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The 25 Most Inspirational Athletes in Sports History

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Los Angeles' Lakers legend Magic Johnson attends Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Orlando Magic and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on June 4, 2009. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Los Angeles' Lakers legend Magic Johnson attends Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Orlando Magic and the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on June 4, 2009. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

To inspire means to fill someone with the urge or ability to do or feel something.

Throughout the course of sports history, there have been many professional athletes who have inspired the masses.

Magic Johnson, Lou Gehrig and Tiger Woods are just a few of the athletes who have inspired others in their respective sports.

Here are the 25 most inspiring athletes in sports history.

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