50 wild photos of athletes before they were famous

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Believe it or not, Stephen Curry hasn't always been the guy you want to pass to, down two points with one second left on the clock. Despite being the son of an accomplished NBA guard, he wasn't exactly swaddled in an NBA All-Star jersey at birth. In fact, in high school, Steph was a middling three-star recruit without a single offer from college basketball's powerhouse programs. So he ended up at Davidson, a small liberal arts college about an hour north of his high school in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

They hadn't won a game in the NCAA Tournament since 1969.

Davidson was down 11 in its first-round NCAA Tournament matchup against Gonzaga. But Curry was overdue for his shining moment. The sharpshooting sophomore scored 30 points in the second half, erasing the Zags' 11-point lead and helping the Wildcats earn that first tourney win in almost four decades.

It was the moment many basketball fans — and NBA scouts — recognized that he wasn't just another dime-a-dozen undersized guard. No, what we were witnessing in 2008 was a kid stepping into greatness.

Keep going to see more photos of your sports heroes before they became household names.