Sports Illustrated’s 50 Fittest Athletes In Sports

For the first ever Fittest 50, Sport Illustrated’s editors and writers used a 40-point rating system based on four unique criteria to answer one simple question: who is the fittest athlete in sports?

Fitness for the professional athlete it is the very foundation of success. But even among the pros, some athletes stand head and sculpted shoulders above the rest. The natural question, then: Who is the fittest athlete in sports? For our first-ever Fittest 50, SI’s editors and writers set out to find the answer. We assessed the best of the best across all sports, using a 40-point rating system based on four criteria.

• Strength: the pushing power of a lineman or the force of an ultimate fighter.
• Speed: the top end of a sprinter or the burst of a running back.
• Endurance: a runner’s bottomless reserve or a boxer’s ability to keep going in a bout.
• Agility: the balance of a downhill skier or a euro step at full speed on the break

As the rankings that follow make clear, the fittest of the fit come in all shapes and sizes, and from all corners of the athletic world. Count down to see who’s the fittest of them all.

50. Steve Weatherford

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Speed: 4 + Strength: 7 + Agility: 7 + Endurance: 2 = TOTAL: 20

49. James Ihedigbo

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Speed: 4 + Strength: 9 + Agility: 5 + Endurance: 4 = TOTAL: 22

48. Thomas Jones

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Speed: 4 + Strength: 8 + Agility: 4 + Endurance: 6 = TOTAL: 22

47. Ryan Lochte

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Speed: 6.5 + Strength: 5 + Agility: 4.5+ Endurance: 6.5 = TOTAL: 22.5

46. Meb Keflezighi

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Speed: 5.5 + Strength: 2 + Agility: 5.5 + Endurance: 10 = TOTAL: 23

45. Chris Froome

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Speed: 5 + Strength: 4 + Agility: 5 + Endurance: 9 = TOTAL: 23

44. Diego Forlan

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Speed: 7 + Strength: 4 + Agility: 5.5 + Endurance: 7 = TOTAL: 23.5

43. Mike Trout

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Speed: 5 + Strength: 8 + Agility: 6 + Endurance: 4.5 = TOTAL: 23.5

42. Tim Howard

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Speed: 3 + Strength: 5.5 + Agility: 9.5 + Endurance: 5.5 = TOTAL: 23.5

41. Reggie Bush

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Speed: 5.5 + Strength: 7 + Agility: 6.5 + Endurance: 5 = TOTAL: 24

40. Chris Sharma

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Speed: 3 + Strength: 9 + Agility: 3 + Endurance: 9 = TOTAL: 24

39. Manny Pacquiao

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Speed: 6.5 + Strength: 5 + Agility: 6.5 + Endurance: 6 = TOTAL: 24

38. Steven Stamkos

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Speed: 6 + Strength: 5.5 + Agility: 5.5 + Endurance: 7.5 = TOTAL: 24.5

37. Zdeno Chara

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Speed: 4 + Strength: 7 + Agility: 5.5 + Endurance: 8 = TOTAL: 24.5

36. Dwight Howard

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Speed: 4.5 + Strength: 9 + Agility: 5.5 + Endurance: 6 = TOTAL: 25

35. Andrew McCutchen

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Speed: 8 + Strength: 5 + Agility: 6 + Endurance: 6 = TOTAL: 25

34. Nani

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Speed: 8 + Strength: 4 + Agility: 6.5 + Endurance: 7 = TOTAL: 25.5

33. Nate Robinson

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Speed: 7 + Strength: 7 + Agility: 5.5 + Endurance: 6 = TOTAL: 25.5

32. Rich Froning

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Speed: 6.5 + Strength: 6.5 + Agility: 6.5 + Endurance: 6.5 = TOTAL: 26

31. Roger Federer

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Speed: 5.5 + Strength: 6.5 + Agility: 7 + Endurance: 7 = TOTAL: 26

30. Ray Allen

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Speed: 6.5 + Strength: 5 + Agility: 7 + Endurance: 8 = TOTAL: 26.5

29. Sergio Ramos

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Speed: 7 + Strength: 5.5 + Agility: 6 + Endurance: 8 = TOTAL: 26.5

28. Jake Dalton

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Speed: 5 + Strength: 7 + Agility: 7 + Endurance: 7.5 = TOTAL: 26.5

27. Percy Harvin

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Speed: 8 + Strength: 6 + Agility: 7.5 + Endurance: 5 = TOTAL: 26.5

26. Colin Kaepernick

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Speed: 7 + Strength: 6 + Agility: 7 + Endurance: 7 = TOTAL: 27

25. George St. Pierre

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Speed: 3.5 + Strength: 9 + Agility: 7 + Endurance: 8 = TOTAL: 27.5

24. Hulk

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Speed: 7 + Strength: 7 + Agility: 6.5 + Endurance: 7.5 = TOTAL: 28

23. Micah Richards

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Speed: 7 + Strength: 6.5 + Agility: 6.5 + Endurance: 8 = TOTAL: 28

22. Patrick Willis

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Speed: 5.5 + Strength: 10 + Agility: 6.5. Endurance: 6.5 = TOTAL: 28.5

21. Martin St. Louis

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Speed: 7 + Strength: 7 + Agility: 7. Endurance: 7.5 = TOTAL: 28.5

20. Rafael Nadal

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Speed: 7 + Strength: 5.5 + Agility: 8. Endurance: 8 = TOTAL: 28.5

19. Ashton Eaton

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Speed: 6 + Strength: 7 + Agility: 8 + Endurance: 8 = TOTAL: 29

18. Rob Gronkowski

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Speed: 7 + Strength: 9 + Agility: 7 + Endurance: 6 = TOTAL: 29

17. Marshawn Lynch

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Speed: 7 + Strength: 9 + Agility: 6.5 + Endurance: 6.5 = TOTAL: 29

16. Larry Fitzgerald

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Speed: 8 + Strength: 6.5 + Agility: 8 + Endurance: 7 = TOTAL: 29.5

15. LaRon Landry

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Speed: 8 + Strength: 9 + Agility: 6.5 + Endurance: 6 = TOTAL: 29.5

14. Blake Griffin

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Speed: 7 + Strength: 8 + Agility: 7.5 + Endurance: 7.5 = TOTAL: 30

13. Vernon Davis

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Speed: 8.5 + Strength: 8.5 + Agility: 6.5 + Endurance: 7.5 = TOTAL: 31

12. Marquise Goodwin

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Speed: 9 + Strength: 5 + Agility: 9 + Endurance: 9 = TOTAL: 32

11. Jimmy Graham

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Speed: 7 + Strength: 9 + Agility: 8 + Endurance: 8 = TOTAL: 32

10. Michael Phelps

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Speed: 9 + Strength: 7 + Agility: 8 + Endurance: 9 = TOTAL: 33

9. Jon Jones

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Speed: 7 + Strength: 10 + Agility: 8 + Endurance: 8 = TOTAL: 33

8. Adrian Peterson

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Speed: 8.5 + Strength: 9 + Agility: 9 + Endurance: 7 = TOTAL: 33.5

7. Serge Ibaka

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Speed: 7.5 + Strength: 9.5 + Agility: 8.5 + Endurance: 8.5 = TOTAL: 34

6. Calvin Johnson

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Speed: 9 + Strength: 9 + Agility: 8.5 + Endurance: 8 = TOTAL: 34.5

5. Dez Bryant

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Speed: 9 + Strength: 9 + Agility: 8.5 + Endurance: 8.5 = TOTAL: 35

4. Floyd Mayweather

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Speed: 9 + Strength: 8 + Agility: 10 + Endurance: 9 = TOTAL: 36

3. Usain Bolt

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Speed: 10 + Strength: 9 + Agility: 8.5 + Endurance: 9 = TOTAL: 36.5

2. Cristiano Ronaldo

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Speed: 10 + Strength: 8.5 + Agility: 10 + Endurance: 10 = TOTAL: 38.5

1. LeBron James

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Speed: 10 + Strength: 10 + Agility: 10 + Endurance: 10 = TOTAL: 40

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