My 10 Most (and Least) Competitive Athletes in the World

If the willingness and determination to win or succeed in sports didn't exist and all that mattered were measurables, then David Eckstein (all 5-foot-6 inches of him) would have never played minor league baseball, much less won a World Series MVP.

Two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum (all 150 pounds of him) would probably be working at a bank.

You wouldn't see anyone in the NBA under 6-foot-3 (which means no Isiah Thomas, who just happens to be in the Hall of Fame) nor would you see any WRs with noodle arms.

Sorry DeSean Jackson, you're not welcome here even if you just happen to be a Pro Bowler.    

So you see, size and talent can only take you so far when competing against the world's best athletes in any sport and if that wasn't the case we'd be building statues for all-world talents such as: Mike Mamula, Tony Mandarich,  Ryan Leaf, Kwame Brown, Darko Milicic, and Mark Prior; instead of labeling them busts.   

So without further ado, my personal lists based on what I have seen over my young life. 



1. Michael Jordan: This guy was a flat killer. Why else do you think he was a perfect 6-for-6 when it came to the NBA Finals? He simply never let his team lose when a game was ever in doubt.

2. Kobe Bryant: The closest thing we will ever have to Jordan in terms of game and competitiveness. He is even Jordan's same height and body type, and just might match him in rings this June. Probably the second best shooting-guard in NBA history, just behind that Jordan fella.

3. Roy Halladay: No wonder every game he starts looks like a no-hitter is taking place as his teammates refuse to sit next to him or even talk to him when he's in the dugout with his game face on. And when an umpire calls a borderline pitch a ball, Halladay's stare towards home plate is what dreams are made of.

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