The winner of a record-tying 12 Grand Slam singles titles, he has dominated modern tennis with a classic style.
" Sampras is a driven, even obsessed young man who is brazenly reaching for a piece of history and doing so with the kind of physical grace and talent that comes along once in a generation, found only in the [Rod] Lavers, Michael Jordans, Joe Montanas and Wayne Gretzkys."
—SALLY JENKINS SI, Sept. 5, 1994
The Brown Bomber's reign as heavyweight champ (June 1937 through March 1949) is the longest in history.
"He was a dependably devastating presence in the ring who seemed capable of righting national and even international wrongs with his thunderous punches. At a time when few sports were integrated, Joe Louis made the color of his skin incidental to his performances, and brought Americans together."
—RICHARD HOFFER SI, July 12, 1999
With a revolutionary powerful game, the Golden Bear won a record 18 major championships, including an unmatched six Masters.
"He has been the best golfer to ever live, by a par-5."
—RICK REILLY SI, Sept. 19, 1994