There are so many amazing Jewish athletes out there. Whether you are watching the Olympics, baseball, football, basketball, or others, there is a good chance that you are watching a great Jewish athlete or sports professional without even realizing it. There are even some Chicago based Jews that have done incredible things in our own backyard. I wanted to highlight some of my personal favorite Jewish athletes below.
- Theo Epstein: President of the Chicago Cubs who ended the two longest World Series droughts in Major League Baseball History! First, he led the Boston Red Sox to their first World Series Championship in 86 years and most recently he helped the Cubs win their first World Series in 108 years.
- Jerry Reinsdorf: Owner of the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Bulls. Jerry Reinsdorf helped the White Sox win the World Series in 2005. He also helped the Bulls win six NBA Championships and has been enshrined in the Basketball hall of Fame.
- Adam Podlesh: A past member of the Chicago Bears who, as a punter, holds the Bears record for the largest net average of yards per punt.
- Jason Brown: A Highland Park native figure skater who has won a Bronze Olympic Medal, a Bronze 2017 US Championship Medal, was the 2015 US National Champion, is currently ranked 7th in the world, and he is only 23 years old!
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