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42: Gordon Mack

Jackie Robinson is often remembered and honored for his bravery and achievement through the sport of baseball. However, he inspires me because he pioneered the multi-sport athlete. Jackie Robinson was a four-sport athlete, starring in baseball, basketball, football and track. In this day in age where high school athletes are forced to choose one sport, the multi-sport athlete has become less prevalent. The pressure of earning a scholarship and having to commit to one sport has grown drastically. Jackie was not a great baseball player and decent basketball/football/track athlete, he was a legit all-around great athlete in all four sports. To me, his outstanding achievement in four sports is something that I feel will never happen again. We will never see a Lebron James take the football field, or an Usain Bolt return a punt. Jackie Robinson was the epitome of athlete even in the midst of the humongous hurdles he had to overcome.

Jackie Robinson is often remembered and honored for his bravery and achievement through the sport of baseball. However, he inspires me because he pioneered the multi-sport athlete. Jackie Robinson was a four-sport athlete, starring in baseball, basketball, football and track. In this day in age where high school athletes are forced to choose one sport, the multi-sport athlete has become less prevalent. The pressure of earning a scholarship and having to commit to one sport has grown drastically. Jackie was not a great baseball player and decent basketball/football/track athlete, he was a legit all-around great athlete in all four sports. To me, his outstanding achievement in four sports is something that I feel will never happen again. We will never see a Lebron James take the football field, or an Usain Bolt return a punt. Jackie Robinson was the epitome of athlete even in the midst of the humongous hurdles he had to overcome.