The Tulsa Shock announce the signing of former Olympian Marion Jones at The Crowne Plaza Hotel on March 10, 2010 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Rich Crimi/NBAE via Getty Images)
After winning the Heisman Trophy in 1982, Herschel went on to play professional football from 1983-97 in the USFL and NFL. Outside of football, he competed in the two-man bobsled at the 1992 Winter Olympics, finishing seventh. He now competes in MMA with Strikeforce.
Bo knows football. Bo knows baseball. The Heisman Trophy winner and 1986 first pick in the NFL draft spent four years playing with the Los Angeles Raiders before his football career was cut short by a hip injury. His baseball career lasted a bit longer from 1986-94, although he skipped the 1992 season due to injury. His return in 1993 earned him the AL Comeback Player of the Year award.
Neon Deion is the only person to play in the both a World Series and a Super Bowl — and in fact, he owns two Super Bowl rings for his efforts. And he's also the only players to score a home run and TD in the same week. In the NFL, Sanders played 14 seasons, earned eight Pro Bowl berths and was recently inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He also spent nine years as a baseball player, including a trip to the 1992 World Series with the Atlanta Braves.
Everyone knows Jackie Robinson for breaking the color barrier in baseball, but he was also a great all-around athlete. Before his baseball career began in 1947, Robinson was the first athlete at UCLA to earn varsity letters in four sports and was best known then as one of four African-American players on the Bruins' football team. In fact, his "worst" sport was baseball — he hit just .097 in his only season with the team.
Brown is best known as one of the greatest pro football players of all time for his nine-year career with the Cleveland Browns. He was inducted in to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971 for his work. But few know that Brown is also a member of the Lacrosse Hall of Fame — he was inducted in 1983 in recognition of his collegiate career on Syracuse University's lacrosse team.
Ainge is best known for his career in basketball, particularly his work for the Boston Celtics. As a player, he was on two NBA championship teams in the '80s. As an executive for the team, he helped to shape the 2008 championship team in Boston. But before becoming a basketball star, Ainge spent three seasons playing less than stellar baseball as the second baseman for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Louis was the heavyweight boxing champion from 1937-49 and had a career record of 65 wins and only three losses, including a KO to German Max Schmeling that Louis avenged two years later. But he was also intrumental in the desegregation of the PGA, becoming the first African-American to play in a PGA Tour event on a sponsor's exemption at the San Diego Open in 1952. His son, Joe Louis Barrow Jr., is the CEO of The First Tee, a non-profit organization that teaches kids life values through golf.
Wilt the Stilt is best known for his NBA career from 1959-74, which included two NBA championships, four NBA MVP awards and the Rookie of the Year award in 1960. But after his retirement, he became a board member — and player — for the International Volleyball Association in 1974. He even played in the IVA's All-Star game and was named MVP of the game.
Considered to be one of the most versatile athletes of all time, Thorpe won two gold medals in the 1912 Olympics, then went on to play professional baseball and football. He's a member of the Pro Football and College Football Halls of Fame. He's also a member of the NFL's 1920s All-Decade Team.
Hayes won gold medals in the 1964 Summer Games in the 100-meter dash and the 4x100 relay. After his success in the Olympics, the Dallas Cowboys took a chance by picking him up in the 1964 NFL Draft. He became one of the best receivers in Cowboys' history and was vital to the team's first Super Bowl win in 1972. The victory made Hayes the only athlete to win both an Olympic gold medal and a Super Bowl ring.
Marion Jones signed a contact with the WNBA's Tulsa Shock for the team's first season after relocating from Detroit, playing in 33 games in 2010. The disgraced sprinter, who had five 2000 Olympics medals revoked due to performance enhancing drug use, played college basketball at the University of North Carolina. She has re-signed for the 2011 season.