Best Abs in Sports

Clay DefayetteCorrespondent IIINovember 19, 2011

Best Abs in Sports

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    It seems like every professional athlete should have a great stomach, but such is not the case. These 15 take core strength to another level.

    Too much attention is focused on the guns for men and the legs for women. Let's see what these athletes have inside.

    Jerseys can only serve as a detriment to the following listed.

David Beckham

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    This one is for the ladies.

    Soccer players love losing the shirt quickly. It's odd because the sport doesn't have physical specimens, but that doesn't stop a good celebration.

    David Beckham's stomach is the only part of his upper half that isn't inked out.

Lolo Jones

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    Lolo Jones has that lean track body, something every girl in the world should strive for.

    In case you didn't know, Lolo does run track. I'm saying this because I didn't know.

    She specializes in the 60- and 100-meter hurdles. You'd need a strong midsection driving your leg up over I-don't-know how many of the trip magnets.

Susanna Kallur

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    It's something about the hurdlers.

    I'm not saying Kallur looks better than Lolo Jones or anywhere close, but she has better abs. Whatever that means to every male, I'm not quite sure.

Adrian Peterson

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    Try and find a running back in the NFL with a similar set of abs. You won't. The position is for guys who should be built too big to have a lean core like Adrian Peterson's.

    Now we know why body shots don't bring the Vikings' running back down easily.

Dwight Howard

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    Dwight Howard knocks people over accidentally in the grocery store because of his massive shoulders, but his abs are jacked too.

    You won't see them in an NBA game because of the lockout for one and the fact that the only time jerseys are usually taken off is during fights.

    Even if Howard takes his jersey off after a game, he's got that weird Under Armour type Adidas material on underneath.

    I don't lose but you females do.

Blake Griffin

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    The Clippers' forward is on the second best basketball team in his own city, maybe the third if you think USC could beat the team. However, Blake Griffin is second to none when it comes to being a beast.

    Check his girlfriend out. He's accomplishing enough off the court even if it hasn't fully materialized on it.

Heather Mitts

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    The last time I even watched soccer was the Women's World Cup so I'm not going to pretend I know the sport.

    What I do know is Heather Mitts looks good and it starts at the midsection and goes on up and down.

    I could've used a more appropriate phrase than "up and down," but it gets my point across.

Rob Gronkowski

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    Yes, it was disappointing for everyone when it was said, "Rob Gronkowski has a picture with a porn star shirtless!"

    After letting the letdown simmer, it's still impressive to get the picture with Bibi Jones. I would put her Twitter URL here but her content is questionable (not that I'd know).

    The man is 260 pounds with a six pack. There are plenty of men that size and bigger with six packs but not the same kind.

Vernon Davis

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    Many tight ends seem like heavier, more out-of-shape receivers. Tell that to Vernon Davis, the San Francisco 49ers' best offensive weapon.

    Davis is a freak of nature, getting 33 reps on the bench press at the combine and running a 4.38 40-yard dash in addition to a 42-inch vertical.

Alex Morgan

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    Can you believe the Internet doesn't contain an Alex Morgan stomach exposed photo? Neither can I.

    We can only imagine what Ms. Morgan has under her jersey but imagination is only good for kids.

    She's making the list and there will be no opposition.

Alex Rodriguez

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    A-Rod makes the list because he's going to be talked about regardless.

    It's sad that he's built bigger in the top half than Cameron Diaz. Such is the case of a former steroid user.

Danica Patrick

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    Danica Patrick is overrated in her looks, and in her ability to drive a car amongst the very best.

    With that said, she's pretty toned for someone whose job involves a lot of sitting.

Hope Solo

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    It's too bad goalies don't rip their shirts off Mia Hamm style. After seeing the picture above it's pretty obvious why.

    Hope Solo has the best body on the U.S. Women's Soccer Team and, oddly enough, she's the goalie.

    Before I get started on her eyes, let's just leave the focus on the midsection.

Allison Stokke

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    Allison Stokke is a pole vaulter at Cal. She's on the left in the picture above.

    That is all that needs to be said.

Carl Edwards

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    Carl Edwards is not only a better NASCAR driver than Danica Patrick but he has better abs.

    The man is known to do back flips off his car after winning races, and his cardiovascular endurance is proven to be that of a marathoner.

    He's going into Sunday's final race for the chase in the lead. Don't bet against him.

Rachelle Leah

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    Rachelle Leah is thankfully back to being an Octagon girl after taking a short break. If there's any sport where a good stomach is needed. it's one where the body part is always exposed.

    Men are supposed to look at Leah, and she does a great job staying fit.

Chandella Powell

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    Chandella Powell is in the same profession as Rachelle Leah despite not branching out quite as well in other fields. 

    So who's better of the two Octagon girls? I'll go with Rachelle Leah knowing there's no wrong answer.

    You can't spell Cinderella without the first "c" and ending "ella." 

Cristiano Ronaldo

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    Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best in the world's most popular sport and I've never seen him play. It's not soccer's fault but only my own ignorance.

    I'm willing to bet that Ronaldo hasn't gone as unnoticed to women. 

Michael Phelps

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    Michael Phelps has that lean swimmer's body that women want and the average man wants to emulate.

    Phelps sees 12,000 calories a day during his brutal training period. Don't try to consume that much if you want to look like the U.S. swimming star.

Floyd Mayweather

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    Skip Bayless says it best when describing "Money" as "May or May Not Weather."

    Maybe Floyd can, could, would beat Manny Pacquiao but dodging him doesn't help the perception. 

    Mayweather's abs still aren't strong enough to sustain a brutal body punch from the Pac-Man.