Some of my favorite athletes

The guys I’m turning the TV on for.

The most interesting man in the world? A good friend to Kim Jong-Un, Rodman is one of the most unique figures in all of the sporting world.

The most interesting man in the world? A good friend to Kim Jong-Un, Rodman is one of the most unique figures in all of the sporting world.

Brendan Wells, Web Editor

While I’ve never been a stellar athlete, I’ve always been drawn to sports. The idea that entire cities and countries can rally around a singular team/ athlete in an ever-divisive world is comforting, and the story lines packed within the major sporting leagues across the world are often time fascinating. While I’d consider American football to be my favorite sport (and certainly the one I know the most about) my favorite athletes are spread across numerous sports at numerous skill levels. Some young, some old, some experienced, some not. Without further ado, here’s a list of some of my favorite athletes

 

LeBron James- let’s begin with the greatest basketball player of all time. While I admit I’m poking the bear here, and I can still feel rabid Michael Jordan fans typing away at their keyboards, and funnily enough, this is one of my favorite parts about LeBron. The noise around LeBron is the loudest of any athlete in the world and I believe ever. He’s been toted as the savior of the sport, the “chosen one” since 18 years old, and has never failed to not only meet but exceed expectations, despite enormous amounts of negativity from the media. Regardless of all this, LeBron is simply put one of the most impressive and dominant athletes of all time. His 19-year career to this point is stellar; a four-time champion, four time MVP, four time finals MVP, and second leading scorer in NBA history, which probably won’t last much longer considering his barely believable longevity.  LeBron’s 2013 season was the first time I really paid attention to the NBA, and with him being by far the best player in the world at that point, I’ve been an appreciator of his contributions to basketball since then.

 

Usain Bolt- well, I’d be lying if I said I was in expert in the world of track and field, but any old bozo in the street could probably tell you who Usain Bolt is. For me, making history and leaving a legacy is second only to winning in sports, and when thinking about the career of Usain Bolt, he certainly cemented his place as one of the greatest athletes ever. If you really think about it, Bolt is the fastest man to ever walk the planet. Ever. In the roughly 6 million years of the human race, no one human is faster than Bolt. The world record holder in the 100 and 200 meters and 8 time gold medalist is the most visible figure in the sport even at 35. His dominant reign over the sprinting world is unlike anything the sporting world has ever seen, and will be nearly impossible to replicate.

 

Justin Herbert/ Josh Allen- finally some football players. It’s no secret that American football is my favorite sport on the planet, and players like Herbert and Allen are exactly why. I get up on QB’s drafted from 2000-2004, the Mannings, Brady, Brees, Big Ben, Rivers, and more. However, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t just as excited about the upcoming class of star quarterbacks. Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens is a cheat code with his versatility, Joe Burrow has enough swagger to carry all of Cincinnati, and Patrick Mahomes has the most potential of anybody to eventually pass Brady as the best quarterback to play the game. But Allen and Herbert are by far my favorites, as their arm talent separates them from the rest of the pack. Placing throws with pinpoint accuracy through a defender’s arms is no easy task, and these two are possibly the best in the league when it comes to this facet of playing quarterback. They’re young and primed to succeed with the organizations and teams they find themselves in, and I believe the potential for success is sky high.

 

Dennis Rodman- As a sports fan, I had no choice but to place Rodman on my list. If I’m being brutally honest, I really don’t know much about his playing career. From what I understand, he was a dominant defender and even better rebounder, which is why Jordan brought him into Chicago leading to a three-peat. He bounced around the league for a little and then? The craziness ensued. This dude is insane. Watching the portions of The Last Dance, in which Rodman simply vanishes out of thin air just to appear partying in Vegas or participating in televised wrestling matches during the middle of the season or, oh the NBA FINALS, is surreal. I don’t think we’ve ever seen an athlete with the o- court skills to back up his incredible off court antics, as quite literally nobody would be able to pull of the damage Rodman did in today’s NBA.

 

While there are many more athletes I consider myself a fan of, these were the first that came to mind. While it may be for different reasons, the fact remains that all of these guys have or will leave a lasting impact on the sport that they made successful careers in.