There are many great athletes competing throughout a myriad of sports today and they have captured the attention and admiration of their fans for their amazing achievements. Let’s take a look at five of the best athletes in the past decade.
1. Alex Rodriguez: Referred to as “A-Rod,” he currently hold the position of third baseman for the NY Yankees baseball team. During his first season playing for the Yankees, Rodriguez joined the ranks of only two other players in MLB history to achieve 35 home runs, 100 runs, and 100 RBI in seven straight seasons. He also holds the record of being the youngest player to ever reach the 350 home run mark.
2. Kobe Bryant: A basketball player who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, Bryant helped lead the Lakers to three consecutive NBA championships in 2000 to 2002. He became the MVP of the team in 2007 and also won a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics where he participated on the U.S men’s basketball team.
3. Michael Phelps: He is considered the most dominate and decorated Olympic swimmer of all time. Phelps has won 22 medals, set 39 world records and holds the record for the most first place wins by taking eight gold medals in the 2008 Olympic games. Outside of competition, he has started a foundation that has a focus on swimming and an emphasis on healthy lifestyles.
4. Tiger Woods: His career has been all about setting and breaking records and reviving the sport of golf. In 2001, Woods was the first golfer to simultaneously hold all four championship titles. He is currently the number one golfer in the world and one of the worlds highest paid athletes.
5. Peyton Manning: He is an American football quarterback that plays for the Denver Broncos and originally played for the Indianapolis Colts for 14 seasons during which he was honored with the title of MVP five times. He led the Colts to eight division championships and one super bowl. His career record and statistics rank him as one of the best quarterbacks of all time. Although he had never missed a game during his entire career, he was force to sit out the entire 2011 season due to surgeries to alleviate a neck injury. He also runs the Peyback Foundation.