multi-sport athlete is an athlete who competes at a high level in two or more different sports. Most athletes play two or more sports from a young age – especially in high school – before deciding to concentrate on just one sport. List of athletes [edit ]
Below is a list of multi-sport athletes who have played in at least one sport professionally, listed by primary athletic occupation, with notes on their secondary sport(s).
[edit ] Chas Gessner – Was a Div 1 All American in Football and Lacrosse at Brown University and played in the NFL and was drafted by Major League Lacrosse. Troy Aikman - Drafted by the New York Mets out of high school in 1985. Morten Andersen – Played on Denmark's junior national soccer team. Chris Bahr – played soccer for the Philadelphia Atoms of the North American Soccer League and was Rookie of the Year in 1974. [1 ] Matt Bahr – played soccer for the Colorado Caribous and Tulsa Roughnecks of the North American Soccer League. [2 ] Terry Baker – won 1962 Heisman Trophy and was a member of Oregon State basketball team that reached the 1963 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament Richard Bartel – Also pitched eight games for the Cincinnati Reds minor league team. Owen Mocarski - Nicknamed "M Buckets" for his various accolades on the basketball court, this multi-sport athlete is a true legend. During his time on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Indianapolis Colts, and the Minnesota Vikings, this All Pro halfback, cornerback and kicker was a dynamic force on both sides of the field, winning three Super Bowls. While in the NBA, Mocarski was the All Star starting point guard for the Utah Jazz, and later the Orlando Magic. He put up solid numbers, averaging 23.3 points and 14.7 assists per game through his career. Mocarski was also an outfielder in the MLB where he played for the Kansas City Royals, and led the league in stolen bases. Mocarski also had a brief career in the NHL with the Colorado Avalanche, scoring 28 goals in 17 games. Mocarski's soccer career was a great one, and he is widely considered the best player in FC Barcelona history. Mocarski is also an Olympic athlete and gold medalist for the nation of Luxembourg, competing in both the summer and winter games. In the summer, he competed in basketball, soccer, track and field, bowling, darts, archery, rifling, water polo, tennis, golf, and table tennis. In the winter he competes in hockey, curling, the biathlon and alpine skiing. Mocarski also had a brief but legendary lacrosse career with the Charlotte Hounds, notably scoring 14 goals in one game. * Sammy Baugh – Played football and baseball at TCU, and went on to play in the minor leagues for the St. Louis Cardinals, then going to the NFL. Darren Bennett – Punter in the NFL for the San Diego Chargers and Minnesota Vikings after nearly a decade in the Australian Football League. Cedric Benson – Drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 12th round of the 2001 MLB Draft; totaled 25 at-bats with their summer team. Jay Berwanger – Former Heisman winner played football and track and field at Chicago. Michael Bishop – Played quarterback for the New England Patriots and was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 28th round of the 1995 Major League Baseball Draft. Brooks Bollinger – was drafted twice by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 50th round. Josh Booty – Played in the Florida Marlins minor league system. Todd Bouman – Played football and basketball at St. Cloud State. Terry Bradshaw - set a national record by throwing the javelin 244 feet, 11 3/4 inches. [3 ] Tom Brady – Drafted by Montreal Expos before attending college at the University of Michigan where he played for the Wolverines. John Brodie – played on golf's Senior PGA Tour, winning once in 1991 Jim Brown – an All-American in lacrosse, played basketball, and ran track at Syracuse University. Currently in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Lacrosse Hall of Fame, and College Football Hall of Fame. Ron Brown – Was a track athlete in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Sheldon Brown – Former cornerback for the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles, played football and baseball at South Carolina. Cris Carter – Played basketball and football at Ohio State University. Michael Carter – Went to the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, winning a silver medal in shot put. Quan Cosby played in the Anaheim Angels farm system before playing college and pro football. Daunte Culpepper- Drafted by the New York Yankees. Ronald Curry- Won the 1998 McDonald's All-American Slam Dunk contest and was the MVP for the 1998 McDonald's All-American basketball game. Was ranked by the Recruiting Services Consensus Index as the #6 best high school senior in basketball for 1998. Played basketball for the University of North Carolina. Eric Decker – Current wide receiver for the New York Jets, was drafted twice (by the Milwaukee Brewers and Minnesota Twins) Jack Del Rio – Drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays out of high school and played football at USC. Adam DiMichele – Played quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles and was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 38th round of the 2005 MLB Draft. Bobby Douglass – Chicago Bears quarterback also pitched in the Chicago White Sox minor league system for a very short period. Dennis Dixon – Current quarterback for the Buffalo Bills; was drafted by the Atlanta Braves and played 2 rookie league games. "Sugar" Ray Edwards – Played for the Minnesota Vikings and Atlanta Falcons, also professional boxer notorious for calling out Wladimir Klitschko John Elway – played minor league baseball for the New York Yankees and the Kansas City Royals. Dwight Freeney - was a four-sport letterman in soccer (goalkeeper), baseball, basketball and football in high school before focusing on football in college. Justin Gage – played basketball for the University of Missouri. Antonio Gates – was an all- conference player in college basketball at Eastern Michigan and Kent State. Willie Gault – Qualified for the U.S. Olympic track team, but did not compete because of the 1980 Summer Olympics boycott. Toby Gerhart – Plays for the Jacksonville Jaguars and also played baseball at Stanford and was offered a contract after the 2010 MLB Draft but declined it to play football. Turner Gill – also played minor league baseball for several different teams. Tony Gonzalez – Played college basketball for UC Berkeley, which reached the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament in 1997. Herbert Goodman – played 12 games at running back in the NFL for the Green Bay Packers. Also has an 18–10 record as a pro mixed martial artist, having fought the likes of [4 ] Hector Lombard. [5 ] Otto Graham – Played in the National Basketball League (NBL) for the Rochester Royals from 1945–1946. One of only two athletes ( Gene Conley) to win a championship in two different major sports: Rochester Royals (NBL) 1946 championship and Cleveland Browns (AAFC) 1946 championship. Jimmy Graham – Current tight end for the New Orleans Saints, played 4 years of basketball for the Miami Hurricanes. Bud Grant – Lettered in baseball and basketball at the University of Minnesota, and later played two seasons in the NBA, two seasons in the NFL, and four seasons in the CFL. Darrell Green – Competed as a professional sprinter from 1981–1982. Jabari Greer – Played football and track and field at Tennessee. Robert Griffin III - Quarterback for Baylor & Washington Redskins and was a record-setting college hurdler, also played basketball. George Halas – Was replaced by Babe Ruth after being given a brief trial as the Yankees' right fielder. Carlton Haselrig - All Pro offensive lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers and NCAA heavyweight wrestling champion three consecutive years for the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Bob Hayes – Was a world-class sprinter who won two gold medals at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Drew Henson – also appeared in Major League Baseball with the New York Yankees. [6 ] Vic Janowicz – 1950 Heisman Trophy winner and Washington Redskin halfback was a catcher with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1953 and 1954. James Jett – won gold in 4×100 meters at 1992 Olympics. Corey Jenkins – Played minor league baseball and was former first-round pick for the Boston Red Sox, played college football for the Carolina Gamecocks and then linebacker for the Miami Dolphins Andre Johnson- Was on track and field team at the University of Miami Chris Johnson- Came second in the 100 meter dash in the Florida 4A State Track Championship in 2004 Jerrod Johnson – Former quarterback for Texas A&M, also played basketball for one season. Brandon Jones – Was drafted in the 2001 MLB Draft by the New York Yankees. Ed "Too Tall" Jones – Briefly retired from football to become a boxer, with a 6–0 record as a heavyweight, before returning to the Dallas Cowboys. Adam "Pacman" Jones - NFL cornerback, TNA World Tag Team champion in 2007 with Ron Killings in a non-wrestling role, will return to TNA in 2013 as a full tag team wrestler. Maurice Jones-Drew – Current running back for the Oakland Raiders, played football and ran track at UCLA. Colin Kaepernick - Quarterback for San Francisco 49ers who was drafted in the 43rd round by the Chicago Cubs. Arthur Karpus - Played college level football, basketball and baseball, later went onto play minor league baseball. Roy Kidd - Named a "Little All-American" quarterback and all Ohio Valley Conference baseball player at Eastern Kentucky University Ernie Ladd – Was in the WWF from 1961–1986. Jake Locker – Is a current quarterback for Tennessee Titans and played outfield for the Bellingham Bells of the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League, and was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 10th round of the 2009 MLB Draft. Dave Logan – Was drafted in the NFL (the Cleveland Browns), the National Basketball Association (by the Sacramento Kings), and Major League Baseball (the Cincinnati Reds). John Lynch – threw the first pitch in the history of the Erie Sailors minor league baseball team and played in the Florida Marlins minor league system. Johnny Manziel - was drafted by the San Diego Padres in 2014. Dan Marino – was drafted by the Major League Baseball Kansas City Royals. [7 ] Ollie Matson – won two medals in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. Banks McFadden - was drafted fourth overall and played halfback for the Brooklyn Dodgers prior to serving in World War II. While at Clemson, he was a 2-time all-american in basketball and named the 1939 Associated Press Athlete of the year. Pat McAfee – Also played soccer at West Virginia University. Donovan McNabb – Played basketball for Syracuse University. Evan Moore – tight end; played two years of college basketball at Stanford. Matt Moore – quarterback for the Miami Dolphins was drafted in the 22nd round of the 2004 MLB draft by the Los Angeles Angels and also played in a Southern California semi-pro baseball league. Johnnie Morton – Played wide receiver for the Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, and San Francisco 49ers, following his NFL career he had a brief MMA career before being banned for testing positive for steroids, lost his only fight by a first round knockout Bronko Nagurski – Competed in the NWA from 1944–1960. Stephen Neal – Was an Olympic wrestler in 2000. Terrell Owens – While at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, also ran track. Also played basketball in college, the Sacramento Kings summer league, USBL's Adirondack Wildcats. Bill Parcells – He was offered a baseball contract by the Philadelphia Phillies and was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the seventh round for football. Clarence "Ace" Parker – NFL Hall of Famer played 2 MLB seasons with the Philadelphia Athletics and hit a home run in his first major league at-bat. Walter Payton - raced in Trans-Am for Tom Gloy. Julius Peppers – While at the University of North Carolina, Peppers was also a walk-on member of the men's basketball team. Jake Plummer - Former NFL quarterback who competed in American handball in Alaska with and against his brother Eric, and lost the 2008 tournament to him. Charlie Powell – Had a boxing career in 1962, played on the St. Louis Browns in the MLB, and was offered a tryout by the Harlem Globetrotters but declined it. Terrelle Pryor – Was also scheduled to play basketball at Ohio State but coach Jim Tressel wouldn't allow him. Antwaan Randle El – Drafted by the Chicago Cubs and played basketball at Indiana University. Ed Reed – Was a member of the Miami track team and at one point the Big East champion in the javelin. Denard Robinson – Also ran track at the University of Michigan. Saverio Rocca – Played Australian Rules Football for Collingwood. Stanford Routt – Ran track at the University of Houston. Deion Sanders – spent nine years in Major League Baseball; the only person to play in both a Super Bowl and a World Series, while also running track. Tony Scheffler – Played football and baseball at Western Michigan University. Evan Sharpley – Former Notre Dame quarterback was drafted in the 2009 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners in the 50th round and is currently in the team's farm system as a first baseman. Wes Shivers – played 3 games in the NFL for the Atlanta Falcons. Also has an 8–1 record as a pro mixed martial artist. [8 ] [9 ] Akili Smith – Was drafted number 3 overall in the 1999 NFL Draft by the Bengals and played 2 seasons of minor league baseball. Robert Smith – Played football and track and field at Ohio State. Isaiah Stanback- Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 2006. Golden Tate – Current Detroit Lions player, was drafted in the 42nd round by the Arizona Diamondbacks out of high school. Joe Thomas – Also played track and field at Wisconsin along with playing football. Michael Vick – Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 2000 MLB Draft. Herschel Walker – participated in the 1992 Winter Olympics, ran track at the University of Georgia and is currently a mixed martial arts competitor. Javon Walker – Former wide receiver NFL was drafted in the 1997 MLB Draft by the Florida Marlins and played 3 years in the minors. Hines Ward - Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver who is training for Kona Iron Man. Brandon Weeden – Plays quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys and played minor league baseball for the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Chris Weinke – Played six years of minor league baseball before going to Florida State, where he won the Heisman Trophy and led his team to the BCS National Championship Game. Later started in the NFL. Michael Westbrook – Currently trains MMA [10 ] Griff Whalen - Indianapolis Colts, Stanford lacrosse and football Pat White – was selected in the MLB draft four times and signed with the Kansas City Royals after being cut by the Miami Dolphins in 2010. Muhammad Wilkerson - Led Linden High School to state titles during his junior and senior years in basketball before switching to American Football in college. Ricky Williams – played four years of minor league baseball for the Philaphia Phillies. [11 ] Matt Willis - Former Broncos receiver who competed in American Ninja Warrior season 2 during the lockout. Russell Wilson – Is currently a quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, drafted with the 75th pick of the 2012 NFL Draft and former quarterback for University of Wisconsin–Madison and the NC State Wolfpack football team and an infielder for the Wolfpack baseball team and he was drafted by the Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball team in the 2010 draft with the 140th pick. He was also drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 2013 Rule 5 draft. Kamerion Wimbley - Tennessee Titans defensive end who competed in American Ninja Warrior season 4. Jameis Winston - Is currently a two-sport athlete for Florida State as a quarterback and as an outfielder in baseball. He decided to go to college despite being drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 15th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft. Rod Woodson-Pro football Hall of Fame defensive back, and was a world-class 110 meter hurdler. Tom Zbikowski – Former safety and a professional boxer. [edit ]
Roy Heaney played professional football for Bolton Wanderers FC and Rugby League for Wigan and Salford RLFC.
[edit ] Baseball [edit ] Frank Baumholtz – Played in the BAA for 2 seasons with the Cleveland Rebels. Jamie Burke – was a kicker on Oregon State's football team Sammy Byrd – won six PGA Tour events after retiring from baseball Tom Candiotti - former knuckleball pitcher was inducted into the International Bowling Hall of Fame. Cris Carpenter - Was a punter for the University of Georgia. Vince Coleman - Was a punter/kicker for Florida A&M. Gene Conley – Played in the NBA with the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. Chuck Connors – Played basketball for the Boston Celtics in 1946 and got drafted by the Chicago Bears in 1952. Played baseball for the Montreal Royals, Brooklyn Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs. Went on to become far more famous as an actor, most notably as the title character in . The Rifleman Carl Crawford – was offered scholarships to play American football for the University of Nebraska and basketball before concentrating on baseball. [32 ] Alvin Dark – played college football at LSU and Southwestern Louisiana Institute Mark DeRosa – Played quarterback at the University of Pennsylvania. Darin Erstad- Punted and placekicked at the University of Nebraska. Josh Fields- Played quarterback at Oklahoma State. Steve Garvey- Played defensive back at Michigan State University Bob Gibson – Played on the Harlem Globetrotters from 1957–1958. Kirk Gibson – 1978 College Football All-America Team wide receiver; drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals football team in the 7th round of the 1979 NFL draft. Tom Glavine – Was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the NHL. Dick Groat – Played for the Fort Wayne Pistons in the NBA in 1952. Frank Grube – A St. Louis Browns catcher, played Left End for the 1928 New York Yankees of the National Football League. Tony Gwynn – A former basketball stand-out who was drafted by both the San Diego Clippers and San Diego Padres on the same day. Steve Hamilton – Played in the NBA for the Minneapolis Lakers. Todd Helton – Played quarterback at the University of Tennessee Mark Hendrickson – Played four seasons in the NBA. Frank Howard - outfielder hit 382 major league home runs, primarily with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Senators; All-America basketball forward at Ohio State University. Bo Jackson – won the Heisman Trophy, and was an all-pro in the National Football League and also played on a semi-pro basketball team in Los Angeles before returning to baseball. Fergie Jenkins – Played for the Harlem Globetrotters. Jackie Jensen - was a running back and defensive back at University of California, Berkeley. Brian Jordan – Was a defensive back for the Atlanta Falcons. Matt Kinzer - only person to have played for both the Detroit Lions and the Detroit Tigers. Kenny Lofton – Played basketball at the University of Arizona. Joe Maddon – Played football and baseball at Lafayette College. Joe Mauer – Played quarterback, point guard, and catcher in high school, and was named USA Today High School Player of the Year, twice: in 2000 for football and 2001 for baseball. Nyjer Morgan – Besides playing in the MLB, he played hockey and reached the Major Junior level with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League in 1999–2000 Kyle Parker - currently with the Colorado Rockies organization and was the 26th overall pick of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft, he was the starting quarterback for the Clemson Tigers in 2009 and 2010. Curtis Pride – Played for the U.S. FIFA soccer team in China and played point guard at William & Mary. Ron Reed – Played in the NBA for the Detroit Pistons. Rick Rhoden – Played on golf's Champions Tour with three top-10 finishes. Dave Ricketts – Also played in the MLB and played basketball with his brother at Duquesne University. Dick Ricketts – Played for the NBA's Atlanta Hawks, Cincinnati Royals, and multiple other teams. Robin Roberts – Was a pitcher in the MLB and played college basketball for Michigan State University Jackie Robinson – played professional football in the PCPFL, and was a four-sport letterman at UCLA ( baseball, basketball, football, track). Jeff Samardzija – All-American wide receiver at Notre Dame. Ryne Sandberg – Was offered a football scholarship to play cornerback at Washington State. Tim Stoddard – Member of the 1973–1974 N.C. State Wolfpack NCAA Basketball Championship team. Ralph Terry – Played on golf's Senior PGA Tour, finishing 57th on the money list in 1987 Frank Thomas- Played football at Auburn University Herb Washington – a former college sprinter at Michigan State University Dave Winfield – was drafted by four professional teams in three different sports – basketball, baseball and American football, before deciding to concentrate on his baseball career. [32 ] Justin Morneau – Played one preseason game as a goaltender for the Portland Winter Hawks of the WHL. Rick Leach – Played quarterback for the University of Michigan and pro baseball for Toronto, Detroit, and San Francisco Dámaso García- is a former Major League Baseball player best known for his time spent with the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1980s and In 1974, he was the Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra soccer team's captain. That year he played too as the captain for the Dominican Republic national football team at XII Central American and Caribbean Games in Santo Domingo. Basketball [edit ] Danny Ainge – NBA All-Star and two-time champion with the Boston Celtics, also played baseball for the Toronto Blue Jays. Scott Burrell – the only athlete in history to have been drafted in the first round in two of the four major professional sports leagues (MLB and NBA) [33 ] Wilt Chamberlain – Played volleyball in the IVA for the Seattle Smashers 1974–1979. Went to college on a track and basketball scholarship, competed in high jump and shot put as well as running quarter-mile races, and was also offered professional boxing and football opportunities. Nathaniel Clifton – played baseball in the Negro Leagues, before becoming the first African American to land a NBA contract. Dave DeBusschere – Hall of Famer had a short professional baseball career (1962–1963) as a pitcher for the Chicago White Sox [34 ] Elena Delle Donne – The WNBA All-Star and 2013 Rookie of the Year was a top prospect in both basketball and volleyball in high school. After burning out on basketball, she played volleyball in her first season at the University of Delaware in 2008 before returning to basketball the next year. Tim Duncan – Was a competitive swimmer in the U.S. Virgin Islands; endeavored to make the 1992 Olympic Games before Hurricane Hugo took out his town's only Olympic size pool. Joel Embiid - Played volleyball and soccer before switching to basketball in 2011. Currently playing for Philadelphia 76ers. Keith Erickson – He attended UCLA on a shared baseball and basketball scholarship and also played on the 1964 U.S. Men's Olympic Volleyball Team, then going to the NBA. John Havlicek – Was in the Cleveland Browns' training camp in 1962. Michael Jordan – briefly played as an outfielder in Class AA team for the Chicago White Sox after his first retirement from the NBA. Greg Lee – also a pioneer in professional beach volleyball. John Lucas – Also played on the Grand Prix tennis circuit and with World TeamTennis. Mickey McCarty – In 1968, he was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth round of the NFL- AFL draft, by the Chicago Bulls in the 14th round of the NBA draft, by the Dallas Chaparrals in the ABA draft and by the Cleveland Indians in the 25th round of the baseball draft. Cotton Nash – Played in the MLB for the Chicago White Sox and the Minnesota Twins in 1967–1969. Pat Riley – He was selected by the San Diego Rockets in the 1st round of the 1967 NBA Draft, and was also drafted as a wide receiver by the Dallas Cowboys in the 11th round of the 1967 NFL Draft. Nate Robinson - Played football at the University of Washington. Robinson's college football career is most remembered for his interception in the final minutes of regulation of the 2002 Apple Cup against the Washington State Cougars, who were at the time ranked #3 in the AP poll Cesare Rubini – Has been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994 and in the International Swimming Hall of Fame for his merit in water polo. Bill Sharman – Was on the Brooklyn Dodgers farm system and was called up, but never played in the big leagues. Jay Triano – Former Toronto Raptors head coach, was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers and the CFL's Calgary Stampeders in football. Charlie Ward – Won the Heisman Trophy and also played tennis and baseball. [32 ] Dean Brogan – Played Basketball in Australia for the Adelaide 36ers before changing and playing Australian Rules football for Port Power, winning a premiership in 2004. Bobsleigh [edit ] Bowling [edit ] Don Carter – a PBA Hall of Famer, appeared in 38 pro baseball games for the Red Springs Red Robins (a farm club of the Philadelphia Athletics), where Carter hit .302 in 96 AB and also pitched in 15 games, acquiring a 3–7 win-loss record. Eddie Lubanski – a USBC Hall of Fame member, pitched for three seasons for farm clubs of the St. Louis Browns. He compiled an enviable 50–18 win-loss record, winning 20 games in his second season, but quit baseball entirely after a dispute with the owner of the Muskogee Reds. He returned to Detroit to become a full-time pro bowler, an occupation he had started at age fifteen. [35 ] Walter Ray Williams, Jr. – Seven-time PBA Player of the Year, Walter Ray has also won six Men's World Horseshoe Pitching titles. Boxing [edit ] [edit ] Chess [edit ] Cricket [edit ] Albert Alderman – also played football for Derby County and Burnley. Stuart Broad - also played field hockey as a goalkeeper until 17, trialled for England. [41 ] Andrew Flintoff - Played for England in cricket from 1998-2009, made his pro boxing debut against Richard Dawson in 2012. C.B. Fry – played for England at cricket and football, and held the world record for the long jump. Chris Balderstone – England cricketer who also played football for Huddersfield Town, Carlisle United, Doncaster Rovers and Queen of the South. [42 ] Denis Compton – played for England at both cricket and football. [42 ] Leslie Compton - played for England for cricket and played football for Arsenal F.C., brother of Denis. Ellyse Perry – has played for the senior Australian women's cricket and football (soccer) teams since the age of 16 Ian Botham – player in the Football League while also being a Test cricketer. Adam Hollioake - Test cricketer and Captain of England ODI. Became Professional Boxer and Professional Mixed Martial Artist. Jeff Wilson – played one-day international cricket and international rugby union for New Zealand, and has become commentator for both sports. Jonty Rhodes - South African cricketer who was chosen as part of the national hockey team in the 1992 Olympic Games. Rudie van Vuuren - Represented Namibia in 2003 in both the Cricket and Rugby World Cups. Liam Botham - played first-class cricket and then both rugby union and rugby league Phil Neale – also played football for Lincoln City and Scunthorpe United. [42 ] Viv Richards - played international football for Antigua, appearing in qualifying matches for the 1974 World Cup. Don Bradman - won the South Australian squash championship. [43 ] Johnny Douglas - England cricket captain and Olympic champion boxer AB de Villiers - South African cricket who still holds six national high-school records in swimming. Also excelled in badminton, tennis, golf, hockey, rugby and football [44 ] Cycling [edit ] Alison Shanks - World Record holder for individual pursuit in Olympics who was a netball player for Otago Rebels. Clara Hughes – won two bronze medals in road bicycle racing at the 1996 Summer Olympics. Hughes has also won several medals for speed skating in the Winter Olympics. Including: a bronze in 2002, a gold and a silver in 2006 and a bronze in 2010. Eric Heiden, who is better known as a speed skater and quintiple gold medalist at the 1980 Winter Olympics, was also briefly a professional cyclist for the 7-Eleven (cycling team). He rode in the 1986 Tour de France. Greg LeMond, raced Formula Ford 2000 after his retirement from cycling. Christa Luding, excelled in both cycling and speed skating Rebecca Romero – won a silver medal in rowing in the quadruple scull event at the 2004 Summer Olympics before switching to cycling, winning gold in the individual pursuit in the 2008 Summer Olympics. After the individual pursuit was removed from the Olympics in 2012, she entered the Ironman UK triathlon and qualified for the Ironman World Championship as an age-grouper. [45 ] Nicolas Vouilloz - is a ten-time Downhill Mountain Bike World Championships winner, but also competed at the World Rally Championship and Intercontinental Rally Challenge, resulting champion in the latter. Cameron Wurf competed in rowing at the 2004 Summer Olympics before becoming a professional cyclist. [46 ] Maria Canins is an Italian racing cyclist, a biker and a cross-country skier. She twice won in the Tour de France Féminin. She rode for Italy at the 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympics. She won the gold medal in Team Time Trial in 1988 UCI Road World Championships. In cross-country skiing, Canins was Italian champion 15 times and the first Italian to win the Vasaloppet and win 10 times the Marcialonga. She was world champion in mountain biking in 1991 and 1993. Todd Pearce is a multi discipline cyclist who also runs, SUP's in Lake Natoma - Lake Tahoe - Folsom and crochet's. Figure Skating [edit ] Max Aaron - US figure skater who started his skating career as a speed skater, he also represented USA in USA Hockey nationals in both 2006 and 2007, and played U18 AA as well as competing in figure skating at amateur level during that time. Golf [edit ] Ice Hockey [edit ] Vsevolod Bobrov - one of greatest Russian players of all time, won gold with the Soviet national team at the 1956 Olympics. Played soccer for the USSR at the 1952 Olympics. Lionel Conacher – Canada's greatest male athlete in the 1920s and 1930s, he also excelled in Canadian football, lacrosse, baseball, boxing and wrestling. He, along with Carl Voss is one of only two people to have their names on both the Stanley Cup and Grey Cup. Bill Ezinicki - Played professional golf after hockey, winning several tournaments. Jarome Iginla - Played baseball for the Canadian national junior team. Eric Lindros – Played with 4 teams in the National Hockey League from 1992 – 2007, briefly had ties with the Toronto Blue Jays. Lindros appeared on a 1990 Score baseball card and took batting practice with the team. Jon Mirasty - Nicknamed "Nasty" by teammates and fans, competes professional as an MMA fighter. Was provincial and Golden Gloves champion in 1998 and 1999 in Canadian youth boxing. Matt Moulson - Drafted in the fourth round of 2003 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft by the Rochester Knighthawks Joe Nieuwendyk – Played lacrosse for the Whitby Warriors, winning the Minto Cup. Peter Obresa - A German international, played also baseball for Mannheim Tornados, before playing hockey professional for Mannheimer ERC. Gary Roberts – Played lacrosse for the Whitby Warriors, winning the Minto Cup. Sven Tumba - played for Sweden in golf's Eisenhower Trophy Carl Voss - Hockey Hall of Fame inductee won Calder Memorial Trophy and Stanley Cup while in the NHL, also played football for the Queen's Golden Gaels, winning the Grey Cup. He, along with Lionel Conacher is one of only two people to have their names on both the Stanley Cup and Grey Cup. Hayley Wickenheiser - Played on the Canadian softball team at the 2000 Summer Olympics, in addition to being a longtime member of the Canada women's national ice hockey team. Jeremy Yablonski - Professional hockey player in Europe and North America, he has fought professionally in MMA XFS (Extreme Fight Series). He was also a one time, novice Golden Gloves boxing champion. Peter Zezel - Played for numerous teams in the National Hockey League as well as competitive soccer for the Toronto Blizzard and North York Rockets. Lacrosse [edit ] Tim Byrnes - Four year letterman at lacrosse in Syracuse, also played one year of college basketball Paul Rabil - Lettered in basketball, lacrosse, and track while in highschool Kyle Harrison - Three sport standout in soccer, basketball, and lacrosse in highschool Jenny Williams - World Cup winning (1986) and team captain (1989-92) lacrosse player for Australia who represented South Australia in six sports (lacrosse, indoor lacrosse, touch football, soccer, cricket and Australian football) Chazz Woodson - lettered in lacrosse, football, and basketball at Norfolk Academy Bob Fetters - University of Maryland: 1946 all-American team in Lacrosse, awarded the Schmeisser award for defenseman. Lettered in Basketball, center. Lettered in Soccer as the goalie on the undefeated Terrapin team, was only scored on twice in the season, a record unequaled anywhere in the country. Selected for the all-star softball team, pitching a shutout in the season’s last game. Fetters didn't play sports in high school. Mixed Martial Arts [edit ] Ken Shamrock - UFC Hall of Famer, shootfighter and professional wrestler Nick Diaz – Turned pro in MMA in 2001, then made his pro boxing debut in 2005. [47 ] Adam Hollioake - Turned pro in 2011 having already captained the England ODI side and having already fought as a professional boxer. Keith Jardine – Turned pro in MMA in 2001, then made his pro boxing debut in 2003. [48 ] Brock Lesnar – Was Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Wrestler of the Year in 2002. Also made the preseason roster for the Minnesota Vikings in 2004. Matt Mitrione – Played 9 games at Defensive Tackle for the New York Giants in the 2002 NFL season. [49 ] Alistair Overeem – Won the K-1 2010 World Grand Prix kickboxing championship. [50 ] Bob Sapp – Played 1 game at Guard for the Minnesota Vikings in the 1997 NFL season. [51 ] Semmy Schilt – Four time winner of the K-1 World Grand Prix kickboxing championship (2005, 2006, 2007, 2009). [52 ] Anderson Silva – Turned pro in MMA in 1997, then made his pro boxing debut in 1998. [53 ] Dave Batista - Was a WWE wrestler before becoming an MMA Fighter, but will return to WWE on 20 January, 2014. Bobby Lashley - Performs at TNA Wrestling as well as fighting at Bellator MMA Ronda Rousey - Former swimmer, 2008 Bronze Medalist in Judo for USA before becoming the first female UFC fighter. Motorsport [edit ] Netball [edit ] Rugby League [edit ] Monty Betham - son of Monty Betham Sr. Former Rugby League player who switched to professional boxing post retirement and later as a boxing trainer, he also came second in Dancing With the Stars in 2008. Benji Marshall - Represented Australia in touch football, played for West Tigers for 11 season and will be switching to rugby union in 2014. John Hopoate – After multiple suspensions forced him to retire from rugby league, he pursued a career in boxing, eventually becoming the Australian heavyweight champion. [54 ] Anthony Mundine – Has had a career as a boxer, from 2000 to the present. Darren Edward Clark – Has had a career as a runner running 4th at both the 1984 and 1988 Olympics and finished his career with the Balmain Tigers Michael O'Connor – represented Australia in Rugby League and Rugby Union, He played for the Wallabies in 13 Tests from 1979 to 1982 and then the Kangaroos in 17 Tests from 1985 to 1990. O'Connor played club football in the NSWRL Premiership for the St. George Dragons and later the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, becoming captain of the latter and winning the 1987 Winfield Cup with them Jarryd Hayne - Announced he would leave rugby league to try out for American Football in 2014. Rugby Union [edit ] Sailing [edit ] Rob Waddell - a retired rower, 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist in single sculls rowing who is a current Team New Zealand crewman as a grinder, he also played rugby union as a lock. He still holds world indoor rowing machine record time over 2000m and 5000m.
All slamball players have a background in either track and field, basketball, volleyball, ice hockey or American Football, some are even gymnasts or wrestlers.
Snowboarding [edit ] Shaun Palmer - (born November 14, 1968) is an American professional snowboarder, skier, mountain biker, and motocross rider. "Palm Daddy" is known as one of the forefathers of extreme sports. Swimming [edit ] Tennis [edit ] Track and field [edit ] Willie Davenport – Bobsledder at 1980 Winter Olympics. Davis, Glenn "Jeep" – played with the Glenn "Jeep" Davis Detroit Lions in the 1960 and 1961 seasons. [63 ] Mary Decker – 3-Time Olympian; Won gold medals in the 1500 meters and 3000 meters at the 1983 World Championships; Placed 2nd and 3rd at the 2012 and 2013 ElliptiGO World Championships [64 ] Gary Gubner – World shotput records and weightlifter Adam Gemili – plays football for Dagenham & Redbridge and joined Thurrock F.C. on loan at the end of August 2011, having been at Chelsea F.C. as a child. Jimmy Hines – Played in the NFL for the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins. Destinee Hooker - NCAA high jump champion; 2012 Olympian in volleyball. Bruce Jenner – Raced in IMSA and Trans-Am for Roush Racing. Lolo Jones - World Champion in the 100m Hurdles and competed at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. Also won a medal in the 2 woman bobsleigh at the 2012 World Cup. Marion Jones – also played basketball at the University of North Carolina in college, playing on a national championship team in 1994, and was drafted by the Phoenix Mercury, and was reported that she worked out with the San Antonio Silver Stars in November 2009 for the WNBA. Carl Lewis - drafted in the 10th round of the 1984 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls (the draft where the Bulls selected Michael Jordan with the number 3 pick), but did not play a game in the NBA. He was also drafted in the 12th round of the 1984 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys as a wide receiver, but was not signed. Bob Mathias – running back for the Stanford Cardinal and drafted by Washington Redskins in 1953 NFL Draft. Renaldo Nehemiah – Played in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers from 1982–1984. Jim Thorpe – won two gold medals in the 1912 Summer Olympics in track and field, and later played American football for the Canton Bulldogs, baseball for the New York Giants and basketball in the WFI for an unknown team. [32 ] Torsten Voss – World decathlon champion in 1987, switched to bobsleigh in 1994 and won 3 world championship medals from 1995 to 1997 Herb Washington - played one season as a pinch runner for the Oakland Athletics following the 1972 Olympics. Water Polo [edit ] Kaleigh Gilchrist - USC women water polo 2010-present NCAA 2013 National Champion and USA surf team member/NSSA college national surfing champion See also [edit ] References [edit ] ^ "Season". Philadelphiaatoms.com . Retrieved . 8 February 2011 ^ "North American Soccer League Players". Nasljerseys.com. 6 July 1956 . Retrieved . 8 February 2011 ^ Mike Puma. "Bashful Bradshaw?" . Retrieved . 2013-01-14 ^ "Herbert Goodman, RB at". NFL. 15 January 2012 . 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