Which Athlete Defined Your Lifetime/Generaton?

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  1. Trueblue25

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    Derek Jeter.

    Grew up despising the Yankees, they were the ultimate super villains in baseball to me, as I was a Delgado/Jays fan, from '98 up through the 2000s. But theres never been an athlete that more so represented class, being a captain and just downright 'cool' such as Derek Jeter. The guys was the perfect role model and always had what it took to lead champions.

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  2. AirForceOrange

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    Basketball - Michael Jordan
    Baseball - Don Mattingly
    Football - Dan Marino
     
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    Cal. I probably only misses a handful of boxscores over his 20 years.
     
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    Larry Legend.
     
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    Mantle & Mattingly
    Arnie
    Ali
     
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    Bobby Orr. The greatest. Not even an argument
     
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    orange79 Internet Sleuth Staff Member

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    Carmelo Anthony
     
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    Chamberlain/West/Erving/Anthony
    Nicklaus/Mickelson
    Simpson/Brady
    Seaver/Jeter
    Ali
    Cordero
     
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    Football- Emmitt Smith
    Baseball Ken Griffey Jr, Mike Piazza
    Bball- Magic, Melo
    Hockey- Mark Messier
     
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    Either Jim Thorpe or Honus Wagner.
     
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    I thought you might go with Shoeless Joe Jackson or Francis Ouiment.
     
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    Overall, and going with the post-Jordan era time frame because while I grew up idolizing Jordan the last few years of his career, my memories really began with the 1997 finals team.

    Overall:
    NBA: I'd say Kobe even though IMO, Duncan was the better player.
    MLB: Jeter
    NFL: Peyton

    As for the players I personally loved growing up:
    NBA: Steve Nash
    MLB: Kerry Wood
    NFL: Derrick Brooks
     
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    Shawn91111 2nd String

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    Jordan, Jeter, Tiger
     
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    That's Francis Ouimet you young whippersnapper.
     
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    Pearl
    Jordan
    Elway
     
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    Wow not one person has said LeBron... I'm 40 so I have multiple generations but I'd go with:
    hoops: Lebron and Jordan
    soccer: Messi, Messi, Messi! and Mia Hamm
    football: it pains me to say this as a Bills fan but Tom Brady, before him Barry Sanders
    baseball: Bonds, Rivera, Randy Johnson
    Tennis: Federer, Sampras, Steffi Graf
     
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  19. KaiserUEO

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    tough question.

    is this my guys??

    then the answer is:

    Simms & LT
    Munson, Nettles & Mattingly
    Messier & Leetch
    Dr J & Starks
    Nicklaus & Mickelson

    or is it the sport??

    then it would be:

    Favre and/or Peyton
    Junior
    Michael
    Gretzky

    tigger

    but Muhammad Ali is above everyone, despite him being at the end of his career for me.
     
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    I named my first dog after him and he's my favorite player of all time. He wasn't even on my favorite team but he was and still is my baseball idol.
     
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    I should have mentioned Tyson was a big part of my teens/20s. He was the beast.
     
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    Michael Jordan and Ken Griffey Jr.
     
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    Jeter
    Melo
    Brees
    Brady
    John Starks!
    Paul O'Neill
    Tino
     
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    Those are the three that came to my mind but growing up I would have said Dollar Bill or Clyde. I would have been happy to trade lives with any of the five.
     
  25. MikeSU02

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    The big ones are: Jordan, Tiger and Lebron, with the latter two being in the spotlight when they were kids and fulfilling their greatness.

    Would argue that the second tier for me would be: Tyson, Carl Lewis, LT, Bird/Magic, Gretzky.

    Personally it was LT, Doc/Darryl, Messier, Melo, Eli.