The best of Tampa Bay’s athletes across the board

by Gary Shelton on July 20, 2015 · 0 comments

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Stamkos, Lightning star./ANDREW J. KRAMER

Stamkos, Lightning star./ANDREW J. KRAMER

Monday, 6 a.m.

As a standup, grin-for-Twitter photo, it captured it all.

Youth. Wealth. Fame.

Three sports, three stars, three faces-of-a-franchise. Three NFL Pro Bowls. Three major league baseball All-Star games. Three NHL All-Star games.

They stood shoulder to shoulder in the recent snap. Evan Longoria. Gerald McCoy. Steven Stamkos. You could not help but think about the greatness there.

Looking at the three of them, you could not help but wonder about their place in Tampa Bay sports. So here it is. The top 50 athletes in Tampa Bay.

Hint: We hate to grade on potential, but what fun would a Top 50 list be without Jameis Winston and others?

1. Steven Stamkos, forward, Lightning. He didn't have a good Stanley Cup Finals, but if you want to bet on who will lead the Bolts in scoring next year, it's him.

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