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Best Athlete

2001 Best Athlete, Celtic

Paul Pierce

He played stabbed. Not only that, he made himself into one of the NBA’s elite scorers and showed he could carry a team all by […] read more»
2001 Best Athlete, Bruin

Ray Bourque

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2001 Best Athlete, Patriot

Adam Vinatieri

After a season like the last one, the kicker wins by default. read more»
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 […] read more»
1999 Best Athlete, Amateur

Wayne Turner

One of the great, virtually untold stories in local sports, Turner grew up on Mission Hill, got financial aid to attend the Beaver Country Day […] read more»
1999 Best Athlete, Red Sox Player

Pedro Martinez

If there’s one swap that makes you think Dan Duquette maybe knows what he’s been doing, it was letting Roger go and signing Pedro. Roger […] read more»
1999 Best Athlete, Patriot

Drew Bledsoe

He has a running back who blew out his knee, an owner who likes to vamp it up in front of the fans, a head […] read more»
1999 Best Athlete, Bruin

Byron Dafoe

He’s not the only reason the Bruins have climbed out of their 1997 hole. But he’s the biggest one and damn near the goaltender in […] read more»
1999 Best Athlete, Rookie

Brian Rose, Red Sox

The city’s four major franchises didn’t exactly harvest a bumper crop of new talent this season, but among the slim pickin’s, rookie starting pitcher Brian […] read more»
1995 Best Athlete

Drew Bledsoe

Who else? Get ready—Diamond Drew’s fame is about to become Jordanesque. We’re going to have to share him with McDonald’s, Nike, and the rest of […] read more»
1994 Best Athlete

Drew Bledsoe

Not merely for performance but for vast promise as well. One day he will be the first Patriot to become legendary without blowing dope, the […] read more»
1989 Best Athlete, Red Sox

Bruce Hurst

For winning the pennant. Honorable mention: Mike Greenwell. An MVP year. read more»
1989 Best Athlete, Celtic

Robert Parish

When all around him were falling down, slowing down, or giving up, the Chief made a strong argument for retiring his number. read more»
1989 Best Athlete, Bruins

Who knows?

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