Muhammad Ali is another very influential athlete because of the way he carried himself. During the time he was champion, there was still alot of racism in the world, and because he was a well known athlete, his efforts as a social activist diminished some of the racism
After more than a decade of outrunning accusations that he had doped during his celebrated cycling career, Lance Armstrong, one of the best-known and accomplished athletes in recent history, surrendered on Thursday, etching a dark mark on his legacy by ending his fight against charges that he used performance-enhancing drugs.
Armstrong, who won the Tour de France an unprecedented seven straight times, said Thursday that he would not continue to fight the charges levied against him by the United States Anti-Doping Agency, which contended that he doped and was one of the ringleaders of systematic doping on his Tour-winning teams.
His decision means he will almost certainly be stripped of his seven Tour titles, the bronze medal he won at the 2000 Olympics and all other titles, awards and money he won from August 1998 on.
It also means he will be barred for life from competing, coaching or having any official role with any Olympic sport or other sport that follows the World Anti-Doping Code...
Writer and director Brian Helgeland latest effort sees him back behind the camera for 1940s-set baseball biopic, 42. A simple title that refers to the number worn by baseball icon Jackie Robinson, on which this drama will focus on. Robinson is a colour-breaking legend as he was the first black player to be integrated into the passionate game, while his skills on the field were some of the best in history.
The film will follow admired Coach Branch Rickey’s (Harrison Ford) struggle in forcing baseball to accept taking the youngster from the Negro Leagues and into the Major League, as segregation and racism was rife in America and the game itself. Robinson (played by newcomer Chadwick Boseman) went on to become a superstar in the sport, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers between 1947-56. He sadly passed away aged 53 following a heart attack but was later inducted into the Baseball Hall Of Fame.
Probably the most influential figures in sports. Jackie Robinson became the first African-American professional baseball player in the world. Not many people are alive to keep his story going on, and there is now a new movie about him, coming out. Can't wait to see it!
Sept. 10, 1989: Before he was truly Prime Time, a dual-sport star shining on Super Bowl teams, Deion Sanders was an NFL newbie -- but still a successful one, who played in his first pro football game on this day 23 years ago.
This guy was amazing. Deion Sanders was a dual sport athlete. Not many people can do that. Alot of people play multiple sports and are good at them in high school or post secondary. But to play multiple professional sports is insane! Hopefully more people do this
Another influence for the wrong reasons. Bonds has the record for most home runs in a career, but is accused of using steroids. Baseball players growing up dream about breaking this record, and being like Barry Bonds. Another shame
Bo Jackson hit 500-foot homeruns and ran over linebackers. A look at the man and the myths that captured our collective imagination.
Logan Rose's insight:
One of the greatest documentaries I have seen. Bo Jackson was probably the greatest all around athlete, which is why "Bo Kows" became so popular, there wasn't many sports which he didn't excel at. Another dual sport athlete, and even better than Deion Sanders in my opinion!
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