The Deserving Dozen: Ranking Philly's Top 12 Pro Athletes

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The Deserving Dozen: Ranking Philly's Top 12 Pro Athletes
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So, who would you choose as Philadelphia's Top 12 pro athletes? Who is your No. 1?

Indeed, how does one choose the best of the best who represent this sports-crazed town on our fields, rinks and courts? It is not an exact science, but I mostly considered the following three factors:

1) Current performance level

2) Overall contribution here

3) Popularity and/or buzz generated

After mulling it over, I decided on what I will call The Deserving Dozen—12 athletes who combine enough of the above criteria to compete for the title as Philly's best.

In so doing, I was careful to have at least one representative of each of the four teams. Philadelphia Union fans, please accept my apologies.

As this is not an exact science, I have not shown the "scores" I tabulated for each.

So, feel free to similarly agree or disagree at its conclusion, even if you don't show your work.

Let us begin.

One note: The pitcher (pictured) above made the list, but how high does Cliff Lee rank?

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