Friday, March 28, 2014

25 Under 25: The 25 Best Athletes Under the Age of 25

Inspired by other lists of this sort, I am going to rank 25 male athletes under the age of 25. Rankings will be based on performance and stardom (name-reognition/ influence). Some are pro athletes, some college, and others are athletes from other countries. Here we go, 25 under 25.

1. Johnny Manziel- CFB, Texas A&M,
  •   21years old
  •   Former Heisman, most exciting college football player and maybe athlete in general, 2013 SEC Freshman Athlete of the year, All over the news, polarizing figure, Potential #1 Pick.

2. Mario Balotelli- Serie A, AC Milan and Italian National team

Mario Balotelli
  • 23 years old
  •  a top footballer in the world, who is also well-known for his shenanigans. 
3. Neymar- La Liga, Barcelona and Brazil National team
  • 22 years old
  • one of the flashiest players in the world, former child prodigy, Neymar is Brazil's top scorer and a top player in La Liga.

4. Andrew Luck- NFL, Indianapolis Colts
  • 24 years old
  •  Former #1 pick, led Cots to the Playoffs, Heisman runner-up, strong name-recognition, 2x Pro Bowler, Former #1 pick, led Cots to the Playoffs, Heisman runner-up, strong name-recognition, 2x Pro Bowler
Rory McIlroy

5. Rory McIlroy, PGA from Northern Ireland
  • 24 years old
  • Won US Open in 2011, Won PGA Tour in 2012, 2012 PGA Golfer of the year, 2012 PGA Tour Leading money winner. One of best known golfers. 

6. Anthony Davis- NBA, New Orleans Pelicans
  • 21 years old
  • Former #1 Pick, #1 High School Prospect, NCAA Champion, NCAA National Player of Year 2012 at Kentucky, on track for many awards this year.
Mike Trout
7. Mike Trout, MLB, Los Angeles Angels
  • 22 years old
  •  2012 AL Rookie of Year, 2x All Star, 2x Silver Slugger Award, 30-30 club (2012), Named MLB Player of Year in 2012 and 2013 by Baseball America. Top MLB Player

8. Cam Newton, NFL, Carolina Panthers
  • 24 years old
  • Former Heisman winner at Auburn, Former #1 pick, 2011 NFL Rookie of Year, 2x Pro Bowl, BCS National Championship 2010

9. Jameis Winston, CFB and College baseball, Florida State
  • 20 years old
  •  2013 Heisman Trophy Winner, BCS National Champion 2014, top QB prospect in HS, virtually won every cfb award in 2013, Pre-season All-American in baseball 2014, Drafted by Texas Rangers while in HS

10. Robert Griffin III, NFL, Washington Redskins
  • 24 years old
  • Former Heisman Winner, former #2 overall pick, NFL Offensive Rookie of Year 2011, 2012 Pro Bowler.

Jabari Parker
11. Jabari Parker, CBB, Duke, 19 years old, 2014 All-American, #2 HS recruit, potential NCAA Player of Year, potential #1 overall pick, has been on cover of Sports Illustrated, 2012 HS Gatorade National Player of Year.

12. Kyrie Irving, NBA, Cleveland Cavaliers, Former #1 overall pick, 2x NBA All Star, 2014 All-Star game MVP, 2012 NBA Rookie of Year, 2013 NBA 3-pt Shootout Champion

13. James Harden, NBA, Houston Rockets, 24 years old, 2x NBA All Star, 3rd overall pick in 2009, 6th Man of Year 2012

14. Rob Gronkowski, NFL, New England Patriots, 24 years old, 2x Pro Bowler, Most TD receptions by a TE in a single season, most receiving yards by a tight end in a single season.

15. Jadeveon Clowney, CFB, South Carolina, 21 years old, ranked #1 NFL draft prospect, #1 HS prospect 2010, considered best HS prospect of all-time by some, 2012 SEC Defensive Player of Year,  2013 First Team All-American

16. Steven Stamkos, NHL, Tampa Bay Lightning, 24 years old, 1st overall pick in 2008 Draft, 2x NHL Leading scorer, 2x All Star, top NHL player.

17. Damian Lillard, NBA, Portland Trailblazers, 23 years old, 2013 NBA Rookie of Year, 2014 All-Star, Participated in all of the All-Star game activities

18. Andrew Wiggins, CBB, Kansas, 19 years old, #1 HS recruit, most hyped college basketball prospect possibly of all-time, potential #1 overall pick, 2013 HS Gatorate National Player of Year.

19. Paul George, NBA, Indiana Pacers, 23 years old, 2x NBA All Star, 2013 NBA Most Improved Player, 2013 All-Defensive 2nd Team,
Patrick Peterson

20. Patrick Peterson, NFL, Arizona Cardinals, 24 years old, 3x Pro Bowler, tied punt return touchdown record in single season, 2x All Pro First Team, 2010 SEC Defensive Player of year, 5th overall pick, 2010 Thorpe Award at LSU.

21. Bryce Harper, MLB, Washington Nationals, 21 years old, 2x MLB All Star, 2012 NL Rookie of Year, #1 Overall pick in 2010 Draft, 2013 Home Run Derby Finalist

22. Daniel Sturridge, Premier League, Liverpool, 24 years old, 2nd in goals scored in premier league, 7th in assists, an emerging top world footballer.

23. John Wall, NBA, Washington Wizards, 23 years old, Former #1 pick, 2014 All Star, Slam Dunk Contest Winner 2014, 2010 SEC Player of Year

24. Marco Reus, Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund and Germany National team, 24 years old, 23 goals in 55 appearances for Dortmund, ranked the 4th best footballer in Europe by Bloomberg

25. Giancarlo Stanton, MLB, Miami Marlins, 24 years old, 2012 All Star, in 2012 Home Run Derby, hit 37 Home Runs in 2012

  1. Honorable Mention: Yasiel Puig, Ricky Rubio,  Manti Te'o, Michael Sam,  Freddie Freeman, Jason Heyward, Madison Bumgarner, Chris Sale,  Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich),  Eden Hazard (chelsea), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Patrick Reed (golfer), Matt Barkley

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