Pro Athlete: Little Big Man

With blinding speed and a new belief in team play, ALLEN IVERSON is simply unstoppable

Have you ever tried to start a bar brawl over who America's best social critic might be? Unless you're drinking at George Plimpton's, it's impossible. Perhaps that's why we decided to test your taste for controversy with our choice for America's Best Athlete. Still: Allen Iverson is the nation's paragon of athletic skill? Really?

Actually, yes. Tiger Woods and Lance Armstrong would have been excellent, if somewhat predictable choices. Both have won more than Iverson, both carry themselves with classic grace and dignity. But their sports do not test the full range of what most Americans consider athleticism. They're specialists; what's...

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