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The one photo that defines a player or career


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Saw this idea on Reddit while I was doing an image search for Ray Fosse. I thought it might be fun to give it a go here. The concept is simple - post a single picture of a player that you think more or less defines that player or that player's career. I think it could work for teams too.

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This is the picture that led me to the Reddit thread.

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Terrific thread idea. This has the significant potential to derail into simply "iconic sports photos" but I think there's a difference, with (obviously) some overlap.

The one that immediately came to mind for me (49ers fan and all) was The Catch. Dwight Clark had a solid NFL career, but to most fans, he's "The Catch" and not much else. A bit of "one-hit wonderness" (see: David Tyree) helps a little, but obviously, legends can have one photo that defines their career as well...

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Todd Helton, this picture embodies the joy and passion he had for the game. Ultimately though some post WS pictures may better sum up the results of his career.

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Mario Balotelli, this defines him as much as any picture has defined a player.

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Former England international Terry Butcher and his head wound.

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The infamous Maradona hand of god goal

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The Cantona kick on a Crystal Palace fan

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October 1st 1977. Pele plays his last professional career game for the New york Cosmos

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