When it comes to sports, the best are generally not found in the backyard.
Bicycles are the fastest and most versatile mode of transportation in the modern world.
In fact, it’s been a long time since a sportswriter looked at the best athletes in their respective fields and said, “Oh, he’s a cyclist.”
And when it comes down to it, there’s really only one thing that really matters: the ability to ride a bike.
When it comes time to pick a winner for this year’s annual Best Bicycling Team, we asked a few key questions to determine the top players in the sport.
How much do they really need?
In an effort to answer that question, we conducted a poll of a group of sportswriters and sport-focused media outlets.
We chose five players in each of the major leagues — including the NFL’s Cleveland Browns — and asked them to answer the following question: “Do you think that, if given the opportunity, every NFL player, at any level of his or her career, would play sports for the love of the game?”
We also asked the question of a panel of sports-focused editors, reporters, and sports analysts.
Our goal: to identify the top 10 players in every major league, and then, to answer those questions.
Here’s what they had to say: 1.
Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys In 2017, Dak Prescott became the first rookie quarterback in NFL history to throw a touchdown pass in three straight games, breaking a league record.
He also became the youngest quarterback in history to accomplish that feat in consecutive games (22 years, 356 days), the first player to do so since Roger Staubach in 1979.
It was also the first time Prescott has thrown for multiple scores in consecutive seasons since 2008.
Prescott’s performance was not a fluke.
At the end of last season, he was tied for second in the league with 11 touchdown passes, a mark he topped for all of 2016.
The Cowboys quarterback finished the regular season with a passer rating of 114.3.
But Prescott has been able to do it in spite of a relatively low snap count in the NFL.
The Dallas quarterback completed 76.3 percent of his passes in 2017.
Only 11 players in league history were more accurate than Prescott, and only one was better.
So what does all of that mean for the Cowboys?
He’s not a bad quarterback, he can make the right read and find the open receiver, and he’s able to play with elite confidence.
And while it’s true that Prescott is the youngest QB in NFL History (22), he’s also the most accomplished in his career.
Prescott has already surpassed a total of 14 NFL-record touchdown passes in each season of his career, including a record five straight in 2017 and four straight in 2018.
On the other hand, Prescott has only had three seasons with fewer than 30 career passing yards per game, the second-lowest total in NFL franchise history.
Marcus Mariota, QB and Mariota Mariota’s rookie season was an impressive one for the Tennessee Titans rookie.
He completed 60.7 percent of passes in a season in which he threw for 3,631 yards and 31 touchdowns.
Mariota also set the franchise single-season touchdown record.
His passer rating was 116.4 and his yards per attempt were 5.9.
His season was also notable for the way in which his teammates rallied around him, even when he struggled to throw the ball.
Mariota and his teammates were in the end zone five times in 2017, including on four occasions in the Titans final game.
Even though the Titans lost their final four games in the season, they finished with the second best record in the AFC.
They also had the league’s fifth-best offense, which is a testament to the team’s effort and leadership.
Cam Newton, QB Carolina Panthers Cam Newton’s 2017 season was the most successful in the history of the Carolina Panthers.
He had a perfect passer rating, threw for 4,063 yards and 21 touchdowns, and ran for 1,788 yards and 27 touchdowns.
He also led the NFL in touchdown passes (12) and passer rating (99.6).
That was the Panthers most successful season in history, eclipsing the franchise record of 5,749 set by the 2007 New England Patriots.
If that wasn’t enough, Newton was also able to run for 562 yards and 13 touchdowns, which was good for the third-most rushing yards in NFL annals behind only Tom Brady (5,844) and Aaron Rodgers (5.542).
In the end, the Panthers won a Super Bowl in his absence, finishing with the best record and most wins in franchise history, making him the NFL record holder for passing yards in a single