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The G.O.A.T. you never considered

Updated: January 5, 2010, 5:48 PM ET
By Mike Philbrick

On Sunday, the greatest athlete of our generation will once again be starring on televisions across the country … and it isn't who you think.

It's Mario. The giant-bucket-of-awesome plumber turned hero by the people of Nintendo.

Yes, Mario is back in an all-new version of the game that made him a legend: New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

Why shouldn't Mario be considered a great athlete? So what if he's what some people may call "fake" or "pretend" ...

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