I asked, "what is the most unbelievable sports stat you have ever heard" last week.

Almost 2,000 people responded, providing some absolutely MIND-BLOWING answers.

Here are 10 of my favorites.

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1) First up, "The Great One" — Wayne Gretzky.

Even if you took away all of Wayne Gretzky's ~900 career goals, he would still be the NHL's all-time points leader based on assists alone.

Even crazier?

He also has the most goals in NHL history.

(h/t @ryanwhitney6)
2) The NFL record for career completion % is 67.8%.

Tom Brady has made the conference championship 73.7% of the seasons he’s been the starter.

Statistically, it’s more likely Brady makes the conf. Championship than any QB completes any given pass.

(h/t @RealAlexBarth)
3) Ray Allen signed a $70M contract with the Milwaukee Bucks in 1999.

The interesting part?

Rather than using an agent, he paid Johnnie Cochran $500/hour to review the deal — saving himself millions.

"I don’t need somebody skimming millions off the top.″

(h/t @teuf4)
4) After turning 40, Jerry Rice had 185 catches, 2,509 receiving yards, and 12 TDs.

All other players in NFL history after turning 40 have combined for 2 catches and 4 receiving yards (catches by Tom Brady & Brett Favre).

That's mind-blowing.

(h/t @FieldYates)
5) Serena Williams has defeated 22 of 27 number 1 ranked women in tennis.

The 5 she hasn't beaten?

Four of them retired before she turned pro...and the 5th is Serena Williams.

That's legendary.

(h/t @The_JarredIvory)
6) Mariano Rivera was a 13x All-Star and 5x World Series Champion as a member of the NY Yankees

But one stat stands above all the rest...

More people have walked on the moon (12) than men who have scored against Mariano Rivera in the postseason (11).


(h/t @OriginalYoni)
7) As one of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history, Larry Fitzgerald is a shoo-in for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

His most impressive stat?

Fitzgerald has more career tackles (41) than he does drops (32).

That's absolutely WILD.

(h/t @mikejurecki)
8) Tony Gwynn was one of the best hitters of all time, but he was also one of the most difficult to strikeout.

Gwynn never struck out more than 40 times in a single season and ended his career with more doubles (543) than strikeouts (434).

RIP to a legend 🙏

(h/t @SahilBloom)
9) Satchel Paige went 6-1 with a 2.48 ERA and 2 shutouts in 1948.

The interesting part?

He was a 42-year-old "rookie" when the MLB finally allowed African Americans to play.

Makes you wonder what he would've done at 25...

(h/t @TonyDungy)
10) Josh Gordon had 1,646 receiving yards for the Cleveland Browns in 2013.

- In 14 games
- With Brandon Weeden, Jason Campbell, and Brian Hoyer playing QB

Even crazier?

He told GQ that he drank or smoke before every game that season.

(h/t @browns_irish)
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