All-Time Merc: Bridget Pettis, No. 5
Posted: Jan. 10, 2013
As voted by you, the X-Factor, we’re counting down your top 10 All-Time Favorite Mercury players in franchise history.
Starting December 6, we’ll reveal the results of the nearly 2,000 votes we received on a weekly basis every Thursday.
No. 5: Bridget Pettis
Years with the Mercury: 1997-2001, 2006
Total Percentage of Votes: 22.4%
Everything you need to know about Bridget Pettis can be seen on DeWanna Bonner’s face in the picture above.
It’s impossible not to smile when you’re around her. Pettis is the perfect pick-me-up when you’re having a bad day.
That mentality, especially when it is unequivocally genuine, is often taken for granted in today’s world. Remaining in the “moment” and having a conscious desire to help others aren’t easily accomplished hand-in-hand, on a continual basis year after year.
In fact, the first two words that come to mind when I think of Bridget Pettis are love and compassion. Better said, Pettis is a human manifestation of the Golden Rule.
But that’s just how Pettis has always been; she absolutely loves life and the people in it.
As a player, Pettis’ energy was infectious. A member of the inaugural Mercury club in 1997, Pettis retired with a decorated career, making her mark in team history as the first player to score a point for the Mercury in its first game in June 1997.
In 2006, she was honored for her contributions to the organization along with former teammates Michele Timms, Jennifer Gillom and former coach Cheryl Miller with a banner that hangs permanently in US Airways Center.
Later on when Pettis transitioned into coaching and in the front office, her ability to relate to players and focus on the “good” was invaluable. Sure, fans saw Pettis’ hilarious pre-game, high-five ritual with the entire team (video below) but she also worked extremely hard behind the scenes to help players when they were struggling or going through a slump; players knew they could count on Pettis for positivity and reinforcement.
And when the pressure was on and the situation became serious, Pettis would help ease the tension with her unrivaled humor and wit.
As a human being, she continues to make a lasting impact in her surrounding community. Not only does she help train numerous high school women’s basketball players in the Valley, she is increasingly active in the non-profit world giving back to the less fortunate and taking a stand against bullying.
Pettis currently teaches yoga and is working on an autobiography of sorts, sharing her personal story of rising above hardship with the hope it will inspire others to achieve their dreams.
Considering her connection with the Mercury for over a decade, I can’t think of a better way to kick-off the top five than with Bridget Pettis.
All-Time Favorite Mercury
Be sure to visit PhoenixMercury.com next week on Thursday, January 17 to see who you voted as No. 4 on the All-Time Favorite Mercury poll.