Famous American Sportspersons

Almost every American kid grows up watching his/her dad watching football on a Saturday, the F1 on a Sunday, and languishing in glorious summers of sport. Nearly all tweens and teens have an Andy Roddick poster taped to their walls, a Tom Brady replica jersey on their wardrobes or a new Vince Carter Nike Shox to step into. That is because America and sport are inseparable twins. America has never been short on sporting talent. Over the years, it has produced football teams to root for, F1 drivers to cheer on. That's true! With legendary sportsmen like Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Tiger Woods, Pete Sampras, Joe Montana and many more under its belt, America was always destined to be one of the greatest sporting nations of all times. So it is no coincidence that we have a wad of sporting heroes coming from the land. Explore our compilation of biographies for timelines, life stories and interesting trivia & facts related to the lives of some great American sportspersons.

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 1 Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: August 23, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: January 26, 2020

The former professional basketball player, Kobe Bryant, was drafted into NBA immediately after his school and went on to become one of the most successful basketball players of his generation. During his career of two decades, the Los Angeles Lakers player created numerous new records. He authored a book and one of his poems even inspired an animated short film.

 2 Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: February 17, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

A superstar, a legend and the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan is all this and much more. Very few athletes can match up with his level of popularity and impact. And if that is not enough, he is also the richest former professional athlete in the world.

 3 John Cena

John Cena
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Famous As: Wrestler, Rapper, Actor
Birthdate: April 23, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

One of the biggest WWE stars of all time, John Cena has bagged 25 championships, with 16 reigns as a world champion since his professional career began two decades back. Apart from wrestling, Cena has also carved a career as an actor and rapper. His significant projects include films The Marine, Trainwreck and Sisters and rap album You Can't See Me.

 4 Serena Williams

Serena Williams
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: September 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

With 39 Grand Slam titles and four Olympic gold medals, Serena Williams is clearly amongst the greatest female tennis players in the history. With 23 Grand Slam singles win, she is just a win away from equalling Margaret Court’s record of 24 grand slam titles. She has bagged the top spot in WTA’s world ranking numerous times.

 5 Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: March 14, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

American professional basketball player, Stephen Curry, plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association and is considered to be one of the greatest shooter in NBA history. His three-point shot is said to have revolutionised the basketball game. He has many records to his credit and his team has won couple of NBA championships.

 6 Roman Reigns

Roman Reigns
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: May 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

The current WWE Universal Champion, Roman Reigns, is one of the most popular WWE superstars of the current generation. After battling leukemia for 11 years, Reigns announced that he would take an indefinite break to receive treatment. He made a comeback in 2019 and went on to reestablish his position as a popular champion.

 7 Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali
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Birthdate: January 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: June 3, 2016

Widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time, Muhammad Ali was a major figure of the 20th century. He was an inspirational figure for African-Americans during the civil rights movement. Because of his opposition to Vietnam War and his refusal to be drafted into military, Muhammad Ali became an icon for the larger counterculture generation.

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 8 Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: September 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Kevin Durant is regarded as one of the best basketball players of his generation. He is known for his phenomenal scoring ability and is hailed as an excellent playmaker. He currently plays for the Brooklyn Nets of National Basketball Association (NBA). He was part of the US men’s national team which won the Olympic gold medal in 2012 and 2016.

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 9 The Undertaker

The Undertaker
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: March 24, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, The Undertaker is currently signed to WWE. In a career spanning over three decades, he has clinched the world heavyweight championship seven times. He has appeared in a few films and TV shows as well. In 2004, he was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame.

 10 Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Floyd Mayweather Jr.
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: February 24, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

One of the most remunerative pay-per-view (PPV) attractions of all time, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has had a glorious boxing career. One of the most decorated boxers ever, Floyd is regarded as the best pound for pound boxer by many websites. During his career, he had his share of controversies and made brief appearances in shows like WWE and Dancing with the Stars.

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 11 Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: May 14, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Widely regarded as the greatest tight end of all time, Rob Gronkowski is also considered one of the best American football players of his generation. Also one of the most popular players, thanks to his larger-than-life personality, Rob Gronkowski has set many National Football League (NFL) records as a tight end.

 12 Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers
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Famous As: American football quarterback
Birthdate: December 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Aaron Rodgers, who has the best touchdown-to-interception ratio in the history of the National Football League (NFL), is regarded by many as one of the greatest football quarterbacks ever. Also known for his humanitarian and charitable efforts, Aaron Rodgers is an ardent supporter of the MACC Fund, which is a fund-raising organization.

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 13 Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning
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Famous As: American Football Quarterback
Birthdate: March 24, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

American football quarterback Peyton Manning played 14 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and four with the Denver Broncos, winning a Super Bowl with each, thus becoming the only person to achieve the feat. Also known as “The Sheriff,” the talented player has NFL records for passing yards and touchdowns.

 14 Triple H

Triple H
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler, Actor
Birthdate: July 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Often considered the best wrestler in North America, Triple H played an important role in the World Wrestling Federation's Attitude Era as part of the influential D-Generation X stable. From being a professional wrestler, he went on to become a part of WWE's management team after marrying CEO Vince McMahon's daughter Stephanie. Triple H is a WWE Hall of Famer

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 15 Hulk Hogan

Hulk Hogan
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: August 11, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Former American professional wrestler, Hulk Hogan, is one of the best-known wrestlers in the world. He had a very successful career from the 1970s to the 2010s and won many championships. He has also acted in several movies. However, he has been accused of being a racist and a homophobic and a leaked sex tape involving him created quite a stir.

 16 Steve Austin

Steve Austin
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: December 18, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Steve Austin, popularly known as Stone Cold Steve Austin, is an American television host, actor, producer, and retired professional wrestler. He is one of the most popular and influential WWE wrestlers of all time. He played an important role in popularizing WWE's Attitude Era, during which he was the face of the company.

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 17 Simone Biles

Simone Biles
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Famous As: Gymnast
Birthdate: March 14, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Simone Biles is an artistic gymnast. Having won a combined total of 30 World Championship and Olympic medals, Biles is the world's third-most decorated gymnast and the most decorated in America. Regarded as the greatest gymnast of all time by some, Simone Biles continues to inspire several aspiring gymnasts around the world, especially gymnasts from the black community.

 18 Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: June 29, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

A four-time All-Star and six-time All-Defensive Team member, Kawhi Leonard has helped two teams win NBA championships while earning the Finals Most Valuable Player award on both THE occasions. In 2015 and 2016, he was named Defensive Player of the Year. Nicknamed the Claw for his amazing ball-hawking skills, Leonard is known for his quiet demeanor off-court.

 19 Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson
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Famous As: Professional baseball player
Birthdate: January 31, 1919
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: October 24, 1972
The first African-American to play in MLB in the modern era, Jackie Robinson helped herald the end of racial segregation in baseball. He broke the baseball color line and encouraged black players not to be confined to the Negro leagues alone. In 1962, he became a Baseball Hall of Fame inductee.

 20 Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps
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Famous As: Swimmer
Birthdate: June 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

The most decorated and successful Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps is a former competitive swimmer who has won a total of 28 Olympic medals. He is widely considered one of the greatest athletes ever and the greatest swimmer of all time. He has several world records and Olympic records under his belt.

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 21 Venus Williams

Venus Williams
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Famous As: American tennis player
Birthdate: June 17, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Regarded as one of the greatest women's tennis players of all time, Venus Williams is credited with introducing never seen before power and athleticism to women's tennis along with her sister Serena. She is also credited with changing the long-standing practice of paying male tennis players more than their female counterparts as she won the fight for equal prize money.

 22 Ric Flair

Ric Flair
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: February 25, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Ric Flair, or The Nature Boy, is a 16-time wrestling world champion and has competed in NWA, WWF, and WCW. He became the first two-time WWE Hall of Fame inductee and the first to compete in WCW's Triple Crown. He has been Wrestling Observer’s Wrestler of the Year eight times.
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 23 Bill Goldberg

Bill Goldberg
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: December 27, 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Professional wrestler and former football player. Bill Goldberg, is currently signed to WWE on a part-time deal. A very popular figure in the late 1990s/early 2000s, he has wrestled for many promotions and is best known for his stint with World Championship Wrestling (WCW). Also an actor, he has appeared in numerous films and TV shows.  

 24 Odell Beckham Jr.

Odell Beckham Jr.
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Famous As: American Football Wide Receiver
Birthdate: November 5, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Odell Beckham Jr. is an American football player who plays in the National Football League (NFL). With several NFL records under his belt, Beckham Jr. is widely regarded as one of the most popular and productive players of all time. His one-handed touchdown catch in a Sunday Night Football game is considered the greatest catch ever made in NFL history.

 25 Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: November 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

American footballer, Russell Wilson, plays for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League and is considered one of the best players ever. In NFL history, he is one of two quarterbacks with a career passer rating over 100. In October 2020, he was inducted in an exclusive group, the Madden 99 club of the popular ‘Madden 21’ video game.

 26 Drew Brees

Drew Brees
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: January 15, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

After 5 years with the San Diego Chargers, NFL quarterback Drew Brees joined the New Orleans Saints. In 2010, he was the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year and the co-chair of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. Drew is considered one of the best passers in NFL.

 27 Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris
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Famous As: Martial artist
Birthdate: March 10, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

A black belt in Tang Soo Do, Brazilian jiu jitsu and Judo, Chuck Norris is an American martial artist, screenwriter and a popular action film star. He has won many martial arts championships. He later founded his own discipline, Chun Kuk Do. He has also written books on martial arts, philosophy, politics, Christianity, plus Western novels and biography.

 28 Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: August 9, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

American football player Deion Sanders is considered one of the strongest pass defenders of the game. He was an electrifying athlete and played in the National Football League for 14 seasons. He played for teams like Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens. He is now a coach and a sports analyst. He’s also a rapper.

 

 29 Sasha Banks

Sasha Banks
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: January 26, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

One of the most popular female WWE wrestlers of the current generation, Sasha Banks was named the top black wrestler in a list titled BW 500 in 2020. A celebrated wrestler, she was involved in the first Iron Woman match, first women's WWE pay-per-view event, and first women's Hell in a Cell match.

 30 Nikki Bella

Nikki Bella
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: November 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Retired professional wrestler, Nikki Bella, is a two time WWE Divas Champion whose second win lasted for a record time. Earlier, along with her twin sister, she formed a popular tag team and entered the WWE. The sisters have also appeared in reality television show Total Divas and Total Bellas, launched their own YouTube channel, Podcast and ventured into business.

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 31 Michael Vick

Michael Vick
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: June 26, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 32 Christian Pulisic

Christian Pulisic
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: September 18, 1998
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 33 JJ Watt

JJ Watt
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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: March 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

JJ Watt is an American football player who currently plays defensive end for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He also plays defensive tackle in some situations. Sports Illustrated named him its Sportsperson of the Year in 2017. He is regarded as one of the greatest defensive ends in NFL history. Besides sports, he co-hosts the Fox game show, Ultimate Tag.

 34 Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: August 14, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Magic Johnson, the now retired American basketball player was one of the most powerful players of the 1980s and led NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers to five championships during his thirteen years career. His real name is Earvin Johnson and he earned his nickname Magic during his high school days. He retired after testing positive for HIV and currently heads Magic Johnson Enterprises.

 35 Lamar Jackson

Lamar Jackson
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: January 7, 1997
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 36 Randy Moss

Randy Moss
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Birthdate: February 13, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
NFL wide receiver Randy Moss set a record for the highest number of receiving touchdowns in a season. The Minnesota Vikings player became the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1998 and retired after playing with the San Francisco 49ers. He gave rise to the term “getting mossed.”

 37 Tom Brady

Tom Brady
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Famous As: American Football Quarterback
Birthdate: August 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

A record six-time Super Bowl champion, Tom Brady is regarded by many as the greatest quarterback ever. At the age of 41, he became the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl in NFL history. Thanks to his good looks, he has also appeared in some television programs and commercial campaigns.

 38 Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett
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Famous As: NBA Star
Birthdate: May 19, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Former NBA power forward/center Kevin Garnett was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves out of high school. After a 12-year term with the Timberwolves, he joined the Boston Celtics. His accolades include the MVP, the Defensive Player of the Year award, and 15 All-Star games. He also starred in Uncut Gems.

 39 Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick
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Famous As: Sports coach
Birthdate: April 16, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 40 Eddie Guerrero

Eddie Guerrero
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: October 9, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: November 13, 2005

Eddie Guerrero was an American professional wrestler. At the time of his death at age 38, Guerrero left a legacy and impact as one of the most beloved wrestlers and an inspiration to several future wrestlers. Considered one of the greatest in-ring performers ever, Guerrero was renowned for his technical skills and ability to entertain the audience with his gimmicks.

 41 Big Show

Big Show
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Famous As: WWE Wrestler, Actor
Birthdate: February 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Big Show is a professional wrestler. Known for his large frame and athleticism, Show is one of the most popular WWE wrestlers of all time. He has won several world championships in WWE. Big Show's large frame is attributed to a condition called acromegaly, which he used to his advantage and established himself in the wrestling world.

 42 Aly Raisman

Aly Raisman
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Famous As: Gymnast
Birthdate: May 25, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
With six Olympic medals, including gold medals won at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio Olympics, gymnast Aly Raisman is the second-most-decorated Olympic gymnast in the U.S. She was one of many who accused Olympic team physician Larry Nassar of sexual abuse, leading to his conviction.

 43 Michael Strahan

Michael Strahan
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Famous As: American Football Player, Television Presenter
Birthdate: November 21, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Michael Strahan is a journalist, television personality, and former professional American football player. Strahan helped the New York Giants, where he spent his entire 15-year National Football League (NFL) career, win the Super Bowl XLII. After retiring from football, Michael Strahan co-hosted the talk show Live with Kelly and Ryan, for which he received a couple of Daytime Emmy Awards.

 44 Brett Favre

Brett Favre
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Birthdate: October 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Brett Favre is a former American football player who spent the majority of his National Football League career with the Green Bay Packers. Apart from being a retired player with several achievements and records under his belt, Favre is also a philanthropist; in 1996, he set up the Brett Favre Fourward Foundation, which has donated over $2 million to charities.

 45 Eli Manning

Eli Manning
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Famous As: American Football Quarterback
Birthdate: January 3, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

NFL quarterback Eli Manning, brother of Peyton Manning, is one of only five players to have won multiple Super Bowl MVP honors. He initially played for the University of Mississippi and eventually led the New York Giants to two Super Bowl victories. He is known for his match-winning Helmet Catch.

 46 Baker Mayfield

Baker Mayfield
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Famous As: American football Player
Birthdate: April 14, 1995
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 47 Kurt Angle

Kurt Angle
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: December 9, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Olympic gold-medal-winning wrestler Kurt Angle is a 13-time world champion. He became a Triple Crown champion and a Grand Slam champion with WWE before joining TNA. He has been named to the WWE, the TNA, and the International Sports Halls of Fame. He has also participated in Japanese wrestling championships.

 48 Chris Paul

Chris Paul
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: May 6, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Chris Paul is a professional basketball player and one of the highest-paid sportspersons in the world. Apart from earning from his career as a basketball player, he also earns by signing endorsement deals with companies like State Farm and Air Jordan. A religious person, Chris Paul attends church whenever possible.

 49 Daniel Bryan

Daniel Bryan
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: May 22, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Daniel Bryan is a professional wrestler. He is one of the most recognized WWE wrestlers of the current generation and is credited with starting the Yes Movement. A self-proclaimed vegan-turned-vegetarian, Daniel Bryan was honored with PETA's Libby Award under the Most Animal-Friendly Athlete category. Bryan is also a self-described environmentalist.

 50 Alexa Bliss

Alexa Bliss
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Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: August 9, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
WWE wrestler Alexa Bliss began her career with the Arnold Classic professional bodybuilding event. She later became the first woman to earn the SmackDown Women's Championship title twice. She is also the first woman to win both the Raw and SmackDown Women's titles and the second Women's Triple Crown Champion.