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    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
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    *deion sanders gets an honorable mention
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    Quote Originally Posted by RippedCity View Post
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    You get as jacked up as I did watching the 30for30? lol
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    Anybody else watch that documentary and think to yourself that he could have been a world class bodybuilder, too? Hard to say definitively with muscle belly shape and extreme conditioning requirement, but the man was lean and had pecs, delts, and wheels FOR DAYS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by herderdude View Post
    Anybody else watch that documentary and think to yourself that he could have been a world class bodybuilder, too? Hard to say definitively with muscle belly shape and extreme conditioning requirement, but the man was lean and had pecs, delts, and wheels FOR DAYS.
    I watched it and thought "he could have been a world class _________" put whatever the hell you want in there.
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    Aleksandr Karelin

    Went 13 years without losing in international competition and 6 years without even surrendering a point. Amassed 3 gold medals at 3 Olympiad during this stretch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    Aleksandr Karelin

    Went 13 years without losing in international competition and 6 years without even surrendering a point. Amassed 3 gold medals at 3 Olympiad during this stretch.
    Bro, before I even read your post and saw your name as last posted, I kneeeew this is who you were gonna say.

    Not the exact name, but the Russian Wrestler who didn't lose or give up points, ever!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Distilled Water

    You get as jacked up as I did watching the 30for30? lol
    Hell yeah bro. Dudes a freak
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    Gotta throw in Muhammad Ali and Jerry Rice in the mix. Adrian Peterson might end up on the list when it's said and done. Also, just imagine how much better Bo would've been at football or baseball if he dedicated himself to just one sport? I remember the Raiders were so deflated after his injury that they lost to the Bills 51-3 in the AFC Championship game the following week. Marcus Allen was no Bo Jackson.
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    Deion only player to play in both Super Bowl and World Series, that has to count for something. Was he the last two sport athlete (professional)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Warrior View Post
    Gotta throw in Muhammad Ali and Jerry Rice in the mix. Adrian Peterson might end up on the list when it's said and done. Also, just imagine how much better Bo would've been at football or baseball if he dedicated himself to just one sport? I remember the Raiders were so deflated after his injury that they lost to the Bills 51-3 in the AFC Championship game the following week. Marcus Allen was no Bo Jackson.
    I think you put AP on the top 10 list for sure. Last year he has major knee surgery and not only did he start the season but he almost broke the single season rushing record! My vote for best athlete ever though has to be GSP or Jon Jones. I know that's two but its a toss up for me.
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    u dont think lebron isnt a straight up G athlete? he could play bball, football, track and probably more we dont know about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by R1balla
    u dont think lebron isnt a straight up G athlete? he could play bball, football, track and probably more we dont know about.
    This. Best at your sport and best athlete are 2 different things. That wrestler someone said is just that...the best wrestler. Lebron is not only the best bballer but could own in so many other sports. Guy is a freak
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    The amount of disrespect that wrestling has been getting lately is ridiculous. Anyone that has gone through even just HS level knows how competitive it is and the rigors of constantly having to make weight and still train.

    In no other sport has an athlete displayed the kind of dominance that Karelin showed especially in a sport as competitive as wrestling where it's impressive to just make it multiple Olympiad let alone win the gold multiple times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    The amount of disrespect that wrestling has been getting lately is ridiculous. Anyone that has gone through even just HS level knows how competitive it is and the rigors of constantly having to make weight and still train.

    In no other sport has an athlete displayed the kind of dominance that Karelin showed especially in a sport as competitive as wrestling where it's impressive to just make it multiple Olympiad let alone win the gold multiple times.
    Hear hear. Don't even get me started on it being bounced from the Olympics in 2020. I put Dan Gable up there with Karelin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    The amount of disrespect that wrestling has been getting lately is ridiculous. Anyone that has gone through even just HS level knows how competitive it is and the rigors of constantly having to make weight and still train.

    In no other sport has an athlete displayed the kind of dominance that Karelin showed especially in a sport as competitive as wrestling where it's impressive to just make it multiple Olympiad let alone win the gold multiple times.
    very true, but i guess it all depends on what your definition of athlete is. does pure skill come into this discussion or is it the amount u have to train for said sport? just bc somebody is a god at wrestling and trains his butt off doesnt mean he can be dominant at other things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nicksox15 View Post
    Bo Jackson. Guy was legit at two professional sports. Strong and fast
    surprised nobody has said stone cold steve austin!
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    Quote Originally Posted by R1balla View Post
    very true, but i guess it all depends on what your definition of athlete is. does pure skill come into this discussion or is it the amount u have to train for said sport? just bc somebody is a god at wrestling and trains his butt off doesnt mean he can be dominant at other things.
    You're not too familiar with the level of skill required in Greco-Roman, are you? There aren't many sports that require the level of skill, grit, and discipline as wrestling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by R1balla View Post

    surprised nobody has said stone cold steve austin!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    The amount of disrespect that wrestling has been getting lately is ridiculous. Anyone that has gone through even just HS level knows how competitive it is and the rigors of constantly having to make weight and still train.

    In no other sport has an athlete displayed the kind of dominance that Karelin showed especially in a sport as competitive as wrestling where it's impressive to just make it multiple Olympiad let alone win the gold multiple times.
    They're disrespected bc 75% of wrestlers can't dribble a basketball and chew gum at the same time or throw a baseball without looking like a 4yr old girl.

    As someone who did wrestle I realize all their hardwork and skill to their craft but from an overall athletic standpoint, not a very "athletic" sport. IMO.

    I realize that's not all, hence why I said roughly 75%. My step brother was a state champ wrestler but we never asked him to play pick up basketball bc he was brutal. He quit baseball his freshman year bc he was cut from the team and just have up. Kid was a phenomenal wrestler (state champ & D1 scholarship), not good at much else in the sports arena.

    That's why I started this thread, good debates
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    Quote Originally Posted by theniteman View Post

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja
    The amount of disrespect that wrestling has been getting lately is ridiculous. Anyone that has gone through even just HS level knows how competitive it is and the rigors of constantly having to make weight and still train.

    In no other sport has an athlete displayed the kind of dominance that Karelin showed especially in a sport as competitive as wrestling where it's impressive to just make it multiple Olympiad let alone win the gold multiple times.
    I have the utmost respect for wrestling and the sport. But we are talking about the best athlete. Not the "best at your sport". Thats why guys like lebron, Michael vick, Antonio Gates, ect should be on the list. Tiger Woods is the best golfer. But not the best athlete.
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    Quote Originally Posted by av6258 View Post

    I have the utmost respect for wrestling and the sport. But we are talking about the best athlete. Not the "best at your sport". Thats why guys like lebron, Michael vick, Antonio Gates, ect should be on the list. Tiger Woods is the best golfer. But not the best athlete.
    If LeBron played one-on-one and didn't lose for 13 consecutive years, or Michael Vick stayed out of jail for 13 consecutive years, then there would be no reason for discussion. But when he routinely throw s130+kg guys overhead that know what they're doing, he deserves some consideration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by herderdude

    If LeBron played one-on-one and didn't lose for 13 consecutive years, or Michael Vick stayed out of jail for 13 consecutive years, then there would be no reason for discussion. But when he routinely throw s130+kg guys overhead that know what they're doing, he deserves some consideration.
    I agree with that for best in the sport. But lebrons skill transcends all sports. Take Mark Ingram even. Heisman Trophy winning running back, but also a scratch golfer. Colin Kaeprnick is a superbowl-level quarterback, and also throws a 96 mph fastball at an MLB level.
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