For a brief stretch while we were assembling this issue of GQ, we debated ranking our 25 coolest athletes in order. Which would’ve meant crowning someone as the coolest of all time. Eventually we scrapped the idea—for a lot of reasons, but chiefly: its kinda uncool to rank coolness so meticulously—but if we had stuck with it, that fella up there was the frontrunner for number one. Pick up the print edition to read Alan Richman’s fantastic tribute. Little known fact: before he became one of the world’s most celebrated restaurant critics, Alan was a sports reporter in Philadelphia—and one of his first gigs was covering the Sixers and Julius Erving.