Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Who Is a Team's Most Valuable Player?

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Who Is a Team's Most Valuable Player?

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In a team sport, what player makes the biggest difference?

I know that everyone on a team is important. But sometimes, a terrific player instead of just an OK one at a certain position can help everyone on the team and make the team much better.

A quarterback in football is super important. Remember when all- pro quarterback Peyton Manning was injured? The Indianapolis Colts went from being a playoff team with a record of 10 wins and six losses to the worst team in the National Football League.

In basketball, a forward such as LeBron James, who can score, rebound and pass, can turn a loser into a winner. Or a winner into a loser. When James left the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010 to play for the Miami Heat, the Cavs' record went from 61-21 to 19-63.

In soccer, hockey and lacrosse, the goalie is important. A good goalie is probably most important in soccer because fewer goals tend to be scored in soccer than in the other two sports. As a result, one great save can make all the difference in a close match. …

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