Winning teams are defined through stars and skilled role players. But overlooked are the players I call spark plugs. Their contributions rarely show up in the box score.
These spark plugs provide that something extra. They provide the added element which shapes the team in response to a need. While their contributions are small, they lead by example.
Spark plugs are often limited when it comes to being star athletes, but their energy level transmits and shapes the team's identity. The spark plugs in the following four slides helped shape Chicago Bulls' history.