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Who are the most inspirational sports people ever?

  1. misstoughcookie97 profile image65
    misstoughcookie97posted 5 years ago

    In my opinion- I believe- Antonio Nogueira, Drew Brees and Paul Pierce.

    What are your suggestions?

    1. kingkos profile image60
      kingkosposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Lebron James - people just jealous of him but we know last 2012 he is the best in nba.
      Nonito Donaire - A Boxing champ and next to be pacquiao in boxing.

      Maria sharapova - beautiful and talented tennis player

      1. Castlepaloma profile image75
        Castlepalomaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        1 Micheal Phelps
        2. Jim Thorpe
        3. Ali

        People who changed the sport

    2. number2son profile image60
      number2sonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I don't like Paul Pierce.

  2. A Driveby Quipper profile image60
    A Driveby Quipperposted 5 years ago

    Jim Thorpe, Jesse Owens, and Satchel Page.

  3. misstoughcookie97 profile image65
    misstoughcookie97posted 5 years ago

    Some very interesting and most certainly inspirational names!

  4. Kangaroo_Jase profile image84
    Kangaroo_Jaseposted 5 years ago

    The ones who don't cheat the system and those who don't do drugs.

    1. misstoughcookie97 profile image65
      misstoughcookie97posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Good point

  5. Samith Jhon profile image63
    Samith Jhonposted 5 years ago

    I say Jackie Robinson deserves to be the most inspirational of all time. He did so much for sports in general. Plus, not only did he change the lives of future African American professional athletes, but every other race out there.

  6. bizarrett81 profile image68
    bizarrett81posted 5 years ago

    One of my personal favorites is Bo Jackson... he was an unbelievable talent but unusually humble...

    1. Castlepaloma profile image75
      Castlepalomaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Tiger Woods became the first billionair athelete. My Second thought was Golf dose not feel like a real sport and he cheated on his wife.

      Lance Armstrong took drugs for all 7 tour de France wins 

      Screw both of them

      1. bizarrett81 profile image68
        bizarrett81posted 5 years agoin reply to this

        I have to laugh out loud at this.  It is hard to look up to athletes, or really anyone for that matter, because if their secrets are exposed, its like ripping the beard off Santa Clause...

  7. CyclingFitness profile image93
    CyclingFitnessposted 5 years ago

    Despite the current backlash Lance Armstrong to me was an inspiration growing up and in many ways still is. I know what I saw on those TV screens and on a brief visit to Paris many years ago to watch on the Champs Elysees.

    To battle back from cancer AND even ride a bike again is an inspiration in itself. But to win a Tour De France (On drugs or not!) is an achievement beyond the gross majority of successful sportpeople.

    I watched Lance from his recovery though all those Tour De France wins against many other athletes who have since been punished for doping. It was a level playing field in many aspects and he went on to overpower the opposition in a way that the invincible Lance Armstrong of old would have done.

    Whether you like it or not he bought cycling to the mainstream and without his presence many of you would likely know little about the sport. Cycling rode the Lance Armstrong juggernaut in many ways to it's benefit and loss. It's 8 years since his last Tour De France yet the media talks like it was last summer.

    Yes- I'm not happy that he duped me and others but that era in cycling is over and a cleaner sport has arisen as a result.

    1. misstoughcookie97 profile image65
      misstoughcookie97posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I think Lance Armstrong let down a lot of people. It sort of gave a lot of people second thoughts on many sports stars now- whether to trust them or not.

    2. Castlepaloma profile image75
      Castlepalomaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Why not have the drug Olympics, for those who need to cheat?

      1. number2son profile image60
        number2sonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        You can't do that, because noone would want to watch it, unless it was marketed extremely well.

        1. Castlepaloma profile image75
          Castlepalomaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          I'ts most likely would not get pass the insurance brokers.

          1. number2son profile image60
            number2sonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            I don't know.

            1. Castlepaloma profile image75
              Castlepalomaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              Can you imagine a weight lifter pushing up a couple of tons on a barbell and then his arms falls off and blood is shooting out everywhere? I don't think the insurance companies could look the other way

              1. number2son profile image60
                number2sonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                Probably not.  It would save them money wouldn't it?

                1. Castlepaloma profile image75
                  Castlepalomaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                  It's more about the money,
                  Too bad, Japon almost cancel baseball because American did not send their best player to the Olymics

                  1. Castlepaloma profile image75
                    Castlepalomaposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                    Olymipics

                  2. number2son profile image60
                    number2sonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                    Yes, it is.  By the way, you probably mean Olympics.

  8. profile image51
    pedromoralezposted 5 years ago

    Ayrton Senna - the legend of Formula 1. Died in an accident while leading the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix...A great talent and personality

  9. BLACKANDGOLDJACK profile image83
    BLACKANDGOLDJACKposted 5 years ago

    Roberto Clemente. He died in a plane crash in 1972 while delivering aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

    What's so inspirational about Maria Sharapova? Oh never mind.

    1. number2son profile image60
      number2sonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Roberto Clemente was definitely very inspirational.

  10. ftclick profile image55
    ftclickposted 5 years ago

    I don't want to pick the "most" gifted/talented sports figures so here are my guys who worked their skill to their maximums

    - Jimmy Connors
    -  Sugar Ray Leonard
    -  Magic Johnson
    -  Phil Jackson (as a coach)
    -  Hakeem Olajuwon (off court charities and on court brilliance)

    - I could find no NFL or MLB players that fit

    1. profile image51
      Cjw33posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Wow. Hard to belive one cant find a single NFL or MLB player that have "worked their skill to their maximums". Its very hard for me to not think a player like Adrian Peterson has done this. Of course he has gifts you and I dont have, but he has also maximized those gifts. He never cheats himself.

      1. number2son profile image60
        number2sonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        I do like Adrian Peterson, except for his huge ego.  Even though he works very hard, he is not very humble, and I would like him better if he was.

  11. SimeyC profile image97
    SimeyCposted 5 years ago

    Let's give a few Brits a shout out:
    Daley Thompson
    Ian Botham
    JPR Williams (Welsh Rugby Player)
    Steve Redgrave (British Olympian with Golf medals in four different Olympics)
    Sebastion Coe
    Roger Bannister

    Other world athletes:
    Pele
    Roger Federer
    Mike Tyson
    Martina Navratilona
    Nadia Comaneci

  12. misstoughcookie97 profile image65
    misstoughcookie97posted 5 years ago

    Great lists from everyone!!

  13. misstoughcookie97 profile image65
    misstoughcookie97posted 5 years ago

    I'd also like to add Drazen Petrovic as well.

  14. billypetty22 profile image60
    billypetty22posted 5 years ago

    By far Pete Rose is the most inspirational player sports has ever seen. He never took a pitch off, and played every game like it was his last. If you ever want to follow how someone plays and looks at the game of baseball, Pete Rose is your man.

  15. Y2G profile image60
    Y2Gposted 5 years ago

    Paul Pierce is definitely not what I would call an inspiration outside of the incident before the draft. An inspiration is someone like Adrian Peterson.

    1. number2son profile image60
      number2sonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I agree with you.

 
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