Love is in the Air… Especially for these Legendary Athletes

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In honor of today’s celebration, Valentine’s Day, I thought I would dedicate this post to love… and by love I mean recognizing the athletes who have received the most mania and admiration from fans among all other athletes.

It goes without saying that all professional athletes are extremely impressive. However, there’s something about these particular athletes that pushes them beyond the scope of a regular professional. These athletes are superhuman. Let’s take a look at the all time greatest super stars.

According to the Harris Poll here are the top-ranked athletes in history:

  1. Michael Jordan
  2. Babe Ruth
  3. Muhammad Ali
  4. Serena Williams
  5. Peyton Manning
  6. Joe Montana
  7. LeBron James
  8. Tiger Woods
  9. Tom Brady
  10. Wayne Gretzky

Now why are these athletes so highly praised? Well for starters, all of these athletes personal brands are on point. Despite maybe a few mistakes

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here and there upon a couple of these esteemed athletes, fans have continued to admire and respect them to this day. Whether it was defying expectations, breaking records, their significant charity work, or simply exuding a personal brand that set them so far apart from other athletes, these players have led their sport to the highest thrill. Fans have continuously supported these athletes and even if they have been long gone from the game, their names linger in the words of sports fanatics.

Every single one have these athletes have left an impact in their respected sport. Whether it was Michael Jordan’s highest record in history for most free throws made during a playoff game, Tom Brady and Joe Montana tying for most Super Bowl wins, or Wayne Gretzky’s most goals made in one season, these players are and will be considered the greatest athletes of all time.

Beyond just their talent however is the humbling connection they have given to the community. Every single one of these athletes has used their “celebrity” platform to assist others through donations, partnering with nonprofit organizations, or lending a voice towards a social impact. In 1984, Muhammad Ali announced that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Ali has significantly effected and aided in raising money through his charity event, Celebrity Fight Night, for the development of Parkinson’s research for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix. Beyond that, he has been involved in countless organizations and charities. This shows just one of the athletes who have impacted the world.

Of course this list could be argued hundreds of times for who really is the greatest athlete but the point is, these athletes are being argued for. The out of this world talent these athletes have for their sport has put them on a pedestal. What keeps them there, even after they’ve been long gone from the game, is who they are and how they continue to make their mark on the world.

P.S. Tom Brady, will you be my Valentine? Valentines-Day-SETX-Weddings

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