TBT: Allyson Felix had an early start towards track and field greatness

United States Olympian Allyson Felix made headlines this week when anunconventional but totally legal dive kept her from a gold medal in the women’s 400-meter race. She’s still a winner in our hearts, though — and in quite a few other events, too.

After securing silver in the 400-meter, Felix officially became the most decorated female Olympian in U.S. track and field history, edging out the great Jackie Joyner-Kersee with a total of seven medals.

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TBT: When A-Rod was the starting shortstop for the Seattle Mariners

It’s been a long and interesting road for Alex Rodriguez, once one of the most highly touted prospects in all of baseball and now a member of both the 600 home run club and the 3,000 hit club.

Born in the Manhattan borough of New York City, Rodriguez grew up a fan of the New York Mets, likely never imagining he would later become one of the most recognizable members of the Mets’ crosstown rivals, the New York Yankees.

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TBT: Jordan Rodgers the quarterback, pre-‘Bachelorette’

Jordan Rodgers captured America’s hearts over the past few months as we watched him fall in love with now-fiancee JoJo Fletcher on season 12 of ‘The Bachelorette.’

Throughout the show, Jordan’s profession was listed as “former pro quarterback,” which brought him plenty of attention. He was also forced to talk quite a bit about his estranged brother, Aaron Rodgers, who you may have heard of — he also plays a little bit of football out in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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TBT: Brett Favre as a junior in college in 1989

The color green, the number four, the word “retirement” — all of these things have become nearly synonymous with the name Brett Favre.

Favre, who spent the majority of his 20-year NFL career with the Green Bay Packers and the entirety of it wearing No. 4, will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame in August. However, Favre’s Hall of Fame career began way before he ever stepped foot onto Lambeau Field.

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TBT: James Harden when he wasn’t too lazy to shave his beard

James Harden: the man, the beard, the legend. It’s hard to believe there was a time before that glorious facial hair was a part of our lives, but we found evidence of a barefaced Harden’s existence — way back in 2005, when he was just 15 years old.

Harden has said that the infamous beard began in 2009, when he was at Arizona State and just too lazy to shave.

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TBT: This once-nameless baseball player is now a huge star

Twenty-four years, three World Series championships and over 500 home runs ago, a young man by the name of David Arias was signed out of high school by the Seattle Mariners. He spent four years in the Mariners’ farm system before being traded to the Minnesota Twins in 1996 as a ‘player to be named later.’

Upon arriving in Minnesota, that player to be named later informed his new team that Arias was not his preferred last name — he would rather be listed as David Ortiz. In 2003, when he joined the Boston Red Sox, he became Big Papi.

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