When it comes to Miami sports figures, they lack the wow factor right now. At the moment, our sports teams are missing that player even your mom would recognize in line to get a totally overrated sub sandwich at Publix. Dwyane Wade has retired, and Ryan Tannehill moved to Tennessee. The pickings are slim when it comes to the "I saw _____ at Aventura Mall!" factor.
Let's take a look at the five active Miami pro athletes even your sister who went to fashion school and asks, "How many points is a home run worth?" would be able to point out in public.
Chances are that nine out of ten people who have lived in South Florida for the past decade have seen UD's face on their TV screen at least once. It's just math. Whether in passing on the 5 o'clock news or during a broadcasted Heat game, the number of times UD has been in our homes makes it likely that everyone you know would recognize him in the wild — or at least ask who he is.
Football players are at a disadvantage when it comes to marketing and face recognition because their sport requires they wear a huge life-protecting helmet and face mask. Fitzpatrick isn't the guy likeliest to be asked for an autograph on this list, but for a football player, he's recognizable. Even if Josh Rosen beats Fitzpatrick for the Dolphins starting quarterback job this fall, your grandma would still probably call you to say she saw Fitzpatrick at Golden Corral today.
Of course, there is another way many people know Stills — from his silent kneeling protests during the National Anthem before games. He is one of the few players in the NFL who still take a knee during America's song in protest of racial inequality and police brutality. Stills has done everything the right way, but unfortunately, there is a contingent of Miamians who would recognize and judge him based on this fact alone.
Stills is much more than a football player and arguably the best representative of Miami we have now that Wade has retired. Let's hope Stills and team owner Stephen Ross can peaceably coexist.
Winslow moves from his role as an up-and-coming young player to the veteran on a win-now team this year. He'll be the man next to the man all season long. With Hassan Whiteside gone, Winslow is now the co-face of the Miami Heat alongside Butler.
With the Dolphins' and Marlins' rosters in flux, Bam will soon be an elder in this market when it comes to longevity. He also has a chance to break out this season and become a much bigger star. For now, though, you'll probably notice him walking through Target.