I listen to ESPN Radio all day at work and they were batting around their top 5 athletes of the past 25 years.
I figured to put it as the century.
Mine is Michael Jordan.
Even if one didn't like basketball (I sure didn't), to watch what he did was just simply amazing. Watching him actually made me start playing b-ball when I previously and absolutely hated it.
He showed finesse, leadership, undeniable talent, and charisma.
The sport itself allows you to see such things.
There is no helmet, no large arena, nor a better showcase of team and indivdual skills that would have allowed us to really see an athlete of this stature.
He da man.