Athletes: Best-Ever

by Dom Nozzi

The people found on this list represent what I consider to be the most entertaining, dominant (and mostly professional) athletes I have had the pleasure of enjoying watching in my life. They were and are colorful, seemingly super-human, and admired (and feared) by many.

Football

Alan Page

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msQA1t0Am8E

Chuck Foreman

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sm3Y59LmW7g&NR=1&feature=fvwp

Warrick Dunn

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdx2JeAULJ4

Dick Butkus

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxR9qYSHt8U

Joe Kapp

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNkK5aoiRMw

Derrick Brooks

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CxasdvAk4f4

Wilber Marshall

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHBUBHFGgH4

Adrian Peterson

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nD-wivXcHTQ

Charlie Ward

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h62DS92aYnc

Doug Flutie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h62DS92aYnc

Fran Tarkenton

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

Joe Namath

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrUgB55lLM4

Basketball

Julius Erving

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DebtVv87jDc

Andrew Toney

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

David Thompson

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVd2TvNaaGA

Pete Maravich

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Y5KAaercTI

Tennis

Ilie Nastase

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRWmC1EzdJE

Rod Laver

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWMUMG3Xb6I

Roger Federer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdK1vDSPibg

Bjorn Borg

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

Hockey

Guy Lafleur

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMVczlhrp78

Yvan Cournoyer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dn-WkhJB_vQ

Larry Robinson

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-k-R9mKfRfE

Pete Mahovlich

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1MWTFIZJdY

Phil Esposito

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yz8YZxYY82c

Boxing

Mohammed Ali

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taeeBnycnt0

Roberto Duran

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gac4u7iqclk

Sugar Ray Leonard

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hd2UOFou0Uw

Marvelous Marvin Hagler

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZHIo5ylQA8

Thomas Hearns

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZdLJAYzV9M

Baseball

Paul Molitor

http://milwaukee.brewers.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=3979123

Robin Yount

http://milwaukee.brewers.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=3972757

Gorman Thomas

Johnny Bench

http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=3972553

Pete Rose

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0Wiy5DJRJw

George Foster

Cecil Cooper

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTaQWn1tPy8&NR=1

Joe Morgan

Golf

Hubert Green

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I urge you to email me (dom@walkablestreets.com) or leave a comment if you have a suggested addition or subtraction from this list. Or if you have any other thoughts about this list.

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Each list in this blog contains my own personal opinions based on my personal experiences. I acknowledge that there may be a need to add or subtract from these lists (or to create a new subject list), and I welcome such suggestions. The lists are not ordered from higher to lower quality. Each list is a work in progress.

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