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We’ve seen all kinds of top 10 type lists of athletes — top 10 NBA players, top 10 NFL players, etc.  — but what about sports as a whole???  How would you rank your favorite athletes in all sports combined?!  Well in a special publication from Beckett Media,  they named the 50 Greatest Athletes of All Time!  This is an amazing list of athletes.  I can’t even imagine how they narrowed this list.  Check it out & weigh in…



Via MMAJunkie:

Beckett’s rankings:

  1. Michael Jordan, basketball
  2. Muhammad Ali, boxing
  3. Jackie Robinson, baseball
  4. Wayne Gretzky, hockey
  5. Jim Thorpe, football, basketball, baseball, track and field
  6. Babe Ruth, baseball
  7. Tiger Woods, golf
  8. Roger Federer, tennis
  9. Michael Phelps, swimming
  10. Pele, soccer
  11. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, basketball
  12. Bo Jackson, baseball, football
  13. Carl Lewis, track and field
  14. Gordie Howe, hockey
  15. Bruce Lee, martial arts
  16. Larry Bird, basketball
  17. Magic Johnson, basketball
  18. Bill Russell, basketball
  19. Joe Montana, football
  20. Babe Didrikson Zaharias, golf, basketball, track and field
  21. Mickey Mantle, baseball
  22. Willie Mays, baseball
  23. Jack Nicklaus, golf
  24. Ted Williams, baseball
  25. Margaret Court, tennis
  26. Diego Maradona, soccer
  27. Jim Brown, football
  28. Mark Spitz, swimming
  29. Deion Sanders, football, baseball
  30. Walter Payton, football
  31. Joe Louis, boxing
  32. Emmitt Smith, football
  33. Lou Gehrig, baseball
  34. Hank Aaron, baseball
  35. Laird Hamilton, surfing
  36. Jerry Rice, football
  37. Wilt Chamberlain, basketball
  38. Mia Hamm, soccer
  39. Tony Hawk, skateboarding
  40. Joe DiMaggio, baseball
  41. Peyton Manning, football
  42. Ty Cobb, baseball
  43. Mark Allen, Ironman competitor
  44. Royce Gracie, mixed martial arts
  45. Jesse Owens, track and field
  46. Serena Williams, tennis
  47. LeBron James, basketball
  48. Sandy Koufax, baseball
  49. Cy Young, baseball
  50. Lawrence Taylor, football

Beckett’s special issue is available now on newsstands.