Every once in a while, there are a few athletes who come along that aren't just your average cup of tea. They become bigger than their sport.
Whether they came in with all the hype that LeBron James did from his high school days, or just out of nowhere like Tom Brady, they're true icons in the biggest form of the word.
Like every year, we continue to see big-name stars call it quits, leaving us looking for those who can step up and take some of these stars' places.
But since there are only a few that become bona fide A-listers that even non-sports fans have heard of, we're giving you the ones that most transcended their sports.