20 Average Athletes Who Became Heroes

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20 Average Athletes Who Became Heroes
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There are the LeBron Jameses of the world. And then there are the rest. 

Yet how did some of The Rest become almost as famous, and almost as beloved, as LeBron James when they had so much less to work with? 

There are no answers. Sometimes it just happens. 

Sometimes that's the way the cards fall. A team needs a hero, and the most unlikely oaf steps up to the plate and jacks the series-winning homer. Or the smallest, most unathletic guard launches the game-winning three-pointer.

Yesterday, they were nobodies. Some of them were even jokes. Today, they are superstars. 

Here are some of the most average athletes who have ever become heroes. And let their journeys be a lesson to all of us: There's still hope. 

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