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Greatest Athlete of All Time (Pol)

Greatest Athlete of All Time (Pol)

Originally posted by pelos21:
Butterbean


Kevin Barlow, Nuff said
Originally posted by redrose49er:
Originally posted by matt49er:


Nobody EVER dominated their sport like Jordan nobody ever has or ever will.

The end all of this debate is simple there is no other sport where the greatest of all time is not disputed other than basketball where everyone agress the GOAT is Michael Jordan.

Incorrect, look up Don Bradman.

stfu cricket dude really?
Originally posted by Frisco69ers:
Kevin Barlow, Nuff said

Kevan Barlow?

How about Terry Kirby.
F1 driver Michael Schumacher, wins it all, no matter the cost. Ruthless driver.

and on two wheels

Valentino Rossi, no one can stand in Rossis way when "The Doctor" starts a charge for the front of the race.
Originally posted by matt49er:
Originally posted by redrose49er:
Originally posted by matt49er:


Nobody EVER dominated their sport like Jordan nobody ever has or ever will.

The end all of this debate is simple there is no other sport where the greatest of all time is not disputed other than basketball where everyone agress the GOAT is Michael Jordan.

Incorrect, look up Don Bradman.

stfu cricket dude really?

Basketball, really?

There are other sports and other nations around the world you know!

Sir Donald Bradman: Owner of the most unbreakable statistic in sports!
this poll is named incorrectly for what its asking. the best "athlete" of all time is more like olympics imo.

the greatest players in professional sports history is more what this topic is about.

and btw, how the frick does Jerry Rice not win this poll on a 49ERS FAN SITE. he was every bit as great as Michael Jordan at his sport. he broke and held virtually every single record for his position. hes the greatest WR, and probably player in NFL history. Jordan is right up there, but its so close that the only tiebreaker should be home field advantage, which Jerry SHOULD have here.

49erswebzone.com forum FAIL.
Originally posted by Niners99:
this poll is named incorrectly for what its asking. the best "athlete" of all time is more like olympics imo.

the greatest players in professional sports history is more what this topic is about.

and btw, how the frick does Jerry Rice not win this poll on a 49ERS FAN SITE. he was every bit as great as Michael Jordan at his sport. he broke and held virtually every single record for his position. hes the greatest WR, and probably player in NFL history. Jordan is right up there, but its so close that the only tiebreaker should be home field advantage, which Jerry SHOULD have here.

49erswebzone.com forum FAIL.

Yes. 49erwebzone not 49erhomerzone. Just because we are fans doesn't mean we have to lie to ourselves about our team's accomplishments.

Rice is the greatest receiver of all time and arguably the greatest NFL player ever, I'm good with that. I don't need to say he's the greatest athlete of all time, which he isn't.

Deion Sanders, who could have had a 20 year career as an All-Star calibur baseball outfielder but instead chose to pursue a career as the greatest cover corner in NFL history and one of the greatest return men in NFL history, is a better athlete than Jerry. So Jerry wouldn't even be the best 49er athlete ever.
Originally posted by 49erFaithful6:
Originally posted by Niners99:
this poll is named incorrectly for what its asking. the best "athlete" of all time is more like olympics imo.

the greatest players in professional sports history is more what this topic is about.

and btw, how the frick does Jerry Rice not win this poll on a 49ERS FAN SITE. he was every bit as great as Michael Jordan at his sport. he broke and held virtually every single record for his position. hes the greatest WR, and probably player in NFL history. Jordan is right up there, but its so close that the only tiebreaker should be home field advantage, which Jerry SHOULD have here.

49erswebzone.com forum FAIL.

Yes. 49erwebzone not 49erhomerzone. Just because we are fans doesn't mean we have to lie to ourselves about our team's accomplishments.

Rice is the greatest receiver of all time and arguably the greatest NFL player ever, I'm good with that. I don't need to say he's the greatest athlete of all time, which he isn't.

Deion Sanders, who could have had a 20 year career as an All-Star calibur baseball outfielder but instead chose to pursue a career as the greatest cover corner in NFL history and one of the greatest return men in NFL history, is a better athlete than Jerry. So Jerry wouldn't even be the best 49er athlete ever.

LOL Deion Sanders would not have had a 20 year career as an all-star OFer. he was mediocre at best at baseball. it was just impressive that he could play in the majors while also being a HOF caliber football player.

and everyone is jumbling criteria. some people are talking about pure athletic skill, and some people are talking about how good they were in their sport.
Originally posted by Niners99:
Originally posted by 49erFaithful6:
Originally posted by Niners99:
this poll is named incorrectly for what its asking. the best "athlete" of all time is more like olympics imo.

the greatest players in professional sports history is more what this topic is about.

and btw, how the frick does Jerry Rice not win this poll on a 49ERS FAN SITE. he was every bit as great as Michael Jordan at his sport. he broke and held virtually every single record for his position. hes the greatest WR, and probably player in NFL history. Jordan is right up there, but its so close that the only tiebreaker should be home field advantage, which Jerry SHOULD have here.

49erswebzone.com forum FAIL.

Yes. 49erwebzone not 49erhomerzone. Just because we are fans doesn't mean we have to lie to ourselves about our team's accomplishments.

Rice is the greatest receiver of all time and arguably the greatest NFL player ever, I'm good with that. I don't need to say he's the greatest athlete of all time, which he isn't.

Deion Sanders, who could have had a 20 year career as an All-Star calibur baseball outfielder but instead chose to pursue a career as the greatest cover corner in NFL history and one of the greatest return men in NFL history, is a better athlete than Jerry. So Jerry wouldn't even be the best 49er athlete ever.

LOL Deion Sanders would not have had a 20 year career as an all-star OFer. he was mediocre at best at baseball. it was just impressive that he could play in the majors while also being a HOF caliber football player.

and everyone is jumbling criteria. some people are talking about pure athletic skill, and some people are talking about how good they were in their sport.

Deion was a career .263 hitter at the major league level. This was with baseball as a hobby.

He hit .348 in the playoffs including .533 with 5 stolen bases in 4 World Series games.

You don't think if he devoted himself full time to baseball that he would have improved? Even if he didn't, his all world speed and ability to cover center field means he's having as long a career as he wants in the bigs. He had a 9 year MLB career as is. I don't doubt he could have played 20 years in the MLB and been among the all time stolen base leaders had he played baseball full time.
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I have to go with Jim Thrope

Quote:
Considered one of the most versatile athletes of modern sports, he won Olympic gold medals for the 1912 pentathlon and decathlon, played American football (collegiate and professional), and also played professional baseball and basketball.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Thorpe
Originally posted by 49erFaithful6:
Originally posted by Niners99:
Originally posted by 49erFaithful6:
Originally posted by Niners99:
this poll is named incorrectly for what its asking. the best "athlete" of all time is more like olympics imo.

the greatest players in professional sports history is more what this topic is about.

and btw, how the frick does Jerry Rice not win this poll on a 49ERS FAN SITE. he was every bit as great as Michael Jordan at his sport. he broke and held virtually every single record for his position. hes the greatest WR, and probably player in NFL history. Jordan is right up there, but its so close that the only tiebreaker should be home field advantage, which Jerry SHOULD have here.

49erswebzone.com forum FAIL.

Yes. 49erwebzone not 49erhomerzone. Just because we are fans doesn't mean we have to lie to ourselves about our team's accomplishments.

Rice is the greatest receiver of all time and arguably the greatest NFL player ever, I'm good with that. I don't need to say he's the greatest athlete of all time, which he isn't.

Deion Sanders, who could have had a 20 year career as an All-Star calibur baseball outfielder but instead chose to pursue a career as the greatest cover corner in NFL history and one of the greatest return men in NFL history, is a better athlete than Jerry. So Jerry wouldn't even be the best 49er athlete ever.

LOL Deion Sanders would not have had a 20 year career as an all-star OFer. he was mediocre at best at baseball. it was just impressive that he could play in the majors while also being a HOF caliber football player.

and everyone is jumbling criteria. some people are talking about pure athletic skill, and some people are talking about how good they were in their sport.

Deion was a career .263 hitter at the major league level. This was with baseball as a hobby.

He hit .348 in the playoffs including .533 with 5 stolen bases in 4 World Series games.

You don't think if he devoted himself full time to baseball that he would have improved? Even if he didn't, his all world speed and ability to cover center field means he's having as long a career as he wants in the bigs. He had a 9 year MLB career as is. I don't doubt he could have played 20 years in the MLB and been among the all time stolen base leaders had he played baseball full time.

that is such a HUGE assumption. just because he did ok part time as a hobby doesnt mean he wouldve became an all star OF for 2 decades. come on...

He had a gift to play football. that doesnt mean he wouldve had the same success in baseball full time. baseball is such a hard sport to stay good at year after year. just assuming he was going to be a perennial all-star and been an all-time steals guy is crazy.

He was a HOF caliber football player who was talented enough to stay on a big league roster part time. He was what he was on the diamond. a decent 4th OF with some speed. he didnt have the special talent for baseball like he did football. all-star hitters in the majors have a gift for seeing the ball out of the pitchers hand, and the spin, and being able to time it. Deion had the ability to hold his own, but you dont just pick that gift up with more playing time.

Bo Jackson couldve been a HOF in one sport if he had devoted himself to just one. Deion wasnt Bo Jackson. Deion had a career .319 OB%, .263 avg, .392 SLG, .711 OPS, and hit just 39 HR in nearly 2200 AB's. everything about his career was mediocre. His all around talent meant he could play baseball professionally as well, which is remarkable enough.
Originally posted by TheSixthRing:
Originally posted by Ninerjohn:
Originally posted by TheSixthRing:
Originally posted by DaManRathman:
If you took away every single goal that Gretzky ever scored and just left him with his assists, he'd still have more points than anyone in the history of the NHL.

That is a truly remarkable stat.

Wayne Gretzky's Career Achievements... of course, that's not dominating your sport like Jordan did.

I'd actually rank Gretsky 2nd behind Babe Ruth when it comes to dominating their sport. Jordan would be 3rd at best.

To each their own - I wouldn't argue that point, and I would find it hard to argue even if I wanted to. You could also make cases for Rice, Wilt Chamberlain and Jim Brown.

Stole my thunder! I was going to list Wilt and Jim Brown because they were both great in more than one sport and absolutely dominated their main sport (not beach volleyball!). If Brown hadn't retired early he would still hold all the records for RB.
[ Edited by dtg_9er on Feb 21, 2011 at 7:17 PM ]