Brett Favre and the 10 Luckiest Athletes of All Time

Tom KinslowFeatured ColumnistDecember 12, 2010

Brett Favre and the 10 Luckiest Athletes of All Time

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    Brett Favre's streak of consecutive games played is in jeopardy, but it seems like the pieces are falling into place to keep him on the field.

    First, the Vikings-Giants game was pushed back to Monday because of snow. Then the roof of the stadium collapsed, forcing the teams to head to Detroit to play the game. Only for Brett Favre would something like this happen. It's lucky, but is he the luckiest athlete?

    Inside are 10 of the luckiest athletes of all time. Any thoughts or comments? Make sure to leave them below.

No. 10: Cam Newton

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    After the Reggie Bush fiasco, you'd think that the NCAA would be looking to crack down on the slightest of high-profile violations.

    However, in Cam Newton's case, he was on the receiving end of an NCAA decision that allowed him to keep playing and win the Heisman Trophy, despite it being determined that his father tried to shop his letter of intent for cash.

    This was because Newton allegedly didn't know of the plan, something that may be proven true or false with time but for now, Newton's a lucky man as his eligibility was taken away by Auburn for just a day.

No. 9: Kobe Bryant

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    Kobe Bryant had three rings, but there was plenty of his talk about his legacy before this latest run.

    What did that run start with? Probably one of the worst trades in recent NBA history. The Lakers got Pau Gasol for essentially a bag of chips and Kwame Brown.

    Yep, the Los Angeles Lakers got an All-Star center for one of the worst draft picks of all time.

    It's no shock that the Lakers won two titles and Kobe's legacy has changed dramatically since then.

No. 8: John Elway

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    For a good while, it looked like John Elway might never win a Super Bowl.

    There had been a couple years where he had gotten to the big game, only to walk away with the bitter taste of defeat.

    Then Terrell Davis came along. The running back made the team with a big special teams play in a preseason game, then turned into a dominant running back.

    I'm sure Elway thanks his lucky stars every day for Davis' emergence. He went from a ringless wonder to a two-time champion and was able to ride off into the sunset.

No. 7: Adam Morrison

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    Adam Morrison has two NBA championship rings.

    Let that sink in. Players like Charles Barkley, Karl Malone and John Stockton never won a ring but Adam Morrison has two sitting at home. It just proves to you that life isn't fair. The worst part is, he didn't even contribute to the team.

    Morrison was a benchwarmer and glorified cheerleader for the Lakers, and now he has two championships. Talk about luck.

No. 6: Mike Tyson

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    Mike Tyson may be the baddest man on the planet, but he was in an era without any real great victories.

    Tyson was a great fighter in his time, but was never really tested during his first dominant run as champion. When he fought Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield, they beat the crap out of him as he wasn't the same after he went to jail in the prime of his career.

    Tyson was a great fighter, but an overrated one, and lucky to have fought in the era he did, or he'd be remembered differently.

No. 5: Shaquille O'Neal

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    Shaquille O'Neal may be one of the most dominant players of all time, but there's a reason for that dominance.

    While O'Neal has many talents, especially passing out of the block, he also dominated the league in a period without many great centers. He dominated Dikembe Mutombo, but did it in Mutombo's 11th season. A great performance, but still not against a truly great center.

    O'Neal's first appearance in the Finals was against the Houston Rockets, and Hakeem Olajuwon destroyed Shaq in a sweep. Hakeem averaged 33 points and 10.3 rebounds a game en route to a second-straight NBA championship.

    Not only that, but his era allowed him to get fat and lazy, because he was just that much more gifted than those around him.

No. 4: Joe Namath

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    Joe Namath may be one of the most overrated quarterbacks of all time.

    Yes, he was a member of the first AFL team to win a Super Bowl in the New York Jets, yes he made the famous guarantee before the game, but that does not make him a great quarterback, let alone a Hall of Fame player.

    He barely completed half of his passes and wasn't nearly as talented as people think. One lucky guarantee sealed his legacy.

No. 3: Trent Dilfer

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    Trent Dilfer is living proof that anyone can win a Super Bowl.

    He wasn't a great quarterback and barely a good quarterback. There were games where he didn't crack 100 yards passing in wins, those being the final two games of the regular season.

    However, he got the Ravens into the playoffs and won a Super Bowl.

    It doesn't hurt that he had one of the best defenses of all time behind him, either.

No. 2: Tom Brady

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    Tom Brady is one of the most established and decorated players in all of football, but not too long ago, he was a benchwarmer and a clipboard holder.

    All it took was Drew Bledsoe getting his bell rung and suffering a concussion to send Brady into the lineup—a position that he'd never let go, leading the Patriots to the Super Bowl, upsetting the Greatest Show on Turf and starting a Patriots dynasty.

    It was a fluke thing and probably one of the luckiest things that ever happened to him.

No. 1: Brett Favre

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    Brett Favre could be the luckiest man alive right now.

    He's played through countless injuries that would have downed other guys; now he's probably not going to get suspended for sending pictures of himself to Jenn Sterger—something that's a clear conduct policy violation—and now acts of God are trying to keep his streak of consecutive games played alive.

    Only Brett Favre could catch those types of breaks.