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Famous Athletes Who Could Have Dominated a Second Sport

List Criteria: Only two-sport athletes who could have been superstars in both sports

Famous athletes who could have dominated a second sport tell the story of men and women with so much athletic ability that they shouldn't be limited to being the best at just one sport when they could easily find success in several sports. Many athletes have tried to become successful two-sport athletes and few have succeeded but dozens more have the potential.

This list isn't about the notable two-sport athletes like Deion Sanders, who won both the Super Bowl and a World Series, or Hershel Walker, who won the Heisman Trophy, appeared in the Winter Olympics in bobsled and competed in mixed martial arts, or Michael Jordan, who returned after retiring from the NBA to play in the MLB, or Bo Jackson, who enjoyed success playing professional football and baseball during his career. This list is about the athletes who despite having the talent to dominate two sports, stuck to one and became one of the best to ever play.

For many athletes, this choice between two sports was an early one. Tom Brady for instance was selected in the MLB Draft but declined to play football. His three Super Bowl rings and numerous NFL records show he made a wise choice. Kirk Gibson was one of the best wide receivers in NCAA Football but chose the MLB contract offer over the one from the NFL. He went on to win two World Series and is still active as a highly successful MLB manager. Wilt Chamberlain had the choice of track, basketball, volleyball, boxing and football in his early years. He picked basketball and for that is now a household name.

These big names and so many more from professional football, basketball, baseball, hockey and other sports could have easily dominated a second sport. For one reason or another they made the tough decision to focus on one primary sport and in many cases went on to become legends in that sport. It would be tough to think that they regret the decision but one they certainly look back upon and wonder "what if?"
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    1976 Dominated college football and basketball, including playing in the 1997 Sweet Sixteen, before ...

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    1936 Before becoming a legend in the NBA, he was sought after by nearly every sport from track, ...

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    added by Veggamattic 1984 Played football in high school before his historic NBA career

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    added by MarioKidd 1936 College letterman in Football, Baseball, Lacrosse and Track

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    1960 Spent time in the minors for the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals before going on to ...

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    1975 Earned all-state honors in high school football playing quarterback before joining the ...

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    1977 In addition to spending time in professional wrestling, he once made the roster for the ...

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    added by bfmhf 1974 Could be playing soccer in the MLS

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    added by AdamKoalaSchoenberg 1980 Played basketball at Kent State before joining the Chargers

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    added by KirkSaw 1951 Baseball HoFer was also a star basketball player at U of Minnesota. Coach Bill Musselman ...

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    1977 Drafted into the MLB, gave that up and went on to earn three Super Bowl rings in the National ...

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    1987 Drafted twice into Major League Baseball but declined to play in the NFL

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    1976 Planned to compete in swimming in the Summer Olympics but after his pool was destroyed by a ...

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    1963 Started a promising soccer career in his native Nigeria before coming to the United States to ...

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    added by KirkSaw 1975 Boxing Legend Bert Sugar claimed that the heavyweight division is lacking because athletes who ...

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    added by Jhair84 1966 Could have played for the Vikings.

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    added by Veggamattic 1959 Drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in baseball, played for the Celtics

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    1975 Succeeded in college basketball and was drafted into the WNBA while enjoying a long Olympic ...

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    1966 Selected in the NHL Draft (two rounds before Brett Hull) but declined and went on to enjoy a ...

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    added by AdamKoalaSchoenberg 1985 Plays in the NBA, but was an All-American football player at the University of Washington

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    added by AdamKoalaSchoenberg 1980 Played college basketball at North Carolina

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    added by KirkSaw 1978 Boxing Legend Bert Sugar claimed that the heavyweight division is lacking because athletes who ...

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    added by PeteBoyle 1971 Before he was a WWE superstar, Henry was an Olympic weightlifter

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    1976 Enjoyed success playing NCAA Basketball at Syracuse before giving up the round ball for the ...

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    1986 Selected four times in the MLB Draft and even signed with the Kansas City Royals after he was ...

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    1957 Before he was a baseball legend he was earning All-American honors playing wide receiver in ...

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    1895 The now-NFL legend for his leadership with the Chicago Bears once played pro baseball and was ...

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    1977 Dominated basketball in high school, went on to become a three-time Pro Bowl selection in the ...

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    added by willyboymcoy 1921 Went to Northwestern on a basketball scholarship before discovering football.  Played one ...

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    1961 Declined a fourth-round offer in the 1979 MLB draft to play NCAA Football and set the stage to ...

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    1945 Selected in the 1967 NFL Draft and the 1967 NBA Draft and played several seasons in the NBA ...

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    1914 Won the Heisman Trophy in college football, could have dominated professional track and field ...

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    1966 Won a championship in junior lacrosse before embarking on a successful career in the NHL

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