The Year in Sports
Updated February 21, 2017 | Factmonster Staff
Top 10 Sports Personalities of the Year
Is this guy human? That's what people around NASCAR are starting to wonder about Jeff Gordon. Eleven wins in 1998, millions of dollars in winnings, millions more in endorsements, the prom queen wife. Lots of people have a reason to be envious. But they should love Gordon for how his popularity with the mainstream has helped lift the sport to higher levels of exposure and swell the bank accounts of all the competitors to higher levels as well.
Insert superlative here. Michael Jordan did it once again in 1998. Some of his career totals: 6 NBA championships. 6 NBA Finals MVP awards. 40 million points. This season was called the "three-peat repeat" and many of them have called it "a last dance." But with a lockout raging, the final chapter of the NBA epic has yet to be penned. Either way, when Jordan has long since been put out to stud on the back nine, the guys on the senior golf circuit had better watch their bad backs, because as everyone knows, Michael Jordan plays to win.
National Treasures like Eddie Robinson come along once in a generation. Or, in Eddie's case, once in two generations. Coach Rob led the Grambling Tigers for an astounding 55 seasons, starting his first campaign way back in 1941. Over those many years he amassed a record of 408-165-15 to become the NCAA's all-time record holder in football coaching victories. Robinson retired following the 1997 season ? 17 conference titles, 11 U.S. Presidents, and only eight losing seasons later.
The most dominant college basketball player last year was not Antawn Jamison. She didn't even play the men's game. She was Tennessee's Chamique Holdsclaw, and she led her team to an undefeated season and a national championship. It's not just Holdsclaw's considerable talent that makes her so valuable; it's her ability to get her teammates to "step it up."
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