Poll: Where Does Dirk Rank in the Dallas Sports Pantheon?

Maybe not No. 1, but No. 2?

Cheer up, Mavs fans. Reflect on better times with a new documentary about Dirk Nowitzki, in theaters this weekend.

Yes, the Dallas Mavericks were eliminated from the NBA playoffs last night. But nobody’s blaming Dirk Nowitzki for yet-another first-round exit. All the love for the greatest player in Mavs history that I saw on Twitter in the wake of the loss got me thinking about his place in the Dallas sports pantheon.

It’s going to be a long while, if ever, before anyone supplants Dallas Cowboys legend Roger Staubach in the hearts of North Texas fans, but is it possible that Nowitzki has passed the other top contender — Troy Aikman — for the No. 2 spot?

Or maybe you think I’ve got it all wrong. How would you rank the most beloved players of each of our big-four professional sports teams? (I’m giving the Cowboys two spots because, well, this is Dallas.) Weigh in below.



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Comments

  • MattL1

    I’m calling “kangaroo court” on this one. None of the options has “Zubov” on its list.

  • topham

    Where’s Kiki VanDeWeghe?

    • obamaniac

      he refused to participate in the article

  • Mavdog

    Acknowledging that I will be in the minority, but Dirk is first on my list. His greatness is more then just a one of a kind basketball player, it is also in the manner in which he competes, values his teammates and conducts himself with the highest integrity possible.
    We have been very fortunate to have Dirk come to Dallas and play for our franchise. Thanks Donnie, we will always be indebted.

    • obamaniac

      right? those other prima donnas may have had decent stats, but their problems with smack and male prostitutes should be considered.

  • DubiousBrother

    Up next, the Dallas Sports Black Pantheon?

    • obamaniac

      Emmitt, Beltre, Harper, Daley, Castillo

    • Jason Heid

      It bothered me, for sure, that what seemed to me the most-beloved representative for each team was a white guy. But I just couldn’t argue for Emmitt over Troy, nobody comes even close to Dirk for the Mavs, if I hadn’t gone with Ryan for the Rangers it would’ve been Pudge Rodriguez, and the Stars (being a hockey team) had no non-white contenders (not to mention nobody close to Modano’s stature as Mr. Star.)

  • tested123

    It’s hard to knock Staubach off the top of that list, but Aikman won 3 Super Bowls. Dirk and Modano both won titles and played in another finals. Dirk beats Modano because he’s spent his entire career hear and kept the Mavs competitive longer. Ryan did great things, but doesn’t have a title to beat out either Dirk or Modano.

    • obamaniac

      Ryan is Dallas appropriating Houston.

  • Los_Politico

    Pudge over Ryan. Troy over Staubach.

    • Jason Heid

      I almost selected Pudge over Ryan as the Rangers representative. But the fact that it was a clip of Ryan (beating the snot out of Robin Ventura) that the Rangers played on the video board for years and years to get the crowd fired up, and the fact that Ryan came back to the team and was part of the ownership group that took the Rangers to the World Series, that swung it over to Ryan in my mind.

      But I certainly think Pudge is a defensible choice.