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    Top 10 Famous Athletes of All Time (any era)

    In no particular order here are mine.

    1. Pele

    2. Jordan

    3. Secretariat

    4. Ali

    5. Gretsky

    6. Ruth

    7. Tiger

    8. Shaq

    9. Lance Armtrong

    10. Lebron


    Honorable mention: Dale Earnhardt, Sampras, Bird, Magic, Elway, Montana, Jim Thorpe, Mario Andretti, Jerry Rice, Marciano, Tyson, OJ.
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    In no order

    Pele
    Maradona
    Jordan
    Gretzky
    Ali
    Michael Phelps
    Tiger
    Usain Bolt
    Sergui Bubka
    Valentino Rossi

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    [QUOTE=LockeJET;3382584]In no particular order here are mine.

    1. Pele

    2. Jordan

    3. Secretariat

    4. Ali

    5. Gretsky

    6. Ruth

    7. Tiger

    8. Shaq

    9. Lance Armtrong

    10. Lebron


    Honorable mention: Dale Earnhardt, Sampras, Bird, Magic, Elway, Montana, Jim Thorpe, Mario Andretti, Jerry Rice, Marciano, Tyson, OJ.[/QUOTE]

    Yeah, I mean I would take out Secretariat, Shaq and Lebron and put in Magic, Bird and Tyson.

    Any football player would be tough. Unitas would probably be 1st though.

    I would consider McEnroe and Connors much more "famous" than Sampras.

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    [QUOTE=HessStation;3382607]Yeah, I mean I would take out Secretariat, Shaq and Lebron and put in Magic, Bird and Tyson.

    Any football player would be tough. Unitas would probably be 1st though.

    I would consider McEnroe and Connors much more "famous" than Sampras.[/QUOTE]

    I think Shaq and Lebron world wide are more famous then Magic and Bird... Tyson could easily be top 10..Mac and Conners could also be in place of Sampras I agree.

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    You also have to think:
    Jesse Owens
    Carl Lewis
    Micheal Johnson.

    Sugar Ray Robinson
    Joe Louis
    Roberto Duran
    Jack Dempsey
    Sugar Ray Leonard
    Rocky Marciano
    George Foreman
    Julio Cesar Chavez
    Joe Frazier
    Jake LaMotta

    Jack Nicklaus
    Ben Hogan
    Bobby Jones

    [B]OJ Simpson[/B]
    Jim Brown
    Walter Peyton
    Bo Jackson
    Lawrence Taylor
    Joe Namath
    Deion Sanders
    Reggie White
    Bart Star
    Dan Marino

    DiMaggio
    Mantle
    Gehrig
    Aaron
    Williams
    Mays

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    Based on internet searches, Kournikova and Sharapova would have to be up there :p

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    Ummm...

    Tiger Tiger Woods Y'all...

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    Don Bradman probably more famous globally than anyone mentioned on this thread outside of Ali - yet this is the first post to mention him.

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    [QUOTE=LockeJET;3382584]In no particular order here are mine.

    1. Pele

    2. Jordan

    3. Secretariat

    4. Ali

    5. Gretsky

    6. Ruth

    7. Tiger

    8. Shaq

    9. Lance Armtrong

    10. Lebron


    Honorable mention: Dale Earnhardt, Sampras, Bird, Magic, Elway, Montana, Jim Thorpe, Mario Andretti, Jerry Rice, Marciano, Tyson, OJ.[/QUOTE]

    Put Lebron in a Knick uniform next season and he'll be 3 or 4 on that list instead of an undeserved 10. Right now Lebron isn't even the most famous player in basketball right now - Kobe and Yao Ming are both ahead of him in popularity and worldwide fame.

    [img]http://sportpops.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/Lebron_Knicks.jpg[/img]

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    if its' top ten personal preference, in no particular order:

    Dr. J
    Wayne Gretzy
    Michael Schumacher
    AJ Foyt
    Clyde
    Jack Nicklaus
    Michael Jordon
    Dwight Stones
    Joe Frazier
    Mario Lemeiux

    hon mention- Eddie Giacomin but few know who he is....

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    [QUOTE=RaoulDuke;3382599]
    Valentino Rossi[/QUOTE]

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    [IMG]http://www.smh.com.au/ffximage/2007/11/15/michael_schumacher_wideweb__470x261,0.jpg[/IMG]

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    Are we talking worldwide fame?

    I'd probably go (in no order):

    Babe Ruth
    Michael Jordan
    Tiger Woods
    Muhammed Ali
    Pele
    Lance Armstrong
    Wayne Gretzky
    Shaquille O'Neal
    David Beckham
    OJ Simpson

    Horses and car drivers don't count as they're, you know, not athletes. Say what you want about Beckham or OJ (clearly for different reasons) but everybody knows who they are.

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    Sachin Tendulkar says hello.

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    From Lockejets first post:

    1. Pele

    4. Ali

    These two definitely - but Ali would, without a shadow of any doubt, be ahead of Pele.


    Could make an argument for these other two being in the top 10:

    2. Jordan

    7. Tiger

    But the rest, absolutely no way.

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    No NFL player could possibly make the list - it's a sport isolated to North America, great as it is. Gretzky? Awesome athlete - in a sport isolated to frozen countries. A baseball player *maybe* to make the list, but again, the sport, on the world scale, is fairly marginal. The 'World Series' is contested by teams from the USA. I could pick someone from billiards or snooker just as famous.

    Basketball - yeah, its getting there - but if you are talking about global popularity of a single player you could make an argument for Yao Ming much more than you could for Shaq. But Jordan is the obvious pick, though based on the global power of his Nike marketing machine just as much as his superlative skill.

    I'd have Ali at number one - Maradona and Pele wouldn't be far behind - Bradman would be there for sure. Name known throughout the entire British Empire whose exploits regularly made the front pages of foriegn countries. Tendulkar as well - adored as a God, literally, by over a billion people. Have to say I'd have more boxers in the top 10 - probably Tyson and maybe, also, Jack Johnson.

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    [IMG]http://www.smh.com.au/ffximage/2007/11/15/michael_schumacher_wideweb__470x261,0.jpg[/IMG][/QUOTE]
    Funny, both have dabbled in each others sports and done remarkably well.

    Rossi tried out a Ferrari F1, and wasn't far from pole position times, and Schumi is a motorcycle freak and does very well in German National races. He crashed in one race which made him miss filling in for Massa after his accident this year.

    Both have motorsports in their blood it's not even funny.

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    [QUOTE=Black Death;3383563]Sachin Tendulkar says hello.[/QUOTE]

    dude cricket is not a sport.....its' an insect....

    [QUOTE=Black Death;3385646]No NFL player could possibly make the list - it's a sport isolated to North America, great as it is. Gretzky? Awesome athlete - in a sport isolated to frozen countries. A baseball player *maybe* to make the list, but again, the sport, on the world scale, is fairly marginal. The 'World Series' is contested by teams from the USA. I could pick someone from billiards or snooker just as famous.

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    but cricket players or billard players would????

    dude- do you think people in europe know who Tom Brady is??? or Ben Rothlisberger??? I had to google the names of the guys you posted to find out who the eff they are....
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    [QUOTE=Come Back to NY;3383509]
    hon mention- Eddie Giacomin but few know who he is....[/QUOTE]


    I was at The Garden up in the blues on the night he returned and cried wearing those strange colors and number.


    Part of my misspent youth.

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    [QUOTE=Black Death;3385646]No NFL player could possibly make the list - it's a sport isolated to North America, great as it is. Gretzky? Awesome athlete - in a sport isolated to frozen countries. A baseball player *maybe* to make the list, but again, the sport, on the world scale, is fairly marginal. The 'World Series' is contested by teams from the USA. I could pick someone from billiards or snooker just as famous. [/QUOTE]

    Whaaaaa? Hey...it's not our fault that we have more sports than other countries. Americans like to be instantly gratified...we can't spend 3 hours on a Sunday watching two teams kick a ball and score upwards of 2 or 3 points. :P

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    [QUOTE=Black Death;3383563]Sachin Tendulkar says hello.[/QUOTE]

    Really?

    Tell her FF2 says hey. :)

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