José Alberto Pujols Alcántara vs Christopher Emmanuel Paul in this edition of Greatest Athletes Ever.
- Career stats: .334 average (first among active players), 1531 hits, 319 homers (5th fastest player to 300 homers), 977 RBI. Also is first among active players is slugging %.
- Drafted in 1999 by the St. Louis Cardinals with pick 402. 401 people were picked ahead of arguably the best player in the game right now. Crazy.
- Won 2001 NL Rookie of the Year. 7-time all star, 4-time silver slugger, 1-time Gold Glover
- Has won the NL MVP twice (’05 and ’08), Sporting News Player of the Year twice (’03 and ’08), and the NL Players Choice Award as NL’s outstanding player
- Led the 83-78 Cardinals to a World Series win 2006. They beat the Tigers in 5 games. He was also named the NLCS MVP in 2004 when he hit .500 with 4 homers and 9 RBI.
- The nickname CP3 actually has nothing to do with his jersey number. It was family tradition. The fact that he wore #3 was a coincidence.
- He was drafted 4th overall out of Wake Forest in 205. He won the ’06 rookie of the year and made the all-rookie first team that year.
- 2008 was really his breakout year. He averaged over 21 points and 11 helpers. he made the All-Star team, All-NBA Team, and All-Defensive Team that year.
- Has had a lot of international success as well. Won bronze with Team USA at the 2006 FIBA Championship. He set a team USA world championship total assist record with 44. He won gold in Beijing as a member of the redeem team.
- Set the NBA record recording a steal in 108 consecutive games. Has been mentioned in songs by Lil Wayne, The Game, and Ludacris.
Pujols, a proud member of the Yo Momma Penguins, wins this matchup. He is my favorite player, and in my opinion the best all around player in the game today. Heres the updated bracket: