Greatest Athletes of All Time

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181Björn Borg
182Andre Agassi

He truly is an amazing player. after all that he went through, he was still number one and played tennis till 35.

One of the greats at tennis
as they say nuff said.

183Joe DiMaggio

Averaged over 140 RBI per year. best all around player of all time. underrated! Lost 4 prime tears to the war. only played 13 years and played in 10 worl series, winnig 9.

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184Albert Pujols

He is easily the greatest baseball player the cardinals has ever had and the best baseball player in the world and my mom thinks he is hot! - cards5fan

Easily the greatest baseball player ever my mom thinks he is hot!

185Carolina Klüft

She is the best in every sport there is!

186Shahid Afridi

A great human and player of all type of cricket, the king of sixes and the fastest century and fifty maker.

Once a "boom boom" always a "boom boom"

He is a great player.and he is boom boom

Cricket can't produce another Shahid Afridi

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187Dave Winfield

Agreed. "Athlete" of the century. I'll second that and toss in the name Dave Winfield as a close second. Don't laugh or immediately think I'm nuts... Look it up and you'll see the resemblances I'm referring to. Dave just "chose" not to try to do all he was capable of and focused on baseball, which was arguably the weakest of his talents but the highest paying opportunity at the time. Tough choice given he was drafted into the NBA, NFL, MLB, the insanely popular at the time but now defunct ABA (the American Basketball Association), and also now defunct WHA (World Hockey Association), a narrow loser in terms of existence to the NHL (mostly poor marketing in a not so popular sport outside of the northern states for a black guy). Upon his graduation and shortly after the preeminent outfielder PITCHED the Minnesota Golden Gophers to a national collegiate world series championship and of course was named the MVP of the series as said pitcher he chose MLB. By the way, he ...more

Please see my previous comment added to the Jim Thorpe statements at I think #7. We're not always focused on ACTUAL accomplishment here and the list isn't titled "most popular athlete of all time". Barry Sanders chose to move back to Wichita and live the "good" life rather than continue losing, however that doesn't erase his athleticism up to that point and definitely can't abolish from the discussion the degree to which Emmit Smith would be an afterthought in the career rushing yards record discussion had the seeminly always healthy Sanders played another five to seven years if he so chose to. When Michael Jordan took some time off, that didn't make him any less of an athlete. Just because Winfield "chose" baseball didn't make him any less of a superb basketball or football talent and didn't subtract that atheleticism in those areas from his being. If you need to enlighten yourself further in these reflections just keep in mind that Babe Ruth was likely the best pithcher in all ...more

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188Patrick Roy

All-Time Leader in Goals by a tender, Conn Smythe awards, Stanley Cups, MVPs, and he was on the team that won the Cup their first year as a team......Hockey Great

Only Player, let alone Goalie, to win the MVP of the playoffs 3 times!
And won th eStanley cup in 3 different decades!!

189Roy Jones Jr.

Pure athleticism made him the worlds greatest boxer

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190Jefferson Perez
191Marshawn LynchMarshawn Terrell Lynch is a former American football running back who played in the National Football League for the Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks.V4 Comments
192Sunil Gavaskar

He is a best and all time indian bats man

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193Asafa Powell
194James J. Braddock

Demonstrates every aspect of the American dream. He was a man of tenacity, ability, integrity, and hard work. He cared for his family, and his drive to compete was out of interest for his family.

195Felix Trinidad

one word... hmmm maybe "IDOL" - Emery

196Reinhold Messner

First man to climb all 14 of the world's 8,000+ meter peaks. First man to both summit Everest solo, and without oxygen. Third person to climb the highest mountain on each of the seven continents. Crossed Greenland, Antarctica, the Gobi desert, and skied to the North Pole. Climbed his first mountain at age 4. Since rock-climbing is the second most athletic sport according to ESPN, Messner takes the cake.

he should be number one...no one else could even come close to his feats...he is a living siper hero

197Johnny UnitasJohn Constantine Unitas, nicknamed "Johnny U", or "The Golden Arm", was an American professional football player from the 1950s through the 1970s.

The last of the great on the field play callers. Had better accuracy with the deep ball than any other QB. And you don't see many quarterbacks tough enough to play through a game with knocked out teeth and a bloodied face.

198Brett Piercey
199Tracy Mcgrady

was at par with kobe when he was not injured.. great tracy!

best small foward/guard in the game

200Cal Ripken

He played in more games consecutively than any of us can count. now tell me thats not athletic

This is guy is my hero in almsot every way. Way to go, you had an awesome career even without the highest-paying teams. You rock! - Baltimore1993

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