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Old 02-13-2013, 11:47 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:16 AM   #27 (permalink)
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I thought we took you out of the running, since you're a steroid taking piece of you-know-what.

That interview with Oprah, man, you just...you really embarrassed yourself. Shame on you.
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:55 AM   #28 (permalink)
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A lot of good answers so far.
Here's one that has been left out:
Olympic- Jesse Owens
Winning four Gold Medals in Berlin in 1936.
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Football: Joe Montana
Basketball: Michael Jordan
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Kinda surprised nobody has mentioned this with the way the question was worded, but.......

While Jordan is the best basketball player of all time, Lebron is hands down, by far and away, not even remotely a question, the greatest ATHELETE to play basketball, which really was the OP's question with how it was worded.

His combination of size, strength, speed, agility, power, quickness, etc has never been seen before, not only in the NBA, but IMHO, in general.

And full disclosure, I'm not really a Lebron fan, but I think you are certifiable if you don't think he is without a doubt the most impressive physical specimen on the planet right now, if not ever
Well once "King James" can take his amazing abilities to grab a few more rings then he could be considered an understudy.
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Old 02-14-2013, 03:58 AM   #32 (permalink)
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How is Griffey not getting any consideration? For many years he was up around the top at everything he did. He could hit, run, field, throw. Was a great slugger, but maybe the best defensive CF of all time. I know others can be argued like Mays. Though Griffey will always be in that discussion
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:54 AM   #33 (permalink)
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Baseball: Hobbs
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Baseball: Willie Mays
Football: Jim Brown
Basketball: Michael Jordan
Hockey: Wayne Gretzky
Soccer (futbol): Soccer LOL.
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Kinda surprised nobody has mentioned this with the way the question was worded, but.......

While Jordan is the best basketball player of all time, Lebron is hands down, by far and away, not even remotely a question, the greatest ATHELETE to play basketball, which really was the OP's question with how it was worded.

His combination of size, strength, speed, agility, power, quickness, etc has never been seen before, not only in the NBA, but IMHO, in general.

And full disclosure, I'm not really a Lebron fan, but I think you are certifiable if you don't think he is without a doubt the most impressive physical specimen on the planet right now, if not ever
While what you are saying may be true I would still take Jordan over Lebron any day of the week and twice on Sunday. Lebron has a long long way to go to even be mentioned in the same breathe as Jordan.
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:58 AM   #36 (permalink)
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Baseball: Babe Ruth
Football: Jim Brown
Basketball: Michael Jordan
Hockey: Wayne Gretzky
Soccer (futbol): Messi
Olympics: Mark Spitz


Also so disappointed in the lack of respect for soccer. It is the WORLD's most popular game. The athleticism it takes for soccer is so much more than football.
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An athlete of today will surpass an athlete from yesteryear. Every sport has evolved to better, faster, higher or whatever outcome is desired.

Roger Bannister wouldn't even place today.
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An athlete of today will surpass an athlete from yesteryear. Every sport has evolved to better, faster, higher or whatever outcome is desired.

Roger Bannister wouldn't even place today.
If they had the training that today's athletes have, they can very well have done everything. You cannot compare stats/records from yesteryear to now. There is every chance that Jim Brown would be the best running back ever in the 2010's as he was in the 60s.
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If they had the training that today's athletes have, they can very well have done everything. You cannot compare stats/records from yesteryear to now. There is every chance that Jim Brown would be the best running back ever in the 2010's as he was in the 60s.
That is why it is impossible to compare. What baseline do you use? How they actually performed in their age against their competition or hypothetically placing each in the same timeframe? I guess you go the route that proves your case. I don't think you can really compare.

MLB has more games today. NCAA has more games and now counts post season stats. NBA has a shot clock and three point line. Pole vaulters have better poles (I guess.) Swimmers have more water dynamic clothing. Humans are stronger in general.
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Some of these responses are laughable. I am going to go with assuming the OP meant greatest player and not athlete.

Baseball: Ruth. It's not close. Name me another player who was one of the best hitters ever, but also an elite pitcher.
Football: Jerry Rice. His ability to change his style of play as his age limited his speed is amazing. His work ethic was unbelievable as well. Sorry Moss, you aren't close to Jerry.
Basketball: Ugh, Jordan.
Hockey: Gretzky. the dude is the leading scorer, but also has more assists than anyone else has points. That is pretty insane.
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Baseball: Babe Ruth
Football: Jim Brown
Basketball: Michael Jordan
Hockey: Wayne Gretzky
Soccer (futbol): Messi
Olympics: Mark Spitz


Also so disappointed in the lack of respect for soccer. It is the WORLD's most popular game. The athleticism it takes for soccer is so much more than football.
So? This site doesn't have a large international membership - it's primarily Americans. It's not a popular game here, what did you really expect?
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Baseball: this is tough for me but I'm gonna say Willie Mays
Football: Jerry Rice
Basketball: Michael Jordan
Hockey: Wayne Gretzky
Soccer: Brad Friedel (just not the same as the real deal)
Fùtbol: Lionel Messi
Golf: Tiger Woods
Olympics: Michael Phelps
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This is a list of the best ATHLETE, NOT PLAYER

Baseball: Jackie Robinson
Football: Jim Brown
Basketball: Isaiah Thomas
Hockey: Wayne Gretzky (forgive my ignorance, I don't follow hockey)
Soccer (futbol): Pele (again, forgive my ignorance, another sport I don't follow)
Olympics: Michael Phelps
Greatest Athlete of All Time (transcending all sports): Carl Lewis
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Some of these responses are laughable. I am going to go with assuming the OP meant greatest player and not athlete.

Baseball: Ruth. It's not close. Name me another player who was one of the best hitters ever, but also an elite pitcher.
Football: Jerry Rice. His ability to change his style of play as his age limited his speed is amazing. His work ethic was unbelievable as well. Sorry Moss, you aren't close to Jerry.
Basketball: Ugh, Jordan.
Hockey: Gretzky. the dude is the leading scorer, but also has more assists than anyone else has points. That is pretty insane.
Golf: Jack Nicklaus
Well that's not what he asked, or else I don't think he would have chosen Cobb, or for that matter Thorpe.
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Well that's not what he asked, or else I don't think he would have chosen Cobb, or for that matter Thorpe.
OP selected Cobb, Payton, Jordan, and Gretzky ... none of those would be considered the greatest ATHLETE of their sports.

As for your comments about Cobb, I actually put him as the second best baseball player of all-time - and much much lower if you were analyzing athletes only, so I don't get your point really.
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"LOL" as the kids say....at all the people putting Gretzky as the greatest athlete in hockey...

It's Martin Broduer or Bobby Orr....by a mile.
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"LOL" as the kids say....at all the people putting Gretzky as the greatest athlete in hockey...

It's Martin Broduer or Bobby Orr....by a mile.
How about Hasek?

Pretty much created the butterfly style of goaltending and I've never seen another goalie match his flexibility, dudes joints and limbs are made of rubber
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Also so disappointed in the lack of respect for soccer. It is the WORLD's most popular game. The athleticism it takes for soccer is so much more than football.
I grew up playing soccer and at a high level, the lack of understandi g of the athleticism the game takes was never as shocking to me as how little people knew about just how physical a game it is

High level soccer is anything but a pansy sport as so many Americans believe it to be
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All the way to page 2 with no mention of Bo Jackson.

This place is crazy.
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