The Best Sports Photos of the '90s
The '90s were a golden age for mankind: denim jackets, dial-up Internet, Pulp Fiction, Jim Carrey in his prime. Comedy had real substance, and obnoxious fashion was acceptable (see Will Smith).
Now, we have jeans with holes in them, web hackers and Honey Boo Boos.
In an attempt to revert the world to a glorious decade, we'll target society's most beloved industry: sports. You've seen the striped style and the pink-brimmed snapbacks, but only the sports world can reveal that decade's true colors.
Let's take a retro trip down memory lane.
30. Barry Sanders Joins the Record Books
For 10 years, Lions great Barry Sanders revolutionized the way backs broke a defender's ankles.
29. Charlotte Trio Prepares for Battle
Alonzo Mourning, Muggsy Bogues and Larry "Grandmama" Johnson unite as one.
28. Loving Legends
Andre Agassi post-ponytail and Pete Sampras pre-weight gain, heated rivals, share a moment of levity.
27. A Young Goose
Once a snarling defensive tackle for the Colts, Tony "Goose" Siragusa now tickles our eardrums with his timely sideline broadcasting.
26. Messing with the Bulls
Chicago Bulls legends Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman gasp for air during the '97 Eastern Conference Finals against the Heat.
25. Mike Tyson's Transformation
Iron Mike Tyson during a rare moment of tranquility.
24. Don Shula Hoisted Toward Greatness
With his 325th victory, legendary Dolphins coach Don Shula set an NFL record for most career victories. This was his celebratory ascent.
23. Emmitt Smith's White House Visit
President Bill Clinton was the face of the '90s. He honors a fellow legend.
22. A Historic Game 6
The epic masterpiece, Jordan's final shot, from a new perspective.
21. Hogan Knows Best
Hulk Hogan shows NBA legend Karl Malone, dubbed "The Mailman," how he delivers packages during the 1998 WCW Bash at the Beach.
20. Rickey Henderson's Defining Moment
The King of Steal.
19. Prime Time Conversation
Deion Sanders exchanges pleasantries with fellow superstar Barry Bonds before the 1992 NLCS.
18. The Fab Five
Michigan's talented bunch hit the college hardwood scene in the summer of '91.
17. Lawrence Taylor Behind the Scenes
Love between heated rivals.
16. The Dream Team
Air Jordan's Zubaz shorts tell the whole story.
15. Afro Man
Colombia's Carlos Valderrama brought fans a curly masterpiece that we've yet to forget.
14. The 1996 NBA Draft Class
The 1996 crop was among the greatest in hardwood history. Allen Iverson is missing in action here.
13. Dreaming of Pinstripes
Derek Jeter, the future captain of the Yankees, shows off his stance as a student at Kalamazoo Central High School.
12. A Lakers Legacy
Whereas Kobe Bryant often towered over the competition, Shaquille O'Neal towered over the world.
11. A Bulls Breather
A steam room cigar session featuring a legend and his partner in crime.
10. San Francisco's Dynasty
Steve Young with the retro haircut. Joe Montana with the cool demeanor.
9. Tiger's Early Years
An innocent Tiger Woods at the 1992 L.A. Open in a galaxy far, far away.
8. The FILA Stack
The third pick in the 1995 pick, Jerry Stackhouse is seen soaring over Philly in his Stack Mids.
7. Dennis Rodman Shares His Secrets
Vintage Dennis Rodman educating David Letterman in the art of obscure fashion. 1990s television at its finest.
6. The Big Hurt
Dubbed The Big Hurt, designated hitting legend Frank Thomas crushed the hearts of opposing pitchers for 19 powerful seasons.
5. Michael with Mars
Spike Lee around the hardwood as always, acting as Mars Blackmon in an ad with Michael Jordan.
4. Indianapolis Colts Suit Up
Peyton Manning and Edgerrin James display their fierce chemistry away from the field.
3. Just the Kid Playing Ball
Ken Griffey Jr. gracefully patrolled professional outfields for 22 years.
2. The '90s
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and House Party 2 merge with Michael Jordan for an ideal hi-top fade representation of the '90s.
1. Mt. Urkel Is About to Erupt
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Family Matters and NBA basketball. Perfect.
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