Every now and then, an athlete takes a step past being good or great and enters “superstar” territory. These are players that are among the best and most talked about players of their time, and rightfully so. These players and their legacies often live on far beyond their years in the league. Their mark on their sport will live forever and current players will always be compared back to these all-time greats.
The NHL has Gretzky, Messier and Howe. The NBA has Jordan, Bird and Johnson. The NFL has Montana, Rice and Brown. These are players who have long retired from their respective leagues, but are still talked about on an almost weekly basis.
Now, of course, those weren’t the only major stars of their sports at the time, so what happened to every other all-star and MVP of their time frame? These leagues are full of teams with thousands of players being cycled through every decade. That is what this list will take aim at.
This list will look at the Top 15 Forgotten Sports Superstars. These were all guys who, during their playing days, performed at the top of their respective sports. But once retired and out of the league, these players were somehow forgotten and excluded out of conversations that they belonged in.
As to why they were forgotten, we’ll never know. All we can do it highlight them here and shed some light on why they should be mentioned with some of the other greats in their sport.
So, here it is! Enjoy taking a trip down memory lane and remembering the Top 15 Forgotten Sports Superstars.
15 15. Mats Sundin
14 14. Mitch Richmond
13 13. Ty Law
12 12. Paul Coffey
11 11. Bernard King
10 10. Isaac Bruce
9 9. Pavel Bure
8 8. Kevin Johnson
7 7. Brian Westbrook
6 6. Peter Forsberg
5 5. Bob McAdoo
4 4. Priest Holmes
3 3. Ron Francis
2 2. Adrian Dantley
1 1. Shaun Alexander
And coming in at number one on this list is none other than former RB, Shaun Alexander. Alexander was perhaps the best RB of the 2000s as a member of the Seattle Seahawks. He had five straight seasons of 1000+ yards and 10+ touchdowns from 2001-2005, including his 2005 season that goes down as one of the best in history. In 2005, Alexander ran for 1,880 yards and 27 TDs, which earned him the NFL MVP award for that year. Despite his mammoth statistics and success, he seems to have fallen of the face of the earth and is rarely talked about anymore.
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