I can only go with post 1990 since I was like 7 when Bird was in his prime, but here are my top 10 favorites (I’m not much of a hockey guy):
Orr, Russell, Brady and Bird
greatest of the great with lasting iconic impact on sport.
Ortiz is just a notch below. Pedro did not play here long enough, Clemens steroid using arrogant cheater who stabbed sox in back by moving to arch rivals.
Ted williams is on there if there is a fifth...but never won a championship; however he has eternal admiration for taking time off in the prime of his career to fly fighter planes in Korea. Other than the safety from Arizona, do not see that kind of devoted patriotism in today's athletes,
1. Tom Brady
2. Pedro Martinez (will never see another pitcher like him, ever)
3. Rob Gronkowski
4. David Ortiz
5. Julian Edelman
6. Paul Pierce
7. Reggie Lewis (first “favorite” player when I was a kid...so tragic)
8. Nomar Garciaparra (before we learned he sucked due to sabermetrics, he was awesome)
9. Adam Vinatieri
10. Kevin Garnett
11. Antonio Brown
If Mookie Betts re-signs then he’ll be on there.