Being an athlete is no simple or minor feat, as athletes go through rigorous training and have to maintain utmost professionalism to attain success in their fields. Playing in one sport is demanding enough, but some extra passionate and ultimate individuals decided at a time in their careers to express interest in another sport of their liking.
Here, we compile a list of incredible individuals who have at a time in their lives, played more than one sport and had varying degrees of success in both:
Lawrence Okoye: (American football and discus)
Apart from having a career as a member of the San-Francisco 49ers team, the young athlete represented America in discus at the 2010 World Junior Championships and won gold at the European Athletics Under 23 championships at the age of 19.
Andy Goram: (football and cricket)
The Scottish goalkeeper represented his country in football more than 43 times and played for the Scottish side Rangers, for most of a career that spanned more than 23 years. He also represented his country in four First Class cricket matches as a bowler at some point in his football career, twice in 1989 a twice in 1991, not bad for someone who spent most of his life diving after the ball.
Andriy Shevchenko: (football and golf)
After a fantastic soccer career as a striker, which were highlighted by his spells at Chelsea and AC Milan, the Ukrainian legend retired and immediately set his sights to golf. He hasn’t done bad too, as in 2013, he made his professional golf debut on the Challenge Tour’s Kharkov Superior cup, a Ukrainian super golf competition.
Curtis Woodhouse: (football and boxing)
Having spent a major of his professional life touring the lower divisions of English football, with stints at Birmingham City, Sheffield United and Peterborough, Curtis Wood house decided to try his weight at boxing. His first try was miserable however, he was banned for five months British Boarding Board of Control, without having even made a professional debut.
He however managed to bounce back, returning to football to play for Rushden and Diamonds at the same time he was holding an impressive boxing record in the light welterweight divisions: had managed to win up to 11 matches by knockout.
Usain Bolt: (racing and football)
The racing god had for a long time expressed his interest in playing soccer, going through a trial for Manchester United in 2013 but not breaking through. This year, he scored two goals on his professional soccer debut for the Central Coast Mariners of Australia.
Jim Thorpe: (decathlon, pentathlon, baseball, American football, basketball)
Jim Thorpe could be considered as the Titan of all round sportsmanship, having achieved incredible feats in decathlon (where he set a world record of 7,476 points), pentathlon, American football (where he famously beat Harvard, one of the best American football teams at his time with his college side) and baseball (taking his side, the New York Giants to four league titles).
It was later discovered he also played basketball for entertainment at a time. Apart from sports, he also won the Ballroom Dancing Championship. The man could do everything.