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LeBron, Tiger, Serena, Phelps Make Sharp's Mount Rushmore of Sports


Mount Rushmore is reserved for the best of the best.

With so many iconic athletes making their mark in professional sports, it can prove difficult to narrow it down to just four people who have had the biggest impact on the sports world, but Shannon Sharpe nailed it on Friday's “Undisputed” episode. “

Let's see who made the cut.

1. Serena Williams

Serena Williams gets top billing on Sharpe's Mount Rushmore, and it's hard to argue against her selection when looking at the full scope of her storied tennis career. A 23-time major singles winner, Williams holds the record for most majors in the Open Era.

Williams, also a four-time Olympic gold medalist, is regarded as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, female tennis player of all time.

Sharpe's thoughts: “23 Grand Slam titles, the most in the Open era. She's won the gold medal, her and her sister, so I'm fine with Serena at number one.”

The Mount Rushmore of Sports by Shannon Sharpe

Shannon Sharp shares her all-time sports Mount Rushmore, highlighted by Serena Williams, LeBron James, Tiger Woods and Michael Phelps.

2. Michael Phelps

Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time, with 28 medals to his name, including 23 gold, the most ever by a single Olympian. He also holds the record for most gold medals in individual events with 13.

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Phelps won eight gold medals, the most in a single Olympics.

Sharpe's thoughts: “If you think of something swimming, he has to be the first name that comes to mind.”

3. LeBron James

LeBron James' list of accomplishments is never ending. As an 18-time NBA All-Star, 17-time All-NBA selection, four-time NBA MVP winner, four-time NBA champion and four-time NBA Finals MVP winner, James has no heights that have not been reached in the NBA.

Currently second on the NBA's all-time scoring list, he has a chance to surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the all-time record within the next year, barring injury.

Sharpe's thoughts: “LeBron James is the greatest basketball player ever. We've been following this man's career since 2000 – it's 2022.”

4. Tiger Woods

Although his career was tumultuous, the sheer force that Woods was on the golf course during his peak cannot be overlooked. Woods won 14 major championships from 1997 to 2008, including four at the Masters. He is the youngest player to win the Masters (1997) and in the same year, he set the record for the largest margin of victory (12 strokes).

Sharpe's thoughts: “Nobody was as dominant as Tiger. I realize he didn't have the most majors, but nobody was more dominant. His peak was higher than anybody else's, and in the early 2000s, when his four Slams were the mantle, it was the greatest stretch we've ever seen in golf. I don't believe we'll see that again.”


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