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Who Is Your Sports Hero?  
User currently offlineUsairwys757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 4897 times:

Rolling off of the regular hero thread. Just as the title says, who is your sports hero? When I thought about this, a few names came to mind. But I gotta roll with Vince Lombardi, the dude changed the face of football and all sports forever. He made an impact on the game that no one has ever duplicated, nor will. So I gotta go with Lombardi.

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User currently offlineLogan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 4890 times:

Limiting myself to Boston, there are a few names that come to the top of the list:

Bobby Orr - completely changed the role of the defenseman in hockey
Larry Bird - consummate pressure guy. Not the most talented, but worked as hard, or harder, than his teammates and competitors
Ted Williams - last guy to hit .400; missed several seasons for military duty in WWII
Tom Brady - yes, I know, he's only 27, but he's had a better career in five seasons than most have in a lifetime.

Honorable mention:

Bill Russell
Adam Vinatieri

User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11963 posts, RR: 41
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 4881 times:

(Real)Football: Ryan Giggs - Great skills on the ball and has been my fav player as long as I've been interested in Fottball.  Smile

World Rally Championship: Petter Solberg - Drives Subaru, nuff said... Big grin

WWE: Undertaker - Hardly a sport, but the man I'm rooting for to win whenever there is a fight going...  Smile

All that pops to mind this late in the evening...


"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlineAerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 8315 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 4875 times:

Michael Schumacher. - ever since he was in Benetton.
Zinadine Zidane - an absolute master. Showed his class in Euro 2004 against England

User currently offlineSpringbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 4873 times:

Michael Schumacher  Big thumbs up

אני תומך בישראל
User currently offlineElectraBob From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 931 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 4870 times:

I have got to go way, way back when I was much, much younger....only cared about two sports back then....


Al Kaline
Jim Bunning
Frank Lary
Mickey Mantle
Ted Williams

and hockey.....

Gordie Howe
Ted Lindsay
Alex Delvecchio
Sid Abel
Maurice Richard
Jacques Plante
Bernie Geoffrion
Doug Harvey
Bobby Hull

Having a smoking section in a restaurant is like having a peeing section in a swimming pool.....
User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5601 posts, RR: 32
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 4866 times:

This an interesting question. It depends very much from where you come. For example, all those mentioned base- or football-players are not known here. For me there are: the football players (soccer) Pelé, Zinedine Zidane or out of a Swiss view the tennis player Roger Federer. Of course there are many others. I call them "excellent" but perhaps not "heros".

User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11454 posts, RR: 72
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 4861 times:
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Jim Thorpe


Walter Payton

Hank Aaron

Lance Armstrong

I could go on, but these are the first names to come to mind.

Is my Pan Am ticket to the moon still good?
User currently offlineConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 4848 times:

Margie Goldstein-Engle

User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8508 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 4835 times:

The Flying Finn, Mika Hakkinen

User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 4831 times:

Jose Canseco.

Signed, Aa61hvy

User currently offlineGreasespot From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 3104 posts, RR: 19
Reply 11, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 4823 times:

Lance Armstrong...Not because of the cancer comeback but becasue he has won Le tour 6 times in a row...


Sometimes all you can do is look them in the eye and ask " how much did your mom drink when she was pregnant with you?"
User currently offlineSLC1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 4822 times:

Bjorn Borg
John Stockton
Lance Armstrong
Patrick Rafter
Pete Sampras
Wayne Gretzky

...probably more that don't come to mind

User currently offlineZizou From Australia, joined Oct 2000, 1536 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 4816 times:

Mine are,

Zinedine Zidane
Dennis Bergkamp
Michael Schumacher
Rahul Dravid
Stefan Edberg

User currently offlineAirlinerfreak From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 4812 times:

I would have to say Lance Armstrong. After what he went through and how he was not supposed to survive yet he came back from Cancer and won 6 Tour De France in a row.....

User currently offlineNZ747 From New Zealand, joined Dec 2004, 968 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 4799 times:

Jonah Lomu. Because he never gives up. A true rugby legend.

User currently offlineUsairwys757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 4793 times:

Signed, Aa61hvy again.

User currently offlineJCS17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 36
Reply 17, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 4781 times:

 Big grin

America's chickens are coming home to rooooost!
User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 38
Reply 18, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 4776 times:

Franz Beckenbauer

International Caps 103
International Goals 14
Teams C Munich 1906, Bayern Munich, New York Cosmos, SV Hamburg
Team Honours World Cup: 1974
European Championship: 1972
European Cup: 1974, 75, 76
Cup Winners: Cup: 1967
World Club Championships: 1976
Bundesliega: 1969, 72, 73, 74.
West German Cup: 1966, 67, 69, 71.
Individual Honours European Footballer of the Year: 1972, 76

Franz Beckenbauer, i believe, is the only man to have won the World Cup both as a player and as a manager

Andreas  Big thumbs up

I am so smart, i am so smart... S-M-R-T... i mean S-M-A-R-T
User currently offlineATCT From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 2593 posts, RR: 34
Reply 19, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 4770 times:

Mario Lemieux
Wayne Gretzky
and Bill Virdon (1960's Pgh Pirate)


Trikes are for kids!
User currently offlineYegmaster From Canada, joined Dec 2004, 1023 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 4759 times:

People that come to mind:
Johan Cruijff
Mike Wier
Evert van Benthem (speedskater)

DL021 : Jim Thorpe is an interesting choice, why if i may ask?

User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 4758 times:

Sebastien Loeb, rally world champ...

User currently offlineBristolFlyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2330 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 4743 times:

5 times gold medal Olympian Sir Steve Redgrave. At the top of his sport for 20+ yrs.

Fortune favours the brave
User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 4736 times:

There is only one baseball hero in my book.


Mr. Finesse

Joe DiMaggio

I remember where I was when I heard he had died. A very sad day. My dad saw him play. There was nobody sweeter. He did it all. Hit, ran, fielded. Didn't hot dog anything. A total professional. His record of hitting safely in 56 straight games will never be broken. Much like Secretariat's record of 2:24 for a mile and half. My dad also saw Big Red run and told me how he also ran each quarter mile faster than the previous one on the Belmont in 73'. When you think of that, it blows your mind. I think everyone at the track that day couldn't believe what they saw. There will never be another horse quite like him. Another hero for me. Just look at this record.


If you look at the horses that ran second to him like Big Spruce, Stop the Music, Sham, Riva Ridge they were great but Big Red was the Greatest. I am glad I can see that statue of him in the paddock at Belmont.

Those are a couple of my heroes

User currently offlineYukimizake From Japan, joined Mar 2004, 529 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 4735 times:

The use of the word hero to describe a sporting personality is quite dubious, admirable is a better word. I always really admired Wayne Gretzky, not only for his raw talent on the ice, but also for the ultimate class in how he announced his retirement. He kept it secret until the last week of the season so there was none of this season long farewell tour side-show crap we have seen before like when Magic Johnson finally retired. Also worth mentioning is his selection and involvement with the gold medal winning hockey team from the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. Instead of the defensive minded type of teams from the previous Olympics, he went with the all the big guns.

And there's also Gilles Villeneuve and Ayrton Senna, awesome talents who both died behind the wheel of their F1 cars.

'Opfer müssen gebracht werden (Sacrifices must be made)' - Otto Lilienthal
25 N317AS : "....seen before like when Magic Johnson finally retired." Which time. Didn't he and Jordan put us through retirement two or three times?
26 NIKV69 : Was sad to see Gretzky being interviewed today after the NHL cancelled the season. You can see in his face, he knows hockey as we have known it is in
27 Post contains images Thom@s : Signed OYRJA
28 Banco : I suppose I would have to look at people whose impact transcended their sport. Tommie Smith's black power salute in protest at racism in the 1968 Olym
29 Gkirk : Vinnie Jones Signed, Thom@s
30 Myt332 : Thierry Henry. He has va va voom! Signed Gkirk
31 Post contains images Thom@s : GKirk, how did you know? Such a cruel player... Thom@s
32 Post contains images VictorTango : Sachin Tendulkar - The world's best batsman! Olly[Edited 2005-02-17 12:37:11]
33 Post contains images AA61Hvy : A not-so-well known kicker in football. Signed, UsAirwys757
34 Post contains images Willo : Lance Armstrong - the best road race cyclist ever. Shane Warne - ace bowler (shame he's an Australian ) Janne Ahonen (ski jumper) - so far ahead of th
35 Wheelsatc : Don't know about hero's but certainly idols! Shane Warne (Aussie cricketer) Aryton Senna
36 Slider : Vince Lombardi: Transcended his sport. Unparalleled achievement. A very complex man far beyond what many would believe. Mario Lemieux: Gretzky is the
37 NIKV69 : You know with all this talk of soccer there is only one person who should be in the same sentence as the word hero and that is Pele. No player ever to
38 CactusA319 : Quick list: Roberto Clemente: First big-time Latin baseball player, and possibly the greatest Latin ballplayer of all time. Great hitter, smooth field
39 AA61Hvy : Lawrence Taylor aka LT: Forgetting off the field issues, the guy was amazing, the best Defensive player of all time. He made all QB's and running back
40 Post contains images GEEDO : I took so much heat for being a Broncos fan all my life, then THE MAN closes out his career with two championships. Mr.Elway, you will always inspire
41 Spaceman : Yao Ming, my man the little giant.
42 Boeing Nut : One of mine is Mark McGuire. ( still ) I would probably feel different hero wise if he hadn't broke the home run record, but it almost seemed like he
43 MSYtristar : Peyton Manning: Great person, great player. Andre Agassi: See above.
44 Yanksn4 : MY List: 1. Mickey Mantle (New York Yankees) 2. Lou Gehrig (New York Yankees)- "Today, I consider my self the luckiest man.... on the face of the Eart
45 Post contains images 787 : Arthur Ashe. "True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve othe
46 Post contains images Thom@s : And I thought soccer was a boring sport. I've never wanted to be a Newcastle United player more in my life... Signed KROC. Awaiting the swinging Bats
47 Post contains images Alphafloor : Ayrton Senna
48 Thom@s : I still remember his crash. Not a pretty sight... Thom@s
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