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.
Tiger WoodsTiger Woods
30 December 1975, American
Kobe BryantKobe Bryant
23 August 1978, American
Basketball Player

Michael JordanMichael Jordan
17 February 1963, American
Basketball player

Muhammad AliMuhammad Ali
17 January 1942, American

LeBron JamesLeBron James
30 December 1984, American
NBA Star

Serena WilliamsSerena Williams
26 September 1981, American
Tennis Player
Mike TysonMike Tyson
30 June 1966, American

Jackie RobinsonJackie Robinson
31 January 1919, American
Professional baseball player

Bill RussellBill Russell
12 February 1934, American
American basketball player
Venus WilliamsVenus Williams
17 June 1980, American
American tennis player

George ForemanGeorge Foreman
10 January 1949, American
Professional Boxer
Leon SpinksLeon Spinks
11 July 1953, American
Former Heavyweight Boxing Champion

Jesse OwensJesse Owens
12 September 1913, American

Jerry RiceJerry Rice
13 October 1962, American
Former NFL Star

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

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

Willie MaysWillie Mays
06 May 1931, American
Former Professional Baseball Star

Arthur AsheArthur Ashe
10 July 1943, American
Tennis Player
Wilma RudolphWilma Rudolph
23 June 1940, American

Carl LewisCarl Lewis
01 July 1961, American
Jackie Joyner-KerseeJackie Joyner-Kersee
03 March 1962, American

Althea GibsonAlthea Gibson
25 August 1927, American
Tennis player

Michael JohnsonMichael Johnson
13 September 1967, American
American olympic athlete
Florence Griffith JoynerFlorence Griffith Joyner
21 December 1959, American

Derek BrunsonDerek Brunson
04 January 1984, American
Mixed martial artist
Roy Jones Jr.Roy Jones Jr.
16 January 1969, American, Russian

Michael SpinksMichael Spinks
13 July 1956, American

Lisa LeslieLisa Leslie
07 July 1972, American
Basketball player
Marion JonesMarion Jones
12 October 1975, Belizean, American
Basketball player, Sprinter

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Fritz PollardFritz Pollard
27 January 1894, American
American coach
Dominique DawesDominique Dawes
20 November 1976, American
Artistic gymnast

Debi ThomasDebi Thomas
25 March 1967, American
Figure skater

Jack TriceJack Trice
12 May 1902, American
American football player

Major TaylorMajor Taylor
26 November 1878, American
Simone ManuelSimone Manuel
02 August 1996, American
American olympic athlete
Rube FosterRube Foster
17 September 1879, American
Baseball player

Ralph MetcalfeRalph Metcalfe
29 May 1910, American

Wyomia TyusWyomia Tyus
29 August 1945, American
Olympic Athlete

Antonio PettigrewAntonio Pettigrew
03 November 1967, American
Jasmine PlummerJasmine Plummer
1993 AD, American
Famous Basketball Players, Football Player,

John Youie WoodruffJohn Youie Woodruff
05 July 1915, American
American track and field athlete

George Coleman PoageGeorge Poage
06 November 1880, American

Harry LewHarry Lew
04 January 1884, American
Basketball player

Seba JohnsonSeba Johnson
01 May 1973, American
Alpine skiing
Mark Mark Johnson
13 August 1971, American

Willie DavenportWillie Davenport
08 June 1943, American
American olympic athlete
Stan WrightStan Wright
01 August 1921, American