Twenty spots. Each week we have only 20 spots to fill with the most intriguing, exciting and "on fire" players across all sports. Sounds fairly easy, right? Well, not exactly. Remember, we're not just ranking the best NBA players or the top MLB players. We're ranking the top 20 athletes in all of sports. And we're basing where they stand on their performance right now. That means boxing phenom Floyd Mayweather Jr. needs to be in the conversation. That means Rory McIlroy, golf's 20-year-old rising star, has to be considered. That means surging athletes from the NHL, NBA, MLB, PGA, NASCAR, tennis, boxing, soccer, etc., must all be thrown into the discussion. And they all were, along with a few wild cards. (Jemele Hill gave a nod to Donovan McNabb for a memorable run-in with tween heartthrob Justin Bieber.)
So who's in and who's out this week?
To answer that question, we turned to our our all-star cast of contributors from ESPN. Our panel includes: John Buccigross, Josh Elliott, Robert Flores, DJ Gallo, Jemele Hill, Dana Jacobson, Brian Kenny, Jeff MacGregor, Bram Weinstein and Trey Wingo. Check out our table below to find out who they picked as the top 20 athletes du jour.
Visit "Cross-Sport Power Rankings" on Tuesdays on ESPN.com to see the latest rankings each week. And don't forget to sound off on this week's list below!
Archive: Week 1's rankings.