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.


Alan Page

Chuck Foreman

Warrick Dunn

Dick Butkus

Joe Kapp

Derrick Brooks

Wilber Marshall

Adrian Peterson

Charlie Ward

Doug Flutie

Fran Tarkenton

Joe Namath


Julius Erving

Andrew Toney

David Thompson

Pete Maravich


Ilie Nastase

Rod Laver

Roger Federer

Bjorn Borg


Guy Lafleur

Yvan Cournoyer

Larry Robinson

Pete Mahovlich

Phil Esposito


Mohammed Ali

Roberto Duran

Sugar Ray Leonard

Marvelous Marvin Hagler

Thomas Hearns


Paul Molitor

Robin Yount

Gorman Thomas

Johnny Bench

Pete Rose

George Foster

Cecil Cooper

Joe Morgan


Hubert Green


I urge you to email me ( 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.


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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