In any sport, there are always players that never fail to shine. They have been able to be role models to athletes all over the world, and have achieved great feats in their respective sports. For any aspiring athlete, looking at the careers of these great players truly serve inspirational. They even would help getting kids off the street because of the sheer greatness they exude. Whether they encourage people to engage in sports consciously or unconsciously,
He is arguably the best athlete ever. One of the greatest things ever achieved in sports was for him to play in two different sports and actually do well in them. He was named an all-star in both the NFL and Major League Baseball. It’s hard enough to shine and be an all-star in one sport, what more in two?
When mentioning the NFL or American football in general, it is hard not to think about the name Dan Marino. Although he never won a Super Bowl for the Miami Dolphins, he is regarded to be one of the greatest quarter backs in the history of the NFL. He held numerous records (some of which are already broken) such as most yards passing, most seasons, 40 or more touchdown passes, most seasons leading the league in completions, and the list goes on and on.
“Floats like a butterfly stings like a bee” is one of the most famous quotes made by an athlete and this athlete is no other than Cassius Clay, more popularly known as Muhammad Ali. Some people argue that he may have been the greatest athlete to ever walk the earth. While that is debatable, it is no question that he is one of the greatest. His speed combined with power overwhelmed his opponents in boxing, but one of his best weapons was his ability to intimidate. People would usually see him very arrogant before a match, and he would start bashing his opponents with his words. This doesn’t mean that he was overconfident, but this was his way of getting into the mind of his opponent. This is a tactic that is employed by a lot of great athletes, but it is hard to pull of for the ones that cannot back it up.
In basketball, he was given a lot of nicknames such as “his airness”, “superman” and the one that probably fits him best, “the greatest”. Although he is now regarded to be the greatest player to ever play the game of basketball, it wasn’t always the though in the minds of people. He was cut from his high school team, and he was only 3rd overall when he was drafted in the NBA. He wasn’t always the best in basketball, but his competitiveness and his drive to win were the crucial factors that got him to where he is today. Whether there is a player that will be able to surpass the feats and achievement of his airness is yet to be seen, and probably something that won’t happen too soon.