Most Influential Sports Figures

Sports - World Soccer
By: coolparson    
20-Aug-2014

Introduction:God blessed me to turn half a century old this year. I can't speak for the most influential sports figures of ALL time but I want to advocate for these 5 over the last 50 years or so.

  • 01

    Muhammad Ali

    The charismatic personality and charm of the "greatest" boxing champion of all time gave him world wide influence that transcended his sport! Plus his daughter Laila turned out to be an excellent fighter too!

  • 02

    Michael Jeffery Jordan

    The University of North Carolina star became an icon in the sports lore of Chicago. As a Chicago bull he won league scoring titles, championships and simply made all his team mates better. Shucks, he even dealt with Dennis Rodman, with his crazy self.

  • 03

    Serena Williams

    The world #1 in women's tennis has a serve and game that is just unbelievable. She shows power and grace on the tennis court, a fierce combination. Of course, when she plays doubles with her sister, Venus, she is even better!

  • 04

    Eldrick "Tiger" Woods

    The former world #1 in golf Tiger's determination on the course has been sheer poetry when he's been on his game. The injury bug has bitten him recently but I think he'll be back and will break Jack Nicklas' record for winning the most golf major tournaments.

  • 05

    Edson Arantes Do Nascimento, "Pele"

    During his years as the star of the Brazilian world soccer team Pele was called the "best footballer of all time." He never forgot the plight of the poor in his native Brazil. His teams won a total of three World Cup Championships.




Final Thoughts

Each of these athletes are or have been champions in their sport. Each have faced mighty challenges in their assent to the top of their sport. Yet each has shown determination, grit and enough love of their sport to make them fun to watch and root for, even if you can only see the highlights of their sporting achievements now.




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