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Castor and Pollux (The Dioscuri) - Captains of the Football Team (Jocks)

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Captains of the Football Team (Jocks)

The guys in this group are total stars. It isn't an easy team to get on, either. To even be considered, you have to go on at least one epic quest, kill tons of enemies in a war, or slay a monster or two. (What? Is that all?) Castor and Pollux totally made the team when they kicked butt with Jason and the Argonauts, helped hunt the Calydonian Boar, and rescued their sister Helen from the lecherous clutches of Theseus.

Romulus and Remus

These dudes were twins just like Castor and Pollux. They were also the sons of Ares, god of war, and were suckled in the wild by a she-wolf when they were babies, so they were pretty tough to say the least. Their most famous feat was founding the city of Rome. Well, they started to found it together, but Romulus killed Remus in the process. What happened to brotherly love?


There's no doubt Jason had a spot on this team. He is the leader of the Argonauts and came home from Colchis with the gold—the Golden Fleece, that is. Unfortunately, he also came home with a witchy wife named Medea, who he decided to dump. Hint: this did not end well.


Agamemnon was kind of like a quarterback mixed with a head coach for the Greek army during the Trojan War. He was the dude who made up the strategies and drafted the players, but he also didn't mind getting into the battle, calling the plays, and doing a little damage with his own two hands.


Agamemnon's brother, Menelaus, may not be the jockiest jock of all the Greeks, but he definitely got in the game. During the Trojan War, he took out enough Trojans to earn his place in the hall of fame. If only his wife Helen were more into jocks than pretty boys like Paris, a whole lot of lives would've been saved.


If the Greek army had played football in their off time during the Trojan War, Achilles would have been first-pick for everybody's team. He is the buffest, hottest, most skilled dude around. Hate him or love him, you can't deny that Achilles is a super jock.


Hector was the number one player for Troy during the Trojan War, and he was definitely a sight to behold on the battlefield. Tons of Greeks fell to him, and his skills got him a draw in a one on one battle with the massive Ajax. Even though he had the home field advantage, Troy's top player was eventually taken down by the mighty Achilles.


If Ajax were still stomping around the earth today, you'd better believe every NFL team would be trying to recruit him. He is massive, strong, and not to be trifled with. Ajax might have been the second best warrior of the Greeks at Troy, but we're pretty sure he could wreak major havoc on a modern day football field.


Aeneas is not to be messed with on the battlefield, and we're guessing he could totally regulate on the football field, too. Sure, he's not totally popular with some of the big Greek jocks like Heracles and Achilles—they're still holding a grudge because he's Trojan and his descendants, Romulus and Remus, founded Rome. But to all the Trojan and Roman fans out there, Aeneas is the jock of jocks.


Heracles is probably the only Greek hero who could step to Achilles. It's a good thing they weren't from the same generation; we have a feeling they totally would've had it out to see who was the manliest. Heracles is massively strong, and his list of amazing feats is pretty much endless. Heracles did so much awesome stuff while he was alive that he became a god after he died.


God of thunder and the son of Odin, Thor is a top dog to the ancient Norse people. Like Heracles, this guy is freakishly strong. The cults of these two jocks actually got totally mixed up over the years, and Heracles' club pendants became kind of interchangeable with the hammer pendants of Thor. Hmmm, maybe their marketing teams should've worked a little harder on brand recognition.


Gilgamesh is the awesome Sumerian/Babylonian king of Uruk. He is the star of The Epic of Gilgamesh, a poem about his adventures and his quest for immortality and eternal life. Just like Jason, Heracles, and Thor, Gilgamesh gets into lots of trouble and defeats some pretty gross monsters.

King Arthur

King Arthur is a noble warrior and star of some very famous legends. Does the phrase "the knights of the round table" or the name Guinevere ring any bells? Well, King Arthur is basically the first knight in shining armor, and Guinevere is his ladylove who betrays him by falling in love with Sir Lancelot.


Cuchullain is a rad hero from Celtic legends. He has a trusty, deadly spear that slaughters anything that comes in its path. Legend has it that Cuchullain was offered immortality, but he turned it down (how noble!). In battle, he is often described as being monster-like because he gets so stinkin' worked up.


That's right, you heard us. Superman also belongs in this clique of jocks. He's a very important American legend who has plenty of adventures and soars above any obstacles that come his way.

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