Remembering All Kings …..

August 16, 2010 |

I’m one of those “older” guys who can still recall THAT day. I was 10 years old and playing in my front yard with friends, as my Uncle Rudy walked thru the front gate.

He ensured all of us heard his message, as he shouted the news that would figuratively bring the daily happenings in this country to a STOP, for several days. We were kids, so it really didn’t resonate with us.

I think we stopped doing whatever we were doing for a second or two (it was 33 years ago …. I don’t recall every detail), before going back to doing more of it. But, here I stand three decades later, and I remember that moment.

A little while later, I ran inside my house for some reason and found my mother laying on the sofa, crying. Of course, this garners a feared reaction from any kid. Ultimately, I would learn that my uncle shared the news with her …. and she was able to verify it, as the news now blared on our television.

Elvis Presley, the “King Of Rock & Roll”, was DEAD.
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That was my first real exposure to music’s most iconic LEGEND.

Years later, I’ve looked back on that day and thought, “WOW …. how can another man be so popular and revered throughout this world?” With due respect to the Beatles, I was just 3 years old when they broke up, so I can’t really paint a picture of that event.

But, when we think of music legends and influences, the first two words that surface for MOST PEOPLE are “Elvis” and “Beatles”. Sure, there are people who didn’t care for the music of one or both acts. But, they must have done something special …. something that set them apart.

Elvis Presley revolutionized music. He challenged stereotypes and cultural barriers. He defeated ignorance. He denied established decorum. He exercised his will. He pioneered an era. He defined an entire facet of life. He is considered the GREATEST of all. And, he was a humbly, authentic guy.

Everybody knows it.

But, did Elvis have any contemporaries? Specifically, did he share such an impact with athletes? Can you think of any men or women who had similar effects on certain sports, perhaps, by exercising one or more of the above qualities?

I think it’s safe to say no athlete has ever approached Elvis Presley’s popularity. But, I do think certain athletes have impacted their respective sports in some similiar ways. Below, find my list of 10 athletes, who had an Elvis-type effect on sports …..

Jim Brown
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Ted Williams
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Michael Jordan
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Joe Louis
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Henry Aaron
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John Unitas
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Martina Navratilova
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Dale Earnhardt
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Muhammad Ali
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George Herman Ruth
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Are there plenty of other KINGS? Absolutely. In fact, you might disagree with this list, for one reason or another. We can discuss it today …. along with hitting on the latest Ravens news from Training Camp, and we’ll take a look at the Orioles vs. Mariners series.

It all starts at 2pm …..

Email me (rex@wnst.net) with your Elvis requests !!!!

Long live the KING …..
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