Yes, it’s true, there’s love in the air! The staff at Sports Poster Warehouse want to wish everyone a happy and fun Valentines Day. With love on all of our minds, we want to recognize some of the most beloved athletes of all time. These athletes were/are the talk of their respective city during their playing career and still/currently have a place in every home town fans’ heart, long after retirement. These special athletes created long lasting memories with their dedication, sacrifice and superb play. Without further adieu, here are some of the most beloved athletes of all time…
Steve Yzerman led the Wings to three Stanley Cup championships as a player and a 4th as Vice President of Operations. Prior to the 1986-87 season at the age of 21, Yzerman was named captain of the Red Wings and continuously served as captain until his retirement two decades later. Yzerman retired as the longest-serving captain of any team in North American major league sports history. Once voted to be the most popular athlete in Detroit sports history, locals often simply refer to Yzerman as “The Captain.”
Tim Duncan has spent his entire 12 year career with the San Antonion Spurs. He is a four-time NBA champion, a three-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, and the current captain of the Spurs. He has also won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award twice, and has been voted into 11 NBA All-Star Games, 11 All-NBA Teams, and 11 All-Defensive Teams.
Dan Marino became one of the most prolific quarterbacks in league history, holding or having held almost every major NFL passing record. Despite never being on a Super Bowl-winning team, he is recognized as one of the greatest quarterbacks. Marino spent his entire 17 year career with the Miami Dolphins. He has been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and is a legend in South Florida.
Derek Jeter has spent his entire 14 year MLB career with the New York Yankees. He has won the American League Rookie of the Year Award, a Silver Slugger Award, and three Gold Glove Awards. In 2000, he became the only player to win both the All-Star Game MVP Award and the World Series MVP Award in the same year. Jeter has helped the Yankees to several World Series Championships and was named team captain in 2003.
One of the most popular Toronto Maple Leafs players in history, Doug Gilmour reached the zenith of his career during the 1993 and 1994 postseasons, when he led Toronto to the Stanley Cup Semifinals. He scored 127 points in 1992-93, when the Leafs lost to Wayne Gretzky’s L.A. Kings in the seventh game of the semifinals. He scored another 111 points in 1993-94, when his superhuman effort led to another semifinal appearance against the Vancouver Canucks. Leafs fans will always remember “Killer” for those two magical seasons.
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