There have been athletes across different sports who have captured the attention of fans worldwide. They have left their imprints and legacies forever in their respective sports. The most influential athletes in the last 100 years are as follows:
Michael Jordan is the most iconic athlete in the NBA history. He played 15 seasons in the NBA and led his team Chicago Bulls to 6 NBA titles. He was awarded the NBA most valuable player 5 times. He has the record for the highest average season scoring (30.12 points per game) and the highest career playoff scoring average of 33.45 points per game. He was declared the greatest athlete of the 20th century by ESPN in 1999. He is two-time inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Babe Ruth is considered to be the best baseball player of all time. He played 22 seasons of Major Basketball League (MBL) from 1914 to 1935. He was the leader for home runs in the league for 12 times. He had set a record of 714 home runs and a slugging percentage of 0.69. After decades also, his slugging percentage record still stands.
Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. was commonly known as Muhammad Ali is simply the greatest boxer of all time. He won the Golden Gloves title the Olympic gold medal. At the age of 22, he won the World Heavyweight Championship, the youngest boxer to do so. His record speaks for itself- he competed in 61 matches and won 56 of those, 37 by knockouts. He was known for his agile footwork and powerful punches and dominated the sport for many years.
Jim Brown is renowned for his record-setting nine years as running back for the Cleveland Browns of the NFL. He is considered to be one of the greatest professional athletes of the US. He holds the record for total seasons leading the NFL in all-purpose yards and is the only rusher in history to average 100 yards per career game. He was inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971.
Jesse Owens is not only one of the best track-and-field athletes to come from the US, but globally. He came to prominence in the Big Ten Meet in 1935, by setting 3 world records and tying a fourth one in a matter of 45 minutes. He won 4 Olympic gold medals in 1936. Coming from a modest background, Owens achieved what no athlete had achieved earlier.