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40th Anniversary

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Chris “Mad Dog” Russo
Chris Russo headlines Sirius’ 24-hour “Mad Dog Radio” sports-talk channel and hosts the channel’s anchor program, “Mad Dog Unleashed,” weekdays from 2 to 7 p.m.

1. Joe Namath
Super Bowl III was the probably the most significant game in the history of the NFL. It brought credibility to the merger of the NFL and AFL. And Namath was the star of that game.

2. Mark Messier
Having come here after winning five Cups in Edmonton, he had a lot of pressure on him. That 1994 Stanley Cup goes down in history.

3. Willis Reed
Captain of the Knicks. Won an MVP as a Knick. Classy guy, great center. Had so many memorable battles with the Celtics’ Bill Russell. Won two titles.


4. Derek Jeter
Never made a mistake in a big spot and had a number of signature plays. When he’s finished playing, I believe he’ll have 3,000 hits.

5. Tom Seaver
He gave the Mets franchise credibility. He won a championship and Cy Youngs here. One of only four numbers retired by the Mets.

6. Lawrence Taylor
Greatest linebacker in the history of football. Anchored that great Giants defense. New York is all about blue-collar defense, and he was a rugged player who played injured, which is very important.

7. Darryl Strawberry
He was a tremendous player even though he underachieved. We know he could have hit more home runs and been in the Hall of Fame. Between 1984 and 1990—when the Mets owned New York—he was the lightning rod.

8. Joe Torre
Mediocre with the Mets as a player, but there’s no way you cannot put him on this list. Won four titles as a Yankee and was Mr. Class. The team made the playoffs every single year he managed them.

9. Mike Piazza
Brought the Mets back to credibility. They were pretty good in ’97, but didn’t have a lot of juice. He had big years here, and they won a pennant. Piazza is a future Hall of Famer, and he remains a huge figure to Mets fans.

10. Mariano Rivera
Greatest relief pitcher of all time.


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