Cam Newton is an up-and-coming star football player and the starting quarterback for the Carolina Panthers. Best known for his illustrious college football career at the University of Auburn, Newton won the NCAA Heisman Trophy after leading the Tigers to a BCS Championship. After producing one of the greatest career’s in NCAA history, Cam Newton was the first overall pick in of the 2011 NFL Draft and was selected by the Panthers. With his selection, Newton became just the third player in NFL history to accomplish winning the Heisman and a national championship before being selected as the number one pick in the draft.
The Miami Dolphins have a decorated history full of accolades that any franchise would be proud of. The Dolphins have one claim to fame that no other team has matched, though, and that’s the 1972 perfect season. Miami completed the NFL’s lone perfect season by winning all 14 regular season games, sweeping the first two rounds of the playoffs and then winning Super Bowl VII. The perfect season aside, the Dolphins are still one of the most successful franchises in NFL history with 22 playoff appearances, 13 division titles, five AFC Championships and two Super Bowl wins.
Peyton Manning is the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos. Even though he is still an active player, Manning is already considered to be one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. After a successful college football career at the University of Tennessee, Manning was selected with the top overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. He had an instant impact on the team as a rookie and gradually developed into one of the best passers in the league. Manning was the cornerstone of the Colts’ franchise from 1998 to 2011, but a neck injury put his career at stake and he was forced to miss the entire 2011 due to the injury. With Manning out due to injury, the Colts drafted Andrew Luck and decided to let Manning find another team. Upon returning from his injury, Peyton Manning signed with the Denver Broncos in 2012 and went on to lead them to an AFC Championship for an appearance in the Super Bowl.
Brett Favre was a rare breed of quarterback, and is among the exclusive class of quarterback’s that are considered to be the greatest of all time. Favre gained notoriety while excelling for the Green Bay Packers throughout his storied 20 years in the NFL. He played for the Packers from 1992-2007 after being traded to the team by the Atlanta Falcons following the 1991 season. The Falcons drafted Brett Favre out of the University of Southern Mississippi in the second round of the 1991 NFL Draft, but the Atlanta head coach at the time wasn’t fond of Favre and vowed to not play him. The Packers traded a first-round pick to the Falcons for Favre, and the transaction certainly paid off as he became one of the best quarterbacks to ever play in the National Football League.
Eli Manning is the starting quarterback for the New York Giants. Manning comes from a long line of football megastars, as the son of former NFL quarterback, Archie Manning, and brother of Denver Broncos quarterback, Peyton Manning. Just like his brother Peyton in 1998, Eli Manning was taken with the top overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. The San Diego Chargers drafted Manning with the No.1 pick, but traded him to the New York Giants. Since joining the Giants, Manning has enjoyed a huge amount of success with the team and has become one of the premier quarterbacks in the league today.
Pete Rose is the best hitter in baseball history and the numbers prove it. Rose is the all-time MLB leader in hits with 4,256, games played with 3,562 and at-bats with 14,053. Rose played 23 seasons in Major League Baseball, the majority for the Cincinnati Reds but also had short stints with the Philadelphia Phillies and Montreal Expos.
Derek Jeter is an iconic shortstop for the storied New York Yankees, and is currently playing in the 20th and final season of his professional baseball career. Derek Jeter is synonymous with Yankees success and he has been a significant member of five World Series championship teams. The always reliable Jeter is known and respected for his hitting ability, his excellent fielding, ability to run the bases, and his unquestionable leadership. Jeter joined the Yankees for during the 1996 season, and instantly impacted the team for the better. He became the first Yankees rookie to start at the shortstop position since 1962, but being such a young player didn’t stop Jeter from excelling on the field as he hit .314 with 10 home runs, 78 RBIs, and 104 runs scored. Jeter went on to win the AL Rookie of the Year award and became just the fifth player ever to win the title unanimously.
Dwyane Wade was first drafted into the NBA in 2003, where he was taken fifth overall by the Miami Heat. A star from his incredible rookie year, Wade’s determination and dedication to the game made him one of the biggest NBA stars of the 2000′s era. He also has three hard fought NBA championships under his belt, and averaged just under 25 points a game for his entire career, making him one of the best scorers and offensive players of his time.
Babe Ruth was a Hall of Famer who etched his name in MLB history by becoming baseball’s first dominant home run hitter. Ruth was a transcendent player, and is still to this day regarded by many as one of the greatest sports figures in the history of American sports. Ruth played 22 years in the majors and basically dominated two aspects of the game; he established himself as a solid left-handed pitcher but later gained national fame by developing into the most feared slugger the game had ever seen.
Joe Montana made a name for himself by outplaying his opponents in clutch moments and that’s why the Hall of Fame quarterback is widely considered to be one of the greatest NFL players ever to play the game. Better known as “Joe Cool,” Montana led 31 fourth quarter comeback wins during his storied football career with the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs. Montana etched his name in NFL lore with his four Super Bowl titles and three Super Bowl MVP awards as a Niner.