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The 1984-85 College Player of the Year and 1985-86 NBA Rookie of the Year, Patrick Ewing was the No. 1 overall pick of the 1985 NBA Draft. The Hall of Fame center made 11-time All Star games through 15 seasons.
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Patrick Roy dominated the NHL for 18 seasons while popularizing the butterfly style: pads to the ice, stick covering the five-hole as he dared shooters to find the slivers of space above his shoulders. Fearless, smart, technically precise, iron-willed and cocky, no goalie has more postseason wins (151) than Roy, while winning three Vezina Trophies and four Stanley Cups.
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The 2007-08 Rookie of the Year and 2013 Playoff MVP, Patrick Kane helped bring three Stanley Cups to Chicago. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NHL Draft, Kane is a five-time All-Star while averaging a point per game through nine NHL seasons.
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The Arizona Cardinals cornerback has made five Pro Bowls in five seasons. Peterson returned four punts for touchdowns his rookie year and has 17 interceptions in his career.
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Born Patrick Michael LaFontaine, the five-time NHL All-Star played for three teams over 15 seasons (the New York Islanders, Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers), never leaving the state of New York. LaFontaine scored 566 points in 530 career games, including two 50-goal seasons and 148 points in 1992-93 with Buffalo.
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The Australian two-time Grand Slam winner took consecutive U.S. Open titles in 1997 and '98 and was twice the runner-up at Wimbldeon (2000 and '01). Rafter was a doubles champion at the 1999 Australian Open as well. He was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2006.
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Danica Patrick is the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing—her win in the 2008 Indy Japan 300 is the only women's victory in an IndyCar Series race and her third place in the 2009 Indianapolis 500 the highest finish there ever by a woman. In 2013, she became the first female NASCAR driver to win a Sprint Cup Series pole, turning in the fastest qualifying lap since 1990 - qualifying for the Daytona 500.
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A three-time All-Star, Patrick Marleau has played his entire 18-season career with the San Jose Sharks. His versatility — he can play wing or center — and his penalty kill presence have made him an effective two-way player throughout his career.
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The Arizona Diamondbacks starter made the All-Star Game in just his second season, throwing three complete games and posting a 14-8 record in 2013. Scheduled to start Opening Day 2014, Corbin suffered a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in spring training and underwent Tommy John surgery. He returned to form in the summer of 2015.
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Canadian figure skater Patrick Chan is a 2014 Olympic silver medalist in the men's and team events, a three-time World champion (2011, 2012, 2013), a two-time Grand Prix Final champion (2010 and 2011), a two-time Four Continents champion (2009, 2012), and a seven-time Canadian national champion (2008–2014).
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Patrick Reed has four PGA Tour wins since turning professional in 2011. Reed moved to a career best ranking of 14th after defeating Jimmy Walker in a sudden death playoff to win the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Jan. 12, 2015.
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