People have always been inspired by the underdog. Stories of those who, in the face of defeat, overcame insurmountable odds. These tales have the ability to transcend generations. From The Tortoise and the Hare, to David and Goliath, to this surfer-bro who shocked the academic world, we all love a good underdog story.
In sports, there’s nothing better than watching a person or a team prove the world wrong. It’s one of the reasons we love to watch. Unlikely heroes, incredible comebacks and unfathomable upsets.
We each have our favorite underdog stories. In pictures, here are my top 10:
We’ve all seen the movie. Goosebumps every time.
9. Kurt Warner
After being cut from Packers camp in 1994, Kurt Warner was bagging groceries for $5.50 an hour. Just a few years later, Kurt found himself hoisting the Lombardi Trophy as Superbowl XXXIV MVP.
8. 2007 New York Giants
Pictured above, “The Catch”, as Giants fans like to call it, really says it all. Some of you may think I’m crazy listing this as a favorite. But don’t forget, I love pain.
7. Jim Abbott
This guy pitched in the majors with one arm. Are you kidding me?! I don’t care what uniform he’s wearing. The image above shows him just after hurling a no-no in 1993.
6. Rulon Gardner
In the 2000 Sydney Olympics Rulon matched up with Alexander Karelin of Russia. Known as Alexander the Great, Karelin had won three straight golds and was undefeated in 13 years of competition. But guess who won?
5. 1983 N.C. State Basketball
In one of the biggest upsets and best finishes in March Madness history, Jimmy V’s Wolfpack took down Houston’s “Phi Slamma Jamma”.
4. Tom Brady
In 2000 Tom Brady was drafted in the 6th round as the 199th overall pick. I was the only one that believed in him.
3. 2004 ALCS
After being down 3-0 to the Yankees, it was one stolen base that changed history and made for one of the best comebacks of all time.
2. 1980 U.S. Hockey
“Do you believe in miracles?! YES!”
1. 2001 Patriots
The 2001 Patriots are the ultimate underdog team. With some scrub named Tom Brady at the helm, and 14 point underdogs in the Superbowl, no one believed in them. Except of course for themselves. I’ll introduce them to the Spogo blog just as they were introduced at the Superbowl — as a TEAM.