Famous African American Athletes

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.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Michael Jordan

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: February 17, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)

 2 Kobe Bryant

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: August 23, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 26, 2020
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)

 3 Muhammad Ali

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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: January 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: June 3, 2016

 4 LeBron James

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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: NBA Star
Birthdate: December 30, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States
Height: 6'8" (203 cm)

 5 Mike Tyson

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: June 30, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 6 Serena Williams

Serena Williams.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: September 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 7 Jackie Robinson

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Professional baseball player
Birthdate: January 31, 1919
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cairo, Georgia, United States
Died: October 24, 1972
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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 8 Tiger Woods

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: December 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cypress, California
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 9 Venus Williams

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American tennis player
Birthdate: June 17, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lynwood, California
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 10 Jesse Owens

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 12, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oakville
Died: March 31, 1980

 11 George Foreman

George Foreman.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Professional Boxer
Birthdate: January 10, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Marshall, Texas, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 12 Bill Russell

Bill Russell.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American basketball player
Birthdate: February 12, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Monroe, Louisiana
Height: 6'10" (208 cm)
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 13 Jerry Rice

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Former NFL Star
Birthdate: October 13, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Starkville
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 14 Jack Johnson (Boxer)

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 31, 1878
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Texas
Died: June 10, 1946

 15 Roy Jones Jr.

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: January 16, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 16 Sugar Ray Robinson

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Former Welterweight and Middleweight Boxing Champion
Birthdate: May 3, 1921
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ailey, Georgia
Died: April 12, 1989

 17 Arthur Ashe

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: July 10, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Richmond
Died: February 6, 1993

 18 Florence Griffith Joyner

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Sprinter
Birthdate: December 21, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Died: September 21, 1998
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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 19 Ernie Davis

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: December 14, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Salem, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: May 18, 1963

 20 Tony Dungy

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Former NFL Coach & American Football Player
Birthdate: October 6, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jackson, Michigan
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 21 Carl Lewis

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, U.S
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 22 Willie Mays

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Former Professional Baseball Star
Birthdate: May 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Westfield, Alabama
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 23 Michael Johnson

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American olympic athlete
Birthdate: September 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dallas
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 24 Wilma Rudolph

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 23, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint Bethlehem, Tennessee
Died: November 12, 1994

 25 Marion Jones

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: October 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 26 Leon Spinks

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Former Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Birthdate: July 11, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 27 Jackie Joyner-Kersee

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: March 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: East St. Louis, Illinois, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 28 Althea Gibson

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: August 25, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Clarendon County
Died: September 28, 2003

 29 Debi Thomas

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: March 25, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Poughkeepsie
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 30 Dominique Dawes

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Artistic gymnast
Birthdate: November 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Silver Spring, Maryland
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)

 31 Tommie Smith

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: June 6, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Clarksville, Texas, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 32 Derek Brunson

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: January 4, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 33 Simone Manuel

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American olympic athlete
Birthdate: August 2, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States

 34 Fritz Pollard

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American coach
Birthdate: January 27, 1894
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: May 11, 1986

 35 Jack Trice

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: May 12, 1902
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hiram, Ohio, United States
Died: October 8, 1923

 36 Ralph Metcalfe

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: May 29, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Died: October 10, 1978
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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 37 Major Taylor

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Cyclist
Birthdate: November 26, 1878
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Died: June 21, 1932

 38 Jasmine Plummer

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Famous Basketball Players, Football Player, Athlete
Birthdate: 1993 AD
Birthplace: Harvey, Illinois, United States

 39 Rube Foster

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: September 17, 1879
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Calvert, Texas, United States
Died: December 9, 1930

 40 Antonio Pettigrew

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Sprinter
Birthdate: November 3, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Macon, Georgia, United States
Died: August 10, 2010
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 41 Wyomia Tyus

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Olympic Athlete
Birthdate: August 29, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Griffin, Georgia, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 42 Mark Johnson

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: August 13, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)

 43 Willie Davenport

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American olympic athlete
Birthdate: June 8, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Troy, Alabama, United States
Died: June 17, 2002

 44 George Poage

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: November 6, 1880
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hannibal, Missouri, United States
Died: April 11, 1962

 45 Seba Johnson

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Alpine skiing
Birthdate: May 1, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Frederiksted,Virgin Islands, United States

 46 Harry Lew

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: January 4, 1884
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1963 AD

 47 John Youie Woodruff

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American track and field athlete
Birthdate: July 5, 1915
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Connellsville, Pennsylvania
Died: October 30, 2007

 48 Stan Wright

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Coach
Birthdate: August 1, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Englewood, New Jersey, United States
Died: November 8, 1998