Becoming a professional athlete is without a doubt one of the hardest things you can do. The years and years of blood, sweat and tears that it takes to hone your craft enough to be considered a pro is staggering. While becoming a pro athlete in one sport is hard enough, some athletes were able to become a pro in more than one and not only play, but also succeed. Here are three of those people.
1. Deion Sanders
Deion Sanders played the game like no one else. The cocky and brash cornerback was able to back it all up and then some as he had a career that most would say puts him as the best cornerback in NFL history. However, one sport just wasn’t enough. Sanders also played in the MLB in eight different seasons and is the only player in the history of sports to play in both a Super Bowl and a World Series game. He also once scored a touchdown and got a homerun in the same week, which is a very cool feat.
2. Bo Jackson
When most people think of a great two sport athlete, they come to Bo Jackson. While and unfortunate injury cut both his MLB and NFL careers short, he was well on his way to arguably being the best pure athlete of all time. He is the only player in history to be an all-star in two different major sports. It really is unbelievable how talented he is as it is near impossible to become a star at one pro sport and becoming a star in two is truly unheard of.
3. Jim Thorpe
Jim Thorpe is arguably the most varied athlete of all time and probably the best you have never heard of. Not only is Thorpe a two sport athlete, he is a three sport athlete. That’s right, on top of being a great defensive back in the AFL (which later became the NFL) and a solid outfielder in the MLB, he also won two gold medals at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics. Simply put, no other athlete in history has done as much in as many sports as Thorpe did.