I say Jackie Robinson deserves to be the most inspirational of all time. He did so much for sports in general. Plus, not only did he change the lives of future African American professional athletes, but every other race out there.
Despite the current backlash Lance Armstrong to me was an inspiration growing up and in many ways still is. I know what I saw on those TV screens and on a brief visit to Paris many years ago to watch on the Champs Elysees.
To battle back from cancer AND even ride a bike again is an inspiration in itself. But to win a Tour De France (On drugs or not!) is an achievement beyond the gross majority of successful sportpeople.
I watched Lance from his recovery though all those Tour De France wins against many other athletes who have since been punished for doping. It was a level playing field in many aspects and he went on to overpower the opposition in a way that the invincible Lance Armstrong of old would have done.
Whether you like it or not he bought cycling to the mainstream and without his presence many of you would likely know little about the sport. Cycling rode the Lance Armstrong juggernaut in many ways to it's benefit and loss. It's 8 years since his last Tour De France yet the media talks like it was last summer.
Yes- I'm not happy that he duped me and others but that era in cycling is over and a cleaner sport has arisen as a result.
Can you imagine a weight lifter pushing up a couple of tons on a barbell and then his arms falls off and blood is shooting out everywhere? I don't think the insurance companies could look the other way
Wow. Hard to belive one cant find a single NFL or MLB player that have "worked their skill to their maximums". Its very hard for me to not think a player like Adrian Peterson has done this. Of course he has gifts you and I dont have, but he has also maximized those gifts. He never cheats himself.
Let's give a few Brits a shout out: Daley Thompson Ian Botham JPR Williams (Welsh Rugby Player) Steve Redgrave (British Olympian with Golf medals in four different Olympics) Sebastion Coe Roger Bannister
Other world athletes: Pele Roger Federer Mike Tyson Martina Navratilona Nadia Comaneci
By far Pete Rose is the most inspirational player sports has ever seen. He never took a pitch off, and played every game like it was his last. If you ever want to follow how someone plays and looks at the game of baseball, Pete Rose is your man.
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