There is no one way to be a great leader in sports. Leaders have different attributes and styles that make them stand out from the rest. Some leaders prefer to be a voice for the team, offering up a sense of guidance and power. Other leaders choose to lead by example. Each way of leading is beneficial and impactful to others. Below we will take a look at some of the top leaders in sports history, as featured in an article on The Sportster.


Maurice Richard

Nicknamed Rocket, Maurice played for the Montreal Canadians from 1942 until 1960. He was the captain of the team when they won five different Stanley Cups back to back from 1956 to 1960. Throughout his career, he has won a total of eight championships throughout eighteen seasons in the NHL. In the history of the NHL, Maurice was the first man to be able to score 50 goals in one season. He also was the first to score 500 goals in his career. 


Peyton Manning

According to many, Peyton Manning is noted as being one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the NFL. In 1998, he was first drafted by the Indianapolis Colts. There he played 14 seasons before 2012 when he switched to join the Denver Broncos. He has many accolades in football, including being a Superbowl Champion and a Superbowl MVP. He is also a 14-time pro-bowl member. Peyton was able to lead by example and take his team from notably average to influential legends. 


Kobe Bryant

The only downfall Kobe had in his career was, unfortunately, being compared often to Michael Jordan. As a fan-favorite, this late basketball star is one of the NFL’s all-time greatest players. He began with the L.A. Lakers in 1996 and stayed with them until the end of his career. With the team, he has won five NBA championships. He also was a member of the All-Star team 17 times and a 15-time member of the All-NBA Team. He was a leader who was not only vocal and strong-willed, he also led by example for the entire NBA and his loyal fans as well.