It's a word we use in every day life.
However, contrary to popular belief, it's certainly not something we see in everyday life.
Seeing anybody dominate anything in this world is rare enough, let alone the sports world.
Dominant athletes come around once a generation.
There is a difference between a great athlete and a dominate one.
For example, arguably the greatest quarterback in NFL history, Joe Montana would most certainly make a list of the 30 greatest athletes of all time, however, he doesn't make the cut on this list of the 30 most dominant athletes.
Why you ask?
Although he did win four rings in his career, he never dominated the game quite like his running mate, Jerry Rice who led the league in receiving six times over a ten year period.
Some of the athletes on this list may surprise you, as will some of the ones omitted, but I feel I made the best choices.
I can guarantee you that for a good amount of time, each athlete on this list was the most feared person in their respective game, and put up numbers that were hard to fathom.
That's what I like to call each athlete's "period of domination."
And while some of the athletes on this list's weren't long enough to span a career, there numbers during that run were absolutely insane.
I tried to represent as many sports as I possibly could here. Hockey, baseball, basketball, football, soccer, tennis, horse racing, cricket, track, cycling, squash, boxing, and Greco-Roman wrestling are among the sports represented.
Without further ado, I give you the 30 most dominant athletes of all time. Enjoy!