Tim Tebow can easily be considered one of the most accomplished college football players in history. The University of Florida legend’s resume boasts of two national championships and a Heisman Trophy.
Despite Tebow’s tremendous productivity, many question marks remain regarding his ability to compete successfully in the NFL. Tebow’s throwing motion and general passing skills worry many professional general managers and coaches. A certain segment of the football world does not believe his abilities translate to the next level. Amid this controversy, the Denver Broncos elected to draft Tebow with pick 25 of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Minnesota Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson is as talented as any football player on the planet. His combination of size, speed and toughness has put him on pace to be one of the greatest of all-time.
The seventh pick in the 2007 NFL Draft has rushed for nearly 4,500 yards and 40 TD’s, during his first three NFL seasons. Last season, Peterson’s rushing totals declined with the arrival of Brett Favre, but he set a career high in pass receptions, with 43.
Despite his immense productivity, Peterson does possess one massive and devastating weakness, ball security. In his three seasons, Peterson has fumbled 20 times, losing the ball on 13 occasions.
When the Seattle SuperSonics relocated to Oklahoma City, prior to the 2008-2009 season, they arrived with a commodity who would immediately transform OKC into a hub of NBA basketball. That commodity is the all-world talent known as Kevin Durant.
While the Portland Trailblazers' decision to draft Ohio St.’s Greg Oden over Durant is well chronicled, what is sometimes forgotten is how much of a dialema this was for the people of Portland and the Blazers’ organization.
Phoenix Suns’ guard Steve Nash has become one of the great sports icons of both the state of Arizona and the NBA as a whole. While Nash’s college and professional accomplishments have all taken place in the United States, his standing in his native Canada is in a strata reserved for very few athletes.
This love and admiration was on full display during the 2010 Vancouver Olympic opening ceremonies. Nash was chosen to be one of the Canadian greats to carry the Olympic torch and light the cauldron.
Nash was also awarded the highly prestigious Order of Canada, by the Canadian government and was given a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame in Toronto.
St. Louis Cardinals’ first baseman Albert Pujols is widely considered the best player in Major League Baseball. Now in his tenth season, Pujols has proved to be an irreplaceable member of the Cardinals organization and the St. Louis community.
The eight-time All-Star, three-time National League MVP and 2006 World Series Champion can easily be talked about in the same breath as the great Stan Musial, when the topic of the most legendary Cardinal is discussed.
Texas Rangers’ OF Josh Hamilton has lived as star-crossed a life as any athlete in sports. While his all-world talent is limitless, Hamilton’s issues with alcohol and drug addiction have thwarted him in a manner unavailable to most big league pitchers.
After being chosen by the Tampa Bay Rays with the first overall pick in the 1999 MLB Draft, Hamilton’s life spiraled out of control. Years of torment finally came to a conclusion when he debuted with the Cincinnati Reds in 2007.
Following a solid '07 season, Hamilton was traded to the Rangers. It absolutely appears that the one-time “can’t miss” prospect has finally found a home in Arlington.
Milwaukee Brewers' LF Ryan Braun has developed into one of the best players in all of baseball. The Los Angeles native and University of Miami alum has absolutely found a home deep in the heart of the Midwest. Braun’s comfort level with the state of Wisconsin is evident in his signing of a contract that will keep him in Milwaukee through 2015.
The below video shows Braun giving his fans a tremendous amount of attention outside of Miller Park. This occurrence took place on July 6, 2008. The day Braun learned he would be starting in his first All-Star Game, a week later at Yankee Stadium.
Very few celebrities have experienced a more rapid fall from grace than Roger Clemens. The 11-time All-Star was once considered the best pitcher of his generation and one of the greatest ever to stand on a mound. 354 wins, 4,672 strikeouts and six Cy Young Awards put Clemens in a class by himself.
Clemens’ epic standing has all but disappeared after being linked to the use of performance enhancing drugs. Though he maintains his innocence, Clemens has joined the likes of Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa in the absurdity of their denials. These once immortal ballplayers refuse to admit their connection to steroids, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.