Sport's Biggest Icons
Baseball, Football, Basketball, Soccer, and Hockey are really North America's most well known and most recognizable sports to play and watch. Everyone who watches sports has a favorite athlete. It could be anyone of any sport, but today I will be looking at five men who are known to everyone for what they do.
Based on today's active athletes, I will look at five athletes that everybody knows about. It could be a little kid that does not like sports or an avid soccer fan that knows nothing about any other sport.
We all know at least one person that plays a different sport and we all recognize one man for all of the things he does to make us know more about him. Please enjoy my article on five icons in sports today.
Note- These are just five, not THE Top five. Opinions are entirely subjective, so if you are not happy with my choice, it does not mean that I have something against that player.
There will also be a Part II coming out sometime next week, giving tribute to icons of different sports.
All lists of records are credited to Wikipedia.org.
The obvious choice for today's soccer icon, everybody knows of David Beckham. If you do not recognize him from the soccer field, then you should from whenever he walks down a red carpet and every woman in the audience cheers for him.
But on the field, Beckham has been a force to be reckoned with on the field both nationally and internationally. The PFA Player of the Year in 1996/7 and won two ESPYs for the best male soccer player as well as the best MLS player of 2008 though I'm not sure what the difference is.
Beckham has been a very good influence off the field as well. Most notably in the UK, Beckham is the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nation's Children's Foundation since 2005.
Also in '07 and '08, Beckham was named England's most inspirational influence man under the age of 40 list. David's dominance on the field worldwide as well as being a class act makes him a true icon for Major League Soccer
At such a young age (21), the young captain of the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals has become an instant icon in a very short amount of time in the NHL. Crosby is the youngest player ever to be a captain for a team and win the Stanley Cup and since being drafted first overall by Pittsburgh, Crosby has turned this team into champions.
The following records he has broken in less than five years includes...
* Pittsburgh Penguins' franchise record for assists in a season by a rookie
* Pittsburgh Penguins' franchise record for points in a season by a rookie
* First rookie to record 100 points and 100 penalty minutes in a season
* Youngest player in NHL history to record 100 points in a season
* Youngest player in NHL history to record 200 career points (19 years and 207 days)
* Youngest player in NHL history to have two consecutive 100-point seasons.
* Youngest player to be voted to the NHL All-Star Game
* Youngest player in NHL history to win the Art Ross Trophy
* Youngest player in NHL history to win the Lester B. Pearson Award
* Youngest player in NHL history to be named to the First All-Star Team
* Youngest player in NHL history to be named a full team captain (In January 1984, Brian Bellows of the Minnesota North Stars was made interim captain at 5 months younger than Crosby, but he only served the latter half of the 1983–84 season replacing injured captain Craig Hartsburg)
* Youngest captain in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup (21 years, 10 months, and 5 days)
Thanks given to Wikipedia.org for that information (Just the list)
As you can plainly see, Crosby is already a Hall of Famer in such a short time at such a young age. If he continues playing the way he has, then he could be one of the greatest NHL players of all time.
Though some may think Alex Ovechkin should be the icon, I think with Crosby's leadership and his recent championship victory that Crosby is the better player.
At the age of 33, Peyton Manning is certainly going to be in the hall of fame some day. Peyton has accomplished so many things that his resume would be filled with milestones in all sorts of categories. But here are his awards presented to him in his tenure with the NFL
NFL MVP (2003 (shared with Steve McNair), 2004, 2008)
Best NFL Player ESPY Award(2004,2005)
9× Pro Bowl Selection (1999–2000, 2002–2008)
4× First-team All-Pro (2003, 2004, 2005, 2008)
3× Second-team All-Pro (1999, 2000, 2006)
1998 NFL All-Rookie First Team
2004 AFC Offensive Player of the Year
2004 Fedex Express Player of the Year
2005 Best Record-Breaking Performance ESPY Award
2005 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award
2005 Byron “Whizzer” White Humanitarian Award
2005 Pro Bowl MVP
2007 Super Bowl MVP
2007 Best Championship Performance ESPY Award
And his NFL records
Most seasons with at least 4,000 passing yards: 9 (1999–2004, 2006–2008)
Most consecutive seasons with at least 4,000 passing yards: 6 (1999–2004)
Most consecutive seasons with at least 25 touchdown passes: 11 (1998–2008; current)
Most games with a perfect passer rating, career: 4 (includes 1 playoff game)
Most consecutive games started to open a career by a quarterback (current): 176[
Highest passer rating, season: 121.1 (2004)
Most consecutive games with at least 2 touchdown passes: 13 (games 1–13, 2004)
Most consecutive games with at least 4 touchdown passes: 5 (games 7–11, 2004)
Most games with at least 4 touchdown passes (season, 2004): 6 (tied with 1984 Marino)
Most games with at least 5 touchdown passes, career: 7 (includes 1 playoff game)
Highest career TDs/game average for any QB with at least 150 TDs: 1.90 TDs/game
Highest career completions/game average (min. 100 games played)
Most consecutive games with a passer rating over 100: 9 (games 5–13 of 2004 season; record tied by Carson Palmer, 2004–05 and Tom Brady, 2006–07)
Most seasons with 12+ wins as a starter (regular season only): 7 (1999, 2003–2008)
Only QB with at least 12 wins as a starter in 6 consecutive seasons (2003–2008)
First QB to defeat the other 31 teams in the regular season (Tom Brady did this later the same day, and Brett Favre did it the following week)
Looking at that resume, Peyton Manning is the best Quarterback in the NFL today (Unless possibly Tom Brady).
He is very well known to all fans for is on the field dominance as well as his charitable work such as the renaming of a hospital in Indianapolis to become "Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St. Vincent." Along with that, he has his Peyback Foundation to help disadvantaged kids.
Peyton Manning's fanbase is huge and he is a future hall of famer.
Well in all honesty, Derek Jeter is the no brainer for this slide show. Baseball's cover boy is exactly to baseball what Tiger Woods is to Golf. On top of that, Jeter is a phenomenal player as well who has reached several milestones in his Yankee career that has made so many fans fall in love with him. The following are the records that make Jeter a baseball icon today...
* Recorded his 2,000th career hit with an infield single on May 26, 2006 off Kansas City Royals pitcher Scott Elarton, becoming the eighth Yankee to reach the milestone.
* Holds the record for most singles all-time by a Yankee.
* It took 10 years for Jeter to hit his first and only grand slam, and at one point had the most at bats of any active player to not have hit a grand slam. It was hit on June 18, 2005 against the Chicago Cubs.
* On June 4, 2008, Jeter passed Mickey Mantle for 3rd place on the Yankees all time hit list.
* Hit 400th double at Yankee Stadium on June 27, 2008.
* Hit 200th home run at Rogers Centre on July 12, 2008.
* On September 9, 2008, Jeter passed Babe Ruth for 2nd place on the Yankees all time hit list.
* On September 14, 2008, Jeter tied Lou Gehrig for most hits at Yankee Stadium
* On September 16, 2008, Jeter moved past Lou Gehrig for most hits at Yankee Stadium with 1,270 in the 1st inning, and 1,271 in the 5th inning.
* On June 2, 2009, Jeter became the 74th player to reach 2,600 hits.
On top of that, Jeter has won over 30 awards in his entire career of baseball. Then his love of charity work makes him even so much more of an icon. In 1996, Jeter started his Turn 2 Foundation which helps children with drug problems and dealing with addictions.
The respect for Derek Jeter is just so high that it is really once in a lifetime where you see an athlete so enthusiastic about helping others in need as much as him.
Then all of his commercials, endorsements, and video game covers do not hurt his credibility.
The leader of the newly crowned NBA Champions, Kobe Bryant is the icon of the NBA. With his fourth NBA Championship ring along with him only in his young 30s, Kobe has been a worldwide phenomenon.
Showing off his skills in the Olympics have led basketball teams in other countries very interested in acquiring Kobe.
Bryant is very well known to all sports fans as well as just regular people. Whether they have heard of his success on the court, his sexual assault case, or his new show "Kobe Doin' Work" will make sure that everybody knows Kobe Bryant and everything that he has done.
Kobe works for several endorsements and will surely be in the hall of fame.
Kobe has been a one time NBA MVP in 2008 along with being the MVP of the NBA Championships this season when LA defeated the Orlando Magic. He has been a shoo in for the All Star Game almost his entire career and he won the Slam Dunk Contest in 1997.
Everybody knows Kobe Bryant by one way or another. Like him or not, Kobe is the NBA's poster boy and he has shown no signs of slowing down his dominance on the pavement.
These are his records in the NBA
Bryant holds nine and shares two NBA records:
* Most three-point field goals made, one game: 12 (on January 7, 2003 vs. Seattle SuperSonics; shared with Donyell Marshall)
* Most three-point field goals made, one half: 8 (on March 28, 2003 vs. Washington Wizards; shared with 5 other players)
* Youngest player to score 15,000 points: (27 years, 136 days)
* Youngest player to score 18,000 points: (28 years, 156 days)
* Youngest player to score 20,000 points: (29 years, 122 days)
* Surpassed Wilt Chamberlain, the previous holder of the record
* Became one of only three players to reach the milestone under the age of 30. The other two are Chamberlain (29 years, 134 days) and Michael Jordan (29 years, 326 days).
* Youngest player to score 23,000 points: (30 years, 171 days)
* Surpassed Wilt Chamberlain, the previous holder of the record.
* Youngest player to be named to the NBA All-Rookie Team: (1996–97)
* Youngest player to be named to the NBA All-Defensive Team: (1999–00)
* Youngest player to start a game
* Youngest player to start an All-Star game
* Most points scored at Madison Square Garden: 61 (on February 2, 2009 vs. New York Knicks