Best ever multi-sport stars after ex-rugby pro Gerwyn Price becomes darts No 1

Gerwyn Price, a former rugby union and rugby league professional, cemented his place in sporting history by winning the 2021 PDC World Darts Championships at Alexandra Palace on Sunday.

The Welshman, who retired from rugby in 2014, immediately turned to darts full-time.

The 35-year-old joins a famous list of multi-sport professionals that includes the likes of Michael Jordan and Ian Botham, as well as world champion boxer Katie Taylor.

Daily Star Sport have now taken a look at seven of the most memorable multi-sport stars.

Gerwyn Price

Leading the list is Price after he beat Gary Anderson in style at the weekend.

The former rugby union and rugby league pro had been open about his desire to overtake Michael van Gerwen in the rankings earlier in the tournament, and he is now the man to beat in 2021.

Having played as a hooker for Welsh Premier Division outfits Neath and Cross Keys, he played for South Wales Scorpions in rugby league as well as a short spell as cover with Pro12 side Glasgow Warriors.

He said on Sunday: “It’s probably harder to get to world number one than to win this. World number one is something you have to do for two years so I think I deserved it.”

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan is no doubt best known for his time in NBA with the Chicago Bulls, but he also spent time in Minor League Baseball with the Birmingham Barons and Scottsdale Scorpions between 1994 and 1995.

Jordan is a six-time NBA champion and five-time MVP, but he proved to be a reasonable baseball player batting .202 with three home runs.

Following that stint, Jordan returned to his former sport and won three more championships. He said in his autobiography: “I was having fun down there playing baseball.

“And it was an opportunity to prove something. I was getting better all the time. All I needed to get that urge back was to hang around the basketball court for a while.”

Curtis Woodhouse

Curtis Woodhouse is another who has succeeded across two different sports, going from professional footballer into professional boxing and more recently management.

The 40-year-old played for Sheffield United, Birmingham City and Hull City among others during a 15-year career, and also featured for England U21s.

Woodhouse then won 24 of his 31 fights across four different weights, and became the British light-welterweight champion in 2014 with a win over Darren Hamilton.

Having managed both Bridlington Town and Tadcaster Albion in recent seasons, he is now in charge of Gainsborough Trinity.

Bo Jackson

Bo Jackson is a former professional baseball and American football player.

The American showed his elite skill level by reaching the top in both professions, winning the Heisman Trophy as a youngster in 1985 before playing for the Los Angeles Raiders in the NFL.

Following that stint Bo featured for each of the Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox, and California Angels in MLB, and was named as an All-Star in 1989.

Rebecca Romero

Rebecca Romero swapped rowing for cycling after winning a silver medal for Great Britain at the 2004 Olympics as well as gold at the 2005 World Championships in Quadruple sculls.

The switch turned out to be a very successful one, with Romero going on to win two World Championship golds in both Individual pursuit and Team pursuit before Olympic glory.

After winning gold in Beijing 2008 for Individual pursuit, she was awarded an MBE by the Queen.

Katie Taylor

Katie Taylor is best known as the current undisputed lightweight boxing champion, but she also reached the highest level possible while competing as a footballer.

The 34-year-old, who won Olympic goal with Ireland at London 2012, made 11 appearances for the Republic of Ireland international football team between 2006 and 2009, scoring twice.

She said of her boxing career back in November: “It is about legacy, and I just want to make history in this sport.”

Ian Botham

Former England cricket captain Ian Botham was also an accomplished footballer.

As well as being considered as one of the greatest all-rounders in cricket history, he lined up in defence for both Yeovil Town and Scunthorpe United between 1978 and 1985.

More recently Botham was appointed club president of Scunthorpe, with chairman Peter Swann saying:

“He has a great affinity with the Iron and will be a fantastic ambassador for Scunthorpe United.”

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