I have to admit: "Eddie The Eagle" is my everything. No, seriously. If you haven't checked out the trailer, check this one out:
Oh man, the feels!
Even better, Eddie The Eagle is actually based on a true story. The film is based on the life of Michael "Eddie" (The Eagle) Edwards.
Seeing the Eagle accomplish so much with some fashionable specs is no small feat. As someone who owns prescription glasses (though tends to not wear them), I was even more impressed of The Eagle's accomplishments. I then got to thinking: where there any athletes that competed with eyewear? The answer is a resounding, "You Bet!" Check out this bespectacled list:
1) Martina Navratilova
As one of the most decorated tennis stars of all time, Martina Navratilova awed spectators with a career that spanned almost thirty years! Her win-loss percentage is a staggering 87%. For most of her playing years, Martina wore a pair of specs that was a no-nonsense as her serve!
2) Amar'e Stoudemire
In the case of the 6' 10" tall Amar'e Stoudemire, his goggles were more for protection. You see, in 2009 Stoudemire suffered an injury that resulted in a detached retina. Ouch! While the goggles were originally temporary, it soon became a part of Stoudemire's look. And speaking of basketball...
3) Horace Grant
Perhaps the most notable player rocking eyewear for an entire generation of fans, four time NBA champion Horace Grant made wearing glasses cool. In fact, I remember when I was growing up, the kids that wore glasses would ask their parents for "Horace Grant Glasses" for sports. That's when you know you've started a movement.
4) Tyler Clippard
Current Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Tyler Clippard is known for two things: His changeup and his sick eyewear! The two-time all-star isn't afraid to put his best 'specs forward!
5) Janko Tipsarević
The world of tennis sports another guy not afraid to wear some shades. Janko Tipsarević was formally the 8th best tennis player in the WORLD, and he does it while styling in a sweet pair of corrective lenses. It's become so much of his brand, he's actually a spokesperson for Oakley:
It seems that The Eagle is in good company. Check out "Eddie The Eagle" in theaters February 26th, 2016!
BONUS: He didn't wear glasses, but do you remember the time Ryan Reynolds crashed the Eddie The Eagle junket?