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Top 10 US male athletes of all time

Published at :February 14, 2023 at 9:07 PM
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These individuals are some of the most iconic figures in sports that have inspired millions of people.

The United States of America has produced some of the greatest male athletes of all time, across a wide range of sports. From baseball to basketball, from swimming to track and field, American athletes have excelled at the highest level of competition, winning Olympic medals, and World Championships, and breaking records along the way.

These men showcase hard work, discipline, dedication, and an unrelenting drive to succeed. Their achievements inspire thousands of young children to take up sports and create successful careers in them. 

This article takes a look at the top ten male athletes to come out of the country whose lives, struggles and achievements continue to act as a benchmark for other athletes. Here are the top ten US athletes of all time:

Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather is regarded as one of the finest boxers in the world. He never lost a single bout in his professional career as a boxer, finishing with a 50-0 score. That alone puts him in an elite category of athletes. He also won an Olympic bronze in the 1996 Atlanta Games in amateur boxing.

Tom Brady

When it comes to American football, then Tom Brady is one of the most popular individuals ever to play the sport. He played for New England Patriots from 2000 to 2019 and Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2020 to 2022. The seven-time Super Bowl winner is regarded as the best quarterback of all time.

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods is one of the most recognisable names in the sport of golf. He is extremely popular and commands respect for his skills on the golf course. The American won 15 major championships during his career which is second only to Jack Nicklaus. He is an inductee of the World Golf Hall of Fame which is just one of the numerous awards he has won.

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant was one of the most popular basketball players before his untimely demise in a helicopter crash back in 2020. He was known all over the world and inspire a whole generation of upcoming basketball players who would shout “KOBE!” before attempting a jump shot on the basket. He won five NBA championships and was an NBA All-Star on 18 occasions. Furthermore, he won two gold medals for the USA at the Olympics in the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Games.

Jack Nicklaus

Jack Nicklaus holds the record for winning the most major championships in golf (18). Popularly known as the Golden Bear, he also won 73 PGA Tour titles, which is the third-highest of all time. Many regard him as the best golfer America has ever produced.

Carl Lewis

Carl Lewis is a legendary name in America’s track and field history. He won nine Olympic gold medals during his career. On top of that, he had won one Olympic silver medal and 10 World Championships medals including eight golds at the worlds. His supremacy in both sprinting and the long jump is a rare combo in the world of athletics.  

LeBron James

LeBron James recently became the highest points-scoring individual in the history of the NBA. He is a three-time Olympic medal winner which includes two golds and one bronze. The Los Angeles Lakers player has four NBA championships under his belt. The 19-time NBA All-Star is regarded by many as the greatest basketball player of all time.

Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps is regarded as the greatest swimming athlete of all time. He is certainly the best America has produced. He is the most successful Olympian with 28 medals and holds the record for winning the most Olympic golds (23) and winning most golds at a single Olympic Games (eight in the 2008 Beijing Games). That is simply a ridiculous amount of gold medals for a single athlete.

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan is widely regarded as the greatest basketball player of all time. Although comparisons with LeBron James are catching more traction, the 59-year-old still remains a legend and a massive inspiration. He won six NBA championships (two more than James) and was a 14-time NBA All-Star. He also won two Olympic Gold medals for the USA in the 1984 Los Angeles and 1992 Barcelona Games.

Bo Jackson

Bo Jackson commands a lot of respect in American sports. He is widely regarded as the best athlete that the country has seen. An All-Star in both Major League Baseball and the National Football League, he is the only person to be an All-Star in two different professional sports. People use him as a benchmark whenever the discussion of the greatest athlete of all time takes place.