The Most Popular Benchwarmers in Sports

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The Most Popular Benchwarmers in Sports
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Teams with stars win championships. Teams that play their best with the game on the line win championships.

But championship teams share another common trait: Often, they have the best reserves and bench players.

What happens when your stars get hurt? What happens when they’re stuck in double coverage? What happens when they simply start slumping? That’s when the bench players need to be counted upon to take some of the load off. Some of these guys haven't always been reserves, and for some of them, 2012 marked the end of their professional days. Some of them have even spent some of the year on IR or the DL, but the fans' love for them never died, and their impacts as backups will never be forgotten.

Here’s a look at some of the most beloved bench players in sports today.

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