For many years, we have all had that one favorite athlete who we acknowledged for their hard work, effort, and drive to never give up wanting to be the best. Here are 10 of the best professional athletes who have made it big in sports entertainment.
1. Jeff Hardy
When it comes to being a depth-defying high flyer, Jeff Hardy is that man. For over 20 years, Jeff Hardy has been an electrifying symbol of what it means to be a professional wrestler in both WWE and Impact Wrestling. Now yes, it is no surprise that most wrestling today is scripted and rehearsed, but Jeff Hardy chooses to go beyond the typical standard forms of wrestling. Instead of being low to the ground, Jeff Hardy prefers being high in the sky jumping from ladders and 50-foot steel cages. When choosing to dedicate yourself to a career that puts your body on the line, you can’t help but understand that it takes large amounts of cardio and endurance to be a high-flying wrestler.
2. Canelo Alvarez
Boxing has been one of the greatest sports of all time when it comes to intense combat, Canelo seems to be making a serious impact on the industry. Canelo Alvarez not only has been capturing multiple wins in a boxing ring, but he also remembers to keep his compassion on what it means to be a man of integrity representing his hometown of Guadalajara, Mexico. When it comes to collecting the gold, Canelo never fails.
3. Serena Willams
Serena Williams gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “Black Girl Magic”. Serena Williams is considered to be one of the all-time greatest tennis players where she displays unimaginable skills rivaling even the most skilled male players. She also loves showing her connection with the kids where she guest-starred as a character on the hit nickelodeon television series, Avatar the Last Airbender.
4. Usain Bolt
Usain bolt might as well be considered the fastest man on the planet where his primary sport is track and field of course. He also makes sure to keep a well-balanced combination of being an athlete because he also likes to take pleasure in a lot of other sports and where he has earned three gold medals in each Olympic Games that he has been in. Usain bolt can run 100 meters in 9.58 seconds, 200 meters in 19.19 seconds, and 4×1 relay 36.84 secs. 23.5 mph was his average speed because 9.58 sec in 100m x 60 x 60 is 23 mph but it takes a few seconds to accelerate. His top speed is 28 mph. He could have been the best in 300-meter hurdles. As slim as Usain Bolt looks, he has a strong bench press of 350 lbs. He is so good at football, baseball, and basketball.
5. Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan is a widely recognized athlete all over the world, he has achieved many awards including NBA rookie of the year, Slam-Dunk contest winner, six-time NBA championships, five NBA Most Valuable Player awards, has earned Olympic gold medals, had a spot on the 1992 dream-team, and was featured in thirteen all-star games, and that’s still not all of his accomplishments. Michael Jordan has earned all of these in just fourteen years in the NBA, which is considered rare. Let’s just say that even after retirement, Michael Jordan is the goat of all goats in basketball.
6. Muhammed Ali
Muhammed Ali is considered the most inspirational and most thrilling athlete of all time displaying his remarkable skills such as speed, coordination, accuracy. If you judge him addressing his whole boxing career, you will see the most honorable, durable, skilled warrior in the boxing arena and outside teaching us what is the importance of understanding racial equality. He is the best sportsman, most importantly he is the definition of man.
7. Christiano Ronaldo
Often considered as the best soccer player in the world and widely regarded as one of the greatest of all time, Christiano Ronaldo is named the best Portuguese player of all time by the Portuguese Football “Soccer” Federation, during its 100th-anniversary celebrations in 2014 and 2015. Christiano is the only player who won four European Golden Shoe awards. One of the most marketable athletes in the sport, in 2016 Forbes named Ronaldo the world’s highest-paid and most famous athlete.
8. Bruce Lee
From boxing to wrestling, Bruce Lee is considered the pioneer of mixed martial arts. This man has taught people not to limit themselves to one particular fighting style but to learn many other martial arts forms and become well-rounded. Bruce Lee aka “The Dragon” is considered superhuman and displays unbelievable athleticism, none of which any athletes posted here could even come close to. Do not judge Bruce Lee from his height, if you go up against this man, you are guaranteed to get smoked!
9. Tiger Woods
Sure, golf may not be as physical compared to most other sports, but Tiger Woods is the best athlete in the sport of golf because of all his accomplishments & is still young and will be achieving even more before he’s done. Tiger Woods has changed the sport of golf forever and created a new generation of players with his 82 wins 15 majors and countless unforgettable moments, he is quite simply the GOAT of golf.
10. Kobe Bryant
Without a doubt, we all loved Kobe ever since we were kids. Kobe may have only won 5 NBA rings, two of which he won practically by himself, but Kobe could take the Sixers bench and win still win a ring. Before Kobe Bryant retired at the age of 40, he scored 60 points, if that’s not incredible enough to at least make the top 10 then I don’t know what is. Kobe Bryant will always be a legend and a role model in all our lives. He always inspired everyone not just in basketball but in so many other people’s lives. He will always be number 1 in my heart. Rest in Peace Kobe Bryant.
Sports have always been a way to stay active and provide the best form of entertainment. But if you are dedicated enough, you can turn your favorite passion into a career-making you a future sports icon.
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