Athletes are already pretty rare in their own right. Although the percentage of people that play sports may be relatively high early in life, the number dwindles each year as competition for a limited number of spots increases.
Estimates put the number of kids that play sports at some point in the neighborhood of 75 percent. A pretty big drop off when you consider that less than 1 percent of the overall population plays professional sports. In fact, the number is well under 1 percent.
According to NCAA and NAIA statistics, just 1 in 250 college athletes go on to play professionally. That represents 0.4 percent of college athletes. If less than one half of one percent of college athletes go on to play professional sports, it would be far lower among the total population.
That being said, as rare as professional athletes actually are, some possess physical traits that make them even rarer. Here are a few athletes that standout among a tiny fragment of the population that already stands out.