5 Athletes Who Might as Well Be Superheroes

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We live in a world that is, in many ways, very similar to the pages of a comic book. There are crazy scientific discoveries, massive amounts of crime, duplicitous leaders and extreme acts of bravery. The one thing that’s missing? Superheroes. Or are we?

What type of profession most resembles a superhero? Strength, teamwork, honor and more strength… A professional athlete of course. That’s why we want to share our list of the top five athletes who might as well be superheroes.

LeBron James: With the strength of ten men in his hand and the versatility to play all 5 positions as a professional basketball player, it’s not much of a stretch to say that LeBron James could pretty easily take up the role of a superhero. He’s got a huge fan following and already has a cool nickname – “The King.” His origin story is about as good as they come – brought up on the wrong side of the tracks and grew up to be the best athlete in the world – and he also has experience bolting from one location to another, only to return as quickly as he left…

Blake Griffin: Up in the air! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… a Griffin! Okay, now that we got the mandatory bad joke out of the way, let’s get down to it. Blake Griffin’s superhero prowess would probably be based on the fact that the dude can basically fly. Have you seen him dunk a basketball? He gets more hang time than a 747. And if you couple that with the fact that he already has experience working in a dynamic duo (Chris Paul ring a bell?), then you would have to agree that the guy would be one hell of a superhero.

Cristiano Ronaldo: The pretty boy of the international soccer world is probably the only one on this list who might actually be a superhero. By day, he’s a jet-setting professional athlete, one of the best in the world, who goes all over the globe to display his talents. Aren’t all millionaire playboys superheroes? No? Well, considering the fact that Ronaldo plays a big role in charitable work that supports children with cancer, I think that he might be the exception then.

Russell Wilson: I know what you’re thinking, why would an average Joe-looking guy like Russell Wilson be on this list? He’s a mediocre athlete (in comparison to the rest of the people we’ve already discussed), he doesn’t have any particularly outstanding skills and he’s just a pretty short dude. Well, that’s a perfect alter ego for a superhero. And, as we saw last year in the Super Bowl, when the time comes for Russell Wilson to do something spectacular, he’ll be up to the task.

Ronda Rousey: This one is pretty much a no-brainer. She is the most dangerous woman in the world (in the ring at least). Her special power is that she’ll just mess you up. The only real question about Rowdy Ronda’s entrance into the world of super-powered-crime-fighting would be whether or not she’d want to be a hero or a villain.