posted on Dec, 20 2006 @ 05:41 AM
Being from Detroit originally, it was only natural for me to focus what little attention span I had as a little kid on teams from Detroit. So it
wouldn't come as any surprise, really, that I 'idolized' such sports greats as Al Kaline of the Detroit Tigers and "Mr Hockey", Gordie
Howe of the Detroit Red Wings.
Of course, I got older and with age comes discernment. I stopped "idolizing" players because, frankly, few seemed to actually merit the status of
"idol". Few sports figures were worthy of being idolized. Though many sports figures certainly demonstrated their skills in the arena of their
particular sport, so many were 'tainted' by their antics out of their uniforms and off of their 'fields of play'. Of course, there were
I'm not ashamed to admit that as I , 'ahem', matured I actually found myself "idolizing" a sports figure again. In my thirties I focused my
attention on a young rookie whose skills were astounding. I found myself idolizing a young man who became the youngest Captain of any NHL team and
who went on to become the longest serving Captain in the NHL. Naturally, I referring to Steve Yzerman.
I might be in my fifties now but I am not ashamed to admit that seeing Steve Yzerman lead the Detroit Red Wings to three Stanley Cup Championships has
forever etched "Stevie Y" into my heart as my own, greatest sports idol.