I think my first favorite non-wrestling athlete was probably David Ortiz. Never been the type the focus on athletes when watching sports so I never really had any favorite players or kept up on anyone's stats, just watched the sport for the fuck of it. But I remember when i was getting into baseball at a certain age David Ortiz was around his peak at the time and there was just something that i really connected with him and I always loved him.
Drew Brees for me. Even though he doesn't have the highest accomplishments, he did pull my team into the best era of it's franchise's life and helped take us to the big one and walk out winners. I love and respect him for that, I just hope to see him at another some day.