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Gray greats: Mario, Rocket, Brett

As a new year is about to begin, Skip Bayless says an era is about to end for three of the most compelling athletes of our generation.

Updated: December 29, 2005, 1:22 PM ET
By Skip Bayless | Page 2

These three have long shared one game-time trait.

Athletic arrogance.

Before and after games, they could be endearingly humble. But with championships on the line, their body language spoke of an intimidating superiority complex. These three are big, strong, supremely gifted men who knew they were the best -- maybe the best ever -- and they wanted the competition to know it, too.

But now, the only competition that really matters is in the mirror. Now, the lines they worry ...

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