Originally posted by valrod33:Originally posted by Legbreaker:Originally posted by pantstickle:Originally posted by Legbreaker:Originally posted by Aussie49er:Originally posted by Legbreaker:Originally posted by Kalen49ers:
How the hell can someone seriously argue that all NFL players are automatically disqualified as elite athletes?
Because someone obviously doesn't appreciate how rare it is for a 275 pound man to run 40 yards in under 4.8 seconds, yet still have the strength to squat over 500 pounds, and the explosiveness to achieve a vertical jump in excess of 20".
Even if this "beast" plays 5mins of a game. Yes that is truly amazing. You aren't a great athlete if you are not on the field.
Christ on a godd@mn cracker!
If you want to say NFL players aren't elite, that's on you. Its a short sighted, unsupportable, completely subjective argument, and it shows how little you know about the game.
Football and rugby are completely different sports, so likening the two is pointless.
The fact is, many football players are multi sport athletes...most WRs, RBs and DBs have a track background. Many linemen have been competitive field or lifting athletes (in fact...one former standouts on the line of the 49ers was a silver medalist in the 1984 summer games...bonus points if you can figure out who he was and what event he competed in). It isn't unusual for football players to have played basketball at the collegiate level.
If your next assertion is that sprinters, basketball players, power lifters and field athletes aren't elite athletes, then you'll have proven what I already suspect: that you are playing the role of "homer" in this thread, and haven't the faintest notion about the dedication required to excel at any sport other than rugby.
NFL players aren't run of the mill...they are not average. These are world class athletes that combine strength, speed, and explosiveness in a way that is unique to football. That does not make them any less "special" than your typical rugby player.
I anxiously await the "they only play 5 minutes" response that ignores everything else.
I would then ask if he wants to say that wrestlers aren't elite because they only wrestle for three 2-minute periods per match....only 6 minutes.
If that's the case...he'd have been a fun one to bring into practice back in the day
wrestling is gay
We'll see how gay you think it is when I have you on your back and you're still trying to figure out how the hell I lifted you off the ground with such minimal effort. Freestyle fireman's carry to the head and arm ftw.
By the way...I've kickboxed, practiced a few styles of martial arts, and mixed it up with straight street brawlers...and in my 38 years, this is what I learned: almost every fight will go to the ground, and when it does, the better wrestler/grappler will always win.