Before They Were Boston Sports Icons

You've heard the story of pick No. 199. Here's a snapshot of him back in his college days when he had to compete with Drew Henson for a starting job. Don't you just wonder what that "can't miss" prospect is doing these days? (Getty Images Courtesy Rick Stewart)
Tom Brady You've heard the story of pick No. 199. Here's a snapshot of him back in his college days when he had to compete with Drew Henson for a starting job. Don't you just wonder what that "can't miss" prospect is doing these days? (Getty Images Courtesy Rick Stewart)
This could be considered payback for the Curse of the Bambino. (Getty Images Courtesy Malcolm Clarke)
Bill Belichick, former assistant coach of the New York Jets This could be considered payback for the Curse of the Bambino. (Getty Images Courtesy Malcolm Clarke)
Anyone recognize this bulky defensive lineman? (Getty Images Courtesy Otto Greule Jr.)
Who is this guy? Anyone recognize this bulky defensive lineman? (Getty Images Courtesy Otto Greule Jr.)
Trick question, that was Tedy Bruschi. Back in those days No. 54 was a defensive end who was projected to be too slow to play in the NFL. (Getty Images Courtesy Otto Greule Jr. )
Tedy Bruschi Trick question, that was Tedy Bruschi. Back in those days No. 54 was a defensive end who was projected to be too slow to play in the NFL. (Getty Images Courtesy Otto Greule Jr. )
Back in these days, Ortiz would have been more than happy with a one-year deal. (Getty Images Courtesy Craig Melvin)
David Ortiz Back in these days, Ortiz would have been more than happy with a one-year deal. (Getty Images Courtesy Craig Melvin)
The second-half of the best 3-4 combination in Red Sox history, Manny was pimping home runs before it was fashionable back in '96. (Getty Images Courtesy Doug Pensinger)
Manny Ramirez The second-half of the best 3-4 combination in Red Sox history, Manny was pimping home runs before it was fashionable back in '96. (Getty Images Courtesy Doug Pensinger)
One of the most dominant pitchers of the modern era, Pedro made a name for himself as an Expo before Dan Duquette landed him in a Red Sox uniform. (Getty Images Courtesy Elsa)
Pedro Martinez One of the most dominant pitchers of the modern era, Pedro made a name for himself as an Expo before Dan Duquette landed him in a Red Sox uniform. (Getty Images Courtesy Elsa)
Milan Lucic was throwing punches long before he was in a Bruins sweater. Here, he dropped the gloves as a member of the Vancouver Giants in the red. (Getty Images Courtesy Chris Relke)
Milan Lucic Milan Lucic was throwing punches long before he was in a Bruins sweater. Here, he dropped the gloves as a member of the Vancouver Giants in the red. (Getty Images Courtesy Chris Relke)
Another Bruins fighter that had a scrap or two before he was wearing the black and gold, Shawn Thornton wasn't afraid of a few black eyes as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks. (Getty Images Courtesy Jeff Vinnick)
Shawn Thornton Another Bruins fighter that had a scrap or two before he was wearing the black and gold, Shawn Thornton wasn't afraid of a few black eyes as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks. (Getty Images Courtesy Jeff Vinnick)
The Boston Bruins' captain had to channel his inner Raymond Bourque when he came to town, going from No. 3 to No. 33 thanks to the retired jersey of Lionel Hitchman. Yes, that Lionel Hitchman. (Getty Images Courtesy Robert Laberge)
Zdeno Chara The Boston Bruins' captain had to channel his inner Raymond Bourque when he came to town, going from No. 3 to No. 33 thanks to the retired jersey of Lionel Hitchman. Yes, that Lionel Hitchman. (Getty Images Courtesy Robert Laberge)
File this picture under "Photos that make us miss the '90s." Thank you, KG, for this absolute gem of a portrait. (Getty Images Courtesy Andrew D. Bernstein)
Kevin Garnett File this picture under "Photos that make us miss the '90s." Thank you, KG, for this absolute gem of a portrait. (Getty Images Courtesy Andrew D. Bernstein)
Paul Pierce made a name for himself as Kansas Jayhawk before the Celtics drafted him 10th overall in the 1998 NBA draft. (Getty Images Courtesy Stephen Dunn)
Paul Pierce Paul Pierce made a name for himself as Kansas Jayhawk before the Celtics drafted him 10th overall in the 1998 NBA draft. (Getty Images Courtesy Stephen Dunn)
Who wears short-shorts? Doc Rivers was an adversary of the Celtics back in '86, long before he coached the team to banner 17. (Getty Images Courtesy Dick Raphael)
Atlanta Hawks: Doc Rivers Who wears short-shorts? Doc Rivers was an adversary of the Celtics back in '86, long before he coached the team to banner 17. (Getty Images Courtesy Dick Raphael)
While on the topic of '80s ballers, Celtics GM Danny Ainge was no slouch in his own right. (Getty Images Courtesy Dick Raphael)
Danny Ainge While on the topic of '80s ballers, Celtics GM Danny Ainge was no slouch in his own right. (Getty Images Courtesy Dick Raphael)
This former Sox  skipper managed the Phillies long before donning a Boston cap.  (Getty Images Courtesy Allsport/Allsport)
Terry Francona This former Sox skipper managed the Phillies long before donning a Boston cap. (Getty Images Courtesy Allsport/Allsport)
The 2014 Olympics weren't the first time Tuukka represented Team Finland in Olympic play, as he was voted most outstanding goaltender in the 2006 World Juniors Tournament.  (Getty Image Courtesy Dave Sandford)
Tuukka Rask The 2014 Olympics weren't the first time Tuukka represented Team Finland in Olympic play, as he was voted most outstanding goaltender in the 2006 World Juniors Tournament. (Getty Image Courtesy Dave Sandford)
Before becoming a Boston Celtic, Rajon Rondo played college hoops at the University of Kentucky. (Getty Images Courtesy Andy Lyons)
Rajon Rondo Before becoming a Boston Celtic, Rajon Rondo played college hoops at the University of Kentucky. (Getty Images Courtesy Andy Lyons)
This three-time Super Bowl Champion wore No. 55 for the USC Trojans long before he was terrorizing offensive linemen as a New England Patriot. (Getty Image Courtesy Stephen Dunn)
Willie McGinest This three-time Super Bowl Champion wore No. 55 for the USC Trojans long before he was terrorizing offensive linemen as a New England Patriot. (Getty Image Courtesy Stephen Dunn)
Claude Julien was fraternizing with the enemy before he took up arms with the Black and Gold. He didn't have much success there, so we'll just consider it an inside man's sabotage. (Getty Image Courtesy Mitchell Layton)
Claude Julien Claude Julien was fraternizing with the enemy before he took up arms with the Black and Gold. He didn't have much success there, so we'll just consider it an inside man's sabotage. (Getty Image Courtesy Mitchell Layton)
Like Samson and his hair, it's fair to assume that Napoli's power comes from his beard, because this cheesy picture just looks wrong. (Getty Images Courtesy Jed Jacobshon)
Mike Napoli Like Samson and his hair, it's fair to assume that Napoli's power comes from his beard, because this cheesy picture just looks wrong. (Getty Images Courtesy Jed Jacobshon)
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