Was at Rich and Leigh Becker’s house the other night, cooking out in the backyard, when the conversation turned to icons. Who’s an icon? Who’s not an icon? It all stemmed from Michael Jacksonâ€”odd, yes, but an undeniable all-time icon. To be, an icon is someone who transcends; who moves people beyond their confined worlds. Or, in simpler terms, if my mother has heard of you …
So we played the game: WHICH LIVING CELEBRITIES ARE SPORTS ICONS? (Side note: I laughed aloud when Michael, Rich and Leigh’s son, asked whether Wayne Chrebet is an icon).
Here’s my takeâ€”feel free to chime in … (I’ll add as suggestions are made)
NEAR ICONS (but not quite):
Cal Ripken, Jr.
Jerry Rice (calling oneself “G.O.A.T” does not an icon make)
LeBron James (waaay too young)
Mary Lou Retton.
Michael Irvin (oddly)
FOR VARIOUS REASONSâ€”NO CHANCE.
Ken Griffey, Jr.