For nation's top athletes, excelling in one sport is not enough

Updated: April 23, 2009, 5:14 PM ET
By Mark Tennis | ESPNRISE.com

There's something special about the grid-hoop athlete, since few sports demand more complete athleticism from their participants than football and basketball.

Those who can excel on the both the gridiron and the hardwood must possess strength, speed, agility, leaping ability and hand-eye coordination. They also must demonstrate a combination of physical power, soft hands and a love of competition.

Those who fit that model include NFL tight end Tony Gonzalez and NFL defensive ...

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