Best of Boston

BEST Athlete, pro

1999 BEST Athlete, Pro

Doug Flutie, Buffalo Bills

They say that if you put a lump of coal under enough pressure, you’ll get a diamond. The same goes for the magical Flutie. And between heightened expectations for the Bills and the upcoming made-for-TV movie on him and his… read more»

1989 BEST Athlete, Pro

John Stephens

The Patriots’ rookie running back gained more than 1,000 yards and almost carried a team with no passing attack into the play-offs. read more»

1988 BEST Athlete, Pro

Roger Clemens

Two Cy Youngs in a row, and working on a third. With Larry Bird in the Hall of Fame, he’s the obvious choice. read more»

1987 BEST Athlete, Pro

Kevin McHale

Were it not for Hall of Farmer Larry Bird’s preeminence, McHale might be recognized as the greatest basketball player this town has seen since John Havilcek retired. read more»

1986 BEST Athlete, Pro

Danny Ainge

Yeah, yeah. We’ve knocked him in the past as a player. But his athleticism is unquestioned. He has played major league baseball. And this year he decided to play major league basketball. read more»

1986 BEST Athlete, Pro

Larry Bird

Fooled you, right? read more»

1984 BEST Athlete, Pro

Larry Bird

Into the Hall of Fame. read more»

1983 BEST Athlete, Pro

Larry Bird

And next year’s his contract year. read more»