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    Quote Originally Posted by niners4reggie View Post
    That's why I said decathlon athletes. That's 10 events, have to be a very good athlete to pull that off.
    And that's why I said it was a good point. haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by niners4reggie View Post
    ^^^
    No...its more like...^^^
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    Best Athlete ever


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    Oh, no question. It's LeBron James. No one has ever seen someone as tall, as big and as FAST as the guy. NO ONE even comes close to his athletic skills. Probably Bo Jackson is the only the can merit the comparison.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitch42389 View Post
    Oh, no question. It's LeBron James. No one has ever seen someone as tall, as big and as FAST as the guy. NO ONE even comes close to his athletic skills. Probably Bo Jackson is the only the can merit the comparison.
    Bo Jackson's best 40 is almost a half second faster than lebrons best
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    Michael Jordan without a question
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    Both great at their respective sports but not the best athletes ever IMO Jordan was a great basketball player but couldn't make it in Baseball. Favre was a good passer although he threw a ton of interceptions and wasn't very mobile. I personally feel that GSP, Jon Jones, or Anderson Silva are better athletes than either of them. Athletes that compete in Decathlons are even better athletes then the Mma guys I mentioned. It's all a matter of opinion of course. Hard to say who actually is the best!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bulayer View Post
    JIM THORPE He was the greatest athlete in the first half of the 20th century, and I see no good reason to put such a great all-around (if there ever was one) athlete any lower than No. 2. Unfortunately, all we have to judge him from are some grainy football, baseball and track highlights, some statistics and stories—some of which are hard to verify.
    In addition to being voted by the Associated Press (400 sportswriters and sportscasters) "The Greatest Athlete of the First Half of the Century" (as mentioned above), they also voted him the "Greatest American Football Player" of the first half of the 20th century.
    A 6'1", 180-pound brick of a man, he was a two-time football All-American at Carlisle and was considered the best football (his favorite sport) player in the country (although there was no award at the time). In 1911, he led Carlisle to an 11-1 record and then led them to the national collegiate championship in 1912, scoring 25 touchdowns and 198 points. He played four positions: running back, defensive back, placekicker and punter.
    Also, in 1912, in the Summer Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden, he easily won the gold medals (which were stripped a year later for baseball professionalism, but they were restored in 1982) in the pentathlon and decathlon, winning an amazing eight out of the 15 individual events that were part of the two competitions. Thorpe's Olympic record of 8,413 points in the decathlon stood for nearly two decades.
    He also starred in track and field, was a good baseball and lacrosse player and even won a ballroom dancing contest, all while he was at Carlisle. He also dabbled in wrestling and basketball exhibitions at various times in his life. He went on to become a star in professional football (although there was no official league until 1920), retiring at the age of 41 in 1928, and he was a decent professional baseball player, batting .252 lifetime with a .327 average his final season in 1919.
    Very interesting, never heard of him. Thanks for posting that.
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    You guys are judging an athlete by his/her ability to play more than one sport.

    But, let's not forget, that a sport is a SKILL and being a great athlete does not mean you are good at more than on sport.

    Athleticism is based upon the respective athletes speed/agility/strength/endurance/etc. not his ability to master more than one set of sport specific skills.
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    Running is not an athletic ability, IMO. There are many who could be track stars who run times close to Olympic guys but hate running so they play football/basketball. I had a buddy in college who could regularly run 4:30 miles, never trained long distance just played basketball. I think it's safe to say, if properly trained could contend for an Olympic spot, no? He hated running

    Just curious, guys who have commented in this thread.....have any of you actively participated in athletics against or with athletes with professional ability, close to or after their time of turning professional?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbuick View Post
    You guys are judging an athlete by his/her ability to play more than one sport.

    But, let's not forget, that a sport is a SKILL and being a great athlete does not mean you are good at more than on sport.

    Athleticism is based upon the respective athletes speed/agility/strength/endurance/etc. not his ability to master more than one set of sport specific skills.
    You raise a great point, went to school with an D3 all-American DB who threw like a girl....not athletic but clearly mastered a skill set
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    Quote Originally Posted by Distilled Water View Post
    Running is not an athletic ability, IMO. There are many who could be track stars who run times close to Olympic guys but hate running so they play football/basketball. I had a buddy in college who could regularly run 4:30 miles, never trained long distance just played basketball. I think it's safe to say, if properly trained could contend for an Olympic spot, no? He hated running

    Just curious, guys who have commented in this thread.....have any of you actively participated in athletics against or with athletes with professional ability, close to or after their time of turning professional?
    I went to high school with 2 guys who were drafted by MLB teams and the brother of a former NBA player.
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    One of my baseball teammates in High school made it as far as Triple A. He got invited to spring training with the major league team and has a great story about owning A-rod for a game. Never made it to the show though, I played against quite a few guys in college that went on to the minors as well. Pretty different playing against high caliber athletes than it was playing in high school, alot more competitive (obviously) but a great character builder!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Distilled Water View Post
    Just curious, guys who have commented in this thread.....have any of you actively participated in athletics against or with athletes with professional ability, close to or after their time of turning professional?
    Quite a few. My area produces a lot of professional hockey players. I went to a private high school (all dudes) that's well-known for athletics as well. Students from my time there were drafted in NHL, NFL, MLB, and went to the Olympics (gold/silver medal swimmer).
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    David Goggins is pretty impressive athlete. Maybe not the best but definitely worth a mention.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Distilled Water View Post
    As the ESPN 30 for 30 on Bo Jackson premieres tonight (12/8) at 9pm EST. who do you guys think is/ was the best athlete? It's a bit hard to say bc there are some old timers we didn't get to see (other than maybe AMZ (grey bush) or BigT ) but always enjoy debating this bc it's hard to pin point.

    Here's my top 5, no particular order
    Jim Thorpe
    Jackie Robinson
    Dave Winfield
    Michael Jordan
    Bo Jackson
    *deion sanders gets an honorable mention
    Bo by far..
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    Up until the hip injury, hands down Bo J.
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    Quote Originally Posted by islandiron View Post
    Up until the hip injury, hands down Bo J.
    Bo was a beast!
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