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
(NBA Star)

30 December 1984

American

Serena WilliamsSerena Williams
(Tennis Player)

26 September 1981

American

Michael JordanMichael Jordan
(Basketball player)

17 February 1963

American

Muhammad AliMuhammad Ali

17 January 1942

American

Tiger WoodsTiger Woods

30 December 1975

American

Mike TysonMike Tyson
(Boxer)

30 June 1966

American

Kobe BryantKobe Bryant
(Basketball player)

23 August 1978

American

Venus WilliamsVenus Williams
(American tennis player)

17 June 1980

American

Jackie RobinsonJackie Robinson

31 January 1919

American

George ForemanGeorge Foreman

10 January 1949

American

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

06 October 1955

American

Jerry RiceJerry Rice
(Former NFL Star)

13 October 1962

American

Jesse OwensJesse Owens

12 September 1913

American

Arthur AsheArthur Ashe
(Tennis Player)

10 July 1943

American

Bill RussellBill Russell
(American basketball player)

12 February 1934

American

Ernest R. Davis Ernie Davis
(American Football Player)

14 December 1939

American

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

03 May 1921

American

Willie MaysWillie Mays
(Former Professional Baseball Star)

06 May 1931

American

Carl LewisCarl Lewis

01 July 1961

American

Wilma RudolphWilma Rudolph

23 June 1940

American

Leon SpinksLeon Spinks
(Former Heavyweight Boxing Champion)

11 July 1953

American

Jackie Joyner-KerseeJackie Joyner-Kersee
(Athlete)

03 March 1962

American

Althea GibsonAlthea Gibson
(Tennis player)

25 August 1927

American

Michael JohnsonMichael Johnson
(American olympic athlete)

13 September 1967

American

Jack Johnson (Boxer)Jack Johnson (Boxer)

31 March 1878

American

Florence Griffith JoynerFlorence Griffith Joyner
(Sprinter)

21 December 1959

American

Lisa LeslieLisa Leslie
(Basketball player)

07 July 1972

American

Marion JonesMarion Jones
(Basketball player, Sprinter)

12 October 1975

Belizean,American

Michael SpinksMichael Spinks
(Boxer)

13 July 1956

American

Dominique DawesDominique Dawes
(Artistic gymnast)

20 November 1976

American

Debi ThomasDebi Thomas
(Figure skater)

25 March 1967

American

Fritz PollardFritz Pollard
(American coach)

27 January 1894

American

Simone ManuelSimone Manuel
(American olympic athlete)

02 August 1996

American

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

Rube FosterRube Foster
(Baseball player)

17 September 1879

American

Willie DavenportWillie Davenport
(American olympic athlete)

08 June 1943

American

Major TaylorMajor Taylor
(Cyclist)

1878 AD

Harry LewHarry Lew
(Basketball player)

04 January 1884

American

Charles SiffordCharles Sifford
(Golfer)

1922 AD

Florence JoynerFlorence Joyner
(Track and Field Athlete)

1959 AD

American

Mark Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson
(Boxer)

1971 AD

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

1880 AD

Thomas Thomas "Hitman" Hearns
(Boxer)

1958 AD