Five Multi-Talented NFL Stars


The National Football League (NFL) is home to some of the world’s best and most talented athletes, which has been the case for some time. It is, therefore, understandable that the league is a hotbed for talent that goes beyond the playing field, creating multi-talented stars who can show what they can do on a much larger stage.

This article will look at five NFL stars who achieved big things away from the football field, winning sports trophies in multiple disciples, ranging from transatlantic champions to Olympians and much more!

Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders is a former NFL player known to teammates and fans alike as Prime Time, one of his generation’s most exciting and electrifying players. The fact that he won two Super Bowl championships is a testament to this ability, also being included in the Pro Bowl a whopping eight times. We’re sure we don’t need to remind you that Sanders was the real deal and was one of the best to do it, having insane levels of speed while wowing fans with his flair. 

What sets this cult hero apart is that he was also a champion in another sport, splitting his time between the NFL and Major League Baseball (MLB). From 1991 to 1993, Sanders played in the NFL for the Atlanta Falcons while also playing in the MLB for the Atlanta Braves, ideally located in the same area, making him a real star in the city. Because he was a multi-sport athlete, being a pro at both sports, he won both Super Bowl and the World Series during his career.

Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson is a current NFL player for Denver Broncos, having famously played for the Seattle Seahawks from 2012 until he left for Denver in 2021. Ever since he first made his debut, he has been a standout player, being a nine-time Pro Bowl inclusion, even winning the Super Bowl way back in 2014, when he was still a rookie player still rising in the ranks of professional football.

While he may not be a multi-sport trophy winner in the same way as some of our other inclusions, Russell Wilson is clearly a standout guy off the pitch, and it’s only fitting that we recognize this. In 2020, Wilson was awarded the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award for his various community and philanthropic efforts, raising money for charity and going out of his way to improve the lives of others. Wilson seems like one of the good guys in a sport filled with ego and money. 

Herschel Walker

While younger readers may know Herschel Walker primarily because of his divisive politics, an uninspiring career as a Republican politician, and a recently volatile reputation, he was one of his generation’s best NFL players. During a 14-year football career, Walker picked up numerous accolades and was a big player on the pitch and in the locker room, though his talent goes well beyond football. 

Towards the end of his football career, in 1992, Walker competed in the Winter Olympics in France. As a member of the United States bobsleigh team, he was tasked with bringing home the gold, though the best he could manage was a seventh-place finish, underwhelming alongside two-time teammate Brian Shimer. While this was way below expectations, he showed that he was an all-star athlete and could do much more than just play football, competing at the highest level. 

Joe Namath

Joe Namath was an NFL star in the 1960s and 70s, excelling on the field for the New York Jets, ending his career with a solitary season for the LA Rams in 1977. A winner of just the third-ever Super Bowl, Namath was one of the sport’s early stars, and while he may not be a household name today, he was a well-known player during his era and was seen by many as being a top player. 

Beyond the football field, Namath also had a knack when it came to acting and was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1971 for his work in the 1970 comedy-drama Norwood. While he was by no means a standout actor, he did have much more to him than just his football-playing ability and will be fondly remembered by many of those who wish to try their luck and go for glory.  

Reggie White

Selected for 13 Pro Bowls and winning a Super Bowl championship in 1996, Reggie White is one of the best defensive players to ever feature in the NFL. He was an insanely talented player and was seen by many as a generational talent, having raw strength in abundance while also being able to read the game, which is an underrated skill that few have.

Away from the NFL, White won gold in the World League of American Football (WLAF), featuring for the Sacramento Surge. If you’re unaware, the WLAF was an ill-fated and short-lived NFL venture that ceased operations in 2007, never quite connecting with the European audience. Despite this, it shows he could take his talent elsewhere and still come out on top. 

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