Some athletes work their whole lives to reach their full potential in their sport. It can take years of nonstop effort to be good enough to earn a spot as a professional athlete, let alone a remarkable one. Yet there are some athletes who are so gifted that they can be successful in more than one sport.
It doesn’t happen very often, but throughout the history of American pro sports, a few athletes have made it to the pros in multiple sports. Playing two sports would seem to put these players at a significant disadvantage to their competitors, as they have less time to rest in the offseason or hone their skills. Yet the natural athletic gifts of these two-sport stars allow them to reach the highest levels of both pro sports.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed sports records and media reports to determine the greatest two-sport athletes of all time.
The two-sport professional athlete may be a dying breed. Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray recently won the Heisman Trophy as college football’s best player, yet it appears he will never play a snap of pro football. Murray signed a contract to play baseball for the Oakland A’s organization. While he likely could draw some interest from NFL teams, he appears focused on baseball.