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Penn State running back D.J. Dozier kneels in prayer after scoring what would be the game-winning touchdown on a 6-yard run in the middle of the fourth quarter of the Fiesta Bowl against Miami on Jan. 2, 1987 in Tempe, Ariz.  The underdog Nittany Lions defeated the Hurricanes 14-10 for the national championship. (Peter Read Miller/SI)

Penn State running back D.J. Dozier kneels in prayer after scoring what would be the game-winning touchdown on a 6-yard run in the middle of the fourth quarter of the Fiesta Bowl against Miami on Jan. 2, 1987 in Tempe, Ariz.  The underdog Nittany Lions defeated the Hurricanes 14-10 for the national championship. (Peter Read Miller/SI)

Ken “The Kid” Griffey was taken No. 1 overall straight out of high school. With his beautiful, majestic swing and spectacular defense in center ield, Griffey quickly became one of the game’s most celebrated players. He retired in the middle of his 22nd season, after enjoying a Hall of Fame career (though injuries marred the second half of it). The 13-time All-Star ranks fifth all time with 630 homers. He won 10 consecutive Gold Gloves and the AL MVP in 1997. (VJ Lovero/SI)

GALLERY: No. 1 MLB Draft Picks Since 1985

Ken “The Kid” Griffey was taken No. 1 overall straight out of high school. With his beautiful, majestic swing and spectacular defense in center ield, Griffey quickly became one of the game’s most celebrated players. He retired in the middle of his 22nd season, after enjoying a Hall of Fame career (though injuries marred the second half of it). The 13-time All-Star ranks fifth all time with 630 homers. He won 10 consecutive Gold Gloves and the AL MVP in 1997. (VJ Lovero/SI)
GALLERY: No. 1 MLB Draft Picks Since 1985

Richard Petty sits outside his No. 43 car at Daytona 500 qualifying in 1987. The King won Daytona a record seven times but finished third that year. (George Tiedemann/SI)

Gallery: Classic Photos of the Daytona 500

Richard Petty sits outside his No. 43 car at Daytona 500 qualifying in 1987. The King won Daytona a record seven times but finished third that year. (George Tiedemann/SI)Gallery: Classic Photos of the Daytona 500

Lawrence Taylor stares down John Elway during the second quarter of Super Bowl XXI. The Broncos QB threw for 304 yards and a touchdown but the Giants prevailed, 39-20.

GALLERY: Super Bowl Covers | Rare John Elway Photos | Classic Sports Posters

Lawrence Taylor stares down John Elway during the second quarter of Super Bowl XXI. The Broncos QB threw for 304 yards and a touchdown but the Giants prevailed, 39-20.
GALLERY: Super Bowl Covers | Rare John Elway Photos | Classic Sports Posters

Baseball’s best hitters — San Diego’s Tony Gwynn and Boston’s Wade Boggs — pose together at the 1987 MLB All-Star Game in Oakland. Gwynn would finish the season with a .370 average with Boggs trailing just behind at .363. (Richard Mackson/SI)

GALLERY: Baseball’s 3,000 Hit Club

Baseball’s best hitters — San Diego’s Tony Gwynn and Boston’s Wade Boggs — pose together at the 1987 MLB All-Star Game in Oakland. Gwynn would finish the season with a .370 average with Boggs trailing just behind at .363. (Richard Mackson/SI)
GALLERY: Baseball’s 3,000 Hit Club

Magic Johnson sits by his locker before a 1987 game against the Suns. (Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

GALLERY: Classic Photos of Magic Johnson | Iconic Lakers Photos

Magic Johnson sits by his locker before a 1987 game against the Suns. (Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
GALLERY: Classic Photos of Magic Johnson | Iconic Lakers Photos

Broncos quarterback John Elway taunts Seahawks linebacker Brian Bosworth during a 1987 Denver-Seattle game at Mile High Stadium. Elway threw for 338 yards and four touchdowns in the Broncos 40-17 victory. SI’s Chris Burke thinks the Seahawks should make a big leap this year with the addition of QB Matt Flynn and LB Barrett Ruud. (George Rose/Getty Images)

BURKE: Seattle Seahawks 2012 Offseason Breakdown
GALLERY: Rare Photos of John Elway | Brian Bosworth

Broncos quarterback John Elway taunts Seahawks linebacker Brian Bosworth during a 1987 Denver-Seattle game at Mile High Stadium. Elway threw for 338 yards and four touchdowns in the Broncos 40-17 victory. SI’s Chris Burke thinks the Seahawks should make a big leap this year with the addition of QB Matt Flynn and LB Barrett Ruud. (George Rose/Getty Images)
BURKE: Seattle Seahawks 2012 Offseason BreakdownGALLERY: Rare Photos of John Elway | Brian Bosworth

The MLB First-Year Player Draft is less than two weeks old and scouts are scrambling to find their diamonds in the rough. Back in 1987, scouts didn’t need to search hard to find the No. 1 prospect, Ken Griffey Jr. “The Kid” was taken No. 1 straight out of high school by the Mariners and quickly became one of baseball’s most popular players. The 13-time All-Star ranks fifth all time with 630 home runs to go along with 10 straight Gold Gloves and the 1997 American League MVP. (VJ Lovero/SI, Richard Mackson/SI)

GALLERY: No. 1 MLB Draft Picks Since 1985 | Rare Ken Griffey Jr. Photos


The MLB First-Year Player Draft is less than two weeks old and scouts are scrambling to find their diamonds in the rough. Back in 1987, scouts didn’t need to search hard to find the No. 1 prospect, Ken Griffey Jr. “The Kid” was taken No. 1 straight out of high school by the Mariners and quickly became one of baseball’s most popular players. The 13-time All-Star ranks fifth all time with 630 home runs to go along with 10 straight Gold Gloves and the 1997 American League MVP. (VJ Lovero/SI, Richard Mackson/SI)
GALLERY: No. 1 MLB Draft Picks Since 1985 | Rare Ken Griffey Jr. Photos

ESPN analyst Chris Berman looks at the projected picks for the first round of the 1987 NFL Draft. Who will be drafted in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft? Find out Thursday. (AP)

GALLERY: Historic Photos of the NFL Draft
2012 Mock Drafts: Don Banks | Peter King

ESPN analyst Chris Berman looks at the projected picks for the first round of the 1987 NFL Draft. Who will be drafted in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft? Find out Thursday. (AP)
GALLERY: Historic Photos of the NFL Draft2012 Mock Drafts: Don Banks | Peter King

Today marks the 25-year anniversary of the famous fight between Sugar Ray Leonard and Marvelous Marvin Hagler. Despite having fought just once in five years and undergoing eye surgery, Leonard battled his way to a 12-round decision to capture the middleweight championship. Hagler and other boxing fans felt the decision was the incorrect one but Leonard walked away the victor. (Manny Millan/SI) 

SI VAULT: Another view of the Hagler-Leonard decision (4.20.87)
GALLERY: Lineal Middleweight Champions Since 1941

Today marks the 25-year anniversary of the famous fight between Sugar Ray Leonard and Marvelous Marvin Hagler. Despite having fought just once in five years and undergoing eye surgery, Leonard battled his way to a 12-round decision to capture the middleweight championship. Hagler and other boxing fans felt the decision was the incorrect one but Leonard walked away the victor. (Manny Millan/SI) 
SI VAULT: Another view of the Hagler-Leonard decision (4.20.87)GALLERY: Lineal Middleweight Champions Since 1941

Mike D’Antoni’s nearly four-year tenure as Knicks coach came to a surprising end today when he reached a mutual decision with the team to step aside. In this 1987 photo, the guard dribbles for Tracer Milan of the Italian League during a game against the USSR. D’Antoni was 121-167 since being hired by New York in May 2008.  (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)

AMICK: D’Antoni out as Knicks coach
GALLERY: Iconic Knicks Photos

Mike D’Antoni’s nearly four-year tenure as Knicks coach came to a surprising end today when he reached a mutual decision with the team to step aside. In this 1987 photo, the guard dribbles for Tracer Milan of the Italian League during a game against the USSR. D’Antoni was 121-167 since being hired by New York in May 2008.  (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)
AMICK: D’Antoni out as Knicks coachGALLERY: Iconic Knicks Photos

Keith Hernandez enjoys a dugout cigarette during a 1987 game. As SI.com’s Adrian Dater writes, many athletes and coaches once regularly puffed away during games and pitched tobacco products. Today, few athletes smoke and those who do keep it out of the spotlight. (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)

GALLERY: Smoking In Sports
DATER: When smoking ruled the NHL

Keith Hernandez enjoys a dugout cigarette during a 1987 game. As SI.com’s Adrian Dater writes, many athletes and coaches once regularly puffed away during games and pitched tobacco products. Today, few athletes smoke and those who do keep it out of the spotlight. (Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)
GALLERY: Smoking In SportsDATER: When smoking ruled the NHL

Blazers guard Clyde Drexler glides toward the hoop during the 1987 Slam Dunk Contest. Despite this impressive slam, Bulls guard Michael Jordan was declared the winner. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

GALLERY: NBA Slam Dunk Champions (1984-2011)

Blazers guard Clyde Drexler glides toward the hoop during the 1987 Slam Dunk Contest. Despite this impressive slam, Bulls guard Michael Jordan was declared the winner. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
GALLERY: NBA Slam Dunk Champions (1984-2011)

Tim Brown poses in front of the Golden Dome on the campus of Notre Dame. The receiver won the 1987 Heisman Trophy. Who win win this year? Find out on Saturday. (Lane Stewart/SI)

PODCAST: The Heisman Pundit handicaps the 2011 trophy race
McCARTNEY: Baylor’s Griffin tops the last Heisman watch

Tim Brown poses in front of the Golden Dome on the campus of Notre Dame. The receiver won the 1987 Heisman Trophy. Who win win this year? Find out on Saturday. (Lane Stewart/SI)
PODCAST: The Heisman Pundit handicaps the 2011 trophy raceMcCARTNEY: Baylor’s Griffin tops the last Heisman watch

Michael Jordan is left open for an open dunk during a 1987 game against the Pistons. MJ, arguably the most popular player of all time, is now on the owners side of the NBA’s labor dispute. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

THOMSEN: Stern must show humility to usher in new NBA era
GALLERY: Michael Jordan in college | Jordan’s SI Covers

Michael Jordan is left open for an open dunk during a 1987 game against the Pistons. MJ, arguably the most popular player of all time, is now on the owners side of the NBA’s labor dispute. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
THOMSEN: Stern must show humility to usher in new NBA eraGALLERY: Michael Jordan in college | Jordan’s SI Covers