Forbes recently released their ‘30 Under 30’ 2017 sports list and some of our favorite athletes made the cut—including Odell Beckham Jr. and Kyrie Irving. On and off the field, these sportsmen have worked hard to achieve success at young ages.
Making it on list is a huge accomplishment that many people aspire to be a part of. The honor acknowledges you as a leader in the game, a role model to young people, and a player that has money to blow.
At only 24, New York Giants Wide Receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been named AP Offensive Rookie of the Year and hurdled over NFL receiving records. Plus he’s collected endorsements from big brands like Nike, Foot Locker and Lenovo. And let’s not forget about being on the cover of EA’s Madden ’16.
Cleveland Cavaliers Point Guard Irving, 24, has gained Olympic gold medal status, has been named 2012 Rookie of the Year, and has earned the title of NBA Champion. Like Beckham Jr., he also has a shoe deal with Nike. In addition to that, Irving has his own line of Skullcandy headphones thanks to his partnership with them.
Forbes uses specialists to do thorough research on the nominees and use distinguished figures in the sports community, like James Harden and Nike Chairman Emeritus Phil Knight, to vote on finalist. The process is so rigorous that it’s easier to get into ivy league schools like Harvard and Stanford, than it is to make the 30 Under 30.
Other athletes that made the list include New England Patriots Tight End Martellus Bennetts, gold medal Gymnasts Simone Biles, and Golden State Warriors Forward Draymond Green.
Congrats to these all-stars.