Like most sports loving youngsters my childhood was spent learning all I could about the sporting heroes I considered to be the very best in the hope that I could learn valuable lessons from those who had overcome all obstacles to become masters in their field.
Here, I have put together a collection of sporting legends I believe have shown amazing reserves of dedication, will to win, perseverance and original thinking to become great champions.
The first name on my list is the legendary boxer Rocky Marciano. Not only did he win every professional fight of his career but he also did so despite and not because of his physical capabilities. Such a small awkward man should never have been able to dominate heavyweight boxing like he was able to and it is a testament to his unshakable will to win that he succeeded. Read how he became a champion Here.
Next up on my list is the mythical body builder Frank Zane. Because he was to light to challenge his bigger rivals in terms of size Zane had the intelligence to build a stunning physic based on perfect proportion and this along with his perseverance, attention to detail and total dedication meant that he was able to win the Mr. Olympia title 3 years straight. Read about Frank Zane Here.
I don’t think anyone could have a collection of sports and action legends that didn’t include the one and only Bruce Lee. In my opinion Lee has become the action hero of the twentieth century and it is no surprise that he inspired a generation who were left mesmerized at the super human abilities he showed to the world in a brief but phenomenal career of films and Martial Art displays. Read about Bruce Lee Here.
My next sporting hero is former IBF world heavyweight champion Buster Douglas and I have included him for only one reason and that is because of the night his sheer determination produced one of the best boxing performances I have ever seen. Read about Buster Douglas Here and let his incredible performance inspire you with your own challenges.
No list of sporting heroes would be complete without the legendary Tom Platz. This truly great body builder of the 70s and 80s deserves his place even though he never managed to win his sports biggest prize simply because of the passion he had for life and his training. Read more about Tom Platz Here
One of the best current sporting heroes is the boxing legend Manny Pacquiao. Not only is Pacquiao the best pound for pound fighter of his generation he is also in my opinion one of the very best pound for pound boxers of all time. In fact I don’t think that anyone since the great Roberto Duran could claim to have achieved anything like what Pacquiao has. Read More
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