Ah, the power of lists! There’s something incredibly satisfying about whittling the chaos of the world down into a neat, tidy, digestible form, isn’t there? Especially lists that no one asks for, but everyone secretly enjoys. They’re like surprise guests at a party, or when a restaurant has flan on the menu. These aren’t your ordinary, grocery-store-type lists, oh no. These are the cornerstone of my illustrious list-making career–unsolicited, nonessential, yet strangely compelling.

So now, without further ado, let me introduce my latest masterpiece: an utterly unrequested, minimally essential list of my all-time favorite athletes. This roster may not get me into the Hall of Fame, but in the grand sport of list-making, I’m pretty sure it earns me a gold medal!

My hall of fame:

  • Landon Donovan
  • Dirk Nowitzki
  • Demarcus Beasley
  • Magic Johnson
  • Andre Dawson

A few honorable mentions, but really… this list could go on and on:

  • Cobi Jones
  • Clint Dempsey
  • Tim Howard
  • Steve Cherundolo
  • Frankie Hedjuk
  • Tim Cahill
  • David Beckham
  • Ronaldinho
  • Tony Romo
  • Michael Irvin
  • Joe Montana
  • Dat Nguyen
  • Andre Agassi
  • Pete Sampras
  • Boris Becker
  • Serena Williams
  • Rafael Nadal
  • Tiger Woods
  • Nick Van Exel
  • Steve Nash

Stephen Boudreau serves as VP of Product + Content Marketing at Virtuous Software. For over two decades, he has helped nonprofits leverage the digital space to grow their impact. To that end, Stephen co-founded RaiseDonors, a platform that provides nonprofits with technology and experiences that remove barriers to successful online fundraising. He is an avid (but aging) soccer player, audiobook enthusiast, and the heavily-disputed UNO champion of his household.

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