A sport is not just another means of recreation anymore. Over the years, it has also emerged as a form of entertainment. A few athletes alone have managed to turn even the most boring matches into nail-biting contest. They have managed to get people glued to their television screens and hundreds of spectators to the nearest stadiums. African American athletes, in particular, are known not just for their stamina and great physique, but their ability to turn the tables in even the toughest of situations. Be it cricket, Basketball, Tennis, wrestling, golf or football, African American athletes have been outstanding achievers in almost every sport. Basketball players like Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson, in that regard, have been the poster boys of the sport. They have gifted basketball players several unforgettable nail-biting moments. Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali’s career record has been unbeatable till date. Ali has won most of the matches he has participated in and has been more of a nightmare to most of his opponents. The boxer’s life was also the inspiration behind the critically and commercially acclaimed biopic ‘Ali’. A few other noteworthy African American athletes who are popular for their abilities are Tennis stars Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Arthur Ashe, ace golfer Tiger Woods, as well as yesteryear baseball star Jackie Robinson. Here’s a list which consists of the names of several African American athletes who are now legendary figures and are the role models of several budding sportsmen.
LeBron JamesLeBron James
30 December 1984, American
NBA Star
Serena WilliamsSerena Williams
26 September 1981, American
Tennis Player

Michael JordanMichael Jordan
17 February 1963, American
Basketball player

Muhammad AliMuhammad Ali
17 January 1942, American
 

Mike TysonMike Tyson
30 June 1966, American
Boxer

Kobe BryantKobe Bryant
23 August 1978, American
Basketball player
Tiger WoodsTiger Woods
30 December 1975, American
Golfer

Venus WilliamsVenus Williams
17 June 1980, American
American tennis player

Bill RussellBill Russell
12 February 1934, American
American basketball player

Jackie RobinsonJackie Robinson
31 January 1919, American
 
George ForemanGeorge Foreman
10 January 1949, American
 

Jesse OwensJesse Owens
12 September 1913, American
 
Arthur AsheArthur Ashe
10 July 1943, American
Tennis Player

Sugar Ray RobinsonSugar Ray Robinson
03 May 1921, American
Former Welterweight and Middleweight Boxing

Willie MaysWillie Mays
06 May 1931, American
Former Professional Baseball Star
Jerry RiceJerry Rice
13 October 1962, American
Former NFL Star

Carl LewisCarl Lewis
01 July 1961, American
 
Leon SpinksLeon Spinks
11 July 1953, American
Former Heavyweight Boxing Champion

Wilma RudolphWilma Rudolph
23 June 1940, American
 

Jackie Joyner-KerseeJackie Joyner-Kersee
03 March 1962, American
Athlete
Althea GibsonAlthea Gibson
25 August 1927, American
Tennis player

Tony DungyTony Dungy
06 October 1955, American
Former NFL Coach & American Football Player
Ernest R. Davis Ernie Davis
14 December 1939, American
American Football Player

Michael JohnsonMichael Johnson
13 September 1967, American
American olympic athlete

Jack Johnson (Boxer)Jack Johnson (Boxer)
31 March 1878, American
 

Florence Griffith JoynerFlorence Griffith Joyner
21 December 1959, American
Sprinter
Lisa LeslieLisa Leslie
07 July 1972, American
Basketball player
Marion JonesMarion Jones
12 October 1975, Belizean, American
Basketball player, Sprinter

Michael SpinksMichael Spinks
13 July 1956, American
Boxer

Fritz PollardFritz Pollard
27 January 1894, American
American coach

Dominique DawesDominique Dawes
20 November 1976, American
Artistic gymnast
Simone ManuelSimone Manuel
02 August 1996, American
American olympic athlete

Debi ThomasDebi Thomas
25 March 1967, American
Figure skater

Rube FosterRube Foster
17 September 1879, American
Baseball player

Willie DavenportWillie Davenport
08 June 1943, American
American olympic athlete

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Harry LewHarry Lew
04 January 1884, American
Basketball player