Cleveland is home to not only great sports teams but great athletes all over the place, and these are the top 40 athletes who call Cleveland home.
The Cleveland sports scene is home to the Browns, the Monsters, the Indians, and the Cavaliers. All four teams, however, have lost many great legends over the last few years. Names like LeBron James, Joe Thomas, Jason Kipnis, Corey Kluber, Michael Brantley and even up and coming names like Joe Schobert and Christian Kirksey have all come and gone for numerous reasons. It almost makes one feel like all the greats are gone, or leaving. Especially in the case of Francisco Lindor.
Yet, that’s not the case. There are plenty of athletes still calling Cleveland home today and while some of them might not be legends yet, the city has always had stars to call their own in some form or another. With rising NFL stars like Baker Mayfield and Nick Chubb, to the Indians evolving corp of starting pitchers and the Cavaliers young corp; there are so many names to keep an eye on as the years’ progress.
We’d also be remiss in not mentioning the combat sports athletes of the day as well.
Just for clarity, there might be names you think should be on this list that I don’t agree with. There might also be some names that I completely forgot about. That isn’t the case for many but say if there’s a boxer or another fighter I’m not aware of that should be on here, yeah, that’s probably fair to say I forgot them. A different football player though? No.
This list is only looking at current athletes who are active on or playing for a Cleveland team as of the spring of 2020. That or someone who still has strong ties to Cleveland, but don’t play a team sport. So with that, let’s acknowledge several athletes that just missed the cut.
The Browns’ current starting offensive guard Wyatt Teller, defensive end Oliver Vernon and second string running back Kareem Hunt, and the Cleveland Monsters 2019-2020 two top goal scorers Stefan Matteau and Trey Fix-Wolansky. As well as WWE’s Nick Nemeth, aka Dolph Ziggler, and MMA’s Jessica Eye and Tywan Claxton.