The Ohio State Buckeyes football team squares off against the Ohio State University Marching Band during pre-game at the National Championship game at the Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas. Photograph by Simon Bruty—Sports Illustrated.
The 2008 Wimbledon final between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer is featured on the cover of the July 14-21, 2008 double issue of Sports Illustrated. A 14-time major winner, Nadal will face Federer, a 17-time major winner, in a highly anticipated match-up of a classic tennis rivalry at the Australian Open final on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. Nadal leads their head-to-head record 23-11 and has beaten Federer in six of their eight Grand Slam final meetings. (Simon Bruty)
New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith sacks Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Oct. 31, 2010 at the Superdome in New Orleans. Smith was shot and killed in a road-rage shooting in New Orleans late Saturday night. A first-round pick in 2004 out of Ohio State, Smith spent his entire 10-year career in New Orleans and was named to the 2006 Pro Bowl. (Simon Bruty for SI)
Tony Gonzalez dunks the football between the goal posts with the Kansas City Chiefs (2003) and Atlanta Falcons (2013). The 14-time Pro Bowler and 6-time First-Team All-Pro tight end turns 38 today. (David E. Klutho, Simon Bruty/SI)
Alex Ovechkin watches his rebound shot past Corey Crawford go off the post during the 2015 Winter Classic on New Year’s Day at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. Ovie was named the first star of the game, notching a goal and assisting on the game-winner, in the Capitals 3-2 victory over the Blackhawks. (Simon Bruty/SI)