Friday Mount Rushmore: Best Philly Athletes to Never Win a Ring

Our social media guy, Dave, threw this up on Twitter:

Good question for a slow summer Friday, especially after you’ve gone and picked up your kid from preschool because there was a water main break.

I would go:

Allen Iverson

Pretty obvious choice here. 2001 NBA Most Valuable Player. 11x All Star. Rookie of the Year, 3x First-Team All NBA, 4x scoring champion, so on and so forth. A.I. took the Sixers all the way to the Finals, only to run into the Kobe and Shaq dynasty. They even stole game 1 on the road.

Pretty sure you can’t answer this question without including Iverson.

Eric Lindros

Ah, memories of the Flyers actually being good. The Legion of Doom was must-watch television every night back then.

Lindros was here for eight seasons and the Flyers went to the playoffs in six of those years. That included a couple of conference finals and the 1997 Stanley Cup final, when the Flyers unfortunately ran into the Steve Yzerman, Brendan Shanahan, and Sergei Fedorov Detroit buzz saw. Lindros navigated some injuries, but that 115 point season was special and he logged 57 playoff points during his time here.

Charles Barkley

On paper, his resume looks very similar to Iverson’s. He was NBA MVP and went to 11 All Star Games. Chuck has a couple of Olympic gold medals as well. That 1992-1993 Suns team was really damn good, but like most squads coming out of the west back then, they ran into Michael Jordan’s Bulls and fell short in the finals.

Brian Dawkins

Weapon X played in the Eagles/Patriots Super Bowl and unfortunately was on the losing end of that one. I’m sure New England was cheating, so let’s throw an asterisk on that ring.

But anyway, B Dawk went to nine Pro Bowls and was a four-time All Pro. He’s a Hall of Famer, a forced fumble machine, and made it into the 2000s All Decade team. He had so many good moments here and it’s a bummer he ended his NFL career without a ring.

 

Anybody I missed? Probably Roy Halladay and Claude Giroux for honorable mentions. There are a lot of choices, which is unfortunate for us.

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