Jordan Burroughs has earned yet another distinction to add to his already impressive list of achievements as the only current wrestler -- male or female -- to earn a place on Sports Illustrated's Fittest 50 for 2020 revealed this past week.
Burroughs shared the good news on his social media Saturday:
Here's what SI said about Jordan:
"Two-time Olympic wrestling champion Jordan Burroughs has moved on from his disappointing finish in Rio 2016, but he hasn't forgotten. The 31-year-old American is motivated by his last Olympic experience as he prepares for Tokyo 2020, using meditation to train his mind and a variety of weightlifting exercises, yoga, plyometrics and more to sculpt his strapping 5'7" physique. As Burroughs chases more gold medals, he is also considering an MMA career post-wrestling, a nod to his all-around conditioning and explosiveness."
On SI's fittest men's list, Burroughs is bracketed by LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers (ranked No. 9) and UFC fighter Jon Jones at No. 7. (Jones wrestled in high school and college, winning a New York state title, and a National Junior College mat championship as a wrestler at Iowa Central Community College.)
Who's SI's fittest male athlete? Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks. Gymnast Simone Biles was named fittest female athlete of 2020 by Sports Illustrated.
Jordan Burroughs has earned highest honors in a number of international men's freestyle wrestling events, including an Olympic gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics, four World championships, six gold medals at World Cup events, and a trio of gold medals at the Pan American Games.
Prior to competing on the world stage, Burroughs made a name for himself in folkstyle, having won a New Jersey high school state title before heading west to compete at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he was a three-time Big 12 champ, a three-time NCAA All-American, and twice an NCAA titlewinner, first at 157 pounds in 2009, then at 165 in 2011. That year, Burroughs was presented with the Hodge Trophy as the top collegiate wrestler in the U.S., as well as being named InterMat Wrestler of the Year in 2011.