Just a fun list I made. The idea popped into my head when I looked at a picture of Michael Jordan. However, I decided to make it current athletes to make the list easier to make.
I'll start with my honorable mention:
Maurice Jones-Drew (I had no idea what to do with this guy. Three names???)
Carmelo Anthony (I left him out because I have never heard the name Carmelo anywhere else)
Sorry, but I do not follow hockey or soccer, so I don't have any of those athletes on this list.
2006 Rookie of the Year
Two-time NBA All Star
Chris Paul is arguably the best point guard in the NBA. In 2009, Paul averaged 22.8 points per game and 11 assists per game. Paul also played in the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing, backing up Jason Kidd.
2005 Rookie of the Year
2006 NL MVP
2006 NL Hank Aaron award
2006 Home Run Derby winner
Ryan Howard is a pure power hitter. He is a threat to hit a long ball in each and every at bat. In 2008 his clutch performance in September propelled the Fightin' Phils into the playoffs.
He has led the National League in home runs and RBI twice in his career (2006, 2008) and is one of the game's scariest players for pitchers to face.
10-time Pro Bowler
Six-time first team All Pro
Two-time NFL Defensive Player of the year
Super Bowl champion
Super Bowl XXXV MVP
Ray Lewis is crazy. He is arguably the best leader in all of sports. Ray has recorded 1,636 tackles, 33.5 sacks and 28 interceptions in his career.
After Super Bowl XXXV, Lewis became the only linebacker in NFL history to win the MVP.
First overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft
2004 NBA Rookie of the Year
Five-time NBA All Star
2008 NBA scoring champion
2009 NBA MVP
LeBron is one of the two best players in the NBA. Every game he plays in is an LBJ highlight reel. Fans love him and opposition fears him. He led the Cavaliers to the NBA playoffs in 2009, but lost to the Orlando Magic in the conference finals.
Without him, the Cavs would be an average NBA team (which may happen after this season).
Four-time pro bowler
First team all pro
Three-time Super Bowl champion
Two-time Super Bowl MVP
2007 NFL MVP
I'm not a fan of Brady, but there's no denying his success. In 2007, he set an NFL record for passing touchdowns. He and the Patriots seemed immortal that year. Touchdown after touchdown after touchdown. Unfortunately for him though, the Patriots lost in the Super Bowl to the New York Giants due to a few miracles.
18-1. Brady will never forget that.