Rashard Mendenhall rushes to No. 1
The entire sports world might be fixated on Jay Cutler, but we're still about recognizing individual athletes who post monster weeks. Case in point? Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall, who punched Pittsburgh's ticket to Super Bowl XLV by punching through the Jets' defense.
Mendenhall's powerful runs earned him the No. 1 nod over Packers rookie Sam Shields, who brought down two game-changing interceptions in the NFC Championship, and Clippers phenom Blake Griffin, who continues to dominate the NBA.
So, did the gang who talk sports for a living get it right? Don't be shy; check out the full list and share your comments below!
2010-11 Power Rankings: Week 39
|Can't wait? Mendenhall didn't wait for the Jets' defense to wake up, rushing 27 times for 121 yards to carry the Steelers to Arlington, Texas.|
|When you intercept a pass on fourth-and-4 to seal a trip to the Super Bowl, you're having a good week. Add another interception and a sack, and you've got yourself a recipe for an NFL rookie record.|
|In his past three games, Griffin has the average stat line of a mythical creature: 26.3 points, 14.7 rebounds and 6 assists. If he keeps cleaning the glass like this, Windex might soon be out of business.|
|He needed a top-7 finish in Abu Dhabi to supplant Tiger Woods as the world's No. 2 golfer, but lapping the field and defending his title with a 24-under victory will do just fine. Move over, Tiger.|
|We know he didn't play his best game, but can you honestly say his Super Bowl-clinching effort doesn't deserve a spot on this list? He ran for a TD, threw for 244 yards and had the awareness to make a TD-saving tackle. Rodger that.|
|They say every rose has its thorn, but we're struggling to see any sore spots in this guy's game. He averaged nearly 26 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 2 blocks this week, and has the Bulls running up the Eastern Conference standings.|
|His numbers might not jump out at you, but anyone who watched the Steelers win Sunday knows Big Ben is a big reason why. His 2-yard TD run and gutsy playmaking with the game on the line have the Terrible Towels waving for one more game.|
|The 5-foot-9 Washington point guard is playing big and living up to his namesake. This past week, Thomas averaged 20.5 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists in wins over Arizona and Arizona State.|
|The Bruins goalie saved 107 of the 113 shots fired at him this past week to lead Boston to the No. 1 spot in the Northeast Division. Thomas the tank, indeed.|
|Whether embarrassing reporters on live TV or embarrassing opponents on the court, Clijsters had a pretty powerful week. The third seed moved on to the quarterfinals of the Aussie Open and now is the favorite to take home the title.|
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CROSS-SPORT POWER RANKINGS 2010
Cross-Sport Power Rankings compares the best athletes across all professional sports. Check out the rest of our individual sport power rankings.
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- 1. Aaron Rodgers
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- 4. Rashard Mendenhall
- 5. B.J. Raji