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10.) Carlos Peña, Northeastern/Tampa Bay Rays
Batting leadoff for our #CollegeTownTen rankings is none other than Northeastern graduate Carlos Peña.
Pena amassed 286 career home runs for eight different teams in his 14 year career. Pena won the AL’s Gold Glove award for first basemen in 2008, and then belted a league-leading 39 home runs en route to an All-Star selection in 2009.
9.) Jack Eichel, Boston University/Buffalo Sabres
Boston University grad and NHL standout Jack Eichel earned the number 9 spot.
In just his third year in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres, Eichel has already amassed over 120 career points. The BU grad has also had success at the international level, capturing gold at the 2014 IIHF World U18 games with the U.S. National team.
Give a few years, and the 21 year-old Eichel may creep up this list.
8.) Matt Hasselbeck, Boston College/Seattle Seahawks
We transition to the gridiron for the number 8 spot in our #CollegeTownTen with Matt Hasselbeck.
The former Xaverian Brothers and Boston College signal caller is the Seattle Seahawks all-time leader in QB wins, completions and passing yards. Hasselbeck was named to three Pro Bowls before his retirement in 2014, and has since found a home as an ESPN analyst.
Scroll down to see where another BC quarterback lands within the top ten.
7.) Jeremy Lin, Harvard/Brooklyn Nets
At the number 7 spot in our #CollegeTownTen, we’ve got Harvard graduate and current Brooklyn Nets point guard Jeremy Lin.
The first Chinese-American in NBA history, Lin is best known for sparking “Linsanity”. In 12 games before the 2012 All-Star Break, Lin came out of nowhere to lead the New York Knicks to a 9-3 record while averaging over 22 points and 8 assists for game.
Lin’s his meteoric rise and unforgettable story earn him the number 7 spot in our rankings.
6.) J.J. Barea, Northeastern/Dallas Mavericks
The number 6 athlete on our #CollegeTownTen is small, but mighty.
Northeastern alum J.J. Barea has been impressive as a point guard for the Dallas Mavericks and Minnesota Timberwolves. Barea won the 2011 championship with the Mavs, and has also won gold medals playing for team Puerto Rico in the Pan American and Central American games.
He’s also made headlines for his efforts to help hurricane relief in his home island.
5.) James Blake, Harvard/USTA
The number five athlete in our #CollegeTownTen is another Harvard graduate, retired professional tennis player James Blake.
Blake was one of the best pro tennis players of the 2000s, climbing as high as No. 4 in the world in 2006. He was also the 2005 Comeback Player of the Year after overcoming a broken neck and the tragic death of his father in 2004.
4.) Caryn Davies, Harvard/U.S National Team
While the casual sports fan may not know her name, Caryn Davies is more than deserving of number four in our #CollegeTownTen.
A Harvard rowing legend, Davies won gold medals in the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympic games sitting stroke for the United States’ women’s championship eights boat. She’s also won gold in five Rowing World Cups and four rowing world championships.
All that gold is hard to ignore.
3.) Luke Kuechly, Boston College/Carolina Panthers
At number three in our #CollegeTownTen is the tackling machine formally known as Luke Kuechly, a former Boston College Eagles and current Carolina Panthers linebacker.
Kuechly made his mark early on in the NFL. The rangy linebacker won the Defensive Rookie of the Year award in 2012, and was the youngest recipient of the Defensive Player of the Year award in league history in 2013.
As one of the NFL’s most dominant defensive players, Kuechly slots in at number three.
2.) Matt Ryan, Boston College/Atlanta Falcons
Coming in at the two-spot in our #CollegeTownTen is former BC Eagles and current Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.
Ryan is perhaps best known for a blowing a 28-3 lead to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51, but he’s been prolific as an NFL QB. The 2016 NFL MVP sits at 17th in all-time passing yards, and 18th in all-time passing TDs at age 32.
1.) Marie-Philip Poulin, Boston University/Les Canadiennes de Montreal
Taking the top spot in our #CollegeTownTen is Marie-Philip Poulin, a 26 year-old star who’s on track to be one of the most prolific women’s hockey players of all-time.
Poulin is Boston University’s all-time leader in goals, assists and points, she’s also won two gold medals with Team Canada in the 2010 and 2014 Olympic games. Poulin has been the MVP of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League each of the past two seasons.
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