Larry Bird spent much of the 1988-1992 seasons in great pain. Credit: Getty Images Larry Bird spent much of the 1988-1992 seasons in great pain. Credit: Getty Images

Metro Boston's "Top 25 of the last 25" will run in print Monday, July 29. Using the input of local sports media and you, the reader, Metro will compile its final list of the greatest Boston athletes of the past 25 years. To submit your take, click here.

Here is the take of 93.7 WEEI's Kirk Minihane. Minihane can be heard on the "Dennis & Callahan" show on 93.7 FM weekdays from 6-10 a.m..

1. Larry Bird
2. Tom Brady
3. Pedro Martinez
4. Ray Bourque
5. Cam Neely
6. Kevin McHale
7. Paul Pierce (could flip-flop easily with McHale)
8. Manny Ramirez
9. David Ortiz
10. Adam Vinatieri
11. Kevin Garnett
12. Tim Thomas
13. Curt Schilling
14. Richard Seymour
15. Vince Wilfork
16. Reggie Lewis
17. Wes Welker
18. Randy Moss
19. Tedy Bruschi
20. Drew Bledsoe (probably shouldn’t be on list – this is a moment of weakness. Always had a soft spot for Bledose)
21. Randy Moss
22. Jonathan Papelbon
23. Zdeno Chara
24. Ty Law (way too low)
25. Dustin Pedroia (also too low)

 

Comments: Here’s the thing - The Bird from 1988 until he retired has nothing close to Brady’s resume. But if I’m filling out any list that has Bird as an option he is always numero uno. Always. Could be best singers of the Motown Era and he’d still take top spot. Should have found a spot for The Chief and Ben Coates.

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