Classic SI Photos of Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders was a one-of-a-kind talent, possibly the greatest cornerback in NFL history and a terrific showman. He dominated the game on defense and special teams, scoring touchdowns as a kick returner, punt returner, cornerback and even as a wide receiver. You could make the argument that Sanders was the greatest pure athlete ever to play pro football — he is the only player to ever score an NFL touchdown and hit a home run in a Major League Baseball game in the same week, a feat he accomplished in 1989. Not that it impacts his football accolades at all, but Sanders' baseball career spanned 1989-97, with a brief return in 2001. In celebration of his 49th birthday on Aug. 9, 2016, we present 21 classic SI photos of No. 21 — nicknamed "Prime Time" and "Neon Deion​" — through the years.
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Classic SI Photos of Troy Aikman

One of the most recognizable faces in Cowboys lore, Troy Aikman quarterbacked Dallas to three Super Bowl championships. He also earned six Pro Bowl nods and Super Bowl XXVII MVP honors, and trails only Tony Romo for most passing touchdowns and yards in Cowboys history. As the Hall of Fame quarterback celebrates his 50th birthday on Nov. 21, 2016, we present these classic SI photos of Troy Aikman through the years.

Classic SI Photos of Jerry Rice

Jerry Rice owns virtually every major NFL receiving record. No matter how you slice it, the NFL has never seen a player as dominant for as many seasons as Rice was. Inducted into NFL Hall of Fame in 2010, the 13-time Pro Bowl selection, 12-time All-Pro, two-time Offensive Player of the Year, three-time Super Bowl winner, ranked No. 1 player of all-time by, turned 54 years old on Oct. 13, 2016. Nicknamed "World", because there wasn't a ball in the world he couldn't catch when he attended Mississippi Valley State University, Rice was later dubbed “The G.O.A.T.” (Greatest of All Time).

Classic SI Photos of Tim Brown

Tim Brown—the 1987 Heisman Trophy winner, nine-time Pro Bowl and both College Football and NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver—turned 50 years old on July 22, 2016. In celebration of his 50th birthday, we present these classic SI photos of "Touchdown Timmy" through the years.

Classic SI Photos of Stan Musial

Stan Musial made his major league debut on Sept. 17, 1941. He went on to win seven National League batting crowns, three MVP awards and helped the St. Louis Cardinals capture three World Series championships. Musial spent his entire 22-year career with the Cards and made the All-Star team 24 times — baseball held two All-Star games each summer for a few seasons. One of the greatest players in the history of baseball, Musial died at the age of 92 in 2013. For the 75th anniversary of his big league debut, we present these classic SI photos of "Stan the Man."

Classic SI Photos of Merlin Olsen

Merlin Olson, a fearsome Hall of Fame defensive end who later became famed for his gentle-giant roles on television, was born 76 years ago on Sept. 15, 1940. He died from cancer at the age of 69 in 2010​. Olsen was one-fourth of the "Fearsome Foursome" — a famed defensive unit that consisted of he, Deacon Jones, Roosevelt Grier and Lamar Lundy. During his 15-year NFL career he was a 14-time Pro Bowler and missed only two games. Olsen's post-football career including acting on TV's Little House on the Prairie and as the title role in Father Murphy. He was also a longtime NFL broadcaster and served as a popular commercial spokesperson.

Classic SI Photos of Tom Seaver

Tom Seaver was the ace of the ‘69 Miracle Mets and the 1973 pennant winners. In his first 10 seasons with the Mets, “The Franchise” won Rookie of the Year, three Cy Young awards, made nine All-Star teams, led the NL in strikeouts five times, ERA thrice, and wins twice. In 1992, his first year on the Hall of Fame ballot, he received 98.8 percent of the vote, still the highest ever, and was the only player ever to go into the Hall as a Met until Mike Piazza in 2016. In celebration of his 72nd birthday on Nov. 17, 2016, we present these classic SI photos of “Tom Terrific” through the years.