For sports fans, this is the greatest time of year. Why’s that? Because basically there’s something going on in every major sport, whether it’s preseason for the NHL and NBA, the early NFL season or the beginning of the playoff in baseball. Because there’s so much going on, it’s easy to get a constant sports fix, which can get overwhelming at times. But, just imagine if you were an athlete that participated in multiple sports. That, would get exhausting.
While being able to perfect your game in just sport is something that most of us can only dream of, there have plenty of athletes who have excelled in multiple sports. Sometimes a player most sacrifice one sport for other, Antonio Gates went with football instead of basketball and Jeff Samardzija picked baseball over football, but then there are the players who made a name for themselves simply because they were dynamic in two different sports. And, here are the ten best.
While on the White Sox, DeBusschere once threw a no-hitter. He also had a Hall of Fame Basketball career that included 8 All-Star teams, 6 NBA All-Defensive teams, and 2 championships with the Knicks from 1962-1974.
9. Harvey Pulford
Pulford lead the Ottawa Hockey Club that won the Stanley Cup three years in a row from 1893-1908. He also captured national championships in 1898, 1899, 1900, and 1902 with the Ottawa football club and was champion in rowing and boxing.
8. Herschel Walker
Walker may be best remembered for his NFL career, but he’s currently tackling a MMA career. But, back in high school, he was a fierce track and field. competitor.
7. Deion Sanders
Primetime could be considered the greatest cornerback of all-time. He also happened to play baseball during the same time.
6. Jim Brown
We all know that Jim Brown is perhaps the greatest running ever, but did you know that he was a very solid lacrosse player while at Syracuse? He was so great at the sport that he’s even been inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
5. Gene Conley
Conley is the only player to win world titles in 2 of the big 4 professional league, which was the 1957 World Series championship with the Milwaukee Braves and three NBA championships with the Boston Celtics.
4. Babe Didrikson Zaharias
Babe Didrikson Zaharias proved that men weren’t the only ones who could dominate multiple sports. After earning two gold medals during the 1932 Olympics (80-meter hurdles and javelin), she became a 10-time LPGA major champion.
3. Bo Jackson
We all know Bo. He was a beast of mythological legend. And, was also the first athlete to be named an All-Star in two different sports, baseball and football.
2. Bob Hayes
“Bullet Bob” Hayes won the fastest man in the world, took home gold medals in the 100 meters and 4×100 meters during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and then became a Hall of Famer for the Dallas Cowboys.
1. Jim Thorpe
Arguably the greatest athlete of all-time. Thorpe spent 7 years in MLB and 13 in the NFL. Before all that, he captured gold at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm for decathlon and pentathlon.
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