Top 5 Most Impressive Athletes

Top 5 Physically Impressive Athletes of All Time


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5. Bo Jacksonbo jackson

"Bo Knows"

Vincent Edward Jackson owned professional sports and media in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

The only athlete ever to be an all-star in professional baseball and football was just that.

In college Bo considered joining the USA Olympic team as a sprinter but didn't due to lack of financial security.

His athletic prowess was second to none. On the football field Bo ran around, past, over and through anybody trying to bring him down.

On the baseball diamond Bo demonstrated power and speed never seen before in baseball whether it was hitting 500 foot home runs, or making explosive plays in the outfield or on the base paths.

Bo Jackson's career came to an abrupt, freakishly end when he was tackled on the sideline in an awkward manner which caused his thigh bone to be dislocated from his hip. Bo supposedly popped it back in.

Physically Impressive Because

With a solid 225 pound frame Bo Jackson was one of the most explosive athletes of all time.

Notable Accomplishments

1985 Heisman Trophy Winner.

1989 MLB All Star and 1990 NFL Pro Bowl Selection.

1993 Comeback Player of the Year Winner (after injury).



4. Jackie Joyner KerseeJacky Joyner Kersey

Any mentions of the best female athletes of all time will always include Jackie Joyner Kersee.

Jackie Joyner Kersee excelled in the heptathlon. The heptathlon is the most grueling 7 physically demanding Olympic Event which includes sprints, hurdles, jumps and throws.

Physically Impressive Because

Jackie Joyner Kersee dominated the heptathlon which exhibited world class speed, strength, and power that has not been duplicated.

A perfect athletic physique was achieved and maintained by Jackie for over 10 years of international competition.

Notable Accomplishments

2 Olympic Gold Medals & Silver Medals in Heptathlon.

Olympic Gold, Silver & 2 Bronze Medals in Long Jump.

4 Gold Medals in Heptathlon and Long Jump in World Championships.

Currently holds the World Record in Heptathlon.


3. Barry Sandersbarry sanders most impressive athlete

A dropping Jaw was the first thing that happened when anybody watched Barry Sanders play football.

American Football is the ultimate team sport. A single player's success often depends on  the other 10 teammates on the field and a coaching staff of dozens all doing their job correctly.

When Barry Sanders touched the football, nothing else mattered but Barry. Barry was a 1 man wrecking crew on the field and he did it with unrivaled agility, quickness, balance along with tremendous speed, vision and power.

Physically Impressive Because

The things Barry Sanders did on the football field defied logic. In a sport of giants one of the smallest players dominated like few ever have.

His short stature (5'8") and powerful legs (well over 500lb squat) allowed Barry to move like no other person has ever moved on the gridiron

Notable Accomplishments

1988 Heisman Trophy Winner with NCAA college records of 2,628 yards rushing, 3,249 total yards, 234 points, 39 touchdowns.

15,269 Career Rushing Yards and 99 Touchdowns in just 10 All Pro Years in his Hall of Fame NFL Career.


2. Michael JordanMichael Jordan


Any argument about who is the Greatest of All Time at basketball will quickly come to an end once the name Michael "Air" Jordan is brought up.

Anyone who remembers watching Michael Jordan play basketball knew that he was on a higher level than the other 9 players on the court.

Physically Impressive  Because

"Air" was the only way to describe Michael Jordan. The power he exhibited throughout his playing career with jumping ability and precision skills than can only be categorized by amazing.

Michael Jordan was in physically perfect shape to play basketball. He never tired through full seasons and would rarely even be taken out of games.

Notable Accomplishments

6 time NBA Champion and 6 time NBA Finals MVP.

5 time NBA MVP.

2 time Gold Medal Olympian.


1. Alexander KarelinAlexander Kerelin Most Impressive Athlete

A Scientific Experiment ?

His conditioning, quickness, and incredible physical stature for his weight, perhaps combined with his dominance of the sport, led to him being known as "The Experiment" by much of the rest of the world.

The term connoted the notion that his strength and skill were the result of some kind of scientific experiment.

When asked why he thought he was called that, Karelin noted that others don't understand because "I train every day of my life as they have never trained a day in theirs."

Karelin has since retired from wrestling competition. He now is active in Russian politics. He also holds a PHD in physical Education.

Physically Impressive Because:

Superhuman strength and a physique seemingly carved out of granite is what made Karelin so physical impressive.

Karelin thrived in his sport with his patented "Karelin Lift" throwing close to 300lb. wrestlers in the air like the average person would throw a 20lb. bag of laundry.

Notable Accomplishments

13 Year International Competition Undefeated Streak.

3 Olympic Gold Medals and 1 Silver in Super Heavyweight Greco-Roman Wrestling.


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