I have seen a lot of criticism leveled at professional sports in recent years. It's bread and circuses, a waste of time, etc. While I do agree that becoming literally obsessed with and identifying personally to a figure or team is unhealthy I believe certain life lessons can be learned from the best of the best; a determination to succeed, that inner drive to push your limits and rally those around you to push theirs. There are three names that come to mind immediately in this conversation;. Michael Jordan, Michael Schumacher, and Dale Earnhardt.