Hail to Al Gore's favorite athletes
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Vice President Al Gore, who hopes to remove the "Vice" from his title Tuesday, listed his five favorite athletes of all-time for ESPN.com's Page 2.

Al Gore
In the midst of a trip on Air Force Two, Al Gore takes time out for a little football.
Gore, 52, was the captain of his high school football team and a star basketball player at St. Albans School for Boys in Washington. He also played on the freshman basketball team at Harvard.

Here's his list:

1. Jackie Robinson
Inscribed on Robinson's tombstone is this phrase: "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives." Jackie Robinson is one of my heroes because of the impact he had, not only on the ballfield, but on America. He was certainly a great player -- Rookie of the Year in that barrier-breaking first year, and he helped transform the Dodgers into one of the most competitive teams in baseball virtually every year -- but he was also a courageous pioneer for civil rights.

2. Willie Mays
Who doesn't like the Say-Hey Kid? Willie Mays was simply one of the best to ever play the game -- leading the National League four times in home runs and stolen bases, the first player to steal 300 bases and hit 300 home runs, the first NL player to hit 600 home runs and the first African-American to be named captain of a major-league team.

3. Florence Griffith-Joyner
Griffith-Joyner's style off the track was only matched by her style on it -- a remarkable three-gold, one-silver medal performance in the 1988 Olympics. Her sudden death was a shocking loss of a wonderful person and a wonderful athlete.

4. Pat Summitt
Summitt is simply a winner. Part of what I admire so much about her is that even when the expectations were highest, she always exceeded them. Six national titles later, she is the most successful coach in women's basketball history and a model of motivation and leadership.

5. Albert Gore III
Even in the midst of campaigning for the presidency, I haven't missed one of my 18-year-old son's high-school football games. Albert, a senior at Sidwell Friends school, plays both center and defense. He's also one of the team captains.

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