Can You Identify These American Sports Legends?

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The USA has an incredible sports legacy; in fact, one of the greatest in the word! So many legends have made history in a myriad of different sports, but the question is; how many American sports legends do you think you can name, let's find out!

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1. "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee!"

By Unknown /
  1. Jack Johnson
  2. Muhammed Ali
  3. Floyd Mayweather
  4. George Foreman
Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr, is widely considered the greatest boxer of all time, with 56 wins, including 37 knockouts (KOs), and only five losses.
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2. The big man with big talent!

By Ron Adar /
  1. Shaquille O’Neal
  2. Stephen Curry
  3. LeBron James
  4. Kobe Bryant
Standing 7 feet tall and weighing 315 pounds, Shaquille O'Neal was one of the most dominant players in the NBA. After his 2011 retirement, he has become an on-screen league analyst.
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3. The best baseball player we've ever seen?

By Paul Thompson /
  1. Muhammed Ali
  2. Cy Young
  3. Barry White
  4. Babe Ruth
Babe Ruth played a total of 22 MLB seasons, and was one of only two people to hit three home runs in a World Series game!
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4. "The Boar", a jack of all trades!

By Bart Sherkow /
  1. Bo Jackson
  2. Andre Agassi
  3. Kawhi Leonard
  4. Shaquille O’Neal
Bo Jackson is the only athlete in history to be named an All-Star in both baseball and football, and one of few to do so in two major sports!
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5. Boxing hasn't been the same since!

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  1. Dan Marino
  2. John Cena
  3. LeBron James
  4. Sugar Ray Robinson
Considered one of the greatest boxers of all time, Sugar Ray Robinson was born in 1921 and was the first boxer to win a divisional world championship five times. He finished his career in 1965 with 175 victories.
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6. New England's modern football hero!

By Jeffrey Beall /
  1. Peyton Manning
  2. Eli Manning
  3. Matt Ryan
  4. Tom Brady
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, is a five-time Super Bowl Champion and four-time Super Bowl MVP.
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7. A real track and field legend!

By Jamie Lamor Thompson /
  1. Carl Sagan
  2. Jim Dunlop
  3. Jim Thorpe
  4. Carl Lewis
In the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, Carl Lewis became the first athlete since Jesse Owens to win four gold medals in an Olympic competition.
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8. 31 Finals, 23 Titles & 4 Olympic Gold Medals...

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  1. Serena Williams
  2. Venus Williams
  3. Taylor Townsend
  4. Sloane Stephens
With 23 Grand Slam Single wins, Serena Williams has earned the champion title more than any other tennis player in history.
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9. One of the 49er's most legendary quarterbacks!

By Arnie Papp /
  1. Joe Montana
  2. Ben Roethlisberger
  3. Joe Namath
  4. Brett Favre
While a member of the San Francisco 49ers, Montana started and won four Super Bowls, and was the first player ever to have been named the Super Bowl's Most Valuable Player three times.
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10. Famed Bucks and Lakers player!

By Tinseltown /
  1. Kawhi Leonard
  2. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  3. James Harden
  4. Bill Russell
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the third-highest-scoring NBA player by total career playoff points scored, with an astonishing 5,762 points!
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11. A civil rights activist, actor, oh, and a baseball legend!

By Unknown /
  1. Ken Griffey Jr.
  2. Miguel Cabrera
  3. Hank Aaron
  4. Jackie Robinson
Jack 'Jackie' Roosevelt Robinson's jersey number, 42, is the only number to be retired across all of Major League Baseball. Each year on April 15th, players wear the number 42 to honor Jackie’s legacy.
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12. Who is this 23-Time Olympic gold medal winning swimmer?

By Petr Toman /
  1. Caeleb Dressel
  2. Mike Barrowman
  3. Michael Phelps
  4. Ryan Lochte
In 2000, aged 15, Phelps became the youngest swimmer to make the US Olympic team since 1932.
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13. The first woman to score over 7,000 in a heptathlon event!

By Erik van Leeuwen /
  1. Jo Birdy
  2. Alex Morgan
  3. Jackie Joyner-Kersee
  4. Linda Lopez
Jackie Joyner-Kersee won a total of three gold, one silver, and two bronze Olympic medals, and was voted "the greatest female athlete of the 20th century" by Sports Illustrated magazine.
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14. One of golf's most decorated players!

By Debby Wong /
  1. Lee Elder
  2. Roy Jones
  3. Tiger Woods
  4. Calvin Peete
With 81 PGA Tour wins, Tiger Woods is ranked second for all-time career victories, behind Sam Snead who has 82 wins.
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15. The king of the waves!

By Brian A. Witkin /
  1. Toby Maguire
  2. Mark Twain
  3. Dwayne Johnson
  4. Kelly Slater
Kelly Slater is an author, actor, model, environmental activist, businessman, and innovator, but is most well known for his unprecedented 11 world surfing championship titles.
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16. First female Sportsperson of the Year!

By Krista Kennell /
  1. Dawn French
  2. Billie Jean King
  3. Carli Lloyd
  4. Tracy Austin
Billie Jean King became the number 1 female tennis player in the world in 1967. In 1973, she formed the Women's Tennis Association and famously defeated Bobby Riggs in the "Battle of the Sexes."
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17. Basketball's greatest, with the sneaker brand to match!

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  1. LeBron James
  2. Kobe Bryant
  3. Michael Jordan
  4. Kevin Durant
Michael Jordan is the most decorated player in the NBA, past or present. He won every game he played in the NBA Finals, except one.
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18. Has there been a better wide receiver?

By Sterling Munksgard /
  1. Ezekiel Elliott
  2. John McEnroe
  3. Jerry Rice
  4. Matt Smith
Due to his numerous achievements, Jerry Rice is often regarded as the greatest wide receiver and even player in NFL history.
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19. "The 8th wonder of the world!"

By plavevski /
  1. Tiger Woods
  2. Simon Duvet
  3. Magic Johnson
  4. Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant was the youngest player to start an NBA game, aged just 18; he played for the Los Angeles Lakers his entire professional career.
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20. This "Pistol" was a master in the tennis world!

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  1. Jimmy Connors
  2. Andy Murray
  3. Michael Phelps
  4. Pete Sampras
Pete Sampras moved from rank 893 to rank 97 in his first competitive year; by 1988, aged just 16, he had already turned pro!
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21. Do you know this New York Giant?

By shgmom56 /
  1. Deion Sanders
  2. Michael Jordan
  3. Laurence Fishburne
  4. Lawrence Taylor
Nicknamed LT, Lawrence Taylor played his entire professional career as a linebacker for the New York Giants (1981–1993).
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22. Part of Dolphins history forever!

By Debby Wong /
  1. Dan Marino
  2. Eli Manning
  3. Shaquille O’Neal
  4. Ryan Fitzpatrick
Despite never being on a Super Bowl-winning team, Dan Marino is generally considered to be among the best pure passers in American football history!
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23. Do you know this soccer star?

By Anders Henrikson /
  1. Martina Navratilova
  2. Tonya Harding
  3. Abby Wambach
  4. Kate Blasket
Abby Wambach helped the U.S. Women's National Team (USWNT) win two Olympic gold medals (2004 and 2012) and a World Cup (2015).
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24. Two-time inductee to the Basketball Hall of Fame!

By Randy Miramontez /
  1. Muhammed Ali
  2. Jerry West
  3. Magic Johnson
  4. Dennis Rodman
Magic Johnson played for the Los Angeles Lakers for 12 years, until he retired in 1991 due to his HIV diagnosis. Johnson has spent the rest of his adult life raising awareness of the condition.
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25. Nicknamed "The Say Hey Kid"!

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  1. Willie Mays
  2. Yasiel Puig
  3. Roberto Clemente
  4. Yoenis Céspedes
Willie Mays was one of baseball best all-rounders, not only did he hit 714 career home runs, but he also won 94 games as a pitcher and very likely could have made the Hall of Fame for that position!
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26. This tennis titan wasn't afraid to speak his mind!

By Max Herman /
  1. John Coltrane
  2. Arthur Ashe
  3. John McEnroe
  4. Jim Courier
John McEnroe Was ranked No. 1 in the world for four straight years, 1981-1984, and won a total of 17 major titles: seven in singles, nine in doubles and one in mixed doubles.
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27. The first woman to ever lead the Indy 500!

By action sports /
  1. Danica Patrick
  2. Patsy Cline
  3. Rachel McAdams
  4. Dani Star
Danica Patrick is the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing, her victory in the 2008 Indy Japan 300 is the only win by a woman in an IndyCar Series race ever!
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28. The King of the court, maybe he's the chosen one?

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  1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  2. Kyrie Irving
  3. Michael Jordan
  4. LeBron James
No one could ever deny that LeBron James is a living legend, with four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards, three NBA Finals MVP Awards, and two Olympic gold medals.
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29. King of the infamous 1936 Olympic Games!

By Le Miroir des sports /
  1. Sugar Ray Robinson
  2. Chris Evert
  3. LeBron James
  4. Jesse Owens
Jesse Owens set the world record in the long jump, that stood for 25 years and won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. His victories were a blow to Adolf Hitler’s intention to use the games to demonstrate Aryan superiority.
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30. She's the most decorated female gymnast in America!

By Leonard Zhukovsky /
  1. Nina Simone
  2. Agatha Christie
  3. Angel Mare
  4. Simone Biles
At only 22 years of age, Simone Biles has won 14 world championship gold medals and 4 Olympic gold medals!
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31. An Olympic gold medalist & civil rights pioneer!

  1. Ronda Rousey
  2. Wilma Rudolph
  3. Alex Morgan
  4. Chris Evert
Wilma Rudolph became a world-record-holding Olympic champion and international sports icon in track and field after her successes in the 1956 and 1960 Olympic Games!
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32. A Grand Slam Great!

By Dana Gardner /
  1. Jo Mars
  2. Nancy Davis
  3. Mercury Smith
  4. Venus Williams
Venus Willians was the third player ever to win both Wimbledon and the US Open in two consecutive seasons, and was the first black American female to achieve World No. 1 during the Open Era.
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33. He was the first Native American gold medalist!

By Agence Rol /
  1. Jim Thorpe
  2. Steven Gerrard
  3. Leonard Cohen
  4. Pete Sampras
Legend has it that when Jim Thorpe was awarded his Olympic gold medal, the King of Sweden said to him, "You, sir, are the greatest athlete in the world."
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34. Carolina's captivating quarterback!

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  1. Isaac Newton
  2. Cam Fielding
  3. Cam Newton
  4. Oscar Isaac
Cam Newton is the only player in modern history to be awarded the Heisman Trophy, win a national championship, and become the first overall pick in an NFL draft within a single year!
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35. One of the world's greatest female tennis players!

By lev radin /
  1. Serena Williams
  2. Jo Pascual
  3. Ty Cobb
  4. Chris Evert
Chris Evert won 18 Grand Slam singles championships and three doubles titles. She was the year-ending World No. 1 singles player from 1974 until 1981!
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36. The Giants greatest ever quarterback?

By Jim Helmes /
  1. Eli Manning
  2. Tom Brady
  3. Ralph Wilson
  4. Al Davis
Eli Manning led the Giants to victory in Super Bowl XLVII and Super Bowl XLVI, defeating the New England Patriots in both games, while also being named Most Valuable Player both times!
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37. From quarterback to commentator!

By Ken Durden /
  1. Willie Mays
  2. Tony Stark
  3. Robin Wood
  4. Tony Romo
Tony Romo, who played for 14 seasons as the Dallas Cowboys Quarterback, is now considered “the greatest TV analyst in U.S. sports."
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38. "The Yankee Clipper" himself!

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  1. Magic Johnson
  2. Ty Cobb
  3. Jo Santana
  4. Joe DiMaggio
Joe DiMaggio helped the Yankees win nine World Series titles, earning widespread fame for his record 56-game hitting streak in 1941.
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39. The "White Mamba" of women's basketball!

By Keeton Gale /
  1. Diana Taurasi
  2. Andre Agassi
  3. Ronda Rousey
  4. Serena Williams
Diana Taurasi was selected to 5 WNBA All-Star teams between 2005 and 2011 and led the league in scoring five times during that same stretch.
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40. A speed skating legend!

By vancityallie /
  1. Helen Keller
  2. Serena Williams
  3. Diana Taurasi
  4. Martina Navratilova
Now retired Bonnie Blair was one of the top skaters of her era, and is still one of the most decorated athletes in Olympic history.
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41. Do you recognize "The Georgia Peach"?

By George Grantham Bain /
  1. Simon Williams
  2. Ty Cobb
  3. Dan Marino
  4. Kobe Bryant
Tyrus 'Ty' Cobb reached the majors in 1905 and spent 22 years with the Detroit Tigers while his last 2 years were spent at the Philadelphia Athletics.
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42. One of the best female soccer players of all time!

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  1. Nancy Doors
  2. Mia Farrow
  3. Mia Hamm
  4. Joan Dennis
Hailed as a soccer icon, Mia Hamm, was a two-time Olympic gold medalist, and two-time FIFA Women's World Cup champion.
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43. Can you identify this Green Bay quarterback?

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  1. J.J. Watt
  2. Drew Brees
  3. Aaron Rodger
  4. Tom Brady
Aaron Rodger is the starting American football quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, who chose him in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft with the 24th pick.
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44. Famous female figure skater!

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  1. Randy Moss
  2. Carli Sail
  3. Nancy Kerrigan
  4. Martina Navratilova
Perhaps known more for her career damaging knee injury, Nancy Kerrigan is a decorated figure skater, author, producer, and cultural icon!
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45. Skating's best, it has to be "The Birdman"!

By Kathy Hutchins /
  1. Paul Rodriguez
  2. Jeff Beck
  3. Peter Capaldi
  4. Tony Hawk
Tony Hawk is often regarded as the most influential and fulfilled skater of modern-day skateboarding, helping to propel the sport into what it is today!
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46. It's "Zeke from Cabin Creek"!

By Malcolm W. Emmons /
  1. John Williams
  2. Jerry West
  3. Andre Agassi
  4. Muhammed Ali
Jerry West had many nicknames, including Mr. Clutch, for his ability to make a big play in a clutch situation, such as his famous buzzer-beating 60-foot shot that tied Game 3 of the 1970 NBA Finals against the New York Knicks.
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47. Colts and Broncos Legend!

By Ian Ransley /
  1. Matt Ryan
  2. Cody Bellinger
  3. Peyton Manning
  4. J.J. Watt
The son of former NFL quarterback Archie Manning, and the older brother of New York Giants Quarterback Eli Manning, Peyton is one of the most prolific passers in NFL history.
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48. Do you know this Texans defensive end?

By Jeffrey Beall /
  1. Simon Brady
  2. J.J. Watt
  3. Marcus O'Niel
  4. J.J. Abrams
J.J. Watt's first love was actually ice hockey, which he played until he was 13 years old, but due to equipment cost, he was forced to quit!
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49. Golf's legendary "lefty"!

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  1. Phil Mickelson
  2. Phil Flanel
  3. Robbie Willis
  4. Tiger Woods
Phil Mickelson is one of 16 players in golf history to win at least three of the four majors. He has won every major except the U.S. Open, where he has finished second place six times.
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50. The "Flying Tomato" himself!

By Leonard Zhukovsky /
  1. Shaun White
  2. Sean Lennon
  3. Sean Penn
  4. Sean Bean
Shaun White is a three-time Olympic gold medalist. He holds the record for the most X-Games gold medals and most Olympic gold medals by a snowboarder!
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