Can You Make It Through These Emotional Sports Moments Without Crying?

Grab a box of tissues and queue up some Sarah McLachlan.

1. Derek Redmond crosses the finish line with his father at the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games.

Redmond snapped his hamstring during the men’s 400m race. Rather than give up, he crossed the finish line with the help of his father Jim.

2. Michael Jordan leads the Chicago Bulls to win the 1996 NBA Finals on Father’s Day.

After his father was murdered in 1993, Jordan retired from the NBA and pursued the dream he and his father shared by joining Major League Baseball. In his first season back with the NBA, Jordan won his fourth championship on Father’s Day.

3. Michael Sam receives the news that he’s been chosen with the 239th selection of the 2014 NFL draft, making him the first out gay player in the league.

4. Landing on one foot, an injured Kerri Strug wins gold at Atlanta’s 1996 Summer Games.

5. Jesse Owens wins four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

Owens earned gold in the 100m and 200m races, as well as the long jump and the 4×100m relay. His performance disproved Adolf Hitler’s beliefs of Aryan supremacy. Owens often told the story about how he felt worse about being snubbed by Franklin D. Roosevelt.

6. Kevin Durant gives an emotional speech after winning the 2013–14 KIA NBA Most Valuable Player Award.

Durant thanked his fans, teammates, family, and most memorably, his mother, Wanda Pratt. Durant recalls the struggle of growing up in a single-parent home and calls her “the real MVP.”

7. Lou Gehrig’s famous speech in 1939.

After being diagnosed with ALS, now commonly know as Lou Gehrig’s disease, the Iron Horse announced that he would be walking away from baseball.

8. Jim Valvano announces the beginning of The V Foundation for Cancer Research during his 1993 ESPY Speech.

The former North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator helped start The V Foundation. The charity has awarded more than $115 million to 120 facilities nationwide, giving 100% of donations directly to cancer researchers.

9. Erving “Magic” Johnson announces he’s contracted HIV and that he’s retiring from the NBA.

Thankfully, Magic is healthy and back to being Magic.

10. Team Hoyt, Dick Hoyt and his son Rick, were honored by the city of Boston with a bronze statue.

The Hoyts have participated in more than 1,000 endurance events and planned to retire after the 2013 Boston Marathon. The two decided to race in 2014 to honor the victims of the tragic terrorist attack.

11. Jack Buck’s “For America” speech delivered before the first MLB baseball game since the 9/11 attacks.

Followed by a 21-gun salute, Jack Buck delivered his poem at Busch Stadium on Sept. 17, 2001.

12. Andy Murray fights back tears during his speech at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships.

“Everyone always talks about the pressure of playing at Wimbledon, and how tough it is, but it’s not the people watching. They make it so much easier to play. The support has been incredible. Thank you.”

13. Virat Kohli congratulates Sachin Tendulkar after India wins the 2011 Cricket World Cup.

After the match, the Indian cricket team lifted Tendulkar onto their shoulders and marched around the stadium with him. Kohli said, “He’s carried the burden of the nation for 21 years. It’s time we carried him.”

14. Muhammed Ali surprises everyone by lighting the Olympic torch to commence the 1996 Summer Games.

15. Unable to walk after rounding first, Sara Tucholsky gets carried by opposing players to round the bases after hitting her first homerun.

16. Michael Irvin gives an emotional speech after being inducted in the NFL’s Hall of Fame.

17. Jack Hoffman, a 7-year-old brain cancer patient, scores a 69-yard touchdown in the 2013 Nebraska Spring Game.

18. Inspired by his grandmother’s last words, Canada’s Jon Montgomery wins gold in the men’s skeleton final in the 2010 Olympics.

Montogomery’s grandmother’s last words to him were, “Jon, I’ll be there to give you a push when you need it.” Before the race, he called out to her, “OK, Grandma, you better hop on, ‘cause we need that extra push now.”

19. Mitchell Marcus, a disabled high school basketball player, scores a basket after an opposing player passes him the ball.

20. Ian Johnson proposes to his girlfriend after scoring the game winning two-point conversion on a “Statue of Liberty Play” during the Fiesta Bowl.


21. Andre Agassi says farewell to fans after his final match vs. Benjamin Becker at the 2006 U.S. Open.

22. Jason McElwain, an autistic high school basketball player, scores 20 points in four minutes.

23. Only one day after his father’s death, Brett Favre throws four touchdowns in a 42-7 victory over the the Oakland Raiders. / Via Peter Eggert

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