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In terms best athlete it doesn't come close when you compare these two athletes to other ones. Some will say Micheal Jordan should be in the discussion but MJ didn't make the PGA or MLB.
-set state records in 3 different events while in highschool track
-won the heisman
-dominated NCAA baseball & football
-ran an unofficial hand held time 40 in the combines 4.12
-1st round draft pick in the NFL
-1st round draft pick in the MLB
-played in post season play in both the NFL & MLB
-played in the AllStar game for the NFL & MLB
-played a year of minor league Basketball
-dominated college track in the long jump, high jump, discus, shot put, javelin, pole vault, hurdles, long distance and short distance run events
-won intercollegiate ballroom dancing championship
-played RB, DB, kicker, & punter in college and lead his team to the college championship of that time
-dominated in the Olympics winning gold medals in the pentathlon and decathlon (which includes multiple events including wrestling) all in the same day. Also played on the Olympic baseball team
- played on the National League Baseball team (two leagues at that time) and won the championship
- Played in MLB for the Giants, Reds, & Braves
-Played in the NFL (APFA at that time) and won the championship. Played in the NFL (when they did form) for 6 different teams
-Played for minor league basketball team
-has a college individual award named after him
Who wins best athlete?
I gotta go with Bo Jackson on this one.
IMO it has to be Bo. I really don't think MJ should be in the best athlete discussion either, he was a hell of a b-ball player, but as a pure athlete, he wouldn't be in my discussion.
I think MJ is the greatest b-ball player of all time, and with the debate of LBJ recently, I still think MJ is better. But if it were a discussion about more athletic, that would go to LBJ, he's a freak.
This post was edited by Buck Russell 13 months ago
Thorpe, if you are winning golds in the Olympics in the pentathlon and decathlon you are an over all better athlete than most people and add in what he did in football and everything else. Bo was a freak no doubt but I would have liked to seen him win golds in those events.
Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.
Not only that but he did it the same day
I go with Jim Thorpe. He wore a leather helmet unlike Bo, who even had a face guard. What a wimp.
Before there was space or time there was rock and roll.
haha, this gave me a bit of a chuckle
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