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Ernest "Ernie" nicknamed "Mr. Cub” was a shortstop and first baseman in Major League Baseball (MLB) for 19 seasons on the National League's (NL) Chicago Cubs team, from 1953 through 1971. Banks was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977 and the Major League Baseball All-Century Team, in 1999.
Banks was known for his catchphrase of, "It's a beautiful day for a ballgame... Let's play two!", expressing his wish to play a doubleheader every day out of his pure love for the game of baseball, especially in his self-described "friendly confines of Wrigley Field." In 1955, he set the record for grand slams in a single season with five, a record that stood for over thirty years.
Banks won the National League Most Valuable Player Award twice, in 1958 and 1959 despite the fact that the Cubs were not pennant contenders during those seasons. He became the first shortstop in the history of the National League to win the MVP award in back to back seasons.
On September 2, 1965, Banks hit his 400th home run, and five years later, on May 12, 1970 at Chicago's Wrigley Field, hit his 500th home run. Banks finished his career with 512 home runs, and his 277 homers as a shortstop were the most ever at the time of his retirement. (Cal Ripken, Jr now holds the record for most homers as a shortstop with 345.) Banks holds Cubs records for games played (2,528), at-bats (9,421), extra-base hits (1,009), and total bases (4,706).
Michael Jordan’s biography on the National Basketball Association (NBA) website states, "By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time." Jordan was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and was considered instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s.
After a three-season career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a member of the Tar Heels' national championship team in 1982, Jordan joined the NBA's Chicago Bulls in 1984. He quickly emerged as a league star, entertaining crowds with his prolific scoring. His leaping ability, illustrated by performing slam dunks from the free throw line in slam dunk contests, earned him the nicknames "Air Jordan" and "His Airness". He also gained a reputation for being one of the best defensive players in basketball. In 1991, he won his first NBA championship with the Bulls, and followed that achievement with titles in 1992 and 1993, securing a "three-peat". Although Jordan abruptly retired from basketball at the beginning of the 1993–94 NBA season to pursue a career in baseball, he rejoined the Bulls in 1995 and led them to three additional championships (1996, 1997, and 1998) as well as an NBA-record 72 regular-season wins in the 1995–96 NBA season. Jordan retired for a second time in 1999, but returned for two more NBA seasons from 2001 to 2003 as a member of the Washington Wizards.
Jordan's individual accolades and accomplishments include five MVP awards, ten All-NBA First Team designations, nine All-Defensive First Team honors, fourteen NBA All-Star Game appearances, three All-Star Game MVP awards, ten scoring titles, three steals titles, six NBA Finals MVP awards, and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. He holds the NBA records for highest career regular season scoring average (30.12 points per game) and highest career playoff scoring average (33.45 points per game). In 1999, he was named the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN, and was second to Babe Ruth on the Associated Press's list of athletes of the century. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.
Jordan is also noted for his product endorsements. He fueled the success of Nike's Air Jordan sneakers, which were introduced in 1985 and remain popular today. He is the majority owner and head of basketball operations for the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats.
Robbie Gould is the most accurate kicker in the Chicago Bear’s team history and third most accurate in NFL history, making 134-of-156 (85.9%) field goals in his career. Gould ranks second in franchise history in career field goals made and fourth in career scoring (575). He led the Bears in scoring in each of his first five NFL seasons (2005-09) and occupies the top four highest single-season field goal percentages in team history, including a franchise best mark of 89.7 percent (26-of-29) in 2008. Robbie holds the franchise record for FG made in a season (32 in 2006) and is tied for second on that list with 31 FG made in 2007... Owns three of the top six single-season point totals in Bears history (2nd, 143 points in 2006; 4th, 126 points in 2007 and 6th, 119 points in 2008)... Has converted 173-of-174 career PATs... All-time leader in field goal percentage at Soldier Field (68-of-80; 85.0%)... First player in franchise history to record 100 or more points in four straight seasons... Has scored at least one point in all 77 career games... Just the ninth kicker in NFL history, and first Chicago Bear, to make 30 or more field goals in back-to-back seasons (2006-07)... Was the first placekicker in Bears history to be selected to the Pro Bowl after leading all kickers with 143 points during the 2006 season, one point shy of the franchise record (Kevin Butler, 144, 1985)... Became first Bears kicker to lead the NFC in scoring since 1986 (Butler, 120)... Set a franchise record and tied for the NFL lead (Jeff Wilkins, STL) with 32 field goals made during the 2006 season while ranking tied for 7th in FG percentage (88.9)... Connected on a franchise record 26-straight field goals from 12/25/05 to 11/19/06... Also holds franchise record with 22 consecutive games with a field goal (10/23/05 to 11/6/06)... Knocked home three or more field goals in a franchise-record four straight games (Weeks 11-14) during the 2007 season... Is 25-of-28 for his career on field goals attempts during the final two minutes of a half or in overtime with eight game winners, which includes a 49-yard field goal in overtime of the 2006 NFC Divisional Playoff vs. SEA (1/14/07) - the 17th overtime field goal in NFL playoff history and 1st in Bears playoff history... Paced Bears in scoring as a rookie with 82 points which ranked 2nd in NFL among rookie kickers and 3rd all-time in franchise history.