In 2020, the list of the top 20 Tampa Bay sports stars was done as an interactive feature on our Facebook page, and this year, now that Jay Recher is part of his own radio show, we are branching out and doing a full hour on Tuesday's final Beckles & Recher Show of 2021!
A great deal of thanks goes out to those who helped us with this year's voting (in no particular order): Aaron Jacobson, Zac Blobner, Tommy Chuck, Jason Barringer, John Mamola, Rick Stroud, Greg Auman, Marc Topkin, Erik Erlendsson, Ira Kaufman, Matt Matera, Joe Smith, Jeff Attinella, Dan Lucas, Chris Torello, Steve Versnick, Tom Jones, Roy Cummings, Diandra Loux, Greg Wolf, Nick Wize, Mike Nabors, Steve Kinsella, Steve Carney, Corey Long, Nathan Bond, Rich Hollenberg, Joey Knight, Kasey Hudson, Bryan Burns, Trevor Sikkema, Jim Lighthall, Kevin Lewis, Kyle Burger, Evan Closky, Randy Harris, Rock Riley, Dave Wills, Jon Ledyard and Kailey Mizelle.
And oh yeah, let's also not forget the three stars of the Beckles & Recher Show: Ian Beckles, Jay Recher, and Tom Ponzo, all of whom also added their votes.
With all that said, let's get to the list, starting with our honorable mentions.
The following Tampa Bay sports figures received votes from our esteemed panel, but not enough to crack our top 20:
Jose Fernandez, head coach, USF Women's Basketball
Neill Collins, head coach, Tampa Bay Rowdies
Sebastian Guenzatti, Tampa Bay Rowdies forward
Brandon Lowe, Tampa Bay Rays 2B
Kevin Kiermaier, Tampa Bay Rays CF
Brett Phillips, Tampa Bay Rays OF
Tony Dungy (Last Year: 19)
Lavonte David (Last Year: 17)
Rob Higgins (Last Year: 16)
Blake Snell (Last Year: 14)
Charlie Morton (Last Year: Honorable Mention)
And now, here's your top 20: