20 Athletes Who Were Born Ready To Win

20 Athletes Who Were Born Ready To Win

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Some athletes in sports just find ways to dominate the competition. By being leaders or star contributors, athletes like this can help win championships and form dynasties. These 20 athletes seem like they were born to win and realized their full potential.

20. Terry Bradshaw

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20. Terry Bradshaw

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Super Bowl Championships: 4

During his playing career, this Hall of Fame quarterback helped to create the Steelers dynasty. Under Bradshaw's leadership, the offense matched the intensity of the defense and was able to capture four Super Bowl titles.

19. Shaquille O'Neal

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19. Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O'Neal
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NBA Titles: 4

O'Neal benefitted from playing alongside Kobe Bryant, but the big man was the second man on some great Laker teams. Without him, Bryant wouldn't have been able to have been as dominant and vice versa.

18. Babe Ruth

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18. Babe Ruth

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World Series Titles: 7

Playing during the days of Murderer's Row and the Yankee dynasty, Ruth's prolific power bat helped propel his team to several titles. Beginning a dynasty and building a reputation for the Yankees as a dominant sports franchise, there's a reason Ruth is thought of as one of the best players of all time.

17. Mickey Mantle

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17. Mickey Mantle

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World Series Titles: 7

In his far-too-short 12-year career, Mantle won seven World Series titles. It's absolutely unprecedented that he won a World Series in over half the seasons he played. With his leadership, he helped make sure the Yankees stayed the dominant franchise in sports.

16. Magic Johnson

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16. Magic Johnson

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NBA Championships: 5

One of the greatest players to ever play the game of basketball, Magic was a winner before a guy named MJ showed up. In the bright lights of Los Angeles, his greatness was amplified and his large size as a point guard only made him more popular nationally.

15. Joe DiMaggio

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15. Joe DiMaggio

Joe DiMaggio
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World Series Titles: 9

One of the greatest players in Yankee history, DiMaggio helped further the Yankees' reputation for winning championships. Since he spanned two generations of Yankee teams, he was part of two separate championship runs and won an unfathomable nine titles.

14. Pele

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14. Pele

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World Cup Titles: 3

In a sport where you can only win a championship every four years, it's hard to win one title. However, Pele, the greatest soccer player of all time won three, a feat that has never been duplicated.

13. Roger Federer

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13. Roger Federer

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Grand Slam Titles: 17

Federer's dominant run is nearly over, but his dominance can't be denied. With 17 grand slam titles, he was the premier tennis player in the world for nearly a decade, which isn't an easy feat.

12. Jack Nicklaus

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12. Jack Nicklaus

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Major Titles: 18

With the most majors of all time, Nicklaus was the most dominant golfer of his generation and possibly the most dominant golfer of all time. When the pressure was on, Nicklaus was at his best.

11. Kobe Bryant

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11. Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant
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NBA Championships: 5

One of the great winners of all time, Kobe has the killer instinct. Whenever a game was on the line, Kobe had to have the ball in his hands. Once it found its way there, the Lakers were likely to win.

10. Lou Gehrig

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10. Lou Gehrig

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World Series Titles: 6

Gehrig was part of one of the best lineups of all time and that's a big reason he was part of so many championship teams. Hitting cleanup for the Bronx Bombers, he drove in runs at a record pace and helped the Yankees establish themselves as baseball's premier team.

9. Yogi Berra

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9. Yogi Berra

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World Series Titles: 10

One of the best catchers of all time, Berra was part of multiple generations of Yankee championship teams. He actually appeared in even more World Series', but I apparently he thought 10 World Series titles was enough.

8. Kareem Abdul-Jabaar

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8. Kareem Abdul-Jabaar

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NBA Championships: 6

Not only was Kareem the all time leading scorer in NBA history, but he also was a winner. Bridging the gap between two Laker generations, Kareem found ways to win with whoever he was playing with.

7. Joe Montana

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7. Joe Montana

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Super Bowl Titles: 4

Arguably the best quarterback of all time, Montana earned the reputation as a big game player. Since he won four titles, he owns the tiebreaker over most other quarterbacks because after all, titles are more important than almost anything else.

6. Bart Starr

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6. Bart Starr

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Super Bowl Titles: 5

With the most Super Bowl titles of any quarterback in history, Starr is deeply rooted in football history. He led the Packers to a win in Super Bowl I and he clearly wasn't done. With his leadership, his teams were inspired and ultimately competed for championships on a yearly basis.

5. Derek Jeter

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5. Derek Jeter

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World Series Titles: 5

Jeter is one of the best leaders in baseball history and he's a big reason for the Yankees' five World Series titles during his tenure. On top of being a great leader, he was great in his prime and powered the Bronx Bombers to yet another dynasty.

4. Michael Phelps

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4. Michael Phelps

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Gold Medals: 18

Phelps is the most dominant Olympic athlete of all time and that comes down to pure talent and work ethic. Especially in 2008, when he won eight gold medals he captured the imagination of the country with his ability to win.

3. Tiger Woods

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3. Tiger Woods

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Major Titles: 14

Woods would have already surpassed Jack Nicklaus for most major titles ever if he hadn't suffered a down turn over the past four years. Even so, he still may break the record because once he gets everything going, he has an unmatched killer instinct.

2. Michael Jordan

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2. Michael Jordan

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NBA Championships: 6

Jordan in the 1990s might have been the most dominant athlete in sports history. Over an eight year span, he won six titles. However, in one of those seasons he didn't play at all and in one season, he came back midway through the year. That means that every year he played an entire season for six years, the Bulls won the NBA title.

1. Bill Russell

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1. Bill Russell

Bill Russell
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NBA Championships: 11

It's hard not to put Russell on the top of this list because he won 11 titles while in the NBA and two national championships in college. Most of the seasons he played in after college, he won a championship and that's more than any other athlete can say.


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