Top 5 Greatest Sports & Pop Culture Icons

Top 5 Greatest Sports & Pop Culture Icons

The sports world and pop culture share a relationship. Back in the 90’s, they were trying to maintain a reputable image of themselves, but not one that took themselves too seriously. The 90’s were overblown with unique heroes that have left a lasting impression on us and have inspired us to this day. Future generations of sports athletes have been compared to these greats. There were plenty of athletes that occupied our attention. And it is evident that certain sports figures took over the 90s. Here are the top five greatest sports/pop culture icons of all time.

 

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Babe Ruth

If you know baseball then you surely know this Hall of Famer, who is the man, the myth, and the legend that is Babe Ruth.  Even all these years later, no one even comes close to the Sultan of Swat, the Bambino, and the home run king. Babe Ruth was one of only two people to ever hit three home runs in a World Series game. Today Babe Ruth is looked upon as a legendary icon in sports and baseball that has a list of accomplishments to his name.

 

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Muhammad Ali

So much more than just a boxer, Ali just symbolizes the word icon. He was an American professional boxer and he is widely recognized as one of the most important and distinguished sports icons of all time. Near the beginning of his career, Ali was known as an inspirational, contentious, and polarizing figure throughout many points in his career. Many remember Muhammad Ali for his words, as he has many fantastic quotes. For example, “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”

 

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan has been highly regarded for his skill and as one of the most undeniable unsurpassed sports marketing icons of all time. His sneakers have been a branding success worldwide and represent himself as one of the greatest pop culture icons. He has also been widely recognized for some of his inspirational quotes such as “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying, some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen, I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” Considered one of the most incomparable basketball players ever, Michael Jordan conquered basketball in the mid-1980s to the late 1990s. He helped the Chicago Bulls attain six National Basketball Association championships and won the NBA's Most Valuable Player Award five times.

 

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Mickey Mantle

If you were a youngster during the fifties and sixties, there was no one you idealized more than The Mick. Mickey Mantle was an iconic baseball player with immeasurable talent. His dexterity and tenacity for the game allowed him to play past injuries that he was weighed down with and into the record books. He played his whole 18-year career with the New York Yankees, and the injuries he experienced never permitted him to showcase the capabilities he showed to the team when he arrived in 1951. But despite never quite being 100 percent healthy, Mantle was recognized as the utmost switch-hitter to play the game, and one of the game’s finest players ever.

 

 

Magic Johnson

As a big and gaudy point guard, Magic Johnson altered the game continually in the NBA. Few athletes are accurately eccentric; shifting the way the game is played with their remarkable capabilities. Earvin "Magic" Johnson has earned his spot in this category. But just how great a basketball player was Johnson? So unsurpassed, perhaps, that potential generation of basketball fans might desire that they had joined the basketball world years prior. They’ve wished this just so that they could have witnessed Magic play in person versus knowing about his success from stories or from watching videos online or highlights on TV.

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