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Sports Athletes

Missing: * Adrian Peterson (2005) * U.S. Soccer Team (2006)

This Category is Ranked. Sort by Ranking Based on Votes by clicking on Vote Ranking. Sort by the Collection's Ranking by clicking on List Ranking.

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5

1998

Alex Rodriguez

Baseball Player

67.65% (1740 of 2572 votes)

6

1998

Kobe Bryant

Basketball Player

57.11% (285 of 499 votes)

14

1998

Kordell Stewart

Football Player

33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

19

1998

Eric Lindros

Hockey Player

0% (0 of 1 votes)

13

1999

Randy Moss

Football Player

40.0% (2 of 5 votes)

18

1999

Keith Van Horn

Basketball Player

0% (0 of 3 votes)

10

2000

Vince Carter

Basketball Player

54.55% (102 of 187 votes)

21

2001

Yao Ming

Basketball Player

0% (0 of 3 votes)

22

2002

Brian Urlacher

Football Player

0% (0 of 0 votes)

11

2003

LeBron James

Basketball Player

54.26% (439 of 809 votes)

20

2004

Kazuo Matsui

Baseball Player

0% (0 of 0 votes)

4

2005

Adrian L. Peterson

Football Player

80.95% (17 of 21 votes)

9

2006

Reggie Bush

Football Player

54.90% (56 of 102 votes)

12

2006

Vince Young

Football Player

50.0% (2 of 4 votes)

17

2006

Michelle Wie

Golfer

0% (0 of 3 votes)

1

2007

Dwight Howard

Basketball Player

100% (3 of 3 votes)

3

2008

Joba Chamberlain

Baseball Player

97.22% (35 of 36 votes)

16

2009

Matt Ryan

Football Player

0% (0 of 0 votes)

15

2010

Kevin Durant

Basketball Player

5.71% (2 of 35 votes)

7

2011

Buster Posey

Baseball Player

55.77% (58 of 104 votes)

2

2012

Cam Newton

Football Player

100% (6 of 6 votes)

8

2013

Kyrie Irving

Basketball Player

55.68% (49 of 88 votes)