Check out the list of notable African American Athletes. Some of the notable African American Athletes are Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Robinson, Tiger Woods, Jackie Robinson and Jesse Owens.

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.
Kobe BryantKobe Bryant
(Basketball player)

23 August 1978

Philadelphia

American

Leo

Michael JordanMichael Jordan
(Basketball player)

17 February 1963

Brooklyn

American

Aquarius

Muhammad AliMuhammad Ali

17 January 1942

03 June 2016

Louisville

American

Capricorn

LeBron JamesLeBron James
(NBA Star)

30 December 1984

Akron, Ohio

American

Capricorn

Mike TysonMike Tyson
(Boxer)

30 June 1966

Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S

American

Cancer

Sugar Ray RobinsonSugar Ray Robinson
(Former Welterweight and Middleweight Boxing Champion)

03 May 1921

12 April 1989

Ailey, Georgia, Detroit, Michigan

American

Taurus

Serena WilliamsSerena Williams
(Tennis Player)

26 September 1981

Saginaw, Michigan, U.S.A

American

Libra

Tiger WoodsTiger Woods

30 December 1975

Cypress, California

American

Capricorn

Jackie RobinsonJackie Robinson

31 January 1919

24 October 1972

Cairo

American

Aquarius

George ForemanGeorge Foreman

10 January 1949

Marshall, Texas

American

Capricorn

Jesse OwensJesse Owens

12 September 1913

31 March 1980

Oakville

American

Virgo

Jerry RiceJerry Rice
(Former NFL Star)

13 October 1962

Starkville

American

Libra

Bill RussellBill Russell
(American basketball player)

12 February 1934

Monroe, Louisiana

American

Aquarius

Venus WilliamsVenus Williams
(American tennis player)

17 June 1980

Lynwood, California

American

Gemini

Willie MaysWillie Mays
(Former Professional Baseball Star)

06 May 1931

Westfield, Alabama

American

Taurus

Jack Johnson (Boxer)Jack Johnson (Boxer)

31 March 1878

10 June 1946

Texas

American

Aries

Ernest R. Davis Ernie Davis
(American Football Player)

14 December 1939

18 May 1963

New Salem, Pennsylvania, U.S.

American

Sagittarius

Arthur AsheArthur Ashe
(Tennis Player)

10 July 1943

06 February 1993

Richmond

American

Cancer

Tony DungyTony Dungy
(Former NFL Coach & American Football Player)

06 October 1955

Jackson, Michigan

American

Libra

Carl LewisCarl Lewis

01 July 1961

Birmingham, Alabama, U.S

American

Cancer

Leon SpinksLeon Spinks
(Former Heavyweight Boxing Champion)

11 July 1953

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

American

Cancer

Wilma RudolphWilma Rudolph

23 June 1940

12 November 1994

Saint Bethlehem, Tennessee

American

Cancer

Jackie Joyner-KerseeJackie Joyner-Kersee
(Athlete)

03 March 1962

East St. Louis, Illinois, United States

American

Pisces

Althea GibsonAlthea Gibson
(Tennis player)

25 August 1927

28 September 2003

Clarendon County

American

Virgo

Michael JohnsonMichael Johnson
(American olympic athlete)

13 September 1967

Dallas

American

Virgo

Debi ThomasDebi Thomas
(Figure skater)

25 March 1967

Poughkeepsie

American

Aries

Laila AliLaila Ali
(Boxer)

30 December 1977

Miami Beach

American

Capricorn

Jim BrownJim Brown
(Advisor, Actor, Lacrosse player, American football player, Television actor)

17 February 1936

St. Simons

American

Aquarius

Marion JonesMarion Jones
(Basketball player, Sprinter)

12 October 1975

Los Angeles

Belizean,American

Libra

Florence Griffith JoynerFlorence Griffith Joyner
(Sprinter)

21 December 1959

21 September 1998

Los Angeles

American

Sagittarius

Michael SpinksMichael Spinks
(Boxer)

13 July 1956

St. Louis

American

Cancer

Lisa LeslieLisa Leslie
(Basketball player)

07 July 1972

Gardena

American

Cancer

Dominique DawesDominique Dawes
(Artistic gymnast)

20 November 1976

Silver Spring

American

Scorpio

Fritz PollardFritz Pollard
(American coach)

27 January 1894

11 May 1986

Chicago, Illinois, United States

American

Aquarius

Simone ManuelSimone Manuel
(American olympic athlete)

02 August 1996

Houston, Texas, United States

American

Leo

Rube FosterRube Foster
(Baseball player)

17 September 1879

09 December 1930

Calvert, Texas, United States

American

Virgo

Willie DavenportWillie Davenport
(American olympic athlete)

08 June 1943

17 June 2002

Troy, Alabama, United States

American

Gemini

Major TaylorMajor Taylor
(Cyclist)

1878 AD

1932 AD

Florence JoynerFlorence Joyner
(Track and Field Athlete)

1959 AD

1998 AD

American

Harry LewHarry Lew
(Basketball player)

04 January 1884

1963 AD

Massachusetts, United States

American

Capricorn

Charles SiffordCharles Sifford
(Golfer)

1922 AD

2015 AD

Mark Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson
(Boxer)

1971 AD

George Coleman PoageGeorge Coleman Poage
(Educator, Track and Field Athlete)

1880 AD

1962 AD

Jasmine PlummerJasmine Plummer
(Famous Basketball Players, Football Player, Athlete)

Thomas Thomas "Hitman" Hearns
(Boxer)

1958 AD

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