I'll never forget the day my family got its first video game console.
It was a party for my dad when I was five, and as a gift, one of our family friends gave him an old school Nintendo.
Naturally, I was drawn to it, playing 'Super Mario Bros' and 'Duck Hunt' on that 8-bit wonder of glory.
As technology has improved—going through that Nintendo and moving on to a Sega Genesis, Playstation 2, Xbox and PS3—so too have the options of sports games to choose from.
Although I don't play much video games these days—unless it's FIFA—I'd like to think I've wasted my fair share of hours on the couch with a controller in my hand.
That's why I'm giving you the 12 best sports video game characters ever, so hopefully you had a chance to play as them, and not against them.