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Soccer superstar David Beckham is one of the biggest celebrities in the world. Born in Great Britain, David was playing for England's top soccer team by the age of twenty. David moved to the United States in 2007 and joined the Los Angeles Galaxy. In 2011, David led the Galaxy to victory in the Major League Soccer (MLS) championship. Learn more about the life of one of sports' biggest stars.
2) Eli Manning
When Eli Manning joined the NFL after being chosen with the first pick in the 2004 draft, many people compared him to his older brother Peyton. After Eli led his New York Giants to victory in the 2007-2008 Super Bowl, people stopped wondering if he was as good as his brother. When Eli was named Super Bowl MVP and the Giants won the big game again in 2011-2012, people began comparing him to football's all-time great quarterbacks.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been auto-racing royalty since he was born. Dale Jr. won NASCAR's biggest race, the Daytona 500, in 2004. Then he did it again in 2014. Find out more about this racing hero.
4) LA Galaxy
The LA Galaxy are Major League Soccer's (MLS) most successful team with five MLS Cup victories. Learn about the team's origins, their championship success, and the famous players who make the Galaxy winners in this thrilling title! Discover more through photos and engaging storylines with famous and beloved athletes.
5) Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods is not just the best golfer in the world. He is also one of the biggest celebrities on the planet. But Tiger has not let success go to his head. He is still one of the hardest-working golfers on the PGA tour. Follow Tigers career from when he first picked up a golf club at nine months old to his most recent major golf championship.
A great way to learn about hockey is through statistics, and this book is full of them! From hat tricks and shutouts to penalty minutes and Stanley Cup Championships, explore some of the most amazing and interesting stats in hockey history. Graphs, charts, and fun facts on every page highlight the most incredible stats for both teams and individuals. Learn why the numbers are important and how players, fans, and coaches use stats in every game.
7) Brett Favre
When NFL quarterback Brett Favre joined the Green Bay Packers in 1992, no one knew the impact he would have on the game. In 1997 Favre lead the Packers to victory in Super Bowl XXXI, and he racked up impressive statistics on the field. By 2007 Favre had set records for most touchdown passes, most victories, and most yards passing in a career for a quarterback in the NFL. But Favre still wasn't finished. In 2010 he led the Minnesota Vikings to the...
8) Drew Brees
When quarterback Drew Brees left Purdue University to pursue a career in the National Football League (NFL) in 2001, many people thought he was too short. At six feet tall, they wondered if he would be able to see over the heads of the other players on the field. Brees quickly proved the doubters wrong. Named to numerous Pro Bowls as one of the NFL's best players, Brees was named Offensive Player of the Year for the 2007-2008 season. In 2009-2010...
Running back Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings didn't waste any time proving that he belonged in the National Football League (NFL). During his first season in 2007, Adrian set the all-time NFL record for most rushing yards in a game with 296. He went on to be named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, and he hasn't slowed down since. In 2010 Adrian led the Vikings to the National Football Conference championship game. Follow this amazing runner...
10) Tony Romo
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has one of the most high-profile jobs in sports. As the starting quarterback for "America's team" since 2006, Tony has amassed impressive stats and wowed fans. But it wasn't always this way. Tony spent three years as the backup quarterback and had to fight to earn the starting job. Find out more about the player who rose from the Cowboys' bench to become a three-time Pro Bowl selection.
11) Dwight Howard
As the first player taken in the 2004 National Basketball Association (NBA) draft, Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard created high expectations. He has more than lived up to the hype. Dwight led his team to the NBA Finals in 2008-2009 and was named Defensive Player of the Year. In 2009-2010 Dwight was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star Team for the third time. He also became the first player ever to receive more than three million All-Star votes...
12) Michael Vick
Michael Vick quickly established himself as one of the National Football League's most exciting quarterbacks after the Atlanta Falcons drafted him first overall in 2001. His powerful arm and blazing speed set him apart. But at the peak of his career in 2007, Michael wound up in prison. After serving a two-year sentence, he returned to the NFL, determined to show he had learned from his mistakes. In 2010, the Philadelphia Eagles' star quarterback proved...
13) Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant faced high expectations after he was selected with the second pick in the 2007 NBA draft. The Oklahoma City Thunder forward has gone beyond those expectations. Kevin was named the 2007-2008 NBA Rookie of the Year, and he's only gotten better from there. In 2010 Kevin was named the Most Valuable Player at the FIBA World Championship in Istanbul, Turkey, where the United States won the gold medal. During his short time in pro basketball,...
14) Mark Sanchez
New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is one of the hottest young players in pro football. Chosen with the fifth pick in the 2009 NFL draft, Mark has only played two seasons in the league. But he has enjoyed amazing success in such a short time. Mark led his Jets to the conference championship game in both 2009 and 2010. With Mark leading the way, it seems like only a matter of time before the Jets reach the Super Bowl. Learn more about this talented...
15) Ryan Howard
Pitchers feel nervous when Philadelphia Phillies slugger Ryan Howard steps to the plate. When he hits a baseball, it often flies over the outfield fence. Ryan proved that he was one of the game's best players when he led his team to victory in the 2008 World Series. In 2011, he helped the Phillies to the best record in Major League Baseball. Find out more about Ryan's amazing journey.
16) Maya Moore
Maya Moore was a basketball star long before she joined the Minnesota Lynx. During her high school career, Maya helped her team win 125 games to only 3 losses. At the University of Connecticut (UConn), Maya led the Huskies to four amazing seasons and two national championships. Not surprisingly, she was the first pick in the 2011 Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) draft. In the WNBA, Maya has helped the Lynx become one of the league's...
17) Prince Fielder
Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder was born to hit home runs. He spent his childhood at the ballpark with his dad, former Major League Baseball star Cecil Fielder. Like his father before him, Prince is one of the most-feared sluggers. In the 2007 season Prince hit 50 home runs, becoming the youngest player to ever reach that mark. In 2012, he became the second player to win the All-Star Home Run Derby twice. But Prince is more than just a...
18) Tim Lincecum
At 5'11" and 165 pounds, San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum is much smaller than the usual Major League Baseball player. Growing up in Renton, Washington, Tim was told he was too small to be a star athlete. He proved people wrong by winning the National League Cy Young Award in 2008 as the league's best pitcher. Then he won the award again in 2009. Tim secured his place as one of baseball's greatest pitchers by helping the Giants win the World...
With sacks, punts, touchdowns, and tackles, this fun step-by-step guide to football is packed with action photos, easy instructions, and basic rules. Discover the moves and techniques you need to play football along with the history of the sport. So, get out of the locker room and onto the field to see just how fun football can be!
20) Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt has been the fastest runner in the world since the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Back then, the Jamaican sprinter won gold medals and set world records in three running events. In 2012, Usain set out to prove that he is still the world's fastest person during the Olympic Games in London, England. Once again, Usain took home three gold medals and set another world record. Learn more about Usain's journey from his childhood in western...