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5 deceased athletes ( and sort of athletes) you miss and 5
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5 deceased athletes ( and sort of athletes) you miss and 5


Jan 21, 2022, 4:42 PM

still living that affected you .Just for fun on Friday with so much reminiscing about our youth.Can be pro, amateur and include whatever you consider a sport ( ex bowlers , pool players , even fishermen ! ).You see I included wrestlers ! All the living ones I mentioned are retired but they can still be playing . It doesn't have to be 5 each either , just who comes to mind to you .

5 deceased

Muhammad Ali
Evel Knievel
The American Dream Dusty Rhodes
Mickey Mantle
Walter Payton

5 living

Nature Boy Ric Flair
George Foreman
Reggie Jackson
Joe Namath
Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Ali would be at the top of my list, too. And, just like Bo

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Jan 21, 2022, 5:08 PM

Jackson, Ali's career, great as it was, will always have some of that wistful "What if" associated with it. As in, What if he had not been banned from boxing for the 3 1/2 prime years of his career, due to refusing military induction.

I also think he, along with Willie Mays, who is still alive at age 90, are prime examples of "Staying too long at the Dance". Ali paid a terrible physical price for doing so. And as for Willie, unfortunately, my first memory of him will always be of him nearly falling down trying to get to first base on a weakly hit infield ball. As a New York Met.

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Jan 21, 2022, 5:18 PM

Funny you mention Willie Mays ! My brother has always been a huge Met fan and even went to the 5th and deciding game of the 69 Series .He thinks Willie may have been the best all around player ever but for years he has talked about how bad of a fielder he was with the Mets in 73.

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I know my memory is exaggerating, but I swear, Willie

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Jan 21, 2022, 5:50 PM

moved AND LOOKED like about a 60 year old man that last year.

We tend to think that all those old time superstars were rich, because we project modern salaries backwards. Although it was considered big money at the time, Willie Mays BIGGEST contract was for $105,000. His net worth, now, at age 90 is estimated at just over 3 million dollars. Most of that was probably earned after he retired.

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Jan 21, 2022, 5:17 PM

Arnold Palmer
Dale Earnhardt
Hank Aaron
Gale Sayers
Pistol Pete

Darrell Waltrip
Larry Bird
Ozzie Smith
A healthy Joe Namath
Randy White

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Jan 21, 2022, 5:33 PM

80s NBA and Larry Legend .Can't have one without the other.Was a David Pearson fan in the 70s and who can forget Cale Yarborough and Donnie Allison duking it out at the end of the 79 Daytona 500.70s and 80s Nascar was good stuff !

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Jan 21, 2022, 5:58 PM

5 deceased

Ali
Pistol Pete
Wilt
Junior Seau
Satchel Paige



5 Retired

MJ
Nolan Ryan
Dan Fouts
Dr J
Lawrence Taylor

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Jan 21, 2022, 5:59 PM

Sorry, but Arnold made his fame by juicing and lying about it for years. He was a big time phony!!

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Jan 21, 2022, 6:18 PM

Deceased:
Hank Aaron
Don Shula
Bear Bryant
Dale Earnhardt
Walter Payton
My Dad ( he liked to fish)


Living:
Larry Csonka
Michael Jordan
Dabo Swinney
Cal Ripken Jr.
Julius Erving aka Dr. J

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