Greatest Athletes of All Time
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He came into the league among Lebron James Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh and he pulled himself away from the shadows and was the first among them to win a NBA ring, also winning finals MVP. He has the closest high flyer style to Michael Jordan and now even Lebron realized that Wade can do it better and joined him in Miami, so he can finally win a ring, but he will never do it on his own like Wade did. Above all this, at this point he is the best clutch player in the league, that's why when the game is on the line the ball goes to Wade not James.
He has incredible speed, agility, strength, balance, hand eye coordination, touch and was never intimidated by pressure, opponents or odds, he played through injury and carried an otherwise terrible team to the playoffs for so many years, and the heat wouldn't even come close to a championship in 06 had it no been for him.
best team player, very unselfish. Best looking too!
Dwyane wade forever... Period.V1 Comment
There is not an athlete in history who was in better physical shape or in more control of his body than Walter. He took a beating in the most brutal sport on earth for over a decade and NEVER missed a game. He once held nearly every rushing record, could play any position, won it all, and received every accolade possible. He was the best football player of all time and the greatest athlete.
Okay, In College he kicked and ran. In the NFL he got the most career yards as a power back, he even subed in for QB time-to-time and when he wanted to even though it was very rare he could juke people out. If he were to run Like Franco Harris or Emmitt Smith and go away from people he would have at least 20000 career rushing yards. And If you consider auto-racing a sport, When he retired he was a racer for a while.
Walter Payton is WAY more deserving of a higher rank than this. He was perfectly conditioned, motivated athlete in addition to being a great football player. Look at the list above him tons of people who weren't even close to being "ATHLETES". This list is a joke... You have racecar drivers on it?
Give me a break; Walter Payton should be way higher on this list.V9 Comments
Broke the Test and First Class records a few months apart. Still standing
Ability to change a game. Lots of records. Deserves to be in the top 50V1 Comment
I can't believe novak is so low on this list, as I went through I just kept thinking where is Djokovic, his dominance on the tennis court has shown to us that he will be known as the second best tennis player ever ( sorry Rafa I love you but your not number 2 gonna have to settle for number 3). I think he's a better athlete than many of the player on this list and should at least be near serena williams in regard to best athletes ever.
AMAZING TENNIS PLAYER! almost number 1 tennis player in the WORLD. YOU HAVE TO VOTE FOR HIM! - Beywiki
11 grand slams and still going. Record number of master trophies, more than federer or Nadal. Amazing winning streaks. He is still in his prime. He is playing in the era of federer, Nadal and Murray.
Not liked, but will be the best tennis player ever!V12 Comments
She was not only a stud in track and field, she was dominant in the LPGA. In high school she was the star of her AAU team. Babe is a hall of fame track star and a hall of fame golfer. She also was an All American Basketball player. If that isn't an athelete then i don't know what is.
Absolutely best all around most dominating athlete, threw a baseball over 300ft as well,won 17 consecutive LPGA tournaments, next to her would be Jim ThorpeV1 Comment
Should be #1 on list. He is the best, most dominant athlete in team sports history! People let their hate impair their judgement. He was definitely more dominant than Jordan. The only athlete in team sports you could argue was better than Barry is Gretzky. This has to be the worst "Greatest" list I have ever seen!
Greatest athlete that most of my generation will ever see. What he does with a baseball bat is uncomparable to that of others. Not to mention he is a 8 time gold glover
Across the board Barry was great an athlete as anyone at anytime in any sport!
Best ever steroid induced athlete ever - counts for something.V2 Comments
Best snowboarder ever and top 10 skateboarder
I couldn't say who the greatest living athlete is. But I would put for contention that the greatest athlete was a runner.
He didn't break any speed records.
He had one race; one challenge, and he couldn't even finish that.
He did manage to run more consecutive marathons in consecutive days than anyone else-5, 373 km in 143 days.
That is an average of 23. 3 miles per day.
On one leg.
There is in any course of human endeavor--be it art, invention or sport where some times, on a very rare occassion, one person elevates something simple, beyond its simplicity and shows us not only what one person can achieve if motivated, but rather what all of us might if we harnassed the barest echo of that resolve.
I have noticed that frequently, your country loves the winner to the exclusion of all else.
Terry Fox could not complete his race. He was completing not just agaisnt the miles, but against his own body turned traitor. In the end ...more
Terry Fox had heart... And passion... And what he did was not for his own benefit, but for the benefit of all humans. In fact he died before he could complete his course, but boy, what a run. With one leg and the biggest heart, he has become the greatest Canadian, and by extension, the greatest athlete in the world.
"Perseverance" is the most important word in the world today and Terry Fox shown through this word to the people. Terry also shown the world that any athletes with disability that can compete at any level!
143 consecutive marathons on one leg. While at the same time he was dying of cancer. It is impossible to deny Terry Fox a high rank of the list of the greatest athletes of all time.V4 Comments
Even better that Kobe. If only he has better attitude and dedication towards the game including PRACTICE he could have stayed in the league longer and dominating.
iverson guys no one?
come on he was really a great player with an even greater heart
One of the best scorers and little we have in the nba
The best ball handler in the NBA - BillCipherV2 Comments
How come he is 93 he like the gratest passer in American soceer and landon your great on peanaltie kicks
He won the Sprint Cup 5 consecutive championships from 2006-2010. He is the 2006 Daytona 500 Champion he also has 57 cup wins.
5 championships in a row richard petty dale sr couldn't do it he should be in the top 10 at least
Tim Tebow is the place where faith and sports collide and merge,... INCREDIBLE!
Good Godly man should be higher
Tim Teblow, who played in the NFL for all of three years and won one playoff game, is only one spot below Jimmie Johnson, a six time champion in NASCAR and one of the top five (at least) greatest drivers of all-time. Oh wait, Tebow believes in Jeebus so he must be one of the best ever.V1 Comment
Nobody but nobody possessed the tremendous strength and blazing speed that Mantle had. If it hadn't had been for bad legs, injuries, and booze, he would have hit 800 home runs. He could have played pro football or basketball, exchanged punches with Marciano in the 50's as a professional boxer, been a powerlifter, or an Olympic decathlete. He was that talented. Mantle is, in my opinion, the greatest athlete ever. And he did it without steroids. Probably more fans paid to see Mantle play than any other athlete. Many fans also showed up early at the ballpark just see Mantle take batting practice. He is without a doubt the greatest clutch hitter in late innings MLB history. Mantle may be the fastest player ever and his perfect game-saving catch in the 1956 World Series is one of the best catches ever(very few center fielders ever could've made that play). Also, two players on the same team chasing Babe Ruth's homerun record (Mantle and Maris) is the second greatest athletic feat in ...more
He had blazing speed, was very strong, and had great eye-hand coordination. He naturally is degraded in the ranking by his injuries and drinking, but he would have been excellent in track, football or just about anything else he wanted to do.
Mickey Mantle is one of the most incredible and well rounded ball players to ever step onto a baseball diamond. The records and things he was able to accomplish, no one in history compares to him.
He was as great as Willie Mays.V3 Comments
Are you kidding me?! Look at some of these people on this list! Getting 100 steals and 100 blocks in a season is so crazy cause most gaurds aren't gonna block many shots and most big men aren't quick enough to get many steals. Jordan did it 2 times and Patrick Ewing did it twice also. Hakeem did it 12 times! And he's the only player to have recorded over 200 blocks and steals in a single season. That big man was powerful, skillful, and quick like a cat. Not bad for a soccer player! Ha!
He won his 2 championships in the 'Jordan era', so you could say that he is the second best only to Jordan - BillCipherV1 Comment
He is a kind of huge, strong and cute guy
No other player can play like him
Hockey ka jadugar, the magician of hockey, even Hitler was his fan...
He was one man army
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