Top 10 Early Playoff Moments of Legendary Athletes
With Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sitting out Game 6 of the NBA Finals due to an injury, rookie Magic Johnson elected to start the game at center despite being a point guard. Closing out the series, Magic would score 42 points, grab 15 rebounds, and dish out seven assists while earning the MVP for the Finals.
I think a very key thing to remember is HE WAS A ROOKIE! That is insane and it is still the reason Magic is my favorite player.
Everything about this man is legendary, and magical!
When the new York Rangers made a serious run at the Stanley Cup, all they had to do was beat The Canadiens, now I know this is not the finals, but the reason I brought it up because the Rangers had no idea that Roy was the Canadiens goalie, and when the dust was settled it was Roy that lead the Canadiens past the Rangers in the Conference finals and eventually another Stanley Cup for the Habs!
Taking over for the injured starter, Roy would lead the Canadiens to the Stanley Cup title in his rookie season where he would be named the Conn Smythe trophy winner as the MVP for the playoffs.
After bringing the 49ers on a drive, Montana faced 3rd down from the six. He then scrambled backwards before throwing a high pass that was caught by teammate Dwight Clark, which wound up giving the 49ers the 28-27 win over Dallas.
A legendary moment for Jordan. In only his second year, he set a record of 63 points in a playoff game. I won't say it's unbreakable, because I think it is, but still, it makes Jordan the legend he is.
After MJ scored 49 points in a loss to Boston in Game 1, he lost a game of golf to Celtics guard Danny Ainge. Upset by this, he told Ainge that he and Dennis Johnson would have to watch out for MJ in Game 2. Jordan would go on to score 63 points in the game although Boston would win in double overtime.
Although the game is best remembered for the controversial Tuck Rule, Tom Brady was able to take advantage of the opportunity and lead the Patriots to a game-tying field goal. In overtime, Brady marched down the field to set up for the winning field goal.
Down 20-13 in front of a hostile Cleveland Brown fanbase, John Elway would lead the Broncos on a 98-yard drive that send the game into overtime where Denver would win on a field goal.
In a critical Game 5, LeBron James would lead the Cavaliers to a double-overtime victory over the Pistons while scoring the last 25 points for the team.
Facing a one-game playoff, Johnson pitched a complete game 9-1 victory over the California Angels striking out 12 batters while giving up a homer in the 9th inning.
Randy was pitching more than just the Tiebreaker, he was in time Successfully pitching to keep the Mariners in Seattle.
Favre's first playoff game would be memorable as he would throw for three touchdown passes all to Sterling Sharpe. His last touchdown pass would be from 40-yards out that wound up winning the game for the Packers against the Lions.
In his second season in the NBA, Olajuwon led the Houston Rockets to a major upset over the Los Angeles Lakers. Hakeem averaged 31 ppg in the five-game series over the defending champions and would lead the Rockets to the NBA Finals.
Willie first big moment came with THE CATCH, even though many years later Willie said it wasn't hi best catch ever, it still was Willie's first great playoff moment in his illustrious career and it all began at Polo Grounds in Game 1 of the 1954 World Series against the Cleveland Indians in inning 8.
In a sign of things to come, Otto's firs taste of glory began here with a 14-9 win as The Cleveland Browns began a decade of dominance in pro football. Otto had 213 yards passing and a single td pass. Great start for Otto and the Browns
It was the start of something big for a man who three years earlier was an unwanted NFL quarterback. In that epic game he delivered a game tying drive that required 73 yards and 4 memorable passes to Lenny Moore and Raymond Berry to set up a game tying field goal. In overtime, he drove another memorable drive that ended with Alan Ameche running into daylight and into NFL lore forever.