6 Athletes Who Excelled in Multiple Sports: A Rare Breed

Jim Thorpe 

Thorpe was once the finest athlete. The mainstream ignored sporting records when he lived. Football, ballroom dance, baseball, basketball, and track + field were Jim's strengths. 

Bo Jackson 

Exceptional athlete who could throw a football 60 yards, sprint 4.2 40s, and bench press 400 pounds. Bo set state high school indoor high-jump (6'9") and triple-jump (48'8") records in 1982. 

Deion Sanders 

Sanders, at 6'2", was an athletic freak. Some call him the quickest NFL player ever. Sanders attended Florida State after the Kansas City Royals took him in the 6th round out of high school. 

Jim Brown 

Few sportsmen have made the hall of fame in two sports. In high school, Jim averaged 38 points on the basketball team, dominated on the football field, ran track, and was the nation's finest lacrosse player. 

Charlie Ward 

Few Heisman Trophy winners play football as a second sport like Charlie Ward. Ward started for Florida State basketball and football in the early 1990s.

Jackie Robinson 

Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play big league baseball and a multi-sport athlete. Robinson played baseball shortstop and catcher, football quarterback, and basketball guard in high school. 

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