Famous African American Athletes - List of Famous African American Athletes - page 2

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.

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.

The Most Famous African American Athletes

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
Mike TysonJune 30, 1966AmericanMike Tyson is a former heavyweight boxing champion, known for his ferocious and intimidating style
Muhammad AliJanuary 17, 1942AmericanMuhammad Ali was a legendary boxer who became the first and only three-time lineal World Heavyweight Champion
Leon SpinksJuly 11, 1953AmericanLeon Spinks is an American former boxer who became the world heavyweight champion in 1978
Serena WilliamsSeptember 26, 1981AmericanSerena Williams is an all-time great women's tennis player
Kobe BryantAugust 23, 1978AmericanKobe Bryant is one of the most significant contemporary American basketball player who plays for the ‘Los Angeles Lakers’
Michael JordanFebruary 17, 1963AmericanMichael Jordan is a retired basketball player, known for being the ‘NBA’ champion on six occasions
Michael JohnsonSeptember 13, 1967AmericanMichael Johnson is a record-breaking sprinter, who has won several gold medals
Jackie RobinsonJanuary 31, 1919AmericanJackie Robinson was the first African-American to play in the Major League Baseball (MLB)
Jesse OwensSeptember 12, 1913AmericanJesse Owens was a legendary track and field athlete who won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
George ForemanJanuary 10, 1949AmericanFamously known to the world as ‘Big George’, George Foreman is a former World Heavy Weight Champion, Olympic gold medalist, a pitch man, an entrepreneur and an author
Sugar Ray Robinson

Sugar Ray Robinson

Sugar Ray Robinson is regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time

AmericanMay 3, 1921232 views

Tony Dungy

A retired NFL Coach and a former American football player, Tony Dungy is the first African-American head coach to record a victory at the Super Bowl

AmericanOctober 6, 1955200 views

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant is one of the most significant contemporary American basketball player who plays for the ‘Los Angeles Lakers’

AmericanAugust 23, 1978401 views

LeBron James

Lebron James is an American professional basketball player

AmericanDecember 30, 1984187 views

Jerry Rice

Jerry Rice is one of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history

AmericanOctober 13, 1962198 views

Venus Williams

Venus Williams has created ripples in the world of tennis & dominated the game with her exceptional talent and prowess at the game

AmericanJune 17, 1980147 views

Ernie Davis

Ernest R

AmericanDecember 14, 1939224 views

Serena Williams

Serena Williams is an all-time great women's tennis player

AmericanSeptember 26, 1981411 views

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali was a legendary boxer who became the first and only three-time lineal World Heavyweight Champion

AmericanJanuary 17, 1942552 views

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson is a former heavyweight boxing champion, known for his ferocious and intimidating style

AmericanJune 30, 19661,809 views