John Ameachi

Sport: NBA
Years: 1995-1996, 1999-2004
Despite a largely lackluster NBA career, Amaechi will be remembered as one of the bravest players in the L's history for coming out as gay after he retired. He received some support (and an outlandish criticism from Tim Hardaway), but most importantly he set the stage for a current NBA player to come out of the closet some day. Somewhere there's a gay kid with a wicked jump shot who will have an easier transition to acceptance because of John Amaechi.