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Dee Dee McCarron and The 10 Greatest Moms in Sports

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Ten Greatest Moms In Sports

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Whenever sports are brought up, usually we talk about a game or what an individual player has accomplished in the sport that they play. However, we never really get a whole lot of coverage on what goes on after the final buzzer sounds, the last whistle, or anything associated with a game ending.

The truth is that the athletes and those the athletes care about the most are there. It is just that their personal lives are often kept discrete unless the parents or significant others are attending a game that the athlete is playing in. We have seen many parents and spouses attending games and even see athletes who are parents themselves play the game that they love. Normally a child of an athlete or an athlete who has a parent figure is not normally seen until a big celebration like winning a championship or a big rivalry game. We have seen players like Clinton Portis give his mother one of his footballs after scoring a rushing touchdown during his big game while playing for the Denver Broncos. We have seen LeBron James yelling at his mom during a heated basketball game. The parents are out there, but they just don't get the recognition as much as the athlete.

The focus of this piece will be on moms. Depending on if the mom is an athlete or a mother of the athlete, their actions in their sport or supporting the child should not go unnoticed. The athletes who are moms that balance their sports and their children should be given the most credit.

With Dee Dee McCarron supporting her son A.J. McCarron in his journey toward the next step, here she is and the other great moms in sports.

Tylor Walden is a Denver Broncos writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TylorDWalden, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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10. Amanda Beard

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If you have not heard of Amanda Beard, she is a United States swimmer who we normally see every four years during the Summer Olympics. Her accomplishments include seven Olympic medals, 21 in international competition overall , and she has won the American Swimmer of the Year award twice. She is also the proud mom of two children.

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9. Lisa Leslie

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This former WNBA star was one of the first women to play for the sport itself. She was also a part of four different Olympic Gold Winning teams and two WNBA Championships for the Los Angeles Sparks. She holds the league record for points scored and rebounds; not to mention she was the first woman to dunk a ball in a game. She is a proud mom of two.

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8. Kerry Walsh-Jennings

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Part one of the USA Women's Volleyball tandem, Kerry Walsh-Jennings is one of the most decorated women in volleyball history. She and teammate Misty May-Treanor have won three straight Olympic Gold medals from 2004-2012 and gone 108 straight matches without losing one. She is also a proud mother of three children.

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7. Brandi Chastain

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One of the most well known soccer players for the United States, Brandi Chastain scored the game-winning penalty kick in the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup as well as her celebration at the end where she spontaneously whipped off her jersey known as the “Sports Bra Episode.” The photo was the one of the most famous photographs of a woman celebrating an athletic victory in history. Now as a sports announcer for Women's Soccer she acquired three medals, two gold and one silver in her playing career. She has a son and a stepson.

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6. Dara Torres

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Another swimmer, Dara Torres became the first and so far only swimmer to compete in five Olympic Games as well as the oldest swimmer to be a part of a team in the 2012 London Olympics. Her accomplishments include 12 medals which include winning at least one medal in every Olympic Game that she has participated in. She also shares or owns three different world records. She has a daughter we have seen after she competes in the Olympics.

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5. Candace Parker

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Candace Parker emerged into the sporting world as a member of the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers basketball team under famous coach Pat Summit. After winning two NCAA Championships, she continued her career in the WNBA and became the second player, behind her teammate Lisa Leslie, to dunk in a game. A two-time WNBA Champion and Rookie of the Year, Parker is the proud mother of a girl.

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4. Misty May-Treanor

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While she is expecting her first child, Misty May-Treanor was part of the volleyball tandem alongside Walsh-Jennings. Like her teammate, she won three straight Olympic Gold Medals from 2004-2012. She is also the most successful female volleyball player in the world with 112 individual championships, and alongside teammate Walsh-Jennings she is part of one of the best volleyball tandems of all time. She is now retired and will certainly in the future be telling her stories to her children.

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3. Kim Clijsters

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Perhaps one of the most well known females in professional tennis, Kim Clijsters is famous for her speed and ability to slide on any tennis surface. She has won 41 WTA titles, including three US Open Titles and an Australian Open, and has been the No. 1 female tennis player in the world during her career, reaching that feat last in 2011. Add that to the fact she became the first Belgian Player to reach a Grand Slam Final. She is the proud mother of two.

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2. Jennie Finch

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Jennie Finch is the most famous softball player to ever play the game. A retired pitcher for the United States softball team, she help lead the U.S. to Gold in the 2004 Olympics and Silver in the 2008 games. She currently is crusading for softball to be reinstated for the 2016 Olympics. In her international career, she had only lost two decisions out of 38. She is the proud mother of three children.

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1. Dee Dee McCarron

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The Mother of the Hour, Dee Dee McCarron, is the famous mom of Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron. She is often seen watching her son playing while in the stands with McCarron's girlfriend Katherine Webb. She was recently in the sports news after sending and then later removing a tweet about Jameis Winston's speech. Nonetheless, we are sure we will be seeing more of Dee Dee McCarron especially once her son officially starts playing pro football.