Great shutdown athletes

In this time of a partially shutdown federal government, we felt it was appropriate to think of athletes who shut down offenses, but make fans smile with their hard effort on defense.

Here, check out:
- Great shutdown cornerbacks in football
- Great catch-makers to shut down offenses in MLB
- Great "shot-down" shot blockers in the NBA
- Great defensemen in the NHL

  • Oct 15, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey (24) lines up opposite San Diego Chargers wide receiver Robert Meachem (12) during the fourth quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

  • November 25, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey (24) breaks up a pass intended for Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (82) in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. The Broncos won 17-9. Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

  • Aug 25, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Roger Bernadina (3) makes a catch at the wall during the third inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citizens Bank Park. Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

  • Aug 28, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Roger Bernadina (3) can't catch a ball hit by New York Mets left fielder Eric Young Jr. (22) during the third inning of a game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

  • Sep 15, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Roger Bernadina (3) catches a pop-up by Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (not shown) in the first inning at Nationals Park. Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

  • Sep 23, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) controls the puck away from Washington Capitals right wing Garrett Mitchell (76) during the first period at TD Banknorth Garden. Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

  • Oct 3, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) is introduced to the crowd prior to a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Banknorth Garden. Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

  • October 21, 2012; Foxboro, MA USA; New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen (34) tackles New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie (31) after recovering a fumble during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium. Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

  • Aug. 18, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie (31) before the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

  • Aug. 18, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon (14) misses a catch as New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie (31) tries to intercept during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

  • Oct 28, 2011; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Allen Craig (21) makes a leaping catch on a ball hit by Texas Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz (not pictured) in the sixth inning in game seven of the 2011 World Series at Busch Stadium. Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

  • Aug 15, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Allen Craig (21) makes a sliding catch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the sixth inning at Busch Stadium. Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

  • Jun 8, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) skates with the puck against Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (8) during the first period in game five of the Western Conference finals of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center. Scott Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

  • Sep 24, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks right wing Devante Smith-Pelly (77) and Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (8) battle for the puck in the second period of the game at the Staples Center. Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

  • May 21, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forwards Tim Duncan (21) and Kawhi Leonard (2) block a shot by Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen (9) in game two of the Western Conference finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

  • May 21, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) attempts to block a shot by Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph (50) in game two of the Western Conference finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. San Antonio beat Memphis 93-89. Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

  • Dec 30 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers (24) returns a fumble for sixty four yards in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field. Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

  • Sep 15, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) is pushed out of bounds by Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers (24) during the second half of the game at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 17-16. Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

  • Sept 16, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez (27) makes a leaping catch of a ball hit by New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis (29) (not pictured) in the seventh inning at Miller Park. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

  • Jun 8, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez makes a leaping catch of ball hit by Philadelphia Phillies center fielder John Mayberry (not pictured) in the 2nd inning at Miller Park. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

  • Jun 23, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez makes a leaping catch against the Atlanta Braves in 4th inning at Miller Park. Gomez hurt his shoulder on the play and had to leave the game. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

  • Jul 9, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez (27) catches a fly ball during the sixth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Miller Park. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

  • Aug 7, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez (27) leaps to make the catch in center field during the fifth inning of the game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

  • Oct 3, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson (13) cannot make the catch as Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden (23) defends during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

  • Oct 3, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden (23) takes the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at FirstEnergy Stadium. Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

  • Oct 3, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver T.J. Graham (11) is tackled by Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden (23) during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Browns won 37-24. Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

  • July 22, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (22) makes a diving catch as left fielder Reid Johnson reacts during the 9th inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

  • Sep 23, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (22) makes a diving catch in the fifth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Turner Field. Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

  • Sep 23, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (22) makes a diving catch in the fifth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Turner Field. Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

  • April 03, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) goes up to block the shot of New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler (6) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Michael Hickey-USA TODAY Sports

  • Dec 15, 2012; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) attempts to block Detroit Pistons small forward Tayshaun Prince (22) during the first quarter at The Palace. Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

  • May 3, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) attempts to block a shot by Atlanta Hawks point guard Devin Harris (34) in the second half of game six of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena. The Pacers won 81-73. Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

  • Jan 14 2012; Oklahoma City OK, USA;Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka (9) gets the block against New York Knicks shooting guard Bill Walker (5) during the third quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Richard Rowe-USA TODAY Sports

  • Mar 29, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins (5) and Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka (9) jump up to block a layup from Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Derrick Williams (7) in the second half at Target Center. The Wolves won 101-93. Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

  • Apr 27, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka (9) attempts to block a shot by Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) during the fourth quarter of game three of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at the Toyota Center. Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

  • Sep 25, 2013; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) controls the puck in the second period against the Montreal Canadiens at the Canadian Tire Centre. Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

  • Sept 25, 2013; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) is escorted away on a slashing penalty in the first period against the Montreal Canadiens at the Canadian Tire Centre. Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

  • Oct 4, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) celebrates his goal against the Buffalo Sabres during the third period at First Niagara Center. The Senators beat the Sabres 1-0. Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

  • Jun 24, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (2) hoists the Stanley Cup with his family after game six of the 2013 Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. The Blackhawks won 3-2 to win the series four games to two. Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

  • Jun 28, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (2) during the 2013 Stanley Cup championship celebration at Grant Park in Chicago. Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

  • Sep 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk (13) and Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (2) battle for the puck in the first period at Joe Louis Arena. Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

  • Oct 1, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith skates to the Stanley Cup during a ceremony before the game against the Washington Capitals at the United Center. Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

  • May 5, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp (27) makes a sliding catch against the Chicago Cubs as shortstop Dee Gordon (9) watches in the seventh inning at Wrigley Field. David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

  • May 27, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp makes a catch on a fly ball against the Los Angeles Angels during the game at Dodger Stadium. Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

  • Dec 23, 2012; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Brook Lopez (11) and guard Deron Williams (8) block a shot by Philadelphia 76ers forward Spencer Hawes (00) during the first half at the Barclays Center. Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • April 15, 2012; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (left) attempts to block Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe (right) during the third quarter at The Palace. Chicago won 100-94 in overtime. Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

  • Feb 17, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Eastern Conference center Joakim Noah (left) of the Chicago Bulls attempts to block the shot of Western Conference forward Blake Griffin (right) of the Los Angeles Clippers in the second half of the 2013 NBA all star game at the Toyota Center. West won 143-138. Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

  • Sep 29, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) reacts and is congratulated by teammates after he intercepted the ball during the fourth quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Arizona Cardinals defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13-10. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

  • Sep 29, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (21) intercepted the ball from Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson (83) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Arizona Cardinals defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13-10. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

  • Oct 6, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Patrick Peterson (21) is forced out of bounds by Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Thomas (22) during the second half at University of Phoenix Stadium. Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

  • Sep 15, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis (24), cornerback Leonard Johnson (29) and cornerback Johnthan Banks (27) react after stopping the New Orleans Saints short of the end zone during the game at Raymond James Stadium. Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

  • Sep 22, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers corner back Darrelle Revis (24) headshot at Gillette Stadium. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

  • Sep 29, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) intercepts a pass intended for Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) during the second half of the game at Raymond James Stadium. Arizona defeated Tampa Bay 13-10. Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

  • Dec 30, 2012; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders (8) attempts to block Detroit Pistons small forward Kyle Singler (25) during the fourth quarter at The Palace. Pistons won 96-94. Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

  • Apr 6, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders (8) and Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (3) reach for a rebound during the first quarter at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

  • Apr 25, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James goes for a layup Milwaukee Bucks' Larry Sanders during game three of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

  • Aug 29, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Musical artist Snoop Dogg hugs Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) during the team warmups prior to the game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Oakland Raiders at CenturyLink Field. Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

  • Sep 29, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) intercepts the ball in the fourth quarter against Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels (81) at Reliant Stadium. The Seattle Seahawks beat the Houston Texans 23-20. in overtime. Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

  • Sep 29, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) celebrates his interception with tight end Zach Miller (86) and return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. The Seattle Seahawks beat the Houston Texans 23-20. in overtime. Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

  • July 18, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Minnesota Twins center fielder Denard Span (2) jumps to try and catch a fly ball hit by Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones (not pictured) in the eighth inning at Target Field. The Orioles won 2-1. Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

  • Jun 27, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals center fielder Denard Span (2) makes a leaping catch of a Arizona Diamondbacks left fielder Jason Kubel (not shown) fly ball during the second inning at Nationals Park. Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

  • Sep 12, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Washington Nationals center fielder Denard Span (2) makes a sliding catch on a fly ball during the seventh inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • Sep 23, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) makes a save against New Jersey Devils left wing Rostislav Olesz (25) as defensemen P.K.Subban (76) and Josh Gorges (26) defend during the second period at the Bell Centre. Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

  • Sep 26, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban (76) and Ottawa Senators forward David Dziurzynski (59) battle in the corner during the third period at the Bell Centre. The Canadiens beat the Senators 3-1. Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

  • Jan 30, 2013; St. Paul, MN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad (20) is hit by Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter (20) during the first period at the Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Blackhawks 3-2 in a shootout. Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

  • Apr 30, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter (20) checks Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) during the first period in game one of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at the United Center. Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

  • Sep 21, 2013; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter (20) looks to pass during the second period against the Winnipeg Jets at Xcel Energy Center. Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

  • Nov 13, 2011; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman (33) runs an interception 44 yards for a touchdown in the second half against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field. The Bears defeated the Lions 37-13. Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

  • Dec 11, 2011; Denver, CO, USA; Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman (33) reacts after making an interception during the first quarter of the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field. Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

  • Sep 8, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman (33) makes an interception during the second quarter at Soldier Field. Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

  • Apr 9, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber (6) checks St Louis Blues left wing David Perron (57) during the third period at Bridgestone Arena. The Blues beat the Predators 1-0. Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

  • Sep 19, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber (6) against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Jeff Griffith-USA TODAY Sports

  • Oct 8, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; [Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber (6) hits Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise (11) as Nashville Predators defenseman Seth Jones (3) and Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) look on during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. Mike Strasinger-USA TODAY Sports

  • November 6, 2011; San Diego, CA, USA; Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams (38) celebrates after returning an interception for a touchdown during the first quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

  • November 6, 2011; San Diego, CA, USA; Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams (38) celebrates with linebacker Clay Matthews (52) after returning an interception for a touchdown during the first quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

  • Sep 13, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams (38) celebrates an interception during the game against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field. The Packers defeated the Bears 23-10. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports