Greatest Multi-Sport Athletes
Submitted by podizz on Thu, 10/30/2008 - 10:04
- Jim Thorpe-Played professional football, baseball, and basketball, won gold medals in pentathilon and decathilon. Its hard to know how those achievments would hold up today,
- Bo Jackson
- Deion Sanders
- Jim Brown- In addition to being just about the greatest football player to ever walk the earth, Brown holds a place in the Lacrosse Hall of Fame, scoring 43 goals in 10 games as a senior at Syracuse.
- Babe Didrikson Zaharias-Track and field gold medalist, one of the most dominant golfers of all time, winning every gold tournament in existence at the time including 10 LPGA majors.
- Dave Winfield Playing hoops for Minnesota (for which he would help lead to a conference title), his coach Bill Musselman later called Winfield the greatest rebounder he ever coached, quite a disctinction considering Musselman would coach for over thirty years, nearly half of which would be on the professional level. Drafted by four professional sports leagues, Winfield made his name in baseball, appearing in 12 all-star games and capturing 7 gold gloves. He ended his career a member of both the prestigious 3000-hit club, and the even more presitgous Baseball Hall of Fame.
- Lionel Conacher- Though that name might not ring a bell to many Americans, Conacher was Mr. Canada in the early to mid 20th century. Conacher won championships in hockey, baseball, boxing, wresting, lacrosse. (Sadly, his professional football efforts did not earn him a title.) He is a member of four different halls of fame and even won a seat on the House of Commons after he hung up the cleats/skates/gloves.
- Bob Hayes--Before Hayes was a Hall of Fame receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, he was winning gold medals in Tokyo as a world record-holding sprinter. As a result, he is the only person who can wear a Super Bowl ring on his finger and Olympic gold around his neck without going on Ebay.
- Charlie Ward--Ward entered the public conciousness in 1993, quarterbacking his Florida St Seminoles to a national championship and along the way capturing just about every honor a football players can win, including, of course, the Heisman. Though not even playing baseball in college, he was drafted as a pitcher by the Milwaukee Brewers. Upset that he wasn't taken in the first round of the 1994 NFL Draft, Ward instead opted to go play for the New York Knicks, who had selected him 26th in the NBA draft of the same year. Ward played 11 years in the NBA before being forced to retire due to injuries in 2005.
- Otto Graham
- Gene Conley- While Deion is the only person to have won both a World Series and a Super Bowl, Conley can boast being the only person to win a World Series and an NBA Championship. Conley pitched 11 seasons in the MLB, compiling 91 wins and a 3.82 era for four different clubs. He also concurrently played in the NBA for six seasons, racking up three championships with the Russell-led Celtics.
- Brian Jordan- Jordan spent 2 years as an NFL safety for the Atlanta Falcons before jumping to baseball where he would go on to be a solid contributor to the Carinals, Braves, Dodgers and Rangers en route to 184 career home runs and a .282 avg.
- Danny Ainge: Long before he ran operations for the Celtics, Danny dominated the high school world, and is still the only person to win first team all-american honors in basketball, baseball, and football. Ainge was drafted out of college by the Toronto Blue Jays, and kicked things off with a bang, where he would hit a home run at 20 years, 77 days that survives to this day as the youngest Jay to go yard. After a mediocre three years in Toronto, he was drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1981, where he would contribute to two championships. Over a fourteen year NBA career, Ainge finished with an impressive 11,964 points and 4,199 assists.
- Dick Groat- Best known for his prolific career as an MVP shortstop in which accumulated two rings and over 2000 hits, Groat began his sports career as collegiate hall of fame guard Duke. A two time All-American, his #10 jersey would be first ever retired by the school. Groat was drafted 3rd overall by the Pistons, but he would play only one year in the NBA before being called away to military service. When he returned home, he picked up the bat instead and the rest is history.
- Chuck Conners- In addition playing lead man on the 1960's hit western series The Rifleman, Conners found time to play for both the Celtics and Dodgers, and was even drafted by Chicago Bears.
- DJ Dozier- Dozier played five seasons as running back in the NFL before jumping over to the Mets for a single season in 1992.
- Herschel Walker--A physical specimen even at the ripe old age of 50, Herschel recently made waves in the MMA community, putting his 5th-degree black belt in Taekwondo to clobber his first two oppenents in Strikeforce. Heisman Trophy winner Currently 8th in total combined yards, though had he not played in the USFL, he may very well have been #1 Even was a member of the 1992 Olympic bobsled team, with which he finished seventh.
- Clara Hughes- Has won oympic golds in both speed skating and cycling.
- Dave Debusschere- Pitched a year for the Chicago White (finishing with a 2.90 ERA) before becoming and 8-time all star, 2 time champions, Hall of Fame power forward for the Pistons and Knicks.
- Stephen Neal- Though best known as a three-time champion for the New England Patriots, Neal compiled quite the resume as an amateur wrester, including posting a 151-10 record at Cal St Bakersfield (in which he won his second title victory against now UFC villain Brock Lesner). He would go on to win both a Pan American Championship and World Championship en route to being named the best wrestler in the world in 1999.
- Dave Logan- Logan was drafted by the NBA, MLB, and NFL before embarking on a succesful 9-year career at wideout for the Browns and Broncos.
- Mark Hendrickson, Ron Reed, Steve Hamilton, Cotton Nash, Frank Baumholtz, Dick Ricketts, Howie Schultz
- Wilt Chamberlain-Enshined in the the basketball and volleyball hall of fames.
- Jackie Robinson First person to letter in four sports (baseball, basketball, football, and track and field)
- Marion Jones
- Michael Jordan
- Joe Mauer
- Allen Iverson
- TIm Duncan (swimmer)
- Shaun White