The city of champions is alive and well.
All three of Pittsburgh's professional teams made their respective post seasons in 2014, and each squad is looking to go even further in 2015.
Each of those teams is blessed with generational talents, guys that have helped their teams win championships over the past decade while also earning the highest of individual honors. Here's a list of some of the greatest current athletes in the Steel City today, followed by a poll asking for the vote of who you think is the best Pittsburgh athlete.
Andrew McCutchen: Cutch has led the emergence of Pirates baseball since coming to Pittsburgh in 2009. The Pirates center fielder earned a league MVP award after leading the Bucos to the playoffs and a Wild Card victory over Cincinnati in 2013. McCutchen, who has been named an NL All-Star for five consecutive years, is a .299 lifetime hitter with 138 home runs with 513 RBI along with a .386 lifetime on base percentage. Most importantly, McCutchen has helped grow a winning culture within the organization as the Pirates look to make the playoffs for a third consecutive season.
Antonio Brown: Called the best wide receiver in the game by Jerry Rice, the NFL's greatest receiver of all-time, Brown is a three-time Pro Bowl selection and was named an All-Pro for the first time in 2014. Brown owns team records for receptions, reception yards and receiving touchdowns in a season. He paced the NFL with 129 catches for 1,698 yards last year to go with 13 touchdowns, all team records. In five seasons, Brown has 5,259 receiving yards on 390 catches with 28 touchdowns.
Ben Roethlisberger: The two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback has claimed franchise records for most passing yards in a career and a season. He is also the club leader in single season and career touchdown passes. A three-time Pro Bowler, Big Ben is 106-52 as a starter in the regular season and is 10-5 in the post season. Along with guiding the Steelers to a Super Bowl title in 2008 and an AFC championship in 2010, Roethlisberger quarterbacked the Steelers to a 12-0 record in 2004 and helped Pittsburgh become the first sixth seed to win it all in 2005.
Evgeni Malkin: Geno has been the thunder to Sidney Crobsy's lightning in Pittsburgh for nearly a decade. Malkin is a two-time Art Ross Trophy winner (given to the league's winning scorer), a Calder Memorial Trophy winner (awarded to the league's best first year player), a Hart Memorial Trophy winner (given to the league's most valuable player), and the 2009 Conn Smythe Trophy winner for best post season player during the Pens' run to the Stanley Cup. In nine seasons with the Penguins, Malkin has tallied 268 goals and 702 assists with 44 game-winning goals. In 101 post season games, Malking has registered 111 points with nine game-winning goals.
Le'Veon Bell: Bell's second year alone put him in this category as one of the best athletes in pro sports today, let alone Pittsburgh. In 2014, Bell racked up 2,215 total yards with 11 touchdowns. He led all NFL running backs with 83 catches for 854 yards while finishing second in rushing yards with 1,361. Bell, who earned All-Pro honors in 2014, is just getting started, having just turned 23-years-old this offseason.
Sidney Crosby: A two-time Art Ross and Hart Memorial Trophy winner and the 2010 winner of the Maurice Richard Trophy awarded to the league's leading goal scorer, Sid the Kid is arguably the greatest player in his generation. Crosby has 302 goals and 551 assists in 627 career games since his rookie season in 2005-06. He had four 100-point seasons in his first five years that included helping lead the Pens to back-to-back Stanley Cup Finals, winning it all in 2009. After three injury plagued seasons, Crobsy came back to again notch 100 points in a season, netting 104 points while recording a league-best 68 assists in 2013-14. Crosby has 118 points in 100 career playoff games that included scoring 58 total points in 44 playoff games during the Pens' two most recent Stanley Cup Finals runs.
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