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They compete under many names: the Sixth Man, the Journeyman Player, the Lady Who Was Pretty Good at Tennis but Wasn’t a Williams or Sharapova. And so on. We are so attuned to celebrating our biggest athletes more as celebrities than as sportspeople that we often forget there are other footballers on the team with Brady, or other other-kind of footballers on the squad with Beckham. We sometimes forget that every groundbreaking athlete stands on the shoulders of giants who came before them, elevating the game to a position where they could shine in the first place.