Even though the 80’s doesn’t really stand out in the world of music videos or sitcoms, some of the most legendary athletes graced us during that time.
Even though this is up for debate, here are a few of the best pro athletes of the 80s. There are many more, but this gives you a taste of who brought the heat in those days.
One of the most famous football players of all time, Joe Montana earned several nicknames during his time in the big leagues. Also known as The Comeback Kid and Cool Joe, Montana carried the 49s to win four Super Bowls, and was named the Super Bowl MVP for three of those years.
One of the greatest boxers of all-time, Mike Tyson holds several records and was, for a while, an undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. He was the first heavyweight boxer to hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles at the same time.
Tyson is considered one of the greatest boxes of all time, earning the #1 seat of ESPN’s “hardest hitters in heavyweight history.”
Born in Lansing Michigan, Johnson became one of the league’s most followed players when he joined the L.A. Lakers. He took the Lakers to win four championships, and actually earned the NBA’s Finals Most Valuable Player Award his rookie year with the team.
Larry Bird was one of the greatest basketball players of all time. Even though he was somewhat shadowed by Michael Jordan, he still held his own and was a 12-time NBA All-Star. He retired in 1992 as a player, although he did play for the 1992 men’s Olympic basketball team.
You don’t need to be from Canada or a huge hockey fan to know who Wayne Gretzky is. Usually argued as the greatest hockey player to ever live, he was often called The Great One.