||The Sports Guy's top five:
5. Ben Coates ('90s): When my buddy Gus and I were figuring out the Top 25, I mentioned how I wanted to put Coates in the Top Five, just as a personal "thank you" for all the great years he gave me. So Gus said, "Of course you do ... you and Video Ben spent more time together than you and all your girlfriends combined." And it's true. What would I have done without The Bencoates?
4. Lawrence Taylor ('80s & early-'90s): Destructive, unstoppable and utterly terrifying. You simply did not roll out towards LT's side in a video game. Period. Plus, they didn't have drug rehab stints in video games back then, so he was always on the field.
3. Randall Cunningham (late-'80s, early-'90s): The best video game QB of all-time. You could roll him out to either side, scramble for first downs, throw 70 yards with him, avoid sacks ... and he never self-destructed like he did in real life. Regardless of how his NFL career turned out, he'll always have his video game career to fall back on.
2. Jerry Rice ('80s and '90s): The king of the "I'm beating the 49ers by four with one minute left, and I'm bringing my safety over to double-team Rice, and he's still going to catch a deep bomb, and there's absolutely nothing I can do about it" play. Just as unstoppable in video games as he was in real life.
1. Bo Jackson (late-'80s): Anyone who played video games in the late-'80s discusses Bo Jackson reverentially, in hushed tones ... you can't even understand unless you were there. If ESPN ever decided to run a "SportsCentury and Beyond: Video Bo Jackson" episode, they could easily fill the hour just with people telling Tecmo Bowl stories about Bo. Nobody else was even close.