Recent images provided by the Associated Press have revealed receipts from Al-Qaeda depicting recordings penciled in by a ledger with expenses from cakes for less than a dollar, 3,300 bullets for ten dollars a round, travel expenses, and even a hundred dollars-worth of aid to families.
What makes an athlete great? Is it their natural born ability? Their determination? Their heart and drive to be the greatest? Their love of the game? How about all of the above plus one extra “it” factor—that indefinable attribute that elevates talented athletes to once-in-a-lifetime legend status. And though we can’t define exactly what that special trait is, we know one thing for sure—every one of the athletes we included in our list has it.
Shameel Arafin (b.1975) is a freelance photographer based in New York City. Over the last two years, his photojournalism has revolved around the culture of resistance in America, specifically with regard to documenting the erosion of civil liberties.
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