Special Report

38 Most Successful Athletes of the 21st Century

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36. Tom Brady
> Sport: Football
> Championships: 5x Super Bowl
> Team or country: New England Patriots
> Career length: 2000-present
> Other accomplishments: 13x Pro Bowl, 3x All-Pro, 3x MVP

Tom Brady has taken the New England Patriots to eight championships, winning five of them — more than any other quarterback in the Super Bowl era.

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37. Tony Parker
> Sport: Basketball
> Championships: 4x NBA Champion
> Team or country: San Antonio Spurs
> Career length: 2001-present
> Other accomplishments: 6x All-Star

After starting in the NBA as a teenager, Tony Parker became one of the league’s top point guards, winning four championships and one finals MVP award.

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38. Usain Bolt
> Sport: Olympic running
> Championships: 8x gold medal
> Team or country: Jamaica
> Career length: 2004-2016
> Other accomplishments: 8 total medals in four Olympics

Usain Bolt has proven time and time again that he is the fastest man on earth. The Jamaican sprinter competed in four Olympics and won gold in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay three times. One of his relay gold medals was stripped after a teammate was caught doping.