20, ERR 19, FAVORITE ATHLETES OF ALL TIME

Inspired by @supercommonname, @HisDudeness and @BWN_7. Makes me realize A) how old I am and B) making heroes of athletes not always best plan. But they sure are fun to watch!
  1. 1.
    Bobby Bonds
    Saw him make a crazy catch in right field over Willie Mays in the first game I ever saw in person and he was a favorite for years.
  2. 2.
    Willie Mays
    Say Hey! Got to see him play a few times at Candlestick when I was a kid and got his autograph once in the kitchen at a sports banquet I snuck into. Greatest. Player. Ever.
  3. 3.
    Willie McCovey
    Stretch! He was my favorite player in the early '70s.
  4. 4.
    Fran Tarkenton
    My all-time favorite football player on my favorite football team. Loved how he scrambled around running away from linemen seemingly forever
  5. 5.
    Greg Lemond
    Saw him race a few times at the start of his career and became a lifelong cycling fan because of him.
  6. 6.
    Todd Helton
    First favorite of my adopted baseball team. Seeing him lead the way through that crazy win streak to end the 2007 season and get to the World Series will never be topped.
  7. 7.
    Bjorn Borg
    For those years when I though I was a tennis player... Borg was my hero.
  8. 8.
    Chris Evert
    The power of her two-handed backhand helped her dominate mid 70s tennis.
  9. 9.
    Jack Clark
    Next in line of favorite Giants first baseman.
  10. 10.
    Will Clark
    And then came Will.
  11. 11.
    Thor Hushovd
    World Champion. Norwegian. Hard man on the bike.
  12. 12.
    Ken Stabler
    The Snake! Lefty like me! Led my favorite local team to a lot of wins. Raiders held camp in my hometown so we'd go down and watch practices over the fence.
  13. 13.
    Grete Waitz
    For those few years when I thought I was a runner... She was my favorite. First woman to run sub 2:30 marathon.
  14. 14.
    Johnny Miller
    For those few years I thought I was a golfer... Johnny was my guy.
  15. 15.
    Vide Blue
    All-time favorite pitcher. A lefty! I discovered baseball just as he showed up to win Cy Young and MVP Awards in same year and key part of the Swingin' A's of my youth.
  16. 16.
    Bill Walton
    A Deadhead hippie big man. What's not to love?
  17. 17.
    Peter Forsberg
    For those few glorious Cup contender years... the Swede was my favorite player
  18. 18.
    Lance Armstrong, Part 1
    1991-2000 Following LeMond, this kid was fast and could win races. And that cancer comeback? What a story. But he also always seemed a bit too arrogant for my tastes, so...
  19. 19.
    Lance Armstrong, Part 2
    2001-present: not really a favorite.
  20. 20.
    Phil Gaimon
    A sometimes ListApper, @philgaimon is one of my favorite World Tour cyclists now because of his grit, his sense of humor, his attitude, his panache and because of that tattoo.