Here are #WNSTSweet16 people who had a dream in Baltimore

January 21, 2014 | Nestor Aparicio

4. Kevin Plank

His story isn’t just about sports but it’s changed the way every person who sweats goes to practice. In 1999, he was a former University of Maryland athlete trying to find a miracle material that would help athletes practice and play in better comfort. His invention – and his ability to get his T-shirts into the hands of college athletes who could feel the difference and their edge in performance – spiraled at the turn of the century and his Under Armour brand is synonymous with sports in America.

He owns horses and has a passion for horse racing but his brand – he once said he was trying to make UA “The Great American Brand” – is based in Baltimore, has always felt some local energy and also wraps the Ravens and Terps as well as many teams on our TVs every night.

Under Armour protects the house. But Kevin Plank built it here in Baltimore, Maryland. No sweat…

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3 Comments For This Post

  1. Sam Says:

    This list is spot on…but somewhere in 16, Ray Lewis’ name should have appeared. No doubt about it.

  2. TimNATC Says:

    Heck of a job with this list! I see one that is missing though. His name is Nestor Aparicio. You cannot be a Baltimore sports fan and not recognize what Nestor has done for/meant to the city of Baltimore. Nestor worked hard from a young age to learn and master his craft. When he started WNST people laughed and said he would fail. He had a nationally syndicated radio show and gave it up because he didn’t want to leave his hometown. We should all be thankful that he stayed. Since I have known Nestor (I only really know him through listening and reading) he has always been ahead of his time. He loves sports, he loves Baltimore. Thank you Nestor!

  3. Rich Says:

    TimNATC stole my thunder. Except somehow I believe Nestor’s name is conspicuously absent from the list of 16, but is blatantly included by way of the byline. I, too, believe Nestor is the ultimate Baltimore sports dream-come-true story, but you’d be hard-pressed to fill the stands with enough believers. I don’t think he’d really want it any other way. Nice work, Nasty, as always.

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