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FROM THE SI VAULT: JAN. 2, 1956
There was no Roger Bannister in 1955, towering above the field of sport like an Everest, but there was a yellow-haired youngster from the Adirondacks who provided sport's most rousing moment—and became SI's Sportsman of the Year
BY ROBERT CREAMER
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One measure of greatness is years between first & last major. Jack is the standard, of course, at 24. But Ernie Els, at 18, is pretty close.
Relations between the NFL and the union are so bad the sides can't even agree on the metrics for setting average career lengths.
The NCAA is going to handle stuff that matters? Awesome. Keep doing it and quit acting like a kid commits murder if he sells a jersey.
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