I went to get a haircut yesterday and saw February's GQ with Tim Lincecum on it. I figured that if I ever meet member Trace Urdan I might need to know something about this kid, so I picked up the magazine.
Apparently, he's been named one of The 25 Coolest Athletes of All Time. (Lincecum, not Urdan. Sorry.)
This is the brief pre-list explanation about what makes an athlete "cool":
The icons we remember and revere are not always the guys with the best stats or the slickest end-zone dance. They're the ones who played the game like it was an extension of who they were and taught us how to be big-time with grace, style, and swagger. They're the guys we never got tired of watching. And never will.
They also say they "consider time to have begun when GQ did, in 1957."
I'm okay with their definition. Fine.
Here's their list: Joe Namath, Mario Andretti, Allen Iverson, Arthur Ashe, Bjorn Borg, Pele, Walt Frazier, Evel Knievel, Jean-Claude Killy, Pete Maravich, Tom Brady, Muhammad Ali, Julius Erving, Bob Gibson, Bo Jackson, Arnold Palmer, George Best, Derek Sanderson, Lincecum, Kenny Stabler, Michael Jordan, Gary Player, Ted Turner, Jim Brown and Kelly Slater.
I wholeheartedly agree with Namath, Iverson, Maravich, Ali, Best, Jordan and Slater.
I think they missed Roger Federer and Tony Hawk.
How about you?