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1

Hank Aaron

  • American baseball right fielder who played for the Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers from 1954 to 1976
  • Best known for breaking Babe Ruth's longstanding all-time home runs record

2

Muhammad Ali

  • American heavyweight boxer active during the 1960s and 70s
  • Often called the "Greatest Of All Time", he was one of the most important athletes of the 20th century
  • He famously changed his name from Cassius Clay after joining the Nation of Islam
  • He won historic matches against Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier, and George Foreman

3

Arthur Ashe

  • American tennis player active from 1969 to 1980
  • Only African-American man to have won three different major championships

4

Ty Cobb

  • Hall of Fame American baseball outfielder who played most famously for the Detroit Tigers in the 1900s, 1910s, and 1920s
  • He still holds the records for highest career batting average and most career batting titles

5

Lou Gehrig

  • American baseball first baseman who played for the New York Yankees in the 1920s and 30s
  • Arguably the greatest first baseman ever, he was a 6-time World Series champion and a 2-time AL MVP
  • He was forced to retire in 1939 due to ALS, which claimed his life two years later

6

Michael Jordan

  • American basketball shooting guard for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards from 1984-2003
  • Regarded as the greatest basketball player of all time, he became one of the most famous athletes and celebrities in the world in the 1980s and 90s
  • He is known for his signature line of sneakers, his dunking and scoring ability, and his competitive will
  • He owns the highest per game scoring average in NBA history
  • Won 2 three-peats of NBA championships in the 1990s

7

Jesse Owens

American track and field sprinter and long jumper who famously starred in the 1936 Summer Olympics, winning 4 gold medals

8

Babe Ruth

  • American baseball pitcher and right fielder who played most famously for the New York Yankees in the 1910s, 20s, and 30s
  • Widely regarded as the greatest baseball player ever, he became a well-known celebrity in the Roaring Twenties and helped transform baseball
  • He notably held the record for career home runs until 1974, when Hank Aaron broke his record

9

Jackie Robinson

  • American baseball second baseman who played for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1940s and 50s
  • He is best known for being the first black MLB player of the modern era, breaking the color line when he debuted with the Dodgers in 1947
  • He was also a 6-time All-Star, 1-time World Series champion, and 1-time NL MVP
  • His number 42 is retired by all MLB teams

10

Jim Thorpe

  • American athlete of the 20th century who played multiple sports
  • Of mixed Native American and European American ancestry, he most famously won gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon at the 1912 Olympics
  • Considered one of the greatest pure athletes ever, he also spent time playing professional football, baseball, and basketball

11

Tiger Woods

  • American golfer who is seen by many as the best golfer of all time
  • Ever since turning pro in 1996 and memorably winning the 1997 Masters, he has broken many records and currently has the most career major wins and career PGA Tour wins of any active golfer
  • After dominating the sport during the 2000s, an admission of infidelity and subsequent divorce led to a slump in 2010-11, but he has since returned to top-3 form

12

Roger Federer

  • Swiss tennis player who is considered to be one of the greatest players of all time, if not the greatest
  • Winner of a record 17 Grand Slam singles titles
  • Notably has a longstanding rivalry with Rafael Nadal

13

Jack Nicklaus

  • American golfer who turned professional in 1961 and is widely viewed as the most accomplished golfer of all time
  • He notably holds the record for most career major championships, winning his final major at the 1986 Masters
  • He had a long rivalry with American golfer Arnold Palmer

14

Arnold Palmer

  • American golfer who turned pro in 1954 and became the first superstar of the sport's television age
  • He had a rivalry with his friend Jack Nicklaus and won 7 major championships
  • His name is used to designate a drink consisting of lemonade and iced tea

15

Magic Johnson

  • American basketball point guard who played for the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s
  • He is generally regarded as the greatest point guard ever, noted for his great size for the position
  • He is remembered for his showmanship and passing ability, and for helping to popularize the NBA on an international level along with Larry Bird and Michael Jordan
  • He won the NBA MVP award 3 times and won 5 NBA championships

16

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

  • American basketball center who played for the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s
  • A 3-time NCAA champion with John Wooden's UCLA Bruins and famous for his Sky Hook, he went on to become the NBA's all-time leading scorer
  • After converting to Islam in 1968, he notably changed his name from Lew Alcindor in 1971
  • He won a record 6 regular season MVP awards and 6 NBA championships

17

Larry Bird

  • American basketball small forward who played for the Boston Celtics in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s
  • Known for his all-around skills and shooting ability, he helped popularize basketball as a global game along with Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson
  • He was a 3-time NBA MVP and a 3-time NBA champion
  • He later became a coach and executive, and is the only person in NBA history to be named MVP, Coach of the Year, and Executive of the Year

18

Pelé

  • Brazilian soccer striker who played most famously for Santos in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s
  • Considered by many to be the greatest player of all time, having scored over 1000 goals in his career
  • Winner of a record 3 World Cups with Brazil in 1958, 1962, and 1970

19

Wayne Gretzky

  • Canadian ice hockey center who most famously played for the Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, and New York Rangers in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s
  • Nicknamed The Great One, he is widely regarded as the greatest hockey player ever, and holds numerous records
  • Most notably, he is the leading point-scorer in NHL history, and also won 9 Hart Trophies as the league's most valuable player
  • He won 4 Stanley Cup championships with the Oilers in the 80s

20

Diego Maradona

  • Argentine soccer attacker who played most notably for Boca Juniors, FC Barcelona, and Napoli from the 1970s through the 1990s
  • Considered the greatest player of all time along with Brazil's Pelé
  • Famously led Argentina to the 1986 World Cup title

21

  • American baseball right fielder who played for the Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers from 1954 to 1976
  • Best known for breaking Babe Ruth's longstanding all-time home runs record

Hank Aaron

22

  • American heavyweight boxer active during the 1960s and 70s
  • Often called the "Greatest Of All Time", he was one of the most important athletes of the 20th century
  • He famously changed his name from Cassius Clay after joining the Nation of Islam
  • He won historic matches against Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier, and George Foreman

Muhammad Ali

23

  • American tennis player active from 1969 to 1980
  • Only African-American man to have won three different major championships

Arthur Ashe

24

  • Hall of Fame American baseball outfielder who played most famously for the Detroit Tigers in the 1900s, 1910s, and 1920s
  • He still holds the records for highest career batting average and most career batting titles

Ty Cobb

25

  • American baseball first baseman who played for the New York Yankees in the 1920s and 30s
  • Arguably the greatest first baseman ever, he was a 6-time World Series champion and a 2-time AL MVP
  • He was forced to retire in 1939 due to ALS, which claimed his life two years later

Lou Gehrig

26

  • American basketball shooting guard for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards from 1984-2003
  • Regarded as the greatest basketball player of all time, he became one of the most famous athletes and celebrities in the world in the 1980s and 90s
  • He is known for his signature line of sneakers, his dunking and scoring ability, and his competitive will
  • He owns the highest per game scoring average in NBA history
  • Won 2 three-peats of NBA championships in the 1990s

Michael Jordan

27

American track and field sprinter and long jumper who famously starred in the 1936 Summer Olympics, winning 4 gold medals

Jesse Owens

28

  • American baseball pitcher and right fielder who played most famously for the New York Yankees in the 1910s, 20s, and 30s
  • Widely regarded as the greatest baseball player ever, he became a well-known celebrity in the Roaring Twenties and helped transform baseball
  • He notably held the record for career home runs until 1974, when Hank Aaron broke his record

Babe Ruth

29

  • American baseball second baseman who played for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1940s and 50s
  • He is best known for being the first black MLB player of the modern era, breaking the color line when he debuted with the Dodgers in 1947
  • He was also a 6-time All-Star, 1-time World Series champion, and 1-time NL MVP
  • His number 42 is retired by all MLB teams

Jackie Robinson

30

  • American athlete of the 20th century who played multiple sports
  • Of mixed Native American and European American ancestry, he most famously won gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon at the 1912 Olympics
  • Considered one of the greatest pure athletes ever, he also spent time playing professional football, baseball, and basketball

Jim Thorpe

31

  • American golfer who is seen by many as the best golfer of all time
  • Ever since turning pro in 1996 and memorably winning the 1997 Masters, he has broken many records and currently has the most career major wins and career PGA Tour wins of any active golfer
  • After dominating the sport during the 2000s, an admission of infidelity and subsequent divorce led to a slump in 2010-11, but he has since returned to top-3 form

Tiger Woods

32

  • Swiss tennis player who is considered to be one of the greatest players of all time, if not the greatest
  • Winner of a record 17 Grand Slam singles titles
  • Notably has a longstanding rivalry with Rafael Nadal

Roger Federer

33

  • American golfer who turned professional in 1961 and is widely viewed as the most accomplished golfer of all time
  • He notably holds the record for most career major championships, winning his final major at the 1986 Masters
  • He had a long rivalry with American golfer Arnold Palmer

Jack Nicklaus

34

  • American golfer who turned pro in 1954 and became the first superstar of the sport's television age
  • He had a rivalry with his friend Jack Nicklaus and won 7 major championships
  • His name is used to designate a drink consisting of lemonade and iced tea

Arnold Palmer

35

  • American basketball point guard who played for the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s
  • He is generally regarded as the greatest point guard ever, noted for his great size for the position
  • He is remembered for his showmanship and passing ability, and for helping to popularize the NBA on an international level along with Larry Bird and Michael Jordan
  • He won the NBA MVP award 3 times and won 5 NBA championships

Magic Johnson

36

  • American basketball center who played for the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s
  • A 3-time NCAA champion with John Wooden's UCLA Bruins and famous for his Sky Hook, he went on to become the NBA's all-time leading scorer
  • After converting to Islam in 1968, he notably changed his name from Lew Alcindor in 1971
  • He won a record 6 regular season MVP awards and 6 NBA championships

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

37

  • American basketball small forward who played for the Boston Celtics in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s
  • Known for his all-around skills and shooting ability, he helped popularize basketball as a global game along with Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson
  • He was a 3-time NBA MVP and a 3-time NBA champion
  • He later became a coach and executive, and is the only person in NBA history to be named MVP, Coach of the Year, and Executive of the Year

Larry Bird

38

  • Brazilian soccer striker who played most famously for Santos in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s
  • Considered by many to be the greatest player of all time, having scored over 1000 goals in his career
  • Winner of a record 3 World Cups with Brazil in 1958, 1962, and 1970

Pelé

39

  • Canadian ice hockey center who most famously played for the Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, and New York Rangers in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s
  • Nicknamed The Great One, he is widely regarded as the greatest hockey player ever, and holds numerous records
  • Most notably, he is the leading point-scorer in NHL history, and also won 9 Hart Trophies as the league's most valuable player
  • He won 4 Stanley Cup championships with the Oilers in the 80s

Wayne Gretzky

40

  • Argentine soccer attacker who played most notably for Boca Juniors, FC Barcelona, and Napoli from the 1970s through the 1990s
  • Considered the greatest player of all time along with Brazil's Pelé
  • Famously led Argentina to the 1986 World Cup title

Diego Maradona

41

Jim Brown

  • American football running back who played for the Cleveland Browns from 1957-65
  • He is regarded as one of the greatest players in NFL history
  • He was an 8-time NFL rushing champion and 3-time NFL MVP
  • He was a multi-sport athlete in high school and in college at Syracuse, where he was a first-team All-American in lacrosse
  • After retiring he had a mildly successful acting career

42

Usain Bolt

  • Jamaican sprinter who won Olympic gold medals in his three events at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games
  • Holds the world record in both the 100m and the 200m

43

Lionel Messi

  • Argentine soccer attacker who plays for FC Barcelona
  • Currently regarded as the world's best player, and one of the greatest ever
  • Broke the world record for goals scored in a calendar year in 2012

44

Cristiano Ronaldo

  • Portuguese soccer attacker who plays for Real Madrid, and formerly for Manchester United
  • Named the world's best player in 2008 and 2013

45

LeBron James

  • American basketball forward who has played for the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Winner of 2 NBA championships with the Heat and 4 NBA MVP awards
  • He controversially left Cleveland to join the Heat in 2010 despite growing up in Ohio, but returned to the Cavs in 2014
  • Widely considered at present to be the best basketball player in the world

46

Shaquille O'Neal

  • American basketball center who played most notably for the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, and Miami Heat
  • Winner of 4 NBA championships and the 2000 NBA MVP award
  • Famed for his enormous size and accompanying larger-than-life persona

47

Kobe Bryant

  • American basketball shooting guard who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers
  • Winner of 5 NBA championships and the 2008 NBA MVP award
  • Considered the greatest shooting guard since Michael Jordan, he is also renowned for his competitive spirit

48

Novak Djokovic

  • Serbian tennis player ranked no. 1 in the world as of mid-2014
  • Winner of 7 Grand Slam singles trophies
  • With Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, he formed part of the longest stretch of dominance by three men in tennis history, winning 29 of 30 Grand Slam titles available from 2004 to 2012

49

Andre Agassi

  • American tennis player who played in the 1980s, 90s, and 2000s
  • Winner of 8 Grand Slam singles titles, with wins at all 4 majors giving him the career Grand Slam
  • Famously had a rivalry with fellow American Pete Sampras throughout their careers

50

Rafael Nadal

  • Spanish tennis player
  • Considered the greatest clay court player of all time, with a record 9 French Open titles
  • Winner of 14 Grand Slam singles titles
  • Notably has a longstanding rivalry with Roger Federer

51

Moses Malone

  • American basketball center who played in both the ABA and NBA from the 1970s through the mid-90s
  • He is noted for his ferocious rebounding and for being the first player to successfully jump from high school to the pros
  • He won the NBA MVP award 3 times and led the Philadelphia 76ers to the NBA title in 1983

52

Pete Sampras

  • American tennis player who played in the 1980s, 90s, and 2000s
  • Held the record for most Grand Slam singles titles with 14 until Roger Federer broke his record in 2009
  • Famously had a rivalry with fellow American Andre Agassi throughout their careers

53

John McEnroe

  • American tennis player who played in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s
  • Winner of 7 Grand Slam singles titles
  • Famed for his short temper and furious outbursts on the court

54

Serena Williams

  • American tennis player who is the first female player to have won over $50 million in prize money
  • As of mid-2014, she has won 17 Grand Slam singles titles and 13 Grand Slam doubles titles, all with her sister Venus 
  • She won the gold medal in women's singles at the 2012 Olympic Games in London

55

Bill Russell

  • American basketball center who played for the Boston Celtics in the 1950s and 60s
  • Known as a great rebounder and defender, he keyed a Celtics dynasty that saw him win 11 NBA titles in 13 seasons
  • A prominent figure in the Civil Rights Movement, he had a rivalry with Wilt Chamberlain

56

Wilt Chamberlain

  • American basketball center who played for the Philadelphia (later San Francisco) Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s
  • A rival to Celtics great Bill Russell, he set multiple NBA records (including the single-game scoring record, 100 points) and is remembered as an imposing athletic specimen
  • He won 4 NBA MVP awards and 2 NBA titles

57

Julius Erving

  • American basketball small forward who played in both the ABA and NBA in the 1970s and 80s
  • Nicknamed Dr. J, he popularized midair play and dunking, serving as an inspiration to later stars like David Thompson and Michael Jordan
  • He won the NBA MVP award in 1981 and won a championship with the Philadelphia 76ers in 1983

58

Jerry West

  • American basketball guard who played for the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1960s and 70s
  • Nicknamed Mr. Clutch, his silhouette was incorporated into the NBA's logo
  • A 14-time NBA All-Star, he won the NBA championship in 1972
  • Since retiring as a player, he has held multiple executive positions for NBA teams, earning praise for his savvy personnel decisions

59

Oscar Robertson

  • American basketball guard who played for the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks in the 1960s and 70s
  • Nicknamed The Big O, he is the only player in NBA history to average a triple-double for an entire season
  • He won one NBA MVP award and one NBA title

60

Johann Cruyff

  • Dutch soccer attacker and manager who played most notably for Ajax Amsterdam and FC Barcelona from the 1960s to the 1980s
  • Centerpiece of the "Total Football" Dutch and Ajax sides of the 1970s
  • Brought his football philosophies to Barcelona, and later managed the side to its first European crown

61

  • American football running back who played for the Cleveland Browns from 1957-65
  • He is regarded as one of the greatest players in NFL history
  • He was an 8-time NFL rushing champion and 3-time NFL MVP
  • He was a multi-sport athlete in high school and in college at Syracuse, where he was a first-team All-American in lacrosse
  • After retiring he had a mildly successful acting career

Jim Brown

62

  • Jamaican sprinter who won Olympic gold medals in his three events at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games
  • Holds the world record in both the 100m and the 200m

Usain Bolt

63

  • Argentine soccer attacker who plays for FC Barcelona
  • Currently regarded as the world's best player, and one of the greatest ever
  • Broke the world record for goals scored in a calendar year in 2012

Lionel Messi

64

  • Portuguese soccer attacker who plays for Real Madrid, and formerly for Manchester United
  • Named the world's best player in 2008 and 2013

Cristiano Ronaldo

65

  • American basketball forward who has played for the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Winner of 2 NBA championships with the Heat and 4 NBA MVP awards
  • He controversially left Cleveland to join the Heat in 2010 despite growing up in Ohio, but returned to the Cavs in 2014
  • Widely considered at present to be the best basketball player in the world

LeBron James

66

  • American basketball center who played most notably for the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, and Miami Heat
  • Winner of 4 NBA championships and the 2000 NBA MVP award
  • Famed for his enormous size and accompanying larger-than-life persona

Shaquille O'Neal

67

  • American basketball shooting guard who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers
  • Winner of 5 NBA championships and the 2008 NBA MVP award
  • Considered the greatest shooting guard since Michael Jordan, he is also renowned for his competitive spirit

Kobe Bryant

68

  • Serbian tennis player ranked no. 1 in the world as of mid-2014
  • Winner of 7 Grand Slam singles trophies
  • With Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, he formed part of the longest stretch of dominance by three men in tennis history, winning 29 of 30 Grand Slam titles available from 2004 to 2012

Novak Djokovic

69

  • American tennis player who played in the 1980s, 90s, and 2000s
  • Winner of 8 Grand Slam singles titles, with wins at all 4 majors giving him the career Grand Slam
  • Famously had a rivalry with fellow American Pete Sampras throughout their careers

Andre Agassi

70

  • Spanish tennis player
  • Considered the greatest clay court player of all time, with a record 9 French Open titles
  • Winner of 14 Grand Slam singles titles
  • Notably has a longstanding rivalry with Roger Federer

Rafael Nadal

71

  • American basketball center who played in both the ABA and NBA from the 1970s through the mid-90s
  • He is noted for his ferocious rebounding and for being the first player to successfully jump from high school to the pros
  • He won the NBA MVP award 3 times and led the Philadelphia 76ers to the NBA title in 1983

Moses Malone

72

  • American tennis player who played in the 1980s, 90s, and 2000s
  • Held the record for most Grand Slam singles titles with 14 until Roger Federer broke his record in 2009
  • Famously had a rivalry with fellow American Andre Agassi throughout their careers

Pete Sampras

73

  • American tennis player who played in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s
  • Winner of 7 Grand Slam singles titles
  • Famed for his short temper and furious outbursts on the court

John McEnroe

74

  • American tennis player who is the first female player to have won over $50 million in prize money
  • As of mid-2014, she has won 17 Grand Slam singles titles and 13 Grand Slam doubles titles, all with her sister Venus 
  • She won the gold medal in women's singles at the 2012 Olympic Games in London

Serena Williams

75

  • American basketball center who played for the Boston Celtics in the 1950s and 60s
  • Known as a great rebounder and defender, he keyed a Celtics dynasty that saw him win 11 NBA titles in 13 seasons
  • A prominent figure in the Civil Rights Movement, he had a rivalry with Wilt Chamberlain

Bill Russell

76

  • American basketball center who played for the Philadelphia (later San Francisco) Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s
  • A rival to Celtics great Bill Russell, he set multiple NBA records (including the single-game scoring record, 100 points) and is remembered as an imposing athletic specimen
  • He won 4 NBA MVP awards and 2 NBA titles

Wilt Chamberlain

77

  • American basketball small forward who played in both the ABA and NBA in the 1970s and 80s
  • Nicknamed Dr. J, he popularized midair play and dunking, serving as an inspiration to later stars like David Thompson and Michael Jordan
  • He won the NBA MVP award in 1981 and won a championship with the Philadelphia 76ers in 1983

Julius Erving

78

  • American basketball guard who played for the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1960s and 70s
  • Nicknamed Mr. Clutch, his silhouette was incorporated into the NBA's logo
  • A 14-time NBA All-Star, he won the NBA championship in 1972
  • Since retiring as a player, he has held multiple executive positions for NBA teams, earning praise for his savvy personnel decisions

Jerry West

79

  • American basketball guard who played for the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks in the 1960s and 70s
  • Nicknamed The Big O, he is the only player in NBA history to average a triple-double for an entire season
  • He won one NBA MVP award and one NBA title

Oscar Robertson

80

  • Dutch soccer attacker and manager who played most notably for Ajax Amsterdam and FC Barcelona from the 1960s to the 1980s
  • Centerpiece of the "Total Football" Dutch and Ajax sides of the 1970s
  • Brought his football philosophies to Barcelona, and later managed the side to its first European crown

Johann Cruyff

81

Venus Williams

  • American tennis player who in early 2002 became the first African-American woman to become ranked no. 1 in the world during the Open Era
  • She has won 7 Grand Slam singles titles and 13 Grand Slam doubles titles, all with her sister Serena
  • She won the gold medal in women's singles at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney

82

Alfredo DiStefano

  • Argentine soccer striker who played most notably for Real Madrid in the 1950s and 1960s
  • Led Real Madrid to the first 5 European Cups to establish them as arguably the biggest soccer club in the world

83

Ronaldo

  • Brazilian soccer striker who played most famously for Inter Milan and Real Madrid during the 1990s and 2000s
  • Named the world's best player 3 times around the turn of the millenium
  • Led Brazil to its record 5th World Cup win in 2002
  • Was the all-time leading scorer in World Cup tournaments until 2014

84

Ronaldinho

  • Brazilian soccer attacking midfielder who played most notably for Barcelona and AC Milan in the 2000s
  • Voted the world's best player in 2004 and 2005
  • Won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002
  • Regarded fondly worldwide because of his showmanship, enthusiasm, and flamboyant playing style

85

Zinedine Zidane

  • French soccer attacking midfielder who played most notably for Juventus and Real Madrid in the 1990s and 2000s
  • Led France to the World Cup in 1998, which was held in France
  • Infamously sent off with a red card for headbutting an opponent in his last game ever in the World Cup Final of 2006

86

George Best

  • Northern Irish soccer winger who played most notably for Manchester United in the 1960s and 70s
  • Became one of the world's first celebrity soccer players when starring for Manchester United, winning the European Cup and being named European footballer of the year in 1968
  • Suffered from alcoholism as his career was cut short

87

Franz Beckenbauer

  • German soccer sweeper who played most famously for FC Bayern Munich in the 1960s and 70s
  • Only man to have won the World Cup as both captain and coach of his national team
  • Arguably considered the greatest defender in soccer history

88

David Beckham

  • English soccer midfielder who played for Manchester United, Real Madrid, and the Los Angeles Galaxy from the 1990s to the 2010s
  • A global icon with his wife Victoria, formerly Posh Spice of the Spice Girls
  • Became the first marquee soccer player to join the MLS in 2007

89

Bobby Charlton

  • English soccer midfielder who played for Manchester United in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s
  • Considered the greatest English player of all time, he led England to its only major tournament victory at the 1966 World Cup held in England

90

Sandy Koufax

  • American baseball pitcher who played for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1950s and 60s
  • Noted for retiring at the young age of 30, he nonetheless won 4 World Series championships, 3 Cy Young Awards, and 1 NL MVP
  • In 1972 he became the youngest player ever elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

91

Joe DiMaggio

  • American baseball center fielder who played for the New York Yankees in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s
  • A 3-time AL MVP, he won 9 World Series championships
  • He is best remembered for his record 56-game hitting streak, which still stands
  • He famously married Marilyn Monroe, and his brothers Dom and Vince also played in the major leagues

92

Mickey Mantle

  • American baseball center fielder who played for the New York Yankees in the 1950s and 60s
  • Widely considered to be the greatest switch hitter of all time, he is remembered for his hitting ability, winning the Triple Crown in 1956
  • He won 3 AL MVPs and 7 World Series championships

93

Cy Young

  • American baseball pitcher who played for 5 teams in the 1890s, 1900s, and 1910s
  • He holds the records for most career wins and innings pitched
  • An MLB award was established in his memory to honor each season's best pitcher

94

Johnny Unitas

  • Lituanian-American football quarterback who played most famously for the Baltimore Colts in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s
  • Considered by many to be the first great modern QB, he set many records and was named NFL MVP 3 times
  • He won 2 NFL championships and 1 Super Bowl championship

95

Jerry Rice

  • American football wide receiver who played most famously for the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders in the 1980s, 90s, and 2000s
  • Considered the greatest wide receiver of all time, holding many receiving records, and among the greatest players in the history of the sport
  • Winner of 3 Super Bowls with the 49ers

96

Joe Montana

  • American football quarterback who played for the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s
  • Winner of a record 4 Super Bowls as quarterback of the 49ers
  • Considered by many as the greatest quarterback of all time

97

Dan Marino

  • American football quarterback who played for the Miami Dolphins from 1983 to 1999
  • Winner of the NFL MVP award in 1984
  • Held many single-season passing records until most were broken in recent years as the league has become more pass-oriented

98

Bobby Orr

  • Canadian ice hockey defenseman who played for the Boston Bruins and Chicago Black Hawks in the 1960s and 70s
  • A high-scoring playmaker as a defenseman, he revolutionized the position and is the only defenseman to have won the league scoring title, doing so twice
  • He won 3 MVP awards and 8 straight Norris Trophies, awarded to the NHL's top defenseman

99

Gordy Howe

  • Canadian ice hockey right winger who played professionally from the 1940s through 1980, notably for the Detroit Red Wings and Hartford Whalers
  • Considered one of the greatest players of all time, he is nicknamed Mr. Hockey and won 6 Hart Trophies and led the league in scoring 6 times

100

Bobby Hull

  • Canadian ice hockey left winger who played for the Winnipeg Jets, Hartford Whalers, and Chicago Black Hawks from the 1950s through 1980
  • Widely viewed as the best left winger ever, he was noted for his speed and powerful slapshot
  • A 2-time Hart Trophy winner and 1-time Stanley Cup champion, his son Brett became a Hall of Fame hockey player himself in the 1980s, 90s, and 2000s

101

  • American tennis player who in early 2002 became the first African-American woman to become ranked no. 1 in the world during the Open Era
  • She has won 7 Grand Slam singles titles and 13 Grand Slam doubles titles, all with her sister Serena
  • She won the gold medal in women's singles at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney

Venus Williams

102

  • Argentine soccer striker who played most notably for Real Madrid in the 1950s and 1960s
  • Led Real Madrid to the first 5 European Cups to establish them as arguably the biggest soccer club in the world

Alfredo DiStefano

103

  • Brazilian soccer striker who played most famously for Inter Milan and Real Madrid during the 1990s and 2000s
  • Named the world's best player 3 times around the turn of the millenium
  • Led Brazil to its record 5th World Cup win in 2002
  • Was the all-time leading scorer in World Cup tournaments until 2014

Ronaldo

104

  • Brazilian soccer attacking midfielder who played most notably for Barcelona and AC Milan in the 2000s
  • Voted the world's best player in 2004 and 2005
  • Won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002
  • Regarded fondly worldwide because of his showmanship, enthusiasm, and flamboyant playing style

Ronaldinho

105

  • French soccer attacking midfielder who played most notably for Juventus and Real Madrid in the 1990s and 2000s
  • Led France to the World Cup in 1998, which was held in France
  • Infamously sent off with a red card for headbutting an opponent in his last game ever in the World Cup Final of 2006

Zinedine Zidane

106

  • Northern Irish soccer winger who played most notably for Manchester United in the 1960s and 70s
  • Became one of the world's first celebrity soccer players when starring for Manchester United, winning the European Cup and being named European footballer of the year in 1968
  • Suffered from alcoholism as his career was cut short

George Best

107

  • German soccer sweeper who played most famously for FC Bayern Munich in the 1960s and 70s
  • Only man to have won the World Cup as both captain and coach of his national team
  • Arguably considered the greatest defender in soccer history

Franz Beckenbauer

108

  • English soccer midfielder who played for Manchester United, Real Madrid, and the Los Angeles Galaxy from the 1990s to the 2010s
  • A global icon with his wife Victoria, formerly Posh Spice of the Spice Girls
  • Became the first marquee soccer player to join the MLS in 2007

David Beckham

109

  • English soccer midfielder who played for Manchester United in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s
  • Considered the greatest English player of all time, he led England to its only major tournament victory at the 1966 World Cup held in England

Bobby Charlton

110

  • American baseball pitcher who played for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1950s and 60s
  • Noted for retiring at the young age of 30, he nonetheless won 4 World Series championships, 3 Cy Young Awards, and 1 NL MVP
  • In 1972 he became the youngest player ever elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

Sandy Koufax

111

  • American baseball center fielder who played for the New York Yankees in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s
  • A 3-time AL MVP, he won 9 World Series championships
  • He is best remembered for his record 56-game hitting streak, which still stands
  • He famously married Marilyn Monroe, and his brothers Dom and Vince also played in the major leagues

Joe DiMaggio

112

  • American baseball center fielder who played for the New York Yankees in the 1950s and 60s
  • Widely considered to be the greatest switch hitter of all time, he is remembered for his hitting ability, winning the Triple Crown in 1956
  • He won 3 AL MVPs and 7 World Series championships

Mickey Mantle

113

  • American baseball pitcher who played for 5 teams in the 1890s, 1900s, and 1910s
  • He holds the records for most career wins and innings pitched
  • An MLB award was established in his memory to honor each season's best pitcher

Cy Young

114

  • Lituanian-American football quarterback who played most famously for the Baltimore Colts in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s
  • Considered by many to be the first great modern QB, he set many records and was named NFL MVP 3 times
  • He won 2 NFL championships and 1 Super Bowl championship

Johnny Unitas

115

  • American football wide receiver who played most famously for the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders in the 1980s, 90s, and 2000s
  • Considered the greatest wide receiver of all time, holding many receiving records, and among the greatest players in the history of the sport
  • Winner of 3 Super Bowls with the 49ers

Jerry Rice

116

  • American football quarterback who played for the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s
  • Winner of a record 4 Super Bowls as quarterback of the 49ers
  • Considered by many as the greatest quarterback of all time

Joe Montana

117

  • American football quarterback who played for the Miami Dolphins from 1983 to 1999
  • Winner of the NFL MVP award in 1984
  • Held many single-season passing records until most were broken in recent years as the league has become more pass-oriented

Dan Marino

118

  • Canadian ice hockey defenseman who played for the Boston Bruins and Chicago Black Hawks in the 1960s and 70s
  • A high-scoring playmaker as a defenseman, he revolutionized the position and is the only defenseman to have won the league scoring title, doing so twice
  • He won 3 MVP awards and 8 straight Norris Trophies, awarded to the NHL's top defenseman

Bobby Orr

119

  • Canadian ice hockey right winger who played professionally from the 1940s through 1980, notably for the Detroit Red Wings and Hartford Whalers
  • Considered one of the greatest players of all time, he is nicknamed Mr. Hockey and won 6 Hart Trophies and led the league in scoring 6 times

Gordy Howe

120

  • Canadian ice hockey left winger who played for the Winnipeg Jets, Hartford Whalers, and Chicago Black Hawks from the 1950s through 1980
  • Widely viewed as the best left winger ever, he was noted for his speed and powerful slapshot
  • A 2-time Hart Trophy winner and 1-time Stanley Cup champion, his son Brett became a Hall of Fame hockey player himself in the 1980s, 90s, and 2000s

Bobby Hull

121

Mario Lemieux

  • Canadian ice hockey center who played for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1980s, 90s, and 2000s
  • Despite many health problems and injuries, he had a stellar career and is regarded as one of hockey's all-time greats
  • He was the NHL's MVP 3 times and won 2 Stanley Cup titles
  • He later became owner of the Penguins, and won a Stanley Cup as owner in 2009

122

Mark Messier

  • Canadian ice hockey center who played most notably for the Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers in the 1970s, 80s, 90s, and 2000s
  • He won 5 Stanley Cups with the Oilers and another with the Rangers in 1994
  • He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007

123

Michael Phelps

  • American swimmer who notably qualified for the 2000 Summer Olympics at the age of 15
  • He has gone on to become the most decorated Olympian of all time, with 22 total medals
  • He has won a record 18 Olympic gold medals and famously won 8 gold medals at the 2008 Games alone

124

Michelle Kwan

  • Highly popular American figure skater who became the most decorated figure skater in American history while competing in the 1990s and 2000s
  • She was a 9-time U.S. champion, 5-time world champion, and 2-time Olympic medalist in singles

125

Carl Lewis

  • American sprinter and long jumper who competed from the 1970s until 1997
  • He won 10 Olympic medals and 10 World Championship medals in total
  • At the 1984 Olympics he famously matched Jesse Owens's feat of winning gold in all 4 of his events at a single Games
  • He won his last Olympic gold in the long jump in 1996

126

Mark Spitz

  • American swimmer who famously won a record 7 gold medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics alone, a record that was only surpassed by Michael Phelps's 8 gold medals in 2008
  • He remains the only person to have set new world records in all events in which he competed, which he accomplised at the 1972 Games

127

Jackie Joyner-Kersee

  • American track and field athlete who competed in the heptathlon and long jump in the 1980s and 90s
  • She won medals in the two events in four different Olympic Games, most notably winning gold in both events at the 1988 Games in Seoul
  • She is widely regarded as one of the best female athletes of the 20th century

128

Sidney Crosby

  • Canadian ice hockey center who currently plays for the Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Selected first overall in the 2005 draft, he won the Hart Memorial Trophy in 2007 and 2014
  • He led the Penguins to the Stanley Cup title in 2009 and Canada to the gold medal at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics

129

Alexander Ovechkin

  • Russian ice hockey left winger who has played for either the Washington Capitals or Dynamo Moscow (of the Russian Superleague) since 2001
  • He was NHL rookie of the year in 2006 and won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's MVP in 2008, 2009, and 2013

130

Michael Johnson

  • American track and field sprinter who competed in the late 1980s, 90s, and early 2000s
  • He is seen as one of the greatest long sprinters of all time, noted for his unconventional upright running style
  • He famously became the only man to win gold in both the 200m and 400m at the same Olympic Games, which he did in 1996
  • His world record time in the 200m, set at the 1996 Games, stood for 12 years

131

Barry Bonds

  • American baseball left fielder who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants in the 1980s, 90s, and 2000s
  • The son of a former MLB All-Star, he won a record 7 (NL) MVP awards
  • He also holds the records for career home runs and home runs in a season
  • In recent years his career has been called into question, due to his alleged use of illegal steroids

132

Alex Rodriguez

  • American baseball shortstop and third baseman who has played for the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, and New York Yankees since 1994
  • He is a 3-time AL MVP who has also won 2 Gold Glove Awards and 1 World Series title
  • Regarded as one of baseball's greatest all-around players, he controversially admitted in 2009 to having used steroids from 2001-03

133

Lance Armstrong

  • American cyclist who won a record 7 straight Tour de France competitions from 1999-2005
  • He is famed for having overcome testicular cancer in the 1990s to return to professional cycling
  • In 2012 he was stripped of his Tour de France wins for having used performance-enhancing drugs

134

Derek Jeter

  • American baseball shortstop who has played for the New York Yankees since 1995
  • He is a 5-time World Series champion and is regarded as one of the greatest shortstops ever
  • He is the Yankees' career leader in hits and games played

135

Albert Pujols

  • Dominican-American baseball first baseman who has played for both the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim since debuting in 2001
  • A 3-time NL MVP and 2-time World Series champion with the Cardinals, he is the only player in history to bat at least .300 with 30 or more home runs and 100 or more RBIs in his first 10 seasons

136

Ichiro Suzuki

  • Japanese baseball outfielder who has played professionally since the early 90s, most notably for the Seattle Mariners
  • He has won 10 Gold Glove Awards, 1 AL MVP, and 2 AL batting championships
  • He had a record 10 consecutive 200-hit seasons

137

Roger Bannister

  • English athlete of the 1950s
  • Best known for being the first man to run a mile in under four minutes, achieved in 1954

138

Pete Rose

  • American baseball player who played multiple positions during a career that lasted from the early 1960s until 1986
  • Most famously playing for the Cincinnati Reds, he is the all-time MLB leader in hits, and won 3 World Series titles and 1 NL MVP
  • Despite his accomplishments he is banned from induction into the Hall of Fame because of his gambling on baseball games while playing and managing the Reds

139

Bill Belichick

  • American football coach who is currently the head coach of the New England Patriots
  • He is the most successful NFL head coach of the 21st century, having led his team to five Super Bowl appearances, three of them victories

140

Cal Ripken, Jr.

  • American baseball shortstop and third baseman who played for the Baltimore Orioles in the 1980s, 90s, and 2000s
  • He is best known for holding the record for consecutive games played
  • He won the AL MVP twice and also won a World Series title

141

  • Canadian ice hockey center who played for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1980s, 90s, and 2000s
  • Despite many health problems and injuries, he had a stellar career and is regarded as one of hockey's all-time greats
  • He was the NHL's MVP 3 times and won 2 Stanley Cup titles
  • He later became owner of the Penguins, and won a Stanley Cup as owner in 2009

Mario Lemieux

142

  • Canadian ice hockey center who played most notably for the Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers in the 1970s, 80s, 90s, and 2000s
  • He won 5 Stanley Cups with the Oilers and another with the Rangers in 1994
  • He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007

Mark Messier

143

  • American swimmer who notably qualified for the 2000 Summer Olympics at the age of 15
  • He has gone on to become the most decorated Olympian of all time, with 22 total medals
  • He has won a record 18 Olympic gold medals and famously won 8 gold medals at the 2008 Games alone

Michael Phelps

144

  • Highly popular American figure skater who became the most decorated figure skater in American history while competing in the 1990s and 2000s
  • She was a 9-time U.S. champion, 5-time world champion, and 2-time Olympic medalist in singles

Michelle Kwan

145

  • American sprinter and long jumper who competed from the 1970s until 1997
  • He won 10 Olympic medals and 10 World Championship medals in total
  • At the 1984 Olympics he famously matched Jesse Owens's feat of winning gold in all 4 of his events at a single Games
  • He won his last Olympic gold in the long jump in 1996

Carl Lewis

146

  • American swimmer who famously won a record 7 gold medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics alone, a record that was only surpassed by Michael Phelps's 8 gold medals in 2008
  • He remains the only person to have set new world records in all events in which he competed, which he accomplised at the 1972 Games

Mark Spitz

147

  • American track and field athlete who competed in the heptathlon and long jump in the 1980s and 90s
  • She won medals in the two events in four different Olympic Games, most notably winning gold in both events at the 1988 Games in Seoul
  • She is widely regarded as one of the best female athletes of the 20th century

Jackie Joyner-Kersee

148

  • Canadian ice hockey center who currently plays for the Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Selected first overall in the 2005 draft, he won the Hart Memorial Trophy in 2007 and 2014
  • He led the Penguins to the Stanley Cup title in 2009 and Canada to the gold medal at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics

Sidney Crosby

149

  • Russian ice hockey left winger who has played for either the Washington Capitals or Dynamo Moscow (of the Russian Superleague) since 2001
  • He was NHL rookie of the year in 2006 and won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's MVP in 2008, 2009, and 2013

Alexander Ovechkin

150

  • American track and field sprinter who competed in the late 1980s, 90s, and early 2000s
  • He is seen as one of the greatest long sprinters of all time, noted for his unconventional upright running style
  • He famously became the only man to win gold in both the 200m and 400m at the same Olympic Games, which he did in 1996
  • His world record time in the 200m, set at the 1996 Games, stood for 12 years

Michael Johnson

151

  • American baseball left fielder who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants in the 1980s, 90s, and 2000s
  • The son of a former MLB All-Star, he won a record 7 (NL) MVP awards
  • He also holds the records for career home runs and home runs in a season
  • In recent years his career has been called into question, due to his alleged use of illegal steroids

Barry Bonds

152

  • American baseball shortstop and third baseman who has played for the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, and New York Yankees since 1994
  • He is a 3-time AL MVP who has also won 2 Gold Glove Awards and 1 World Series title
  • Regarded as one of baseball's greatest all-around players, he controversially admitted in 2009 to having used steroids from 2001-03

Alex Rodriguez

153

  • American cyclist who won a record 7 straight Tour de France competitions from 1999-2005
  • He is famed for having overcome testicular cancer in the 1990s to return to professional cycling
  • In 2012 he was stripped of his Tour de France wins for having used performance-enhancing drugs

Lance Armstrong

154

  • American baseball shortstop who has played for the New York Yankees since 1995
  • He is a 5-time World Series champion and is regarded as one of the greatest shortstops ever
  • He is the Yankees' career leader in hits and games played

Derek Jeter

155

  • Dominican-American baseball first baseman who has played for both the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim since debuting in 2001
  • A 3-time NL MVP and 2-time World Series champion with the Cardinals, he is the only player in history to bat at least .300 with 30 or more home runs and 100 or more RBIs in his first 10 seasons

Albert Pujols

156

  • Japanese baseball outfielder who has played professionally since the early 90s, most notably for the Seattle Mariners
  • He has won 10 Gold Glove Awards, 1 AL MVP, and 2 AL batting championships
  • He had a record 10 consecutive 200-hit seasons

Ichiro Suzuki

157

  • English athlete of the 1950s
  • Best known for being the first man to run a mile in under four minutes, achieved in 1954

Roger Bannister

158

  • American baseball player who played multiple positions during a career that lasted from the early 1960s until 1986
  • Most famously playing for the Cincinnati Reds, he is the all-time MLB leader in hits, and won 3 World Series titles and 1 NL MVP
  • Despite his accomplishments he is banned from induction into the Hall of Fame because of his gambling on baseball games while playing and managing the Reds

Pete Rose

159

  • American football coach who is currently the head coach of the New England Patriots
  • He is the most successful NFL head coach of the 21st century, having led his team to five Super Bowl appearances, three of them victories

Bill Belichick

160

  • American baseball shortstop and third baseman who played for the Baltimore Orioles in the 1980s, 90s, and 2000s
  • He is best known for holding the record for consecutive games played
  • He won the AL MVP twice and also won a World Series title

Cal Ripken, Jr.

161

Martina Navratilova

  • Czech-American tennis player who competed in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s
  • She is one of the most accomplished tennis players in history
  • She won 18 Grand Slam singles titles and a record 31 Grand Slam doubles titles

162

Tim Duncan

  • American basketball power forward who has played for the San Antonio Spurs since 1997
  • Widely considered the greatest power forward of all time
  • Has won 5 NBA championships and 2 NBA MVP awards

163

Hakeem Olajuwon

  • Nigerian-American basketball center who played most notably for the Houston Rockets in the 1980s, 90s, and 2000s
  • Widely regarded as one of the greatest players ever, he was known for his quickness, footwork, and remarkable agility for his size
  • He won 2 NBA titles, 2 NBA Finals MVPs, 1 NBA MVP award, and 2 Defensive Player of the Year awards

164

Emmitt Smith

  • American football running back who played for the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals in the 1990s and 2000s
  • A 3-time Super Bowl champion, he is the NFL's all-time rushing leader

165

Mary Lou Retton

American gymnast who most famously won the gold medal in the all-around competition at the 1984 Olympics, becoming a national celebrity in the process

166

Mia Hamm

  • American soccer player who played forward in the 1980s, 90s, and 2000s for the U.S. women's national team
  • She helped popularize soccer in America and scored a record 158 international goals during her career

167

Lisa Leslie

  • American basketball center who played in the 1990s and 2000s for the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks
  • Regarded as one of the greatest female basketball players ever, she won 3 WNBA MVPs, 2 WNBA titles, and 4 Olympic gold medals as a member of the U.S. women's national team

168

Annika Sörenstam

  • Swedish golfer who competed in the 1990s and 2000s
  • She is one of the most accomplished female golfers in history, having won more tournaments than anyone, including 10 LPGA majors

169

Billie Jean King

  • American tennis player who competed professionally in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s
  • She famously won the Battle of the Sexes tennis match against Bobby Riggs in 1973
  • She won 12 Grand Slam singles titles and 16 Grand Slam doubles titles

170

Cheryl Miller

  • American basketball forward who played in the 1980s, most notably for the University of Southern California
  • Considered by many to be the greatest female basketball player ever, she was named College Player of the Year 3 times and won an Olympic gold medal with the U.S. national team in 1984
  • She is the sister of former NBA star Reggie Miller

171

Walter Alston

  • American baseball manager who managed the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers for over 20 years in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s
  • He led the Dodgers to four World Series victories

172

Stefi Graf

  • German tennis player who competed in the 1980s and 90s
  • She won 22 Grand Slam singles titles in her career, the most of any male or female player in the Open Era
  • She married American tennis star Andre Agassi in 2001

173

Donald Bradman

  • Australian cricketer of the 20th century who is regarded as one of the greatest cricket players of all time
  • He holds the record for highest career Test batting average

174

Chris Evert

  • American tennis player who competed in the 1970s and 80s
  • She won 18 Grand Slam singles titles in all
  • Her career winning percentage in singles matches is the highest in history

175

Nadia Comaneci

  • Romanian gymnast who competed in the 1970s and 80s
  • One of the most famous gymnasts of all time, she most notably became the first female gymnast to record a perfect score of 10 in the 1976 Olympics
  • At the 1976 Games, she won three gold medals, including one in the all-around competition

176

Greg Louganis

  • American Olympic diver who competed in the 1970s and 80s
  • Arguably the greatest diver of all time, he is the only male diver to sweep the diving events (on springboard and platform) in consecutive Olympic Games

177

Tony Hawk

  • American skateboarder who competed professionally in the 1990s and 2000s
  • A pioneer of vertical skateboarding, he popularized the sport thanks in large part to his series of licensed video games

178

Vince Lombardi

  • American football coach of the 20th century for whom the NFL's Super Bowl trophy is named
  • He is famous for leading the Green Bay Packers to six NFL Championships and to victories in the first two Super Bowls

179

Sachin Tendulkar

  • Indian cricketer who played professionally from the 1980s to 2013
  • Was widely viewed as the greatest batsman in the world
  • He helped lead India to the 2011 Cricket World Cup title

180

Bo Jackson

  • American multi-sport athlete of the 1980s and 90s
  • He was the first athlete to be named an All-Star in 2 major American pro sports
  • A Heisman Trophy winner in 1985, he went on to star as a running back for the Los Angeles Raiders and as a DH and outfielder for 3 MLB teams
  • He became highly popular in the late 80s and early 90s, but a major hip injury derailed his career
  • He is regarded as one of the greatest pure athletes in pro sports history, once running the fastest 40-yard dash time ever recorded at an NFL Combine

181

  • Czech-American tennis player who competed in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s
  • She is one of the most accomplished tennis players in history
  • She won 18 Grand Slam singles titles and a record 31 Grand Slam doubles titles

Martina Navratilova

182

  • American basketball power forward who has played for the San Antonio Spurs since 1997
  • Widely considered the greatest power forward of all time
  • Has won 5 NBA championships and 2 NBA MVP awards

Tim Duncan

183

  • Nigerian-American basketball center who played most notably for the Houston Rockets in the 1980s, 90s, and 2000s
  • Widely regarded as one of the greatest players ever, he was known for his quickness, footwork, and remarkable agility for his size
  • He won 2 NBA titles, 2 NBA Finals MVPs, 1 NBA MVP award, and 2 Defensive Player of the Year awards

Hakeem Olajuwon

184

  • American football running back who played for the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals in the 1990s and 2000s
  • A 3-time Super Bowl champion, he is the NFL's all-time rushing leader

Emmitt Smith

185

American gymnast who most famously won the gold medal in the all-around competition at the 1984 Olympics, becoming a national celebrity in the process

Mary Lou Retton

186

  • American soccer player who played forward in the 1980s, 90s, and 2000s for the U.S. women's national team
  • She helped popularize soccer in America and scored a record 158 international goals during her career

Mia Hamm

187

  • American basketball center who played in the 1990s and 2000s for the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks
  • Regarded as one of the greatest female basketball players ever, she won 3 WNBA MVPs, 2 WNBA titles, and 4 Olympic gold medals as a member of the U.S. women's national team

Lisa Leslie

188

  • Swedish golfer who competed in the 1990s and 2000s
  • She is one of the most accomplished female golfers in history, having won more tournaments than anyone, including 10 LPGA majors

Annika Sörenstam

189

  • American tennis player who competed professionally in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s
  • She famously won the Battle of the Sexes tennis match against Bobby Riggs in 1973
  • She won 12 Grand Slam singles titles and 16 Grand Slam doubles titles

Billie Jean King

190

  • American basketball forward who played in the 1980s, most notably for the University of Southern California
  • Considered by many to be the greatest female basketball player ever, she was named College Player of the Year 3 times and won an Olympic gold medal with the U.S. national team in 1984
  • She is the sister of former NBA star Reggie Miller

Cheryl Miller

191

  • American baseball manager who managed the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers for over 20 years in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s
  • He led the Dodgers to four World Series victories

Walter Alston

192

  • German tennis player who competed in the 1980s and 90s
  • She won 22 Grand Slam singles titles in her career, the most of any male or female player in the Open Era
  • She married American tennis star Andre Agassi in 2001

Stefi Graf

193

  • Australian cricketer of the 20th century who is regarded as one of the greatest cricket players of all time
  • He holds the record for highest career Test batting average

Donald Bradman

194

  • American tennis player who competed in the 1970s and 80s
  • She won 18 Grand Slam singles titles in all
  • Her career winning percentage in singles matches is the highest in history

Chris Evert

195

  • Romanian gymnast who competed in the 1970s and 80s
  • One of the most famous gymnasts of all time, she most notably became the first female gymnast to record a perfect score of 10 in the 1976 Olympics
  • At the 1976 Games, she won three gold medals, including one in the all-around competition

Nadia Comaneci

196

  • American Olympic diver who competed in the 1970s and 80s
  • Arguably the greatest diver of all time, he is the only male diver to sweep the diving events (on springboard and platform) in consecutive Olympic Games

Greg Louganis

197

  • American skateboarder who competed professionally in the 1990s and 2000s
  • A pioneer of vertical skateboarding, he popularized the sport thanks in large part to his series of licensed video games

Tony Hawk

198

  • American football coach of the 20th century for whom the NFL's Super Bowl trophy is named
  • He is famous for leading the Green Bay Packers to six NFL Championships and to victories in the first two Super Bowls

Vince Lombardi

199

  • Indian cricketer who played professionally from the 1980s to 2013
  • Was widely viewed as the greatest batsman in the world
  • He helped lead India to the 2011 Cricket World Cup title

Sachin Tendulkar

200

  • American multi-sport athlete of the 1980s and 90s
  • He was the first athlete to be named an All-Star in 2 major American pro sports
  • A Heisman Trophy winner in 1985, he went on to star as a running back for the Los Angeles Raiders and as a DH and outfielder for 3 MLB teams
  • He became highly popular in the late 80s and early 90s, but a major hip injury derailed his career
  • He is regarded as one of the greatest pure athletes in pro sports history, once running the fastest 40-yard dash time ever recorded at an NFL Combine

Bo Jackson

201

Tom Brady

  • American football quarterback who has played for the New England Patriots since 2000
  • Winner of 4 Super Bowls and 2 NFL MVP awards

202

Phil Jackson

  • American basketball coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980s, 90s, and 2000s
  • Winner of a record 11 NBA championships as a head coach

203

Alex Ferguson

  • Scottish soccer manager most famous for his long spell as coach of Manchester United from 1986 to 2013
  • Winner of 13 English league titles and 2 Champions League titles
  • Famously led Manchester United to the treble in 1999 and was later knighted for accomplishing the feat

204

Walter Payton

  • American football running back who played in the 1970s and 80s for the Chicago Bears
  • Nicknamed Sweetness, he won 2 NFL MVP awards and 1 Super Bowl title
  • He formerly held many notable rushing records, and remains one of the most revered players in NFL history

205

Willie Mays

  • American baseball center fielder who played in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, primarily for the New York/San Francisco Giants
  • He is widely regarded as one of the greatest all-around baseball players of all time
  • Nicknamed The Say Hey Kid, he won 12 Gold Glove Awards, 2 NL MVPs, and 1 World Series title

206

Ted Williams

  • American baseball left fielder who played for the Boston Red Sox from 1939-60
  • He won the Triple Crown twice, batted .344 for his career, and won 2 AL MVPs

207

John Madden

  • Former American football player who coached the Oakland Raiders to victory in Super Bowl XI in 1976
  • He later became a successful broadcaster and gained enormous popularity for an NFL video game series he has endorsed since the 80s

208

Miller Huggins

American baseball manager of the early 20th century, best known for managing the New York Yankees during their stretch of dominance in the 1920s

209

Peyton Manning

  • American football quarterback who plays for the Denver Broncos, formerly for the Indianapolis Colts
  • Winner of Super Bowl XLI with the Colts in 2007 and a record 5 NFL MVP awards

210

John Wooden

  • American basketball player and coach most famous for coaching the UCLA Bruins from 1948-1975
  • Won 10 NCAA championships in a 12-year period as coach of UCLA
  • First person inducted into the Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach

211

Red Auerbach

  • American basketball coach most famous for coaching the Boston Celtics in the 1950s and 60s
  • Held the record for NBA championships with 9 until it was broken by Phil Jackson in 2009
  • Later became general manager of the Celtics, and continued to orchestrate championship seasons

212

Babe Didrikson Zaharias

  • American multi-sport athlete of the 20th century
  • She won 2 gold medals and 1 silver medal in track and field at the 1932 Olympic Games
  • After finding success in basketball for some years, she began to play golf in the mid-30s and went on to find enormous success in the sport, eventually being named AP Female Athlete of the Year six times

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Bill Walsh

  • American football coach of the 20th century who is best known for having coached the San Francisco 49ers and Stanford Cardinal
  • He was a pioneer of the West Coast offense and won three Super Bowls with the 49ers

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Rinus Michels

  • Dutch soccer manager of Ajax Amsterdam, FC Barcelona, and the Dutch national team
  • Famously introduced the concept of Total Football to the world, and popularized the offsides trap
  • Winner of three European Cups with Ajax and Euro '88 with the Netherlands, and also reached the final of the 1974 World Cup
  • Named coach of the century by FIFA in 1999

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Connie Mack

  • American baseball player and manager of the 19th and 20th centuries
  • He is best known as a manager, and holds the records for most wins, losses, and games managed

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John McGraw

  • American baseball manager of the 19th and 20th centuries who most notably served as manager of the New York Giants for three decades
  • He led the Giants to three World Series titles, and was also a major league infielder before becoming a manager

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Nolan Ryan

  • American baseball pitcher who played for four MLB teams during a record-breaking 27-year career, which ended in 1993
  • He is best known for the high velocity of his pitches, and holds the record for career strikeouts
  • He is now the owner and president of the Texas Rangers

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Walter Johnson

  • American baseball pitcher of the 1900s, 1910s, and 20s who played for the Washington Senators
  • He is regarded as one of the greatest pitchers ever, and still holds the record for career shutouts

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Barry Sanders

  • American football running back who played in the 1980s and 90s for the Detroit Lions
  • He is remembered as an incredibly elusive running back and was a 10-time All-Pro selection, 4-time NFL rushing champion, and 1-time NFL MVP
  • He surprised many when he retired, still in top form, in 1999

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Tommy Lasorda

  • American baseball player and manager who notably served as manager of the LA Dodgers for 20 years in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s
  • He won a World Series title as a pitcher on the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers, then won two World Series titles as a manager in the 80s

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Bobby Cox

  • American baseball manager best known as the longtime manager of the Atlanta Braves
  • Under his leadersip the Braves won a division title every year from 1991 to 2005 (except for 1994) and won the World Series in 1995

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Joe McCarthy

  • American baseball manager most noted for serving as the manager of the New York Yankees from 1931 to 1946
  • During that time the Yankees won 7 World Series titles
  • McCarthy holds the highest regular season winning percentage in MLB history

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Scotty Bowman

  • Retired Canadian NHL head coach who coached five teams
  • As a head coach he has won a record 9 Stanley Cups with three different franchises
  • He holds the record for most wins in league history

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Pat Riley

  • American basketball player and coach, best known as an NBA head coach
  • As a head coach he is known for his motivational skills and has won five NBA titles
  • He is now the team president of the Miami Heat

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Bob Knight

  • American college basketball coach who coached Army, Indiana, and Texas Tech
  • Nicknamed The General, he is best known for his long tenure as head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers, during which he won 3 NCAA titles

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Mike Krzyzewski

  • American college basketball coach who has served as the head coach of the men's team at Duke since 1980
  • He is the winningest coach in NCAA Division I men's basketball history
  • He has led Duke to four NCAA titles

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Pat Summitt

  • American college basketball coach who served as the head coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team from 1974-2012
  • She is the winningest basketball coach in NCAA history -- men's or women's -- in any division
  • She never had a losing season as head coach, and won 8 NCAA titles

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Bear Bryant

  • American college football coach best known as the longtime head coach of the University of Alabama
  • At Alabama he won six national titles and 13 conference titles

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Dean Smith

  • American college basketball coach best known as the longtime head coach of the University of North Carolina's men's basketball team
  • He was noted for the high graduation rate of his players, and won two national titles and appeared in 11 Final Fours

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Don Shula

  • American professional football coach best known as the longtime coach of the Miami Dolphins 
  • He led the Dolphins to the only undefeated season in NFL history and two Super Bowl victories
  • He holds the NFL records for most career wins and for most total Super Bowl appearances as a head coach

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Casey Stengel

  • American baseball outfielder and manager of the 20th century
  • Remembered for his wit, he is most famous for his work as a longtime MLB manager
  • He won 8 World Series titles in all, 1 as a player and 7 as a manager of the Yankees in the 40s and 50s

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  • American football quarterback who has played for the New England Patriots since 2000
  • Winner of 4 Super Bowls and 2 NFL MVP awards

Tom Brady

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  • American basketball coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980s, 90s, and 2000s
  • Winner of a record 11 NBA championships as a head coach

Phil Jackson

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  • Scottish soccer manager most famous for his long spell as coach of Manchester United from 1986 to 2013
  • Winner of 13 English league titles and 2 Champions League titles
  • Famously led Manchester United to the treble in 1999 and was later knighted for accomplishing the feat

Alex Ferguson

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  • American football running back who played in the 1970s and 80s for the Chicago Bears
  • Nicknamed Sweetness, he won 2 NFL MVP awards and 1 Super Bowl title
  • He formerly held many notable rushing records, and remains one of the most revered players in NFL history

Walter Payton

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  • American baseball center fielder who played in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, primarily for the New York/San Francisco Giants
  • He is widely regarded as one of the greatest all-around baseball players of all time
  • Nicknamed The Say Hey Kid, he won 12 Gold Glove Awards, 2 NL MVPs, and 1 World Series title

Willie Mays

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  • American baseball left fielder who played for the Boston Red Sox from 1939-60
  • He won the Triple Crown twice, batted .344 for his career, and won 2 AL MVPs

Ted Williams

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  • Former American football player who coached the Oakland Raiders to victory in Super Bowl XI in 1976
  • He later became a successful broadcaster and gained enormous popularity for an NFL video game series he has endorsed since the 80s

John Madden

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American baseball manager of the early 20th century, best known for managing the New York Yankees during their stretch of dominance in the 1920s

Miller Huggins

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  • American football quarterback who plays for the Denver Broncos, formerly for the Indianapolis Colts
  • Winner of Super Bowl XLI with the Colts in 2007 and a record 5 NFL MVP awards

Peyton Manning

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  • American basketball player and coach most famous for coaching the UCLA Bruins from 1948-1975
  • Won 10 NCAA championships in a 12-year period as coach of UCLA
  • First person inducted into the Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach

John Wooden

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  • American basketball coach most famous for coaching the Boston Celtics in the 1950s and 60s
  • Held the record for NBA championships with 9 until it was broken by Phil Jackson in 2009
  • Later became general manager of the Celtics, and continued to orchestrate championship seasons

Red Auerbach

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  • American multi-sport athlete of the 20th century
  • She won 2 gold medals and 1 silver medal in track and field at the 1932 Olympic Games
  • After finding success in basketball for some years, she began to play golf in the mid-30s and went on to find enormous success in the sport, eventually being named AP Female Athlete of the Year six times

Babe Didrikson Zaharias

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  • American football coach of the 20th century who is best known for having coached the San Francisco 49ers and Stanford Cardinal
  • He was a pioneer of the West Coast offense and won three Super Bowls with the 49ers

Bill Walsh

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  • Dutch soccer manager of Ajax Amsterdam, FC Barcelona, and the Dutch national team
  • Famously introduced the concept of Total Football to the world, and popularized the offsides trap
  • Winner of three European Cups with Ajax and Euro '88 with the Netherlands, and also reached the final of the 1974 World Cup
  • Named coach of the century by FIFA in 1999

Rinus Michels

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  • American baseball player and manager of the 19th and 20th centuries
  • He is best known as a manager, and holds the records for most wins, losses, and games managed

Connie Mack

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  • American baseball manager of the 19th and 20th centuries who most notably served as manager of the New York Giants for three decades
  • He led the Giants to three World Series titles, and was also a major league infielder before becoming a manager

John McGraw

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  • American baseball pitcher who played for four MLB teams during a record-breaking 27-year career, which ended in 1993
  • He is best known for the high velocity of his pitches, and holds the record for career strikeouts
  • He is now the owner and president of the Texas Rangers

Nolan Ryan

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  • American baseball pitcher of the 1900s, 1910s, and 20s who played for the Washington Senators
  • He is regarded as one of the greatest pitchers ever, and still holds the record for career shutouts

Walter Johnson

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  • American football running back who played in the 1980s and 90s for the Detroit Lions
  • He is remembered as an incredibly elusive running back and was a 10-time All-Pro selection, 4-time NFL rushing champion, and 1-time NFL MVP
  • He surprised many when he retired, still in top form, in 1999

Barry Sanders

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  • American baseball player and manager who notably served as manager of the LA Dodgers for 20 years in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s
  • He won a World Series title as a pitcher on the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers, then won two World Series titles as a manager in the 80s

Tommy Lasorda

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  • American baseball manager best known as the longtime manager of the Atlanta Braves
  • Under his leadersip the Braves won a division title every year from 1991 to 2005 (except for 1994) and won the World Series in 1995

Bobby Cox

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  • American baseball manager most noted for serving as the manager of the New York Yankees from 1931 to 1946
  • During that time the Yankees won 7 World Series titles
  • McCarthy holds the highest regular season winning percentage in MLB history

Joe McCarthy

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  • Retired Canadian NHL head coach who coached five teams
  • As a head coach he has won a record 9 Stanley Cups with three different franchises
  • He holds the record for most wins in league history

Scotty Bowman

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  • American basketball player and coach, best known as an NBA head coach
  • As a head coach he is known for his motivational skills and has won five NBA titles
  • He is now the team president of the Miami Heat

Pat Riley

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  • American college basketball coach who coached Army, Indiana, and Texas Tech
  • Nicknamed The General, he is best known for his long tenure as head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers, during which he won 3 NCAA titles

Bob Knight

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  • American college basketball coach who has served as the head coach of the men's team at Duke since 1980
  • He is the winningest coach in NCAA Division I men's basketball history
  • He has led Duke to four NCAA titles

Mike Krzyzewski

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  • American college basketball coach who served as the head coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team from 1974-2012
  • She is the winningest basketball coach in NCAA history -- men's or women's -- in any division
  • She never had a losing season as head coach, and won 8 NCAA titles

Pat Summitt

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  • American college football coach best known as the longtime head coach of the University of Alabama
  • At Alabama he won six national titles and 13 conference titles

Bear Bryant

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  • American college basketball coach best known as the longtime head coach of the University of North Carolina's men's basketball team
  • He was noted for the high graduation rate of his players, and won two national titles and appeared in 11 Final Fours

Dean Smith

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  • American professional football coach best known as the longtime coach of the Miami Dolphins 
  • He led the Dolphins to the only undefeated season in NFL history and two Super Bowl victories
  • He holds the NFL records for most career wins and for most total Super Bowl appearances as a head coach

Don Shula

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  • American baseball outfielder and manager of the 20th century
  • Remembered for his wit, he is most famous for his work as a longtime MLB manager
  • He won 8 World Series titles in all, 1 as a player and 7 as a manager of the Yankees in the 40s and 50s

Casey Stengel