Top 20 Athletes Defined by One Moment
Remember that one catch?
That game winning basket?
Now do you remember anything else about that athlete?
This is a list of the top 20 athletes defined by one moment—the athlete who as soon as you say their name that "oh yeah I remember that guy" guy.
From Super Bowl touchdowns to World Series errors, this list composes the best of the best.
No. 20 Tyus Edney
Tyus Edney's "mad dash" with 4.8 seconds left captured a second round victory for the No.1 seeded UCLA Bruins against the Missouri Tigers.
After being knocked out of the first round of the tournament the previous year, UCLA went on the win the national championship in 1995.
The 11th in program history, an NCAA basketball record.
No. 19 Joe Carter
Joe Carter, a career .259 hitter is best known for his walk off home run in the 1993 World Series.
With the Blue Jays trailing 6-5 in the bottom of the 9th of Game Six, Carter hit a home run off Philadelphia Phillies closer Mitch Williams to give Toronto their second of back—to—back championships.
No. 18 Mario Chalmers
Mario Chalmers amazing three-pointer tied the 2008 National Championship game with 2.1 seconds left.
The Jayhawks went on the beat Memphis and gave Kansas their first national title since 1988.
Chalmers is now a member of the Miami Heat.
No. 17 Byung-Hyun Kim
An unknown, Byung-Hyun Kim went into the ninth inning of Games Three and Four of the 2001 World Series with his team leading.
Each night Kim gave up game tying home runs with two outs to Tino Martinez and Scott Brosius, respectively.
Despite the Yankees heroics, the Arizona Diamondbacks went on to win the series in seven.
Kim pitched for the Red Sox, Rockies, Marlins, and Diamonbacks again as late as 2007.
No. 16 Leon Lett
Lett makes the list for two moments.
First in Super Bowl XXVII, Lett held the football out before crossing the goal line which was knocked out by Don Bebe and would have given the Cowboys a points record for the Super Bowl.
The Cowboys would go on to win that game 52-17, but the following year his mistake cost the Cowboys.
On Thanksgiving Day in 1993, the Cowboys leading the Dolphins 14-13 seemed victorious after a late blocked field goal.
After Lett failed to recover the kick, the Dolphins recovered the ball and were successful on their second attempt.
Lett played for the Cowboys until 2000 and finished his career in 2001 with the Denver Broncos.
No. 15 Mo Lewis
This hurts for Jets fans.
After injuring Drew Bledsoe on a sideline hit.
Tom Brady was born in New England.
The rest is history.
Lewis played his entire career for the Jets from 1991-2003, earning three Pro Bowl appearances, and is one of the greatest Jets linebackers of all time.
No. 14 Bill Mazeroski
"Maz," as he was known in Pittsburgh, belted the only seventh game bottom of the ninth home run in World Series history.
It gave the Pirates a World Series Championship over the New York Yankees.
Mazeroski was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 2001.
No. 13 Don Larsen
Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game or no hitter in postseason history in October of 1956.
Facing the Brooklyn Dodgers, Larsen with a career record of 81-91 mowed down "Dem Bums" from Brooklyn in Game Five.
The Yankees went on to win the series in six game in the final Subway Series with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
No. 12 Luis Gonzalez
Luis Gonzalez capped one of the greatest World Series ever with hit base hit against Mariano Rivera and the New York Yankees in the 2001.
The win gave the Arizona Diamondbacks their first championship, making them the fastest expansion team to win a World Series.
An MVP candidate during the season who hit 57 home runs, Gonzalez never against had a season like this again.
No. 11 David Tyree
Tyree, a little known receiver from Syracuse, was on the receiving end of one of the most memorable plays in Super Bowl history against the undefeated New England Patriots—the play setup Eli Manning touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress, giving the underdog Giants a Super Bowl Championship.
No. 10 Dwight Clark
Simply known as "The Catch," Dwight Clark jumped in the air and brought down Joe Montana's pass that sent the 49ers to the Super Bowl over their hated rivals, the Dallas Cowboys.
Clark won two Super Bowls with the 49ers and, after his career, became an executive with 49ers and Cleveland Browns.
No. 9 Christian Laettner
The 1992 Regional Final between the Duke Blue Devils and Kentucky Wildcats is seen as one of the greatest games ever played.
Laettner took Grant Hill's pass and scored on a buzzer beater. Duke went on to win their second of back -to-back NCAA Championship.
The play is seen as one of the most famous in NCAA Tournament history.
No. 8 Bobby Thomson
"The Giants win the pennant, the Giants win the pennant."
Thomson's "Shot Heard Round the World," sent the New York Giants to the World Series after defeating their cross town rivals, the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Thomson was a .270 hitter, but his name still resounds with Giants and Dodgers fans.
No. 7 Bucky Dent
Dent's home run was the cap on the Yankees late season comeback against the Boston Red Sox in 1978.
The Yankees who trailed by 14 games in August came to Fenway Park for a one game playoff, which sent the Yankees to the playoffs and eventually winning their second straight World Series championship.
The home run earned Dent the nickname Bucky "bleeping" Dent in Boston.
No. 6 Franco Harris
Maybe the best player on this list, Harris caught the "Immaculate Reception," during the 1972 Divisional Playoff Game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders.
The Steelers would end up losing the Dolphins in the AFC Championship Game, but was a prelude to the Steelers' dynasty of the 1970's.
Harris is still one of Pittsburgh's most beloved figures.
No. 5 Aaron Boone
Boone's 11th inning home run sent the Yankees to their 39th World Series in franchise history.
After a long seven game series with the rival Red Sox, Boone was added onto the players who haunted the Red Sox with the "Curse of the Bambino.
Boone's injury in 2004 led to the Yankees acquisition of Alex Rodriguez while the Red Sox would go on with the World Series the following year.
No. 4 Kirk Gibson
Gibson's home run is one of the most famous in World Series history after coming out to pinch hit after being on one leg.
Gibson did win the World Series with the Tigers in 1984, but the dramatics of the home run is the defining moment in his career.
No. 3 Scott Norwood
In one of the greatest Super Bowls ever played Norwood's miss was the first of four straight losses by the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowls.
The New York Giants, led by running-back Otis Anderson, won their second Super Bowl 20-19.
No. 2 Hank Aaron
Hank Aaron 715th home run has been seen millions of times by generations and generations of baseball fans.
Aaron is still seen by many as the home run champion along with the scene of two fans running onto the field.
No. 1 Bill Buckner
Buckner's error led to the Mets winning Game Six of the World Series after Boston had all but popped the cork on their championships.
Many debate on whether or not Buckner would have even beaten Mookie Wilson to the bag, but Buckner had to move out of New England because of threats to his life.
He threw out the first pitch in Boston in 2008 only after the Red Sox had won two championships.