - Mickey Mantle - Micheal Jordan - Dale Earnheart Sr. - Jim Thopre - Roger Staubauck - Jackie Robinson - Jim Brown -  Sandy Koufax  in no certain order - that would be almost impossible  .
#40 | 1051 days ago

Gave out my respects to a few ; if there were 1000 post on here I believe they would all be different - this what makes it fun - we can all agree to disagree at least some of the time - its what makes each of us unique in our own right .
#41 | 1050 days ago

1. peyton manning 2. johnny unitas 3. marvin harrison 4. dallas clark 5. reggie wayne 6. raymond berry 7. dwight freeny 8. robert mathis 9. jeff saturday 10. pierre garcon
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#42 | 1050 days ago

joedbreeze wrote:
1. peyton manning 2. johnny unitas 3. marvin harrison 4. dallas clark 5. reggie wayne 6. raymond berry 7. dwight freeny 8. robert mathis 9. jeff saturday 10. pierre garcon
how you gonna pick peyton over johnny Uu?? seriously man??
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#43 | 1050 days ago

HULL_17 wrote:
how you gonna pick peyton over johnny Uu?? seriously man??
the reason i have manning before unitas is because i have never seen unitas play
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#44 | 1050 days ago

1. Joe Montana
2. Jerry Rice
3. Barry Bonds
4. Walter Peyton
5. Will Clark
6. Tim Lincecum
7.Ted Williams
8. Willie Mays
9. Michael Jordan
10. Ronnie Lott
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#45 | 1050 days ago

1. Mohammad Ali
2. Johnny Unitas
3. Pete Rose
4. Walter Peyton
5. Hank Aaron
6. Ernie Banks
7. Yogi Berria
8. Peyton Manning
9. Bill Russell
10. Larry Bird
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#46 | 1050 days ago

joedbreeze wrote:
the reason i have manning before unitas is because i have never seen unitas play
i can respect that....
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#47 | 1043 days ago

(Edited by Miguel94)
I could probably rattle off 20-50 favorites. The first five are easy, but getting the list down to just ten is tough.

1-Steve Yzerman
2-Mark 'The Bird' Fidrych
3-Pavel Datsyuk
4-Will 'The Thrill' Clark
5-Brian Rolston
6-Doug Weight
7-Jim Abbott
8-Mickey Tettleton
9-Matt Nokes
10-Chris Osgood

Honorable Mention: Tom Brookens, Chris Speilman, Blaine Lacher, Pete Rose, Sammy Sosa
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#48 | 1042 days ago

1. Jerry Royster
2. Brett Butler
3. Kenny "the snake" Stabler
4. Mugsy Bogues
5. John Daly
6. Dale Murphy
7. Gayle Sayers
8. Junior Johnson
9. Annika Sorenstam
10. tie- Ali,Jordan(at age 18) Jimmy Valvano(I know its supposed to be athletes only, but he inspired me, just watching him coach from behind the bench about 10 games.
I appoligise for doing my list different. These are all people that i have met personally, most only once, but from that and everything they've contributed to society, influenced this list.
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#49 | 1042 days ago

Favorite athletes are the ones that transcend the game they play, but are also a part of it. They are often majestic and magic, but prepared to do whatever it took to win the game, even if it meant looking ugly in the process. When they were beaten, they would acknowledge it and move on, and were often able to win the next time.
In no particular order, here are the athletes that fit the criteria that I've seen.

1. Bill Russel C- Boston Celtics
2. Wayne Gretzky C- Edmonton, LA, New York
3. Walter Payton RB- Chicago Bears
4. Jackie Robinson- 2B- Brooklyn/LA Dodgers
5. Cheryl Miller - swing- UCLA Bruins
6. Jesse Owens track and field
7. Jim Thorpe- Canton Bulldogs
8. Hank Aaron- OF- Atlanta Braves
9. Earvin "Magic" Johnson- G- LA Lakers
10- Mia Hamm- Sweeper- US National Soccer Team.

All of them understood their role, and how history would be made by them simply doing what they loved. All of them were at the top of their respective sports, and thrived with grace when all eyes were on them.
#50 | 1006 days ago

(Edited by Nick__)
1) Walter Payton
2) Michael Jordan
3) Wayne Gretzkey
4) Ryne Sandberg
5) Tony Esposito
6) Magic Johnson
7) Tony Gwynn
8) Chris Chelios
9) Andre Dawson
10) Peyton Manning
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#51 | 1005 days ago

1~Johnny Unitas
2~Jim Thorpe
3~ Mohammad Ali
4~Jim Brown
5~Larry Bird
6~Raymond Berry
7~Babe Ruth
8~Wilt Chamberlain
9~Jackie Robinson
10~ Drew Brees
#52 | 988 days ago
notjeff (+)

Drummer99 wrote:
1~Johnny Unitas
2~Jim Thorpe
3~ Mohammad Ali
4~Jim Brown
5~Larry Bird
6~Raymond Berry
7~Babe Ruth
8~Wilt Chamberlain
9~Jackie Robinson
10~ Drew Brees
These are my Favorites, not neccessarily The Best

1) Mike Schmidt
2) Arthur Ashe
3) Pat Tillman
4) Greg Louganis
5) Tug McGraw
6) Steve Carlton
7) Bucky Dent
8) Chris Evert
9) Ben Cohen
10) Billy Jean King
10.5) Cole Hamels
10.75) Jayson Werth
#53 | 988 days ago

1) Kenny Dalglish,2) Dragan Dzajic,3) Nemanja Vidic,4) Vlade Divac,5) Novak Djokovic,6) Bjorn Borg,7)Larry Bird,8) Ingemar Stenmark, 9) John Toshack,10) Steven Gerrard
#54 | 987 days ago
notjeff (+)

WhiteEagles wrote:
1) Kenny Dalglish,2) Dragan Dzajic,3) Nemanja Vidic,4) Vlade Divac,5) Novak Djokovic,6) Bjorn Borg,7)Larry Bird,8) Ingemar Stenmark, 9) John Toshack,10) Steven Gerrard
Bjorn Borg was the next athlete onmy list
#55 | 987 days ago

This is tough because I've grown up with some incredibly talented sports stars...
1. Barry Sanders
2. Walter Payton
3. Steve Zyerman
4. Darrin McCarty
5. Dennis Rodman
6. Joe Dumars
7. Larry Byrd
9. Reggie White
10. Robert Porche
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