Some of the greats have had successful and distinguishing careers wherever life took them. Cristiano Ronaldo, LeBron James, Peyton Manning, and plenty more. On the other hand, some athletes have had unbelievable careers and found their success by sticking to just one franchise. Michael, Jordan, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays and Brett Favre are just a few of the athletes that spent their entire careers with one franchise, this franchise made their careers extraordinary. There are few athletes that are valued this much, that they shape their entire careers in just one set of colors.
Aikman was scooped up with the first pick in the 1989 NFL Draft, he spent 12 years with the Cowboys. This quarterback is a six-time Pro Bowler and helped lead the team to three Super Bowl titles. Not to mention he was the MVP of Super Bowl XXVII.
The legacy of the 1970s is partly led by Terry Bradshaw, who played quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bradshaw was the first-ever quarterback to win three and then also four Super Bowl titles. He also won consecutive Super Bowl MVP nods in 1977 and 1978. He played in 19 playoff games and spent his entire 14-year career with the Steelers. Bradshaw is a legend, to say the least, and definer of the Steeler’s reputation and dynasty.
Messi may not be a Hall of Famer just yet but he just had to crack the list, and he will most certainly be one in the future. Messi is going down as one of the most historic soccer players of all time, for sure! He was ranked the world’s highest-paid athlete by Forbes in 2019. Messi is Argentina’s leading scorer and was also the first ever team sport player to with the Laureus World Sportsmen of the Year award.
The football wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has had an impeccably successful career with the Arizona Cardinals. He was drafted as the third overall pick in 2004, he has been chosen eleven times for the Pro Bowl and named First-team All-Pro in 2008 as well as Second-team All-pro in 2009 and 2011. Fitzgerald is 2nd in the NFL for career receiving yards and receptions, he is also sixth in receiving touchdowns. Fitzgerald has signed for another season with the Cardinals.
One of the most famous Hall of Famers played with the Lakers for 13 seasons. Magic Johnson was the 1st overall pick in the 1979 NBA draft. Johnson has won three NBA MVP Awards, appeared in nine NBA Finals, twelve All-Star games, and he was nominated ten times for All-NBA First and Second Teams. In 1996 he was even honoured as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. Johnson has been inducted into the Hall of Fame twice: in 2002 for his career and in 2019 as a member of the beloved “Dream Team.”
The usual suspect for landing that game-changing blow for the New York Islanders in the 1980s. Bossy led the victory to four consecutive Stanley Cups. He managed to score four game-winning goals in the Eastern Conference Final of 1983. He obtained 50 goals in just nine out of his ten seasons as a player in the NHL. Bossy was inducted in 1991 into the Hockey Hall of Fame, he went on to be ranked in 20th place under the 100 Greatest Hockey Players.
The Commerce Comet or The Mick may be names you are more familiar with. Mickey Mantle played his entire 17-year career with the New York Yankees. Mantle holds the second-highest OPS+ in regards to center fielders. Mantle retired with the highest stolen base percentage in baseball history. Mantle was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1964. An astounding achievement for him was a plaque presented by Joe DiMaggio which was hung at Yankee stadium near the monuments of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.
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The Detroit Pistons were the home of Isiah Thomas for the duration of his NBA career. As a 12 time NBA All-Star and one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History it is only fitting he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Thomas was the 2nd overall pick in 1981 by the Pistons. Thomas led the “Bad Boys” to both the 1988-89 and 1989-90 NBA championship games.
Michael Jordan cannot necessarily be regarded as staying with one franchise as he had a brief play with the Washington Wizards. However, we cannot forget this legend and we are all well aware his true home was with the Chicago Bulls. Jordan’s accomplishments are enumerable he has been awarded NBA Final MVP Awards six times, ten scoring titles, five MVP Awards, ten All-NBA First Team designations, nine All-Defensive First Team honors and much much more. Jordan was inducted twice into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Kobe Bryant spent his 20-year career in purple and gold with the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant stared in the All-Star games 18 times, led them to five championships at the Staples Center, made 11 All-NBA First-Team appearances, and was awarded almost every other award possible;e. In his final game, he managed to score 60 points and retire in absolute class. He is the all-time leading scorer in Lakers