Seven Sports Legends You Need to Know by Kyle deManincor
Michael Jordan Michael Jordan, considered by many to be the greatest basketball player of all time, played 15 seasons in the NBA, 13 of which were spent with the Chicago Bulls . “ Air Jordan” led the Bulls to six NBA titles in eight years during the 1990s, winning all six NBA Finals MVP awards. His #23 jersey is retired by the Bulls, and his likeness, (left), was put in front of the United Center where the Bulls play to honor his legacy. Photo courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/arndog/3042576808/
Joe Montana, otherwise known as “Comeback Joe,” is a former NFL QB for the 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs .
He won four super bowls during his 14-year career, winning three Super Bowl MVP awards.
The NFL's top 100 show named him the fourth best player in NFL history in 2010.
Montana was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.
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Henry “Hank” Aaron, known to many as “Hammerin’ Hank,” is considered by many to be one of the greatest baseball players of all time.
He hit 755 career home runs, and up until 2006, held the all-time home run record until Barry Bonds surpassed it.
Aaron was a 25-time All-Star, and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.
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Pelé is a former Brazilian soccer player, and hero to his native Brazil. He is widely considered as the greatest soccer player of all time.
“ The King Pelé” scored 760 official goals in his career, and won three World Cups during his career.
He is a vocal advocate to improve social conditions in Brazil.
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Wayne Gretzky , the “Great One,” is widely regarded as the greatest hockey player of all time.
His #99 jersey has been retired by the entire NHL, and he was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1999.
He scored 894 goals while handing out 1963 assists in his illustrious career.
He holds the all-time record for most points, goals, and assists.
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Arnold Palmer , “The King,” is one of the most popular golfers of all time.
He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974.
Palmer finished his career with 94 professional wins, and won seven Major Championships, including the Masters four times.
He won the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998.
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Andre Agassi, a former American tennis player, won 68 titles in his career, including two U.S. Open’s and Wimbledon in 1992.
He is one of seven men to win a Career Grand Slam , and in 1995, was ranked number one in the world.
Agassi, one of the best service returners ever, won a gold medal in 1996 in Atlanta.
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