7. Allen Iverson
Iverson was widely regarded as the country’s top guard during his high school playing days, where he led the Bethel (Hampton, Va.) Bruins to the state title in 1993. What most people don’t know is that, three months prior to that, Iverson led the Bruins to a state title on the gridiron as an all-state quarterback.
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Why Him: Iverson has a career average of 26.7 points per game in 14 NBA seasons. In 2001, Iverson was named NBA MVP after averaging 31.1 points per game. That season he led the Sixers to the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Lakers. Iverson, an 11-time all star who won four scoring titles in his career, was named Rookie of the Year in 1997 after averaging 23.5 points per game.
Ultimate Moment: March 12, 1997. During his rookie season, Iverson dropped 37 points in a 108-104 loss to the Bulls. During that game, Iverson hit Michael Jordan with a double crossover dribble, which Jordan bit hard on, and Iverson capped off the dazzling move by draining the 20 footer.
Funky Fact: Iverson recorded a rap single called 40 Bars in 2000, but after drawing criticism for its derogatory lyrics he never released his album.