Records fell and championships were won as it was an action packed year in sports. From the likes of Devin Hester breaking NFL records to Thierry Henry's first MLS goal with the New York Red Bulls we selected this year's five most awesome moments in sports and included a few extra that we just couldn't ignore. Take a look.
Five Awesome Sports Moments from 2010
#5 Reggie Bush: Two Postseason Touchdowns vs. Cardinals
Who Dat? That’s Reggie Bush. Before the New Orleans Saints captured their first-ever Lombardi Trophy there were a couple of obstacles standing in their way, one of them the defending NFC Champion Arizona Cardinals.
Bush would break loose for two electrifying touchdowns including a 46-yard run that stands as one of the craftiest postseason touchdowns in recent memory.
#4 Thierry Henry’s First MLS Goal
With the arrival of decorated French soccer phenom Thierry Henry, the New York Red Bulls immediately rose to recognition on the international soccer stage. On a warm evening in August, Henry would score his first Major League Soccer goal in a 2-0 victory over San Jose in front of the rabid home crowd at Red Bull Arena. Henry would go on to lead the Red Bulls to a postseason birth and an exciting and promising future.
#3 Rajon Rondo Steals the Rock: NBA Eastern Conference Finals
A trip to the NBA Finals takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears. Rajon Rondo put his body on the line for a loose ball during the Eastern Conference Finals, and in the process, gave up all three in a defining moment against the Orlando Magic.
Not only did Rondo sacrifice his body, but he had the presence of mind to rise to his feet, crossover NBA veteran Jason Williams and score a basket that brought the Boston crowd out of their seats.
#2 Tim Lincecum’s 14 Strikeouts: Postseason Debut
Setting the tone for the San Francisco Giants World Series title was Tim Lincecum’s fist-ever-post-season appearance. Using his 93 mph two-seam fastball - paired with a nasty split-finger that serves as his “changeup” – Tim Lincecum would register 14 strikeouts while allowing only two hits. Every batter in the Braves lineup struck out at least once, including Slugger Derek Lee who struck out three times.
#1 Devin Hester Sets NFL Return Touchdown Record on Monday Night Football
On a snowy Monday night in Minnesota, Devin Hester of the Chicago Bears surpassed Brian Mitchell as the NFL’s all-time leader in return touchdowns with a 64-yard return. For Hester it was the 14th of his NFL career in just 286 returns. The previous record was set with 1,070 return attempts. With many more to come, Hester has reached "Living Legend" status.
Other Awesome Moments in Sports from 2010
- LeBron James: The Decision
- Jose Offerman Punches Umpire
- Ken Griffey Jr. Announces Retirement from MLB
- Spain Wins 2010 FIFA World Cup
- Rafael Marquez Appears on Three ESPN Deportes Magazine Covers in 2010:
In this special year-end edition New York Red Bulls star Rafael Marquez and 24 other athletes are honored as the best Hispanic Players in the nation.
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