We all know the kinds of people athletes are. Big, strong and athletic. These are not the kinds of people that anyone should be messing with. However, there are a few athletes out there that are fairly inconspicuous, but are actually amongst the athletes that could most likely kick your ass. Here are three athletes that you might not expect could beat up most opponents they play with every game.
1. James Johnson
While at 6’9 and 250 lbs, Johnson is not a small man by any mean, but there are much bigger, stronger and tougher looking players in the NBA. However, I seriously doubt any of them could last even a minute in an actual fight with Johnson. This is because Johnson has a long and extremely decorated martial arts career. Not only is he a second degree black belt, but also is undefeated in seven MMA fights and has a crazy 20-0 record in kickboxing. NBA players should be weary starting anything with this guy.
2. Tom Zbikowski
While the NFL is chalked full of huge and strong 300+ pound giants, it is actually a guy who is 5’11 and weighs about 200 pounds that is probably the most dangerous of them all. Zbikowski, a former Ravens, Colts and Bears safety, was also a professional boxer. He put his boxing career on hold to join the NFL, but even still, he amassed a 4-0 record in his career and is one of the last guys on the field you would expect to be a fighter. After retiring from the NFL in 2013, Zbikowski currently works as a firefighter in Chicago.
3. Steve Blake
While Blake may not have the extensive martial arts background of these guys (though he has trained a bit of MMA), he deserves a mention in this article. Not because of his power or prowess as a fighter, but simply for his attitude and the fact he doesn’t back down from anyone. Sometimes heart can be enough to win in a fight, and Blake has boatloads of that. He has been involved with a few different altercations throughout his basketball career and has never backed down, even when someone almost a foot taller than him is staring him down.