Superstar Athlete Mixtapes: The Early Years

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Superstar Athlete Mixtapes: The Early Years
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Before they were G.O.A.T.s, icons or international sensations, every superstar athlete was just another young talent waiting for a shot at glory.

They were the prodigious up-and-comers of their sports, and luckily for us, some of them had their early magic caught on camera and preserved for posterity’s sake.

The following are mixtapes and film reels of some of the greatest professional athletes the world has ever known. Sure, some of the footage might've been filmed with a toaster, but that’s what happens when you’re dealing with videos that stretch back to the early 1960s.

Hold on to your jock, because we’re about to rip this time machine all around the last half-century.

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