Greatest Two-Sport Stars Ever

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11. Brian Jordan
> Sports: Baseball, football

After being cut by the Buffalo Bills in training camp in 1989, Brian Jordan caught on with the Atlanta Falcons, becoming their starting safety — all while he was also chasing his MLB dream in the minor leagues. Jordan played three seasons with the Falcons before the St. Louis Cardinals paid him a $1.7 million bonus to focus on baseball. That focus paid off, as Jordan played in the majors for 15 seasons, making one All-Star team.

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10. Dave Winfield
> Sports: Baseball, basketball, football, track & field

Dave Winfield was in high demand after college, where he played basketball and baseball. He was drafted by the MLB’s San Diego Padres, the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, the ABA’s Utah Jazz, and even the the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings, even though he did not play college football. This made him the only athlete ever to be drafted in four leagues. Winfield chose baseball and excelled, making a dozen All-Star teams and becoming a first-ballot Hall of Famer. He signed the largest contract in sports history at the time, worth $23 million, in 1980.

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9. Babe Didrikson Zaharias
> Sports: Track & field, golf

Before Title IX gave women the same right to compete in sports as men, Mildred Ella “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias established herself as one of the greatest athletes of all time, regardless of gender. In the 1932 women’s track and field championships, Didrikson won so many events that she claimed the team championship by herself. She entered the Olympics that year, setting records in the javelin, hurdles, and high jump events. Didrikson later took up golf and became arguably the greatest female golfer ever, winning 10 major events and earning a spot in the World Golf Hall of Fame.

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8. Shaun White
> Sports: Snowboarding, skateboarding

Shaun White is one of the most dominant extreme athletes to ever compete. Since making his X Games debut in 2000, he’s picked up 23 medals, 15 of them gold, splitting his time between skateboarding and snowboarding. He also holds three Olympic gold medals in halfpipe snowboarding. He could add more Olympic medals in 2020, as skateboarding is being introduced as an Olympic sport.

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7. Bob Hayes
> Sports: Football, track & field

When Bob Hayes entered the NFL in 1965, he was already an accomplished athlete. “Bullet Bob” held the title as the fastest man in the world after going to the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and winning gold in the 100-meter dash and 4×100 relay. Hayes used his prodigious speed to torch NFL defenses as a receiver and kick returner for the Dallas Cowboys. He was named to the Pro Bowl his first three seasons, won a Super Bowl, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.