I've often thought that "you don't pick your favorite players, your favorite players pick you."
By that I mean, you don't have very many TRULY favorite players, and the ones you do have you can't really fully explain why they turned out to be your favorites, as compared with the MANY players that you just like to watch and root for.
Your favorite players are the ones you live and die with. Your favorite players are the ones that you could almost (I said almost
), leave your favorite team over if they were to be traded. Your favorite players are the ones that you bask in their glory and hurt in their failures.
Some of your favorite players are great, some of them are just good but for some reason they captured your imagination.
In baseball, I had Cesar Cedeno. For some reason, as a kid, he was just the greatest player I thought I had ever seen play. In baseball I've never had another favorite player like that.
In basketball it was Lew Alcindor, who became Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Later it was Robert Reid of the Rockets, and now it is Dirk of the Mavs.
But football was always my favorite sport, and in football it was Roger Staubach, followed by Tony Dorsett.
And in then in 1989 along came Troy Aikman. One of those rare favorite players. My imagination was captured in the Cotton Bowl game when he was playing for UCLA.
I hoped that we could get him, would get him, with the #1 pick for the 1989 season.
Wish came true, then the ups and downs of 89-91.
Listening to all the doubters. Listening to some idiots along the way like Skip Bayless and Terry Bradshaw. All bashing Aikman in their own way.
Then 1992, and vindication.
The rest is history.
I wish for a new favorite player in football. Don't have one at the moment. Have my favorite team, always, the Cowboys. But don't know when another Staubach, or Dorsett or Aikman will come along.
As I've often thought, you don't choose your favorite players so much as they come along and choose you.