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!"

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  1. George Foreman
  2. Muhammed Ali
  3. Jack Johnson
  4. Floyd Mayweather
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!

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  1. LeBron James
  2. Kobe Bryant
  3. Shaquille O’Neal
  4. Stephen Curry
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?

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  1. Babe Ruth
  2. Cy Young
  3. Barry White
  4. Muhammed Ali
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!

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  1. Andre Agassi
  2. Shaquille O’Neal
  3. Kawhi Leonard
  4. Bo Jackson
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. LeBron James
  2. John Cena
  3. Dan Marino
  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!

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  1. Eli Manning
  2. Peyton 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!

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  1. Jim Thorpe
  2. Jim Dunlop
  3. Carl Sagan
  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. Sloane Stephens
  2. Taylor Townsend
  3. Serena Williams
  4. Venus Williams
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!

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  1. Ben Roethlisberger
  2. Joe Namath
  3. Joe Montana
  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!

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  1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  2. James Harden
  3. Bill Russell
  4. Kawhi Leonard
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!

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  1. Miguel Cabrera
  2. Jackie Robinson
  3. Ken Griffey Jr.
  4. Hank Aaron
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?

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  1. Caeleb Dressel
  2. Ryan Lochte
  3. Michael Phelps
  4. Mike Barrowman
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!

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  1. Linda Lopez
  2. Jo Birdy
  3. Jackie Joyner-Kersee
  4. Alex Morgan
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!

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  1. Tiger Woods
  2. Roy Jones
  3. Lee Elder
  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!

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  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!

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  1. Tracy Austin
  2. Carli Lloyd
  3. Billie Jean King
  4. Dawn French
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. Kobe Bryant
  2. LeBron James
  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?

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  1. John McEnroe
  2. Ezekiel Elliott
  3. Matt Smith
  4. Jerry Rice
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!"

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  1. Simon Duvet
  2. Kobe Bryant
  3. Magic Johnson
  4. Tiger Woods
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. Pete Sampras
  2. Michael Phelps
  3. Andy Murray
  4. Jimmy Connors
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?

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  1. Michael Jordan
  2. Deion Sanders
  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!

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  1. Ryan Fitzpatrick
  2. Eli Manning
  3. Dan Marino
  4. Shaquille O’Neal
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?

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  1. Kate Blasket
  2. Tonya Harding
  3. Martina Navratilova
  4. Abby Wambach
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!

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  1. Dennis Rodman
  2. Jerry West
  3. Muhammed Ali
  4. Magic Johnson
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. Yasiel Puig
  2. Willie Mays
  3. Yoenis Céspedes
  4. Roberto Clemente
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!

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  1. John McEnroe
  2. John Coltrane
  3. Jim Courier
  4. Arthur Ashe
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!

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  1. Patsy Cline
  2. Dani Star
  3. Danica Patrick
  4. Rachel McAdams
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. LeBron James
  3. Michael Jordan
  4. Kyrie Irving
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!

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  1. LeBron James
  2. Jesse Owens
  3. Sugar Ray Robinson
  4. Chris Evert
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!

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  1. Angel Mare
  2. Agatha Christie
  3. Nina Simone
  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!

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  1. Ronda Rousey
  2. Alex Morgan
  3. Wilma Rudolph
  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!

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  1. Mercury Smith
  2. Jo Mars
  3. Venus Williams
  4. Nancy Davis
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!

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  1. Steven Gerrard
  2. Pete Sampras
  3. Jim Thorpe
  4. Leonard Cohen
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. Cam Fielding
  2. Isaac Newton
  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!

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  1. Ty Cobb
  2. Serena Williams
  3. Jo Pascual
  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?

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  1. Ralph Wilson
  2. Eli Manning
  3. Al Davis
  4. Tom Brady
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!

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  1. Tony Romo
  2. Robin Wood
  3. Willie Mays
  4. Tony Stark
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. Jo Santana
  2. Ty Cobb
  3. Joe DiMaggio
  4. Magic Johnson
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!

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  1. Diana Taurasi
  2. Serena Williams
  3. Ronda Rousey
  4. Andre Agassi
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!

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  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"?

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  1. Simon Williams
  2. Dan Marino
  3. Ty Cobb
  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. Aaron Rodger
  2. J.J. Watt
  3. Drew Brees
  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"!

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  1. Tony Hawk
  2. Peter Capaldi
  3. Paul Rodriguez
  4. Jeff Beck
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"!

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  1. John Williams
  2. Muhammed Ali
  3. Jerry West
  4. Andre Agassi
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!

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  1. J.J. Watt
  2. Peyton Manning
  3. Cody Bellinger
  4. Matt Ryan
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?

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  1. J.J. Abrams
  2. Marcus O'Niel
  3. J.J. Watt
  4. Simon Brady
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. Robbie Willis
  3. Tiger Woods
  4. Phil Flanel
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!

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  1. Sean Bean
  2. Sean Lennon
  3. Sean Penn
  4. Shaun White
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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