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According to Sports Illustrated, Jeremy Lin Is the Second Most Famous Knick of All-Time

Seriously?

Like any past-its-prime institution that's still doing solid enough work on a regular basis to necessitate constant drives for attention, Sports Illustrated has become impressively skilled at calling attention to itself. (When's the last time you even remember noticing who was on the cover of ESPN: The Magazine?) Whether it's Kate Upton's ubiquity, Brad Pitt in an A's cap, or a cover about its own covers, SI has always understood the power of its own real estate. Which is why it's amazing, really, that Jeremy Lin is going to appear on the SI cover for the second consecutive week.

The Lin story has gone huge and global, obviously, but it's still sort of astounding that Lin could appear on two straight covers playing for a team that's a game under .500. And it's particularly crazy when you compare Lin to legendary characters in New York sports history.

Using SI's handy SI Covers search function, you can actually see which players from which teams have made the covers throughout history. With this week's cover, Lin becomes only the second Knick to make the cover twice: Patrick Ewing made it four times. Other Knicks cover subjects, all of whom just made it once: Dave Debusschere, Willis Reed, Walt Frazier, Marvin Webster, Bernard King, John Starks, and Marcus Camby. Last week, Lin became the first Knick to make the cover since June 1999. This week, he becomes the first to make it since last week.

Carmelo Anthony, if you're wondering, has been on the SI cover three times, twice as a Nugget and once as a member of the Syracuse Orangemen. Amar'e Stoudemire was on once, as a Phoenix Sun.

How about other sports? Let's take a gander, with some listings of all-time covers while wearing a New York uniform. (We are not counting special issues like end-of-season championship retrospectives.) Let's just say Lin is in some rarified air.

Eleven
Derek Jeter

Four
Roger Clemens
Patrick Ewing
Mickey Mantle
Joe Namath
Darryl Strawberry

Three
Yogi Berra
Dwight Gooden
Eli Manning
Alex Rodriguez
Mariano Rivera
Mark Sanchez
Tom Seaver
Lawrence Taylor

Two
Mark Bavaro
Joe DiMaggio
Julius Erving
Jason Giambi
Wayne Gretzky
Orlando Hernandez
Reggie Jackson
Jeremy Lin
Roger Maris
Billy Martin
Mark Messier
Andy Pettitte
CC Sabathia
George Steinbrenner
Michael Strahan
David Tyree
David Wright

One
Edgardo Alfonzo
Ottis Anderson
Andy Bathgate
Carlos Beltran
Ron Blomberg
Scott Brosius
Marcus Camby
Endy Chavez
Chuck Conerly
Ron Darling
Dave Debusschere
Carlos Delgado
Brett Favre
Whitey Ford
Walt Frazier
Ed Giacomin
Joe Girardi
Bud Harrelson

Rickey Henderson
Gregg Jefferies
Bernard King
Jerry Koosman
Paul LoDuca
Sal Maglie
John Maine
Tino Martinez
Gil McDougald
Bobby Mercer
Omar Minaya
Mike Mussina
Hakeem Nicks
John Olerud
Rey Ordonez
Calvin Pace
Bill Parcells
Oliver Perez (!)
Mike Piazza
Jorge Posada
Willie Randolph
Jose Reyes
Mike Richter
Johan Santana
Phil Simms
Alfonso Soriano
Shane Spencer
John Starks
Pete Stemkowski

Casey Stengel
Amani Toomer
Bob Turley
Robin Ventura
Everson Walls
Jeff Weaver
Marvin Webster
Dave Winfield

So, what have we learned? Jeremy Lin is a bigger New York icon than Dave Winfield, Casey Stengel, Phil Simms, Mike Piazza, Whitey Ford, and Tino Martinez. And Jeff Weaver and Oliver Perez were on the cover of Sports Illustrated. And MAN has Derek Jeter been on that cover a lot.

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