5. Brian Sipe
Some players separate themselves from the pack at the Little League World Series and it’s clear they have a bright future in athletics. And then there is Brian Sipe. Sipe played in the 1961 Little League World Series with a team from El Cajon, CA. By his own admission he didn’t contribute much to his team winning it all:
“I was fortunate enough to be inducted into the hall of fame…But it's only because I was one of the few guys to go on and do something in professional sports--because I certainly didn't do anything in the series.”
But what he did in professional sports is quite amazing. Sipe was drafted in the 13th round of the 1972 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He spent the first two years in the NFL on the reserve squad. He became a consistent starter in 1976 and in 1980 he had a career year. Sipe threw for 4,132 yards and 30 touchdowns leading the Browns to the postseason for the first time in 8 seasons and was rewarded with the MVP award.