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Can You Identify These Multi-Sport Pro Athletes?
By: Kennita Leon
6 Min Quiz
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About This Quiz
Whoever said that athletes could only be good at one sport? Well, that's generally the idea that us normal folk get when we think of some of the most spectacular players in any league. They have to devote so much time and effort into honing their skill that they couldn't possibly do it for another sport, simultaneously, or even after retiring from one. Athletes push their bodies to the limit, and it's one of the reasons why they retire so early in life. But there are a few greats who are not only versatile, but they possess the talent, will and determination to succeed in a totally different sport. Do you know who they are?
Multi-sport pro athletes aren't the kind of people you come across every day. To go pro in one sport, far less two, is a dream that not many can accomplish, but these men have. If we showed you their pictures and give you a clue as to the sports they went professional in, do you think you could tell us who they are?
If you're a big sports fan, it's time to put your money where your mouth is and tell us the names of these multi-sport professional athletes.
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This popular Chicago Bulls star also went pro in golf. Who is he?
Michael Jordan is commonly referred to as MJ. This former professional basketball player is well-known for his tenure with the Chicago Bulls.
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This man went pro in both football and baseball. Do you know who he is?
Vincent Edward Jackson, known by fans as "Bo" Jackson is a former footballer and baseball player. He is the sole athlete to be named All-Star in both sports.
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Baseball and football are the sports this man excelled in. What is his name?
Deion Sanders played 14 seasons with the National Football League and nine seasons as a part-time baseball outfielder. He has captured the title for being the only person who has appeared at both the Super Bowl and the World Series.
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Do you know the name of this man who was a professional basketball and baseball player?
Daniel Ainge played basketball and baseball professionally and is an American basketball executive. He is the only individual to be named a first-team All-American in basketball, baseball and American football for his high school.
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Which of these men was an accomplished tennis player but and even better baseball player?
The late Jack Roosevelt Robinson was affectionately known as "Jackie Robinson." The breaking of baseball racial segregation was signaled when he was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.
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Which athlete was inducted to both the Lacrosse and Football Hall of Fame?
As one of the greatest of all time, Jim Brown broke many rushing records throughout his nine-season career. In addition to playing American football professionally, he is an actor.
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Which of these men was amazing at both basketball and football, and had to choose just one?
Throughout his 17-year career as an American football tight end, Tony Gonzalez was known for durability. He only missed two games and holds the National Football League record for total receiving yards.
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This man played in both the NFL and MLB. What is his name?
Brian Jordan is a 51-year old Baltimore native. He is a former Major League Baseball outfielder who played for the St. Louis Cardinals among others, as well as National Football League safety playing for the Atlanta Falcons.
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An MLB pitcher and NBA star, can you tell us the name of this sports star?
Donald Eugene Conley's major league baseball pitching career spanned from 1952 to 1963. He also played in the National Basketball Association from 1952 to 1953 and again from 1958 to 1964.
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Golf and boxing aren't two sports that go hand in hand, but this man made it work. Who is he?
Joseph Louis Barrow, known simply as Joe Louis, was a professional boxer. During his boxing career, he was highly regarded as one of the greatest boxers in history. He captured the heavyweight championship from 1937 to 1949.
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This multi-talented athlete was a bobsledder, footballer, sprinter and mixed martial artist. What is his name?
In 1999, Herschel Walker was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. This athlete's career extended from professional American football, bobsledding and sprinting to mixed martial arts.
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His career as a sprinter helped out when he was in the NFL. Do you know who this man is?
Fans knew Robert Lee Hayes as "Bullet Bob" throughout his tenure as an Olympic sprinter and American football wide receiver. In August 2009, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio after being selected in January of the same year.
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This versatile athlete was known for the decathlon and in the football world. Who is this record-setting Native American?
Jim Thorpe, who was born James Francis Thorpe, was an American athlete from Lomita, California. This Olympic gold medalist was the first Native American to capture a gold medal for the United States.
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He was an MLB and NBA player. Can you tell us who this 6 foot 6 giant is?
David DeBusschere was a professional basketball player and coach as well as a Major League baseball player. He was 6 feet, 6 inches tall and was considered as one of the 50 greatest players of all time in the National Basketball Association.
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This track and field Olympic medalist ended up in the NFL. What is his name?
Willie Gault is a former Olympic athlete and American football wide receiver. He is currently pursuing his career as an actor and has starred in numerous series such as "Still Standing" where he played himself.
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Basketball and football are his two sports. Do you know the name of this 1962 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the year?
Terry Baker is an Oregon native and former American basketball and football player. Throughout his career, he has captured awards such as the Heisman Trophy and became the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year in 1962.
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The fastest man alive has set his sights on basketball. What is his name?
Jamaican-native Usain Bolt is a retired sprinter and eleven-time World Champion. He has earned the nickname "Lightning Bolt" and is considered the fastest man alive.
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This baseball player won a Heisman as a sophomore. Do you know who he is?
Tim Tebow is a 31-year old professional baseball outfielder and a former professional American football quarterback. In 2007, he won the Heisman Trophy when he played for the University of Florida.
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This pitcher, nicknamed The Shark, became a wide receiver in the NFL. Who do you think he is?
Jeff Samardzija is an American professional baseball pitcher who is nicknamed "The Shark." He was honored as a two-time All-American wide receiver.
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The pro basketballer and MLBer won a Heisman trophy at Florida State. Can you tell us his name?
Charlie Ward is a 48-year-old retired professional basketball player and Major League Baseball draftee. Among his accolades include the college football Heisman Trophy and the Davey O'Brien Award.
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This man was a professional wrestler and footballer. Do you know what his name is?
As an American professional wrestler with World Wrestling Entertainment and World Championship Wrestling, William Scott Goldberg is known as "Goldberg." He is also a football player, mixed martial arts expert commentator and actor.
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In wrestling, he's known as Baron Corbin and by his actual name in pro football. Who is he?
Thomas "Tom" Pestock is well-known in the world of wrestling as "Baron Corbin." The 34-year-old professional wrestler stands at 6 feet, 8 inches in height.
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He played for the Mets and also for the Vikings. Can you tell us who he is?
William Henry "D.J." Dozier, Jr. made his Major League Baseball debut playing for the New York Mets in 1992. He also retired from the NFL.
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This man was a quarterback for the Browns and played for the Rochester Royals in the NBL. Who was he?
Throughout his National Football League career, Otto Everett Graham Jr. is regarded as having the overall highest winning percentage for a starting football quarterback in the league. This American athlete was considered as a dominant player of his time.
This son of Polish immigrants was an MLBer and NFLer. Can you tell us his name?
Although he was an Ohio native, Vic Janowicz's parents were immigrants from Poland. He played for the Washington Redskins as a halfback in the NFL.
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This giant was a boxing and football star. What do you think his name is?
As an American football player, Ed Lee Jones played for the Dallas Cowboys over a 15-season career. He earned the nickname "Too Tall" due to his height of 6 feet, 9 inches.
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Professional basketball and football are what this man excelled at. What is he called?
Despite playing college basketball opposed to college football, Darren Fells played in the National Football League as a football tight end. Before playing for the Cleveland Browns, he pursued professional basketball.
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The Cubs offered him a deal but he chose to play football instead. Who is this athlete and activist?
Colin Kaepernick is a former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who is presently a free agent. As an activist for racial injustice, he sat through the United States' national anthem in 2016.
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This man is one of three players to be drafted by the NFL, NBA and MLB. Who is the superstar athlete?
David Russell Logan is a former footballer who played for the Cleveland Browns in the National Football League. In his role as a radio personality, he has served at Denver's 850 KOA radio for almost 30 years.
Which football great who played for the Chiefs, Lions and 49ers was also a mixed martial artist?
From the 1990s to the 2000s, Johnnie James Morton Jr. played as a football wide receiver. In the NFL, he played with the Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs, and San Francisco 49ers.
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This NBA royalty was drafted as a wide receiver for the Cowboys. What is his name?
Patrick James Riley is a former basketball player and coach and currently serves as a professional basketball executive. In his capacity as coach, he has had five championship wins.
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He was a baseball and football player who lived to 101 years. Who is he?
"Ace" Parker as he is commonly referred to, was an American football quarterback, baseball player and coach. He died at the age of 101.
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He was drafted by the Colorado Rockies but chose to make a great career for himself on the Seahawks. Who is this man?
Russell Wilson is an athlete who plays for the Seattle Seahawks as a quarterback. As a college football player, he led his team to the 2012 Rose Bowl and a Big Ten title.
He's one of three men in the world to be drafted in the MLB, NBA and NFL. Can you choose his name?
The late Mickey McCarty played tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs. In addition to being a professional American football player, he was drafted in three sports.
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This pro basketball and baseball player went on to become an actor. Do you know who he is?
Born Kevin Joseph Aloysius Connors, Chuck Connors was a multi-talented individual. He was a professional basketball and baseball player, writer and an actor for over 40 years.
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He was an Olympic runner who played for the 49ers. Do you know his name?
This American football kick returner and wide receiver played for the San Francisco 49ers. As a former Olympian, Goodwin competed in track and field, specifically long jump.
He played for the Red Sox, the White Sox and the Miami Dolphins. What is this talented man's name?
Corey Jenkins is an American football player who played with the Red Sox minor league, then the Chicago White Sox. He has played with the Canadian Football League in addition to the National Football League.
Nicknamed "Whisper" for his soft-spoken nature, what's the name of this man who was a mixed martial artist as well as a running back?
This American athlete is a former National Football League running back and a professional mixed martial artist. He earned the nickname "Whisper" because of his personality which is rather soft-spoken.
He was drafted to play professional lacrosse but went with football instead. Who is this man?
In 2003, Chas Gessner was signed by the New England Patriots as a wide receiver. He was able to capture a Super Bowl ring within his first year.
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This quarterback ended up playing for the White Sox. Can you tell us what his name is?
Robert Gilchrist Douglass also known as "Bobby Douglass," played 11 seasons as a football quarterback in the National Football League. His career began in 1969 with the Chicago Bears.
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