Author: Andy Frye Contributor SportsMoney Original Link

We don’t always admit it, but we Americans love sports heroes who make waves.

Some now-retired athletes like Andre Agassi and Dennis Rodman and current ones like Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James started their careers with very visible swagger, then won championships to prove their detractors wrong. Doing so, they’ve quieted the critics who claimed that they are all mouth. Others, like 1967 Boston Marathon runner Kathrine Switzer, stepped onto the scene quietly, and then—bam— changed sports and history forever.

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