5 Forgotten Sports Superstars
At any given time in history, there are a few players in every sport that would be considered as superstars. These superstars and their legacy often live on forever in the minds of sports fans. However, not all superstars are remembered as much as they should be. These five athletes definitely deserve more attention than they get.
1. Priest Holmes
Priest Holmes is a former NFL RB with numerous different teams, but is without a doubt best known for his time with the Kansan City Chiefs. Holmes was easily one of the best NFL running backs of the early 2000s. In fact, he had over 1400 yards in three straight seasons from 2001-2003 and also 56 touchdowns in those three years. He made the pro bowl in those three seasons and also set a then NFL record of rushing 27 TDs in 2003. With these numbers and accolades, it’s unfair we don’t hear more about this guy as he was one of the best backs of his time.
2. Bob McAdoo
McAdoo is a former NBA PF/C with numerous teams in the NBA. McAdoo is a 5 time all-star, a two time NBA champion and was also the 1975 NBA MVP. Despite being a relatively large player at 6’9, his playing style was very modern for his time. By this, we mean that he was capable of not only scoring from the post, but was also a successful outside shooter, which made him almost impossible to stop in his prime. For a player of his skillset and with his accomplishments, he should without a doubt be mentioned as one of the best scoring big men of all time.
3. Adrian Dantley
Dantley is a former NBA forward who played with multiple NBA teams, but enjoyed the most success with the Utah Jazz. Dantley was a great scorer who could score from either the post, the free throw line or from mid-range with ease. He enjoyed a .540 career FG percentage, which is in the top 20 all time and very good for a man who shot as much as he did. Dantley was a six time all-star and a two time scoring champion. And despite this, most people who aren’t big basketball fans likely won’t have a clue who he is, despite his great career.
4. Ron Francis
Ron Francis is a former NHL Centre best known for his time with the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Carolina Hurricanes. He had a lengthy 20+ year NHL career and enjoyed a lot of success throughout. In fact, Francis had the second most assists in NHL history and is fifth all time in terms of points. These numbers are a shock to most people as they didn’t know he was that prolific a scorer. In fact, most people would not believe you if you told them that Ron Francis has more points than Mario Lemieux and numerous other stars whom get way more attention than he does.
5. Shaun Alexander
Alexander was perhaps the best RB of the 2000’s as a member of the Seattle Seahawks. He had 5 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 for that year. Despite his mammoth statistics and success on the field, he seems to have fallen of the face of the earth and is rarely talked about anymore.