Who Is the 2010 Face of Sports in Chicago?
There is no question that His Airness was the face of Chicago during his time with the Chicago Bulls. Sweetness easily was the face of the Bears, and Ryno with the Cubs.
With Michael Jordan having left Chicago behind, let's look at who is the new king of Chicago sports? We know Los Angeles has Kobe, Miami has Wade, and New York has Derek Jeter. With five teams in the four major sports, there are plenty of stars who shine in The Windy City. Who is the top superstar in Chicago sports today?
Honorable Mention No. 3: Matt Forte
In only two seasons with the Bears, Forte has compiled more than 2,000 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. Even though his production fell off in the 2009 season, Forte still is one of the most well-known popular athletes in Chicago.
Honorable Mention No. 2: Carlos Zambrano
Big Z has played his entire 10-season career with the Cubbies. During his career, Zambrano compiled more than 100 wins and 1,350 strikeouts. With the bat, Big Z has won a couple Silver Slugger awards as the best hitting pitcher.
Honorable Mention No. 1: Paul Konerko
Paul Konerko has played first base with the South-Siders since 1999. In his time with the White Sox, Konerko has compiled more than 1,600 hits, 324 home runs, and 1,026 RBIs. Without a doubt, Konerko has been one of the best players on the South Side of the Loop.
No. 10: Devin Hester
Devin Hester, in his four-year career with the Chicago Bears, has scored numerous touchdowns on special teams and on offense. As a wide receiver, he has more than 120 receptions for more than 1,700 yards. On special teams, Hester has compiled more than 2,300 return yards.
No. 9: Mark Buehrle
In his 11-season career with the White Sox, Buehrle has thrown a perfect game and led the White Sox to a World Series title in 2005. He has more than 130 wins and almost 1,200 strikeouts.
No. 8: Lou Piniella
Sweet Lou has been at the helm of the Cubbies for the past four seasons. From 2007, Lou Piniella has led the Cubs to almost 275 wins. Even though the Cubs haven't been able to make it to a World Series, Lou still brings plenty of attention to his club.
No. 7: Ozzie Guillen
Ozzie is the best known for his profanity-ridden tirades directed at his team, the umpires, and the media. Still, Guillen led the White Sox to the 2005 World Series championship. Even without many stars left on the roster, Ozzie continues to remain the face of his club.
No. 6: Jonathan Toews
The captain of the Blackhawks has brought plenty of excitement to Chicago since he was drafted in 2007. In his young career, Toews has already compiled 191 points, including 83 goals. He has been instrumental in bringing hockey fans back to the United Center.
No. 5: Derrek Lee
D-Lee has played in Chicago for the last seven seasons, being one of the offensive leaders for the Cubs. Lee has compiled more than 950 hits and more than 160 home runs for the North Siders. He has also won numerous Gold Gloves at first base.
No. 4: Aramis Ramirez
In his eight seasons in Chicago, Aramis Ramirez has been one of the most feared hitters in the Cubs' line-up. Compiling more than 950 hits, 190 home runs, and 630 RBIs, Ramirez continues to lead the North Siders' offense as their clean-up hitter.
No. 3: Derrick Rose
In just two seasons, D-Rose has been able to bring the Bulls back into the NBA playoffs. Rose has already scored almost 3,000 points and dished out 1,000 assists in his short career. Rose, without a doubt, is the new face of the Chicago Bulls. He has single-handedly brought back excitement to the United Center.
No. 2: Brian Urlacher
In 10 seasons as the middle linebacker and face of the Chicago Bears, Urlacher has recorded more than 700 tackles, 220 assists, and 37.5 sacks. Without a doubt, Urlacher is one of the most feared linebackers in the NFL and one of the most popular athletes in Chicago.
No. 1: Patrick Kane
In three seasons, this young hockey phenom has compiled 230 points, including 76 goals. Along with Toews, Kane has brought hockey back to Chicago and made the Blackhawks one of the best teams in the NHL. At 21 years old, Kane is not only the face of the Blackhawks but of sports in Chicago!