Bo Jackson has been named the "Greatest Athlete of All Time." This was determined by comparing a variety of sports science metrics. Even without the science, the popular vote put Jackson comfortably ahead—after 27,397 ballots, Jackson had 79.5 percent of the vote. Second place went to tennis player Roger Federer with 10.5 percent.
Jackson's achievements on the field of play were extraordinary. From 1987 to 1997 he won three straight American football awards: the Heisman Trophy, Walter Camp Award and Doak Walker Award. He also won baseball's Golden Spikes Award and National League MVP Award.
Outside of sport, Jackson is known for his work with special needs children. He has appeared in several commercials promoting awareness of autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
Federer is one of the best tennis players of all time and has won numerous titles including the Grand Slam. He has been ranked number one for over 200 weeks, more than any other male player.
Federer has said that if sports scientists had been around when he was growing up, he believes they would have helped him improve herping performance. He has also credited his parents with helping him overcome dyslexia, which he revealed in 2011. His mother died when he was 14 years old and his father when he was 20.
1. William Russell And none other than basketball superstar Bill Russell is the most successful winner in sports history. Russell led the University of San Francisco to three Final Fours and two National Championships while averaging more than 20 points and 20 rebounds. He also won an Olympic gold medal with the American Basketball Team at the 1956 Melbourne Games.
Russell is the only person to win both a national championship and an Olympic gold medal. No one else has even come close.
He retired from playing after four seasons with the Boston Celtics, but he returned for one final season with the Seattle Supersonics before retiring for good. Today, he is considered by many to be not only the best power forward of all time, but also one of the best overall players ever.
After graduating from USF in 1964, Russell played eight seasons in the NBA with Boston, Seattle, Indianapolis and Portland. He averaged 25.4 points and 16.8 rebounds during his career.
In 1989, the NCAA created the William "Bill" Russell Award in his honor. The award is given annually to the nation's top college player as chosen by a panel of media members.
The next highest winning mark is that of Michael Jordan.
Finally, when it comes to American Millennials, the ranking alters somewhat. LeBron James leads the list with an 82 percent victory rate, followed by Muhammad Ali (77 percent), Michael Jordan (70 percent), sprinting superstar Usain Bolt (68 percent), and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (68 percent). James Harden is the only other player with a success rate above 60 percent, but even he is just at 63 percent.
When it comes to all-time greats, there are certainly others that could be added to this list. However, in order for someone to be ranked number one, they must have a victory rate of at least 80 percent. Since no one else even comes close, we can assume that if James continues to play at this level, he will remain undefeated forever.
Fitzpatrick was named the fifth-smartest athlete in 2010 by Sporting News, and he has appeared on other lists of athletes with the highest intellects both before and subsequently. He earned an amazing 1,580 on the SAT out of a possible 1,600, demonstrating his exceptional brainpower even before being admitted into Harvard.
When Fitzpatrick joined the Crimson, he said, "I'm really excited to be a part of such a great team this early in the season. We have a lot of talent on this squad, and I look forward to contributing on that field."
In addition to playing football, Fitzpatrick also models clothing for American Apparel under the name "Fitzy".
He is the son of Eileen and John Fitzpatrick, and has two siblings: Erin and John III. The family is Catholic. Fitzpatrick grew up in Westlake, a suburb of Cleveland.
Before graduating from high school, he led St. Francis High School to the State Title. At Harvard, he is majoring in government.
In October 2009, it was reported that Fitzpatrick had withdrawn from school to focus on his athletic career. It was later confirmed that he would remain at Harvard without taking any more classes.
It is not known when or how Fitzpatrick became involved in athletics, but it is believed that he started practicing football shortly after arriving at Harvard.
The All-Time Greatest Sports Competitors
In a star-studded list, boxing superstar Muhammad Ali has been named the finest sports athlete of all time. The "Greatest" is largely regarded as the greatest boxer in history, as well as the most famous sports figure of the twentieth century.
Ali's name and accomplishments will forever be linked to boxing, but he was an excellent athlete who excelled at many different types of movement. From when he started boxing at the age of 24 until his retirement at 46, he won every single fight he fought by knockout or decision. He had a total of 56 fights during that time, 49 of which were by knockout or decision.
By winning so many fights so quickly, he became one of the most popular athletes in history. His appearance alone would cause crowds to rush into theaters to see him fight.
Outside of boxing, Ali was a superb sprinter. He set a world record in the 100-meter dash at 10 seconds in 1967. He also participated in track and field events such as the long jump, triple jump, and high jump.
An NBA champion with Louisville Bearcats and the Milwaukee Bucks, Ali was also a very good baseball player. He played first base and threw right-handed.
Who are the world's most talented athletes?
Muscle Prodigy has taken its top rankings a step further by compiling a list of the most jacked athletes in practically every sport. We only examined athletes that are presently competing in their sport or have been competing for a few years. Some obvious choices on this list include Michael Jordan, who was certainly one of the most jacked players ever to put on a NBA uniform. But it's also hard to beat out guys like Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield when it comes to boxing. In fact, all three of these guys rank high on the list.
When it comes to sports such as football, basketball, and baseball, there aren't too many athletes that don't make the cut here. However, some likely suspects might be Alex Rodriguez (A-Rod) from baseball or Shaquille O'Neal and Dwight Howard from basketball. The list of most jacked athletes is definitely in no way definitive and we're sure you can think of some great candidates that weren't included.
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