When you think about it, athletes are a little bit like superheroes.
First of all, on a purely physical level, most professional athletes are nothing short of physical marvels. They’re sculpted specimens that have trained until their bodies are essentially well oiled machines. With their eight-pack abs and huge shoulders, they may as well have a red cape and large ‘S’ emblazoned on their chest. On another level, they have a lot of fans. Superheroes are meant to save the day, and accordingly have hordes of grateful citizens in every fictional world they inhabit who are there to cheer them on. In the world of sports, fans are equally important – just think of the 12th man, cheering so loudly that the players on the field sometimes can’t hear their team mates. And to a lot of fans who put all their support behind a particular team, they root for the players so passionately that they can certainly seem like genuine superheroes.
Given that many athletes in professional sports play on teams, it only makes sense to look at perhaps the best known team of superheroes – the Avengers. The release of the 2012 film The Avengers and the countless companion movies starring the group have brought these Marvel superheroes into the public eye. And it’s easy to see why – between the mischievous Loki, the wholesome Captain America, and more, they’re a group of fascinating characters.
So, in case something happened and earthly athletes had to be gathered to make up a new squad of Avengers, who would you pick? Here’s a list of 10 athletes that could very well make up The Avengers.
10 Captain America – J.J. Watt
9 The Hulk – Marshawn Lynch
8 Hawkeye – Clayton Kershaw
7 Black Widow - Maria Sharapova
6 Thor – Clay Matthews
5 Iron Man – Kobe Bryant
4 Loki – Eli Manning
3 Nick Fury – Dwyane Wade
2 Ant Man – Darren Sproles
1 1 . Wolverine – Gordie Howe
Wolverine is perhaps best known for his superhuman ability to heal his body at a rapid pace, rendering him nearly immortal. If that wasn’t enough, his skeleton contains adamantium, a fictional metal that makes him indestructible. His retractable claws are killer weapons in a fight, but his true power is his durability. What athlete is synonymous with a long career where he showed virtually no signs of slowing down despite the years rolling by? Well, Mr. Hockey himself, Gordie Howe. Howe was an incredible player throughout his career, who won countless accolades and broke countless records. One of the most impressive, however, is his career longevity – he played professional hockey in the sixth decade of his life, stepping onto the ice with the Detroit Vipers for one shift when he was nearly 70 years old. The seemingly immortal Mr. Hockey, who played from the 1940s to the 1990s, is the only hockey player in history to compete in six different decades. While he may not have retractable claws, the things he could do with a hockey stick were pretty deadly.
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