Athletes Who Are Also Bestselling Authors

Many athletes have captivating stories to tell. Some of them end up sharing their personal journey to sports fame and becoming bestselling authors in the process. 


Sports stars from every background have been able to land on the New York Times bestsellers list. Their books become cherished keepsakes for their fans and help them generate even more publicity. 


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Abby Wambach is an American-born professional Soccer player for the Western New York Flash.  After being named to All-American honors as a high school athlete, Abby chose to take her talents to the Un...

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As a tennis player in the 1990s, Andre Agassi was an American icon Agassi is an eight-time Grand Slam champion, seven time runner-up, and three-time Davis Cup champion. He is one of seven male tennis...

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For years Andre Iguodala has been known as one of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA. Iguodala was a 2012 NBA All-Star and a two-time All-NBA Defensive Team pick. He has split his career between...

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Bethany Hamilton is a professional surfer from the beautiful island of Oahu, Hawaii.  Having grown up on the North Shore she has been a surfer girl her entire life.  With dreams of one day becoming a...

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a former professional racecar driver who won 26 times in the NASCAR Cup Series. Earnhardt Jr. is the son of legendary NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, who is considered one of the b...

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Dara Torres is one of the best Olympic swimmers ever, with five Olympic Games and 12 Olympic medals to her name. But she's more than just an unbelievable athlete. She’s a mom, a best-selling author, a...

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When New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees hoisted his son in his arms and watched the confetti rain down after leading his team to a Super Bowl win in 2009 it was the culmination of everything he...

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Joe Torre has been at the forefront of Major League Baseball’s success for the last five decades. During his playing career Torre was a nine-time All-Star, a Gold Glove Award winning catcher, and was...

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John McEnroe is one of the greatest male singles players in tennis history.  McEnroe was a seven-time Grand Slam champion, winning three times at Wimbledon and four at the U.S. Open.  He had a record ...

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Jose Canseco was born in Havana, Cuba and made it big in the major leagues from 1985 to 2001. Canseco was selected in the 15th round of the 1982 MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics and made his MLB Deb...

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Julian Edelman is considered to be one of the most versatile athletes in the National Football League. In 2009 he was selected in the 7th round of the NFL Draft by the New England Patriots out of Kent...

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Lance Armstrong is a name known worldwide for his accomplishments in cycling and his work for cancer research.  Armstrong was a seven-time winner of the Tour de France, dominating the event from...

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Michael Oher is a former NFL offensive lineman. He is best-known as the subject of the 2006 book, The Blind Side: Evolution of the Game, and the 2009 Academy Award-winning film, The Blind Side. Both t...

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Matt Matheny is currently the head man’s basketball coach at Elon University. Matheny attended North Iredell High School where he was a three-sport standout. He had always dreamed of going to Du...

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With a nickname like Charlie Hustle, it’d be safe to say that Pete Rose got to first base a few times during his 24-year major league career.  In fact, from 1963 to 1986 he reached first base more tim...

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Rafael Nadal, more commonly referred to as “Nada”, is an extremely talented Spanish professional tennis player. Currently ranked number three in the world, he is widely considered the grea...

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Rick Ankiel had one of the most unique progressions in his playing career in Major League Baseball. He played in high school where he had an 11-1 record with a 0.47 earned run average in his senior se...

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Simone Biles has dominated the gymnastics world in recent years.  Biles is a three-time World all-around champion and three-time U.S. all-around champion.  She also won world titles in floor...

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Tim Howard earned the nickname “Secretary of Defense” during the 2014 FIFA World Cup and for good reason. In the United State’s round of 16 match up against Belgium he broke the reco...

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Tim Tebow won two BCS National Championships and the 2007 Heisman Trophy during his days at the University of Florida.  Those are just a few of the many things Tebow did to make him one of the most le...

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It is hard to imagine, but Tom Brady was not selected until the 6th round of the 2000 NFL Draft, but what he’s done since then has made every team that passed up on him regret their decision. Through...

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Tony Dungy has a very long history with the sport of football as he was both a player and a coach for a number of years. He first started playing as a quarterback for the University of Minnesota and w...