B.J. Violett '81
of lists yet?
have been inundated with them at the close of this millennium, especially
in the world of sports. There have been baseball's all-century team,
Sports Illustrated's 20th Century Sports Awards and ESPN's top-100
North American athletes, of which UCLA had five,more than any other
university -- No. 81, Jimmy Connors; No. 53, Rafer Johnson; No.
26, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; No. 23, Jackie Joyner-Kersee; and No. 15,
brace yourself, here is one last list that is sure to delight --
or perhaps enrage -- Bruin fans: the All-20th Century Bruin team.
most of these lists tend to be, this one is a bit front-loaded.
New and improved technology has changed the way we experience and
keep records of athletic events, better equipment has led to higher
achievements and modern athletes are simply bigger, faster and stronger.
And UCLA's athletic prowess, in direct relation to the school's
academic ascendancy, has mostly been a second-half-of-the-20th-century
phenomenon. These athletes were either at the top of their sports
while at UCLA, went on to have outstanding professional careers
or a combination of both.
Cagers: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Don Barksdale, Denise Curry, Gail
Goodrich, David Greenwood, Walt Hazzard, Marques Johnson, Dick Linthicum,
Don MacLean, Ann Meyers, Reggie Miller, Willie Naulls, Ed O'Bannon,
Bill Walton, Mike Warren, Sidney Wicks, Jamaal Wilkes.