Ask ChicagoNow: Who is the best professional Chicago athlete ever?

Ask ChicagoNow: Who is the best professional Chicago athlete ever?

ChicagoNow is a group of bloggers from all sorts of different backgrounds. One thing that helps tie them all together? Chicago.

With so much collective experience with the city, we’ve decided to put that knowledge to use by posing some of the oldest and most popular questions about Chicago to the group.

Who is the best professional Chicago athlete ever?

“Gale Sayers was pretty efffing great”. — Michelle Babicz, Planet Michelle

“As a basketball fan, I will die on the Michael Jordan hill.” — Rachel Benn, Life Imitates Heart

“Gotta be Jordan, right? I mean amiright?” — Brian Kremen, ConFIdences

“Walter Payton. Being the best professional athlete goes WAY beyond what they do on the court/field/track/etc.” — Marie Larsen, There’s a Bug In My Coffee

“If we’re talking about what they do off the field, Anthony Rizzo moves to the top of the list. He’s raised millions of dollars in the fight against pediatric cancer plus also gave money to his high school to build a new field. Plus, he’s not just about the money…he gives his time, too. He visits the kids at the hospital and right now he’s on his way to Florida to support the kids at his former high school, where yesterday’s shooting occurred.” — Howard Moore, I’ve Got The Hippy Shakes

“White Sox 2nd baseman Nellie Fox. OK, he’s related to me, but you have to push your kin.” — Bob Schneider, Politics Now

“Walter ‘Sweetness’ Payton. Anyone who says otherwise is simply wrong.” — Angela Soriano, less than perfect

“Michael Jordan was not just the best Chicago athlete ever but the world’s best professional team sports athlete ever. I have never seen one player in any sport carry a team in every phase of the game, offense and defense, like MJ. If he hadn’t retired for 2 years the Bulls would have won 8 NBA titles in a row.” — Floyd Sullivan, Waiting4Cubs

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