'Sports Illustrated' names former Lufkin football standout to 'Fittest 50' list

'Sports Illustrated' names former Lufkin football standout to 'Fittest 50' list

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - "Sports Illustrated" named Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant to its first-ever "Fittest 50" male athletes list.

"Fitness. For the professional male athlete it is the very foundation of success," the "Sports Illustrated" slideshow stated. "But even among the pros, some athletes stand head and sculpted shoulders above the rest."

According to "Sports Illustrated," the magazine's editors and writers rated the "best of the best across all sports, using a 40-point rating system based on four criteria."

The magazine's editors looked at each athlete's strength, speed, endurance, and agility. Bryant scored a 9 in both the strength and speed categories, and he scored an 8.5 in the agility and endurance categories.

"As the rankings that follow make clear, the fittest of the fit come in all shapes and sizes and from all corners of the world," the slideshow stated.

NBA player Lebron James earned the No. 1 ranking on the "Sports Illustrated" list. Soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo was ranked second on the list, and Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt was named the third fittest athlete. The only other athlete that ranked higher on the list than Bryant was boxer Floyd Mayweather.

Bryant, who was selected to the Pro Bowl at the end of the 2013-2014 season, is about to start his fifth season with the Dallas Cowboys. Last season, he had 93 passes, 1,233 yards, and 13 touchdowns, according to the dallascowboys.com Website.

The Cowboys traded their 27th overall pick along with a third round choice to New England for the 24th overall pick in the first round and a fourth round selection to pick Bryant in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys Website stated. Dallas picked Bryant even though he missed most of his senior season at Oklahoma State.

During his senior season with the Lufkin Panthers, Bryant was named a Parade All American. He caught 53 passes for 1,207 passes and 21 touchdowns that year, according to the dallascowboys.com Website. In addition, ESPN.com ranked him as the 29th best overall high school football player, the Dallas Cowboys Web page stated.

To check out the "Fittest 50" list, click on this link.

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