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Tom Brady, Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Serena Williams: GOATs in Florida – Palm Seaside Put up

  • The Michael Jordan docuseries “The Final Dance” was not filmed at his Florida residence, however the interviews befell in Jupiter, based on a 2020 story by the Miami Herald
  • Many GOATs branched exterior of their respective sport to turn out to be enterprise leaders, seem in movies and open eating places

Is it the water or the climate? Florida has many issues to brag about. Here is one other: A shocking variety of athletes thought-about the GOAT or “best of all time” of their respective sport have a tie (or in some circumstances, a mailing handle) to the Sunshine State.

Tom Brady, Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Kelly Slater, Serena Williams, Wayne Gretzky, Hulk Hogan (sure, you learn that proper) … They may dwell wherever on the planet. At one level, all of them lived (or at the moment dwell) right here. Beneath is a roundup of GOATs and their connection to Florida.

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Tom Brady is the GOAT of soccer

After 22 seasons, seven Tremendous Bowl titles with the New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the GOAT briefly retired from the NFL after which unretired for an additional shot within the Tremendous Bowl.

Tom Brady, 45, is basically thought-about the best quarterback of all time.

His profession highlights embrace seven Tremendous Bowl rings, and essentially the most landing passes and wins, within the common season and playoffs, ever by a single participant. In 2021, Brady gained his seventh Tremendous Bowl ring with Tampa Bay, a brand new staff for the quarterback, for the primary time in his first 12 months.

Although he known as New England residence for nearly 20 years, Brady and his spouse, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, moved their household to Florida in 2020. Months after Brady’s “unretirement” from professional soccer this 12 months, the celeb couple introduced their cut up in October after 16 years collectively.

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Bundchen and Brady share two youngsters, Benjamin and Vivian, and each have properties within the Sunshine State. Brady additionally has a son, Jack, along with his ex, actress Bridget Moynahan.

In December 2020, Brady and Bundchen purchased a house in South Florida close to Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. It is a $17 million home on Indian Creek Island, a personal island in Miami that is also called “Billionaire Bunker.” Indian Creek Island is a 300-acre island in Biscayne Bay with about 30 properties and an ultra-exclusive nation membership and golf course.

In keeping with information studies, Bundchen purchased a house close to her well-known ex.

Tiger Woods is the GOAT of golf

Tiger Woods has gained 5 inexperienced jackets, spanning from his 1997 Masters win to his shock victory at Augusta in 2019. The 46-year-old, thought-about the best golfer of all time, is tied for first in PGA Tour wins and has gained 15 main championships all through his profession.

His ties to Florida are sturdy − Woods lives in an oceanfront mansion on Jupiter Island (full with golf course within the yard), owns the Woods Jupiter (an elevated sports activities bar) and is co-owner of PopStroke (a family-friendly upscale placing and eating attraction with a miniature golf course designed by the sports activities phenom.

In keeping with an October story by the Palm Beach Post, Greg Bartoli opened PopStroke’s first location in Port St. Lucie in 2019, then introduced on Woods as a co-owner in 2020. Woods’ TGR Design redid the Port St. Lucie course. Since then, the corporate has opened areas in Sarasota, Fort Myers and Orlando.

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PopStroke is poised for a significant growth regionally and nationally.

Serena Williams is the GOAT of girls’s tennis

Slay, Serena Williams, slay.

The best girls’s tennis participant of all time has 73 singles titles and 23 Grand Slam singles titles. She was ranked No. 1 for 319 weeks. She holds the file for many singles tennis matches gained on the U.S. Open with 108. A pressure on the tennis courtroom since she went professional on the age of 14, Williams lives in Jupiter.

Dozens of celebrities turned out to look at Williams earlier this 12 months within the U.S. Open (together with fellow GOAT Tiger Woods, whose fist-bump to Serena went viral). The 41-year-old Williams has mentioned she didn’t retire and can possible return to the sport.

Like many GOATs on this listing, Williams has crossed over from the sports world into pop culture fandom. Showing on many journal covers all through her profession − vogue, sports activities and information magazines − the style icon launched a women’s tennis clothing model and a “be unapologetically you” jewelry line.

Williams and her sister, fellow tennis champ Venus Williams (Venus has gained 49 singles titles, and Serena gained 73) additionally impressed the sports activities drama movie “King Richard.” Will Smith, who portrayed the Williams sisters’ tennis coach within the movie, gained an Academy Award for the function.

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Kelly Slater is the GOAT of browsing

Simply six days earlier than his fiftieth birthday in February 2022, Kelly Slater was hoisted by a sea of euphoric spectators, celebrating with a bottle of Champagne in a single hand and tears of pleasure. It was only one snapshot of Slater’s electrifying week of browsing in epic situations on the World’s Most Well-known Wave, Hawaii’s Banzai Pipeline, the place the legend from Cocoa Seaside amended his encyclopedia of data along with his eighth Pipe Masters victory and his 56th profession title, his first since 2016 in Tahiti.

Slater, extensively thought to be the best of all time in browsing, was topped World Surf League champion a file 11 occasions.

Thirty years in the past, Slater gained his first Pipe Masters to turn out to be the youngest world champion at age 20 (he’s additionally the oldest at 39 … for the second).

Making waves on TVKelly Slater was the driving force behind ABC’s reality series about surfing

His lengthy listing of accomplishments features a wave pool (Surf Ranch in California); a reality TV series (“The Ultimate Surfer”); a sustainable clothes line (OuterKnown); and private crusades to save lots of whales and shield reefs and seashores. “Baywatch” followers might bear in mind him from the David Hasselhoff present, wherein he performed a lifeguard.

Slater has statues in his hometown of Cocoa Seaside and in entrance of Ron Jon Surf Shop.

Wayne Gretzky is the GOAT of hockey

He is already often known as the Great One. Wayne Gretzky, the GOAT {of professional} hockey, is the NHL’s all-time main scorer, holding the general file with 894.

Gretzky, who performed with the Edmonton Oilers and L.A. Kings, held 61 NHL data when he retired in 1999. All through his profession, he performed in 18 All-Star video games and gained 4 Stanley Cups. He later obtained the Stan Musial Lifetime Achievement Award.

Gen-Zers might bear in mind the Saturday morning cartoon from the ’90s, “ProStars,” loosely based mostly on Gretzky, Bo Jackson and (fellow GOAT, see under) Michael Jordan. The characters, deemed one of the best of their sport (earlier than GOAT turned a popular culture acronym), doubled as superheroes. The present lasted one season in 1991.

The 61-year-old Gretzky and his spouse, Janet, dwell in Palm Seaside County, and their daughter, Paulina, and her husband, golfer Dustin Johnson, additionally dwell in northeast Palm Seaside County.

Muhammad Ali is the GOAT of boxing

Born Cassius Clay Jr. earlier than altering his title to Muhammad Ali − the professional boxer nicknamed “The Best” is aptly thought-about the best. Ali’s ranked as the best heavyweight boxer of all time.

He is credited with placing boxing on the map. He gained his first huge combat right here and skilled right here, too.

The champion boxer lived in South Florida within the Nineteen Sixties, ’70s and ’80s.

Extensively thought to be his most well-known combat, Ali vs. Joe Frazier was billed because the “Combat of the Century.” He skilled for the 1971 match at 5th Street Gym in Miami Beach. The pair would later duke it out in two extra matches, together with the notorious “Thrilla in Manila.” That third and ultimate combat befell in Quezon Metropolis, Philippines, and was largely contested. Ali gained by TKO.

His quote, a reference to his footwork and boxing fashion, is perpetually engrained in popular culture: “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” That is additionally the title of a 1969 documentary about The Best.

His ultimate file was 56 wins and 5 losses with 37 knockouts.

The boxing legend died in 2016 at age 74.

Hulk Hogan is the GOAT of wrestling

Hear us out.

Within the ’80s, skilled wrestling turned uber common largely as a consequence of Hulk Hogan. He was the face of the WWE, showing in motion pictures like “Rocky II” and “Saturday Evening Reside.” The wrestler-slash-entertainer made yellow and crimson his trademark colours within the ring, save his transient all-black look when he turned a wrestling villain. His devoted followers had been nicknamed “Hulkamaniacs.”

Like different GOATs on this listing, his face appeared on cereal packing containers.

The 69-year-old popular culture icon, who lives in Clearwater, is usually thought-about the GOAT of wrestling and has many ties to Florida. Earlier than he was often known as Hulk Hogan, Terry Bollea as soon as managed the Anchor Membership in Cocoa Seaside.

Hogan tried to include theme park-style pizzazz into Hogan’s Seaside Retailers, which promote wrestling memorabilia and seashore equipment at areas in Orlando and Clearwater Seaside.

The Hogan household, together with Hulk’s daughter Brooke and son Nick, starred within the VH1 collection “Hogan Is aware of Finest” from 2005 to 2007.

Dale Earnhardt Sr. is the GOAT of racing

NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Sr. was the best of all time in racing.

Referred to as “The Intimidator,” “The Man in Black” and “Previous Ironhead,” the racing legend had 75 profession wins, gained three Cup Sequence races at Daytona and 10 at Talladega. His crowning achievement, based on the Daytona Beach News-Journal, was profitable the checkers on the 1998 Daytona 500.

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Earnhardt, father of NASCAR racer Dale Earnhardt Jr., raced from 1975 till his demise in 2001, when he was killed within the ultimate lap of the Daytona 500. Throughout his profession, he gained seven NASCAR championships.

Like No. 23 for Michael Jordan or No. 12 for Tom Brady, No. 3 was made well-known by Earnhardt Sr. On Feb. 14, 2021, followers within the stands held up three fingers throughout a lap three tribute honoring the GOAT through the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona Worldwide Speedway in Daytona Seaside, the place he was killed in a deadly automobile crash.

Michael Jordan is the GOAT of basketball

No query, Michael “Air” Jordan is unbelieve-a-bull and the best of all time in basketball.

The legendary No. 23 for the Chicago Bulls gained six titles with coach Phil Jackson, and he took residence Finals MVP honors all six occasions. Jordan helped the staff win 4 NBA titles in six years, scoring a career-high 69 factors within the Bulls’ 117-113 win towards the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1993.

Jordan is also an Olympic gold medalist. He, Larry Hen (Boston Celtics) and Magic Johnson (L.A. Lakers) earned the nickname the Dream Crew in 1992.

Jordan introduced his retirement from basketball on Oct. 6, 1993, shortly after his father died. However his retirement was short-lived. He surprised the sports activities world when he shifted from basketball to baseball. The legend performed minor league ball with the Chicago White Sox group from 1994-95. He had been retired for 18 months earlier than returning to the NBA with a message: “I am again.”

Over the course of his profession, Jordan was named to 14 All-Star groups. After three seasons away, he performed with the Washington Wizards, who he had an possession stake in, for 2 seasons from 2001-02.Like many different GOATs on this listing, Jordan turned a popular culture icon. He appeared on Wheaties cereal packing containers, modified the sport in athletic footwear along with his Air Jordans, and starred in a film (bear in mind the unique “Area Jam” in 1996 with Invoice Murray and Bugs Bunny?).

Most lately, the 59-year-old starred within the docuseries “The Final Dance.” The documentary chronicles Jordan and the Bulls through the 1997-98 championship season, wanting again at one of the best photos from their march to a sixth title.

Jordan lives in South Florida, co-owns 1000 North restaurant in Jupiter and married his spouse, mannequin Yvette Prieto, right here in 2013.

The GOAT, probably the GOAT of all GOATs on this listing, has his personal catch phrase: “Be Like Mike.”

Different GOATs and their (very small or barely there) connection to Florida

∙ To our data, Tony Hawk, the GOAT of skateboarding, has no residential tie to Florida. Nonetheless, in his video video games “Tony Hawk’s Underground” and “Tony Hawk’s Professional Skater 2X,” Tampa serves as one of many settings. Within the video games, gamers/skaters compete in a skateboarding contest at Tampa Skate Park.

Pro skateboarder Tony Hawk, already a legend, has gone viral on Twitter for his tweets about convincing others he really is Tony Hawk. The GOAT of skateboarding has been very vocal about his support for the Alzheimer's Association. His mother suffered from Alzheimer's.

∙ To our data, Bruce Lee, the GOAT of martial arts, has no ties to Florida. Nonetheless, two artists in Southwest Florida needed to alter that. In September 2021, there was an internet petition by Cesar Aguilera and Brian Weaver to get Lee County − named after Robert E. Lee − acknowledged for the late Asian American actor. Neither Lees had any tie to the Sunshine State.

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Contributing: Kimberly Miller and Tom D’Angelo, Palm Seaside Put up; Zach Dean and Ken Willis, Daytona Seaside Information-Journal; Charles Runnells, The Information-Press; Hillard Grossman; FLORIDA TODAY

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