MICHAEL VICK, 22
Quarterback, Atlanta Falcons
Vick is a thrill to watch—and the Falcons have the attendance figures to prove it. Last year they sold out every home game for the first time since 1992. Vick is one of the NFL's rising stars; his jersey is the league's No. 3 seller.
JAMES TANNER JR., 34
Tanner handles contract negotiations and general business matters for Tim Duncan, Grant Hill, Chamique Holdsclaw and Shane Battier, among others. He was a senior adviser for the 1996 Clinton-Gore reelection campaign.
WARRICK DUNN, 28
Running Back, Atlanta Falcons
Dunn is the Falcons' top rusher, but his impact is even greater off the field. Since 1997 his Homes for the Holidays program has helped 37 single mothers buy houses by providing them with the down payment and the furnishings.
BRYANT GUMBEL, 54
In a sports television universe that values sound bites, Gumbel is an anomaly. His monthly show, Real Sports, produces the best sports journalism on TV, and Gumbel is heavily involved in story selection, writing and editing.
STUART SCOTT, 37
Say what you want about his style, but Scott has changed the way we talk by infusing an urban flavor and his signature phrases ("Booyah") into the sports vernacular. He's arguably the most popular anchor on SportsCenter.
PAMELA WHEELER, 36
Director of Operations, WNBA Players Association
With the WNBA season in jeopardy, Wheeler faced off with David Stern and came away with the league's second collective bargaining agreement. The deal created free agency and forestalled some of the cutbacks Stern sought.
JOE LOUIS BARROW, 55
Executive Director, The First Tee
Tiger Woods isn't the only one bringing golf to the masses. Barrow ( Joe Louis's son) has helped raise $150 million for junior golf. He oversees a $29 million budget and manages 12,000 volunteers and 1,000 full-time workers.
PETER BYNOE, 52
Bynoe, a former Nuggets co-owner, has negotiated stadium deals for the Reds, Bengals, Brewers, Redskins and 49ers, and assisted in the '94 redevelopment of Soldier Field. Among his clients: Michael Jordan and Donovan McNabb.
DOUG WILLIAMS, 47
Football Coach, Grambling State
Could a black quarterback ever win the Super Bowl? Williams put the question to rest. Perhaps the best-known coach in black college sports, Williams is proving to be a worthy successor to the legendary Eddie Robinson.
LEAH WILCOX, 44
Vice President of Player and Talent Relations, NBA Entertainment