15 Athletes Famous for Late-Game Magic

15 Athletes Famous for Late-Game Magic

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There are some athletes who get the ball in their hands late in the game and make something happen. These 15 athletes are legendary because of their ability to turn it on when it matters most.

15. Ben Roethlisberger

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15. Ben Roethlisberger

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He flies under the radar because he's not flashy at all, but Roethlisberger is clutch. That's just part of the reason he already has two Super Bowl rings to his credit.

14. Aaron Rodgers

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14. Aaron Rodgers

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Generally regarded as the best quarterback in football when healthy, Rodgers turns it on when he needs to. His most recent case was the long touchdown pass he completed to Randall Cobb to clinch the NFC North in Week 17 last year.

13. Drew Brees

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13. Drew Brees

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Brees is incredibly talented and also steps up in big games all the time. The only problem is when he gets out into the cold, then his clutch gene gets turned off.

12. Larry Bird

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12. Larry Bird

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Bird had an unmatched confidence and that allowed him to perform in crunch time. As one of the best players in the game anyway, his clutch ability only made that much more dangerous.

11. Reggie Jackson

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11. Reggie Jackson

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There's a reason Jackson was known as "Mr. October." He was clutch in October and late in games and helped his various teams win a lot of games when they mattered most.

10. Joe Montana

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10. Joe Montana

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The best quarterback of all time made sure his team was never out of a game. Even if his 49ers were down late in the game, everyone knew there was a chance for a comeback.

9. Peyton Manning

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9. Peyton Manning

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Even though he hasn't been all that clutch in the postseason over the course of his career, Manning has put together countless fourth-quarter comebacks. That's just part of the reason he's put together so many wins over the course of his career.

8. Manny Ramirez

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8. Manny Ramirez

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Like some other former and current Red Sox players, Ramirez brought his A-game in October. He was crazy good for both the Red Sox and Dodgers in the playoffs.

7. Eli Manning

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7. Eli Manning

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Manning is off and on all the time, but when his Giants do get into the playoffs, he steps up. That's why he has more rings than his brother does.

6. Kobe Bryant

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6. Kobe Bryant

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Kobe might be the most clutch basketball player since Michael Jordan. He has an unmatched killer instinct and when he has the ball in his hands late, it's trouble for opposing teams.

5. John Elway

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5. John Elway

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Super Bowls eluded Elway for almost his entire career, but he finally got two rings at the end of his career. He showed off his ability to be clutch in those seasons and he actually could've won a couple more.

4. Reggie Miller

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4. Reggie Miller

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Everyone knows about Reggie Miller's trash talking and everyone knows that he's justified in his trash talk as well. Some of his insanely clutch games are now things of legend in basketball.

3. Tom Brady

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3. Tom Brady

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Brady is one of the most clutch quarterbacks of all time. When the Patriots need a win, he steps up and usually delivers.

2. David Ortiz

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2. David Ortiz

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Ortiz's postseason last year was one of the best of all time. With a batting average above .700 in the World Series, there's no doubt Ortiz is one of the best late-game players in baseball history.

1. Michael Jordan

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1. Michael Jordan

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Jordan was the best at just about everything he did on the basketball court. That included being clutch as he hit 25 game-winning shots in his career. Fittingly, his last shot as a Bull won them their sixth title in eight years.


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