Thursday 12 December 2019

American media outlet names Irishman on list of the 15 greatest athletes of all-time Newsdesk Newsdesk

An Irishman has made his way onto a list which includes LeBron James, Muhammad Ali, Serena Williams and Pele.

American media outlet TheSkinny365 has listed their 15 greatest athletes of all-time and Cavan's handball giant Paul Brady has made this list.

Cavan’s Paul Brady at the 2015 World Handball Championships launch at Croke Park yesterday

The list was compiled using the 10 criteria to set these sporting legends apart from all the others including their accomplishments, dominance of their sport, physical attributes etc.

Brady came 14th on the list.

Explaining the reasoning behind the selection, they wrote: "Most people are probably asking,”WHO”? But, Brady is the greatest, and most accomplished handball player of all-time.

"At 5’9″ he is hardly the most physically intimidating player on a handball court, but his ability to generate elite level power and his all-time great attention to detail have enabled Brady to dominate the game for the past 15 years, with no sign of stopping .

"'The Gunner' as he is referred to,  has an unprecedented 5 World Handball titles, 11 All-Ireland Senior titles ( including 9 in a row), 10 US National Championship titles, and many many pro circuit victories during his current stretch as the game’s most dominant player.

"Brady is also an accomplished Gaelic Football player, he has two county U21 medals, three Cavan SFC medals (1998, 2006 and 2012) and one Senior League medal (2012). He was Man of the Match in the 2012 county final win over Kingscourt Stars."

Here is their list in full:

15. Serena Williams (Tennis)

14. Paul Brady (Handball)

13. Bruce Lee (Martial Arts)

12. Pele (Soccer)

11. Babe Didrickson Zaharias (Track and field)

10. Dion Sanders (American Football and Baseball)

9. Michael Phelps (Swimming)

8. Jesse Owens (Athletics)

7. Jackie Robinson (Baseball and Track and Field)

6. Jim Thorpe (American Football, Baseball, and Olympic athletics)

5. Jim Brown (American football)

4. Michael Jordan (Basketball)

3. Bo Jackson (Baseball and American Football)

2. Muhammad Ali (Boxing)

1. LeBron James (Basketball)

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