Everyone is going to have their own opinion of the top 10 athletics of all-time, some are similar and some are completely different. But every athletic can argue that they should go on the top 10 but not all of them can fit on that list. These are my top 10 athletics of all-time.
In no particular order:
1. Michael Jordan – Arguably the greatest NBA player to hit the floor. Michael Jordan defied gravity, I mean, there is a reason why he was nicknamed “Air.” If he didn’t retire a couple of times, he would be the all-time scoring leader, hands down!
He was unstoppable.
He took his team to win six NBA finals games, he broke records like it was nothing and he made his teammates look good too!
Also, you have to remember that Jordan played various sports in addition to basketball. Some sports that include baseball, football and golf, which I heard he was pretty good.
2. Bo Jackson – Bo knows this! And Bo knows that! Lol… if anyone got my old school song intro, thanks! But look, Bo played baseball, football and track and field. In college, he batted over .400, he qualified for the 60-yard dash and he freakin’ won the Heisman trophy!
Bo also played pro baseball and football in the same season! He also managed to be an MVP All-Star as well as make the Pro Bowl. That’s pretty damn good if you ask me!
3. Deion Sanders – Deion “Prime Time” Sanders is the only athletic to appear in the World Series as well as the Super Bowl. Matter of fact, he’s the only athletic to score a touchdown and hit a homerun in the same week!
Wait, there’s more… currently, he is the only NFL player to score a touchdown off a kickoff return, punt return, interception, fumble, reception and rushing in a career.
Yup, only played to do that.
4. Jim Brown – Arguably the best football player… ever. And get this, Brown only played nine seasons to break all those football records. (Emmitt Smith broke them but it took him a lot longer)
5. Muhammad Ali – Yup, Ali was the “Greatest.” Ask anyone that knows anything about boxing and I bet you they’re mention Muhammad Ali. He could beat you physically and mentally. He would even have more fights and wins if he wasn’t held back from fighting for three years in the prime of his career for refusing to be inducted into the U.S. Army.
Hey, I got a poster of him on my wall. And he had some great lines too!
6. Tiger Woods – If you don’t think golfers are athletics, well, think again. Tiger will probably break every single golf record there ever was and have you ever seen this guy train? Or play any other sports? The man hangs with Michael Jordan and plays against him! That’s got to tell you something!
7. Jesse Owens – A track and field superstar who once broke records for a 100 yard dash, 220 yard dash, 220 yard hurdle and long jump in less than 45 minutes! Less than 45 minutes man! He also won four gold medals in the 1935 Berlin Olympics alone.
8. Jackie Robinson – The man who broke the race barrier in MLB did it because he was just a great athletic with talents that race couldn’t even stop. He broke records, made his spot in history, and if you can manage to do all that then you should be considered a top athletic of all-time!
9. Wilt Chamberlain – I was just going to say, “Hey, the man scored 100 points in a single NBA game” but there’s a lot more than people don’t know about Wilt Chamberlain. He was known for basketball but did you know he received professional offers for volleyball, marathons, boxing, football and track and field? Yup, he did!
10. Jim Thorpe – Honestly, I don’t even have to go into details with Thorpe. If you look him up, he’s probably on every top athletics lists of all-time. His resume speaks for itself. I mean, the man won gold in the pentathlon, decathlon, he played in MLB, he played pro football and the list goes on!
Honorable mentions: Jerry Rice, Barry Sanders, Wayne Gretzky, Michael Phelps