63. Vernon Davis
When NFL scouts projected Vernon Davis to get picked in the first round of the 2006 draft, it was no surprise why. Davis looked like a gift from the football Gods: 6-foot-3, 250 pounds, with a 4.3-second 40-yard dash, and the ability to bench nearly twice his weight.
At the NFL combine, Davis blew everyone away: He did 33 reps of the standard 225-pound bench (the strongest offensive lineman cranked out 26 reps, according to USA Today).
Davis credited his strict regimen of vitamin shakes, two-a-day workouts, and cold-water plunges for his elite conditioning. In the 2012 playoffs, Davis cemented his place in NFL history with a miraculous game-winning catch with only nine seconds left on the clock—fans have dubbed it, simply, “The Grab”—that sent the 49ers to the NFC Championship.
60. Magic Johnson
Before LeBron, there was Magic — a 6-foot-9 point guard with a frontcourt body and backcourt skills. He played all five positions, won five championships, three MVP awards, and did it all with the most infectious smile anyone had ever seen—before, that is, becoming sports’ most famous cautionary tale and the face of the HIV/AIDS epidemic when he announced he had contracted the feared disease in 1991.
Two decades later, Magic has become the disease’s most-prominent survivor, as well as a successful and tenacious businessman. As a part-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, he has infused a driven, win-at-all-costs attitude into the formerly laid-back franchise.
59. Usain Bolt
Charismatic, flamboyant, unbelievably tall—and did we mention insanely FAST? Usain Bolt doesn’t need you to tell him how great he is. “I’m now a legend,” Bolt said after winning the 100- and 200-meter events at the 2012 Olympics in London. “I’m also the greatest athlete to live.”
While the latter is up for debate, Bolt is the highest-earning track-and-field athlete of all time, and could very well be the fastest person in the entirety of human history. He owns seven of the top 11 performances in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, including the top spot in both.
He has also caused controversy by slowing down near the finish line after leaving the competition in the dust, prompting many to wonder about the times he’d post if he ran hard the whole way.