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The first column reflects how ESPN.com users ranked the top 25 athletes of the past 25 years. The second and third columns are a side-by-side comparision of how the ESPN25 Panel of Experts ranked the Top 25 Teams vs. how the ESPN.com users ranked the Top 25 Teams.

ESPN25: Top 25 lists, 1979-2004
TOP 25 ATHLETES
Ranked by ESPN.com users
Top 25 Teams
Selected by ESPN25 panel
Top 25 Teams
Ranked by ESPN.com users
1. Michael Jordan 1. 1998 New York Yankees 1. 1996 Chicago Bulls
2. Wayne Gretzky 2. 1996 Chicago Bulls 2. 1985 Chicago Bears
3. Lance Armstrong 3. 1984 Edmonton Oilers 3. 1992 "Dream Team"
4. Tiger Woods 4. 2002 Connecticut
women's basketball
4. 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey
5. Jerry Rice 5. 1985 Chicago Bears 5. 1998 New York Yankees
6. Joe Montana 6. 1998 Tennessee
women's basketball
6. 1986 Boston Celtics
7. Magic Johnson 7. 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey 7. 1984 San Francisco 49ers
8. Larry Bird 8. 1992 Duke basketball 8. 1979 Pittsburgh Steelers
9. Barry Bonds 9. 1989 San Francisco 49ers 9. 1989 San Francisco 49ers
10. Barry Sanders 10. 1995 Nebraska football 10. 1995 Nebraska football
11. Carl Lewis 11.1984 San Francisco 49ers 11. 1984 Edmonton Oilers
12. Cal Ripken 12. 2001 Miami football 12. 1987 Los Angeles Lakers
13. Pete Sampras 13. 1982 North Carolina basketball 13. 1994 San Francisco 49ers
14. John Elway 14. 1991 Miami football 14. 2001 Miami football
15. Emmitt Smith 15. 1986 Boston Celtics 15. 2002 Connecticut
women's basketball
16. Dan Marino 16. 1979 Pittsburgh Steelers 16. 1990 UNLV baskeball
17. Mario Lemieux 17. 1990 UNLV basketball 17. 1982 North Carolina basketball
18. Roger Clemens 18. 1994 San Francisco 49ers 18. 1992 Duke basketball
19. Shaquille O'Neal 19. 1982 New York Islanders 19. 1992 Dallas Cowboys
20. Lawrence Taylor 20. 1987 Los Angeles Lakers 20. 1983 Philadelphia 76ers
21. Sugar Ray Leonard 21. 1992 "Dream Team" 21. 1982 New York Islanders
22. Martina Navratilova 22. 1986 New York Mets 22. 1991 Miami football
23. Patrick Roy 23. 1983 Iowa wrestling 23. 1998 Tennessee
women's basketball
24. Jackie Joyner-Kersee 24. 1983 Philadelphia 76ers 24. 1986 New York Mets
25. Alex Rodriguez 25. 1992 Dallas Cowboys 25. 1983 Iowa wrestling








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