Most Intense Competitors in Sports History


The Top Ten

1 Michael Jordan Michael Jordan Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known by his initials, MJ, is an American retired professional basketball player.

Michael Jordan's intensity pours through his singular focus of winning... at everything. - anthonybecerra831

2 Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali (January 17th 1942 - June 3rd 2016) was an American former professional boxer . He was generally considered among the greatest heavyweights in the history of the sport.

Ali's intensity came through in countless ways. It showed itself in his performances, in his interviews and in his adherence to his beliefs. - anthonybecerra831

3 Kevin Garnett Kevin Garnett Kevin Maurice Garnett is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association.
4 Pat Tillman

Pat Tillman gave up the NFL out of an intense sense of duty to his country in light of the September 11th attacks. Tillman decided to join the Army. - anthonybecerra831

5 Jack Lambert

maniacal intensity on the field set the gold standard for all NFL defensive players. - anthonybecerra831

6 Larry Bird Larry Bird Larry Joe Bird is an American retired professional basketball player who played for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association. Bird is a 3x champ, 1x ROTY, 1x Finals MVP, 3x 3PT Contest winner, all with the Boston Celtics. (1979-1992)

a pioneer in the game of basketball in many ways. - anthonybecerra831

7 Jackie Robinson Jackie Robinson Jack Roosevelt Robinson was an American professional baseball player who became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era.

displayed what can only be called a reverse intensity. - anthonybecerra831

8 Diego Maradona Diego Maradona Diego Armando Maradona is a retired Argentine professional footballer. He is known for "The Goal of the Century" and the "Hand of God" goal.
9 Jake LaMotta Jake LaMotta

When the movie is titled after your nickname, "Raging Bull, " there is no doubt you're intense. - anthonybecerra831

10 Ray Lewis Ray Lewis Raymond Anthony Lewis Jr. is a former American football linebacker who played his entire 17-year career for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League.

Ray Lewis has been tormenting NFL offenses since he first stepped onto the field in 1996. - anthonybecerra831

The Contenders

11 John McEnroe John McEnroe John Patrick McEnroe Jr. is a retired American tennis player, often considered among the greatest in the history of the sport.
12 Rafael Nadal Rafael Nadal Rafael "Rafa" Nadal Parera is a Spanish professional tennis player, currently world No. 1 in men's singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals.
13 Charles Barkley Charles Barkley Charles Wade Barkley is an American retired professional basketball player and current analyst on the television program Inside the NBA.
14 Lee Murray

Murray was a feared MMA fighter with a thunderous punch. He was as intense outside the ring as he was in it. - anthonybecerra831

15 Dick Butkus Dick Butkus
16 Jerry Sloan
17 Tiger Woods Tiger Woods Eldrick Tont "Tiger" Woods is an American professional golfer who is among the most successful golfers of all time.
18 Lance Armstrong Lance Armstrong Lance Edward Armstrong is a former American professional road racing cyclist. At age 16, Armstrong began competing as a triathlete and was a national sprint-course triathlon champion in 1989 and 1990.
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