Rank 'Em: Decade's Greatest Athletes

Created: December 7, 2009, 1:50 PM

Can anything top Michael Phelps' 14 gold medals?

We probably say this every decade but did we just witness 10 years of greatness like we've never seen before?

Tennis had Roger Federer, golf had Tiger Woods, cycling had Lance Armstrong, NASCAR had Jimmie Johnson, college football had Tim Tebow and on and on it goes. Athletes we'll be telling our grandchildren about were a dime-a-dozen it seemed at times as the repeat championships piled up. So the decision of which one to crown the best of the decade is a tall task. But we think you're up to it.

Weigh each player's attributes and cast your vote now!

You must rank at least FIVE for your vote to count.

  • Won six Tour de France titles and then returned in 2009 after a three-year retirement and finished third.
  • Three Super Bowl titles; two Super Bowl MVP awards; 87-24 record as starting QB; threw record 50 TD passes in 2007.
  • Won two Stanley Cup titles and 2002 Olympic gold; became NHL's all-time winningest goalie; four-time Vezina Trophy winner.
  • Won four NBA titles, an MVP award and two scoring titles; All-NBA first team seven times, averaged 30 ppg three times.
  • Cemented legacy as perhaps greatest power forward ever, leading Spurs to three NBA titles and winning two MVP trophies.
  • Won 15 Grand Slam titles, more than any male player ever, including five in a row at both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
  • Won an unprecedented four consecutive NASCAR championships from 2006 to 2009; won 2006 Daytona 500.
  • Led Red Wings to two titles; seven-time all-NHL first team; six-team Norris Trophy winner; 2002 playoff MVP.
  • Three-time MVP has guided Colts to record seven straight 11-win seasons and has topped 4,000 yards passing eight times.
  • Won three straight NBA titles with Lakers, winning Finals MVP each time; 7-time All-NBA first team; 2000 NBA MVP; won fourth title with Miami.
  • After winning six gold medals and two bronzes at the 2004 Olympics, won a record eight gold's and set seven world records in 2008.
  • Laid claim as the greatest right-handed hitter of all time by hitting .334/.427/.628 with 366 home runs and winning three NL MVP awards.
  • FIFA world player of the year in 2004 and 2005, won World Cup with Brazil in 2002 and led Barcelona to 2006 Champions League title.
  • Hit .304 and averaged 44 homers and 124 RBIs; won three AL MVP awards, two Gold Gloves and led the league five times in HRs.
  • Won eight majors; led LPGA in money and scoring five consecutive years; won amazing 43 events out of 104 entered from 2001-2005.
  • Helped Florida win two national championships; won 2007 Heisman Trophy; 85 career TD passes (only 16 INTs), SEC record 56 rushing TDs.
  • Topped 1,000 yards rushing first eight seasons; scored record 31 TDs in 2006 when he was MVP; topped 2,000 yards from scrimmage three times.
  • Snowboard/skateboarding dual threat won Olympic gold in the halfpipe in 2006 and has captured 10 X Games gold medals.
  • Won 10 Grand Slam singles titles, going 10-3 in finals, and added eight Grand Slam doubles titles.
  • Won 12 majors, including the "Tiger Slam" in 2000-01, when he held all four titles; led the PGA money list seven times.