Who And Why: The Round Mound of Rebound, not a role model
Years Of Influence: 1984-present

Like John McEnroe, Barkley conveyed that same heart, passion, and don’t-give-a-fuck mentality. They just wanted to excel at their respective sport by any means necessary. And at the time, Barkley was sort of the voice behind Nike’s Force division. A shoe-in for the Top 50.