The Real GOAT May Not Be Brady or Jordan
The Greatest Athlete Ever in All Sports? Brady and Jordan Have CompanyBy Cam Giangrande I hear Britney Spears singing in my head, “Oops, he did it again”. Of course I’m talking about Tom Brady. This has gone from the ridiculous to the sublime. Maybe 40 really is the new 30, or 20 for that matter; because what he’s doing on a football field just isn’t normal at any age. He’s on his way to his eighth Super Bowl in 16 seasons. He’s spent half of his career going to the big dance. And, he’s played in the AFC Championship game a remarkable 12 times, (75% of the time).A few years ago, the debate was Brady or Manning, Manning or Brady. A case could be made for both men, but then Brady won his fourth Super Bowl. So then, the debate became Brady or Montana, Montana or Brady. Each had Super Bowls under their belts, with the Montana crowd citing his undefeated record in the ultimate game, while Brady did have those two blemishes against the Giants. But then Brady won his fifth Super Bowl last season. With seven appearances and five victories, the debate is over; Brady is the best quarterback in NFL history: THE GOAT. Some have decided to expand the debate to include players at other positions, like Jerry Rice or Lawrence Taylor; but if we’re being honest, especially heading to number eight; Brady is the greatest player in NFL history; at any position.If the debate is over comparing him to his NFL peers, it needs to be expanded to include the all-time greats, from all sports. Baseball doesn’t have one great player who is considered head and shoulders above the rest. Ted Williams may be considered the greatest hitter who ever lived, but he certainly wasn’t the greatest winner the game had ever seen. That distinction goes to Yogi Berra, whose Yankees won 10 World Series titles, and he’s certainly not baseball’s best ever. Hockey’s greatest is truly great; Wayne Gretzky is hockey’s all-time greatest player, but he wasn’t hockey’s most prolific winner; that distinction goes to Henri “Rocket” Richard, who won 11 Stanley Cups. Although Gretzky did win four Cups with the Edmonton Oilers, some argue that Mark Messier had as much to do with the victories as Gretzky did.The most logical comparison and debate comes from the NBA; and Michael Jordan. Yes, Bill Russell (11) won more than Jordan (6) did, but there were far fewer teams to defeat to win a title back then, and Russell never took time off in his prime to pursue baseball, the way Jordan did. Jordan went to six NBA Finals, and won all six. By any measure and standard, he’s the greatest basketball player of all time.Fantasy analysts think so.
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