In sports we always talk about who is the best. On any given day we can argue who the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) is in any sport. The problem is that most of us never saw many of the greats from yesteryear play, so we can only give information about who we think is the best versus who is really the best.
There will always be those who are purists but many people will accept greatness for what it is. If you were to ask anyone who is the greatest baseball player of all time you will get answers like this:
George Herman Ruth
Baseball is one of those games where the GOAT is easy to grasp, it just depends on who you ask. Take Babe Ruth, his game is generational. Ruth could fit on any team today and be as productive as he was in the early 1900s. The same thing goes for anyone on that list. The only person that wouldn’t get a nod directly would be Josh Gibson, who in my mind was the greatest player ever. Also noticeable on that list is that the only pitcher who appears is Babe Ruth. However he is only noted for his ability to bash the ball. As a pitcher he was really below average.
If you ask who is the greatest basketball player of all time you get answers like:
Earvin Magic Johnson
Kareem Abdul - Jabbar
It is just hard to justify who is the best basketball player ever. You would have to say Center, then everyone else. Look at the list. No players had ever dominated the game like Russell, Chamberlain, and Jabbar simply because it was a big mans league. Well then comes Michael Jeffrey Jordan and all that changes. Now the NBA is a league of versatile position players like Kobe Bryant and Lebron James. Versatility is the key in the post Jordan era.
If you ask who is the greatest football player of all time the answer is usually pretty simple:
Three names no deviation. One could argue that there are more names to add to this list but in all actuality it is hard to justify the GOAT in any particular sport without being position specific or even era specific.
What is most noticeable about the football is that there isn’t a quarterback listed. You could argue Joe Montana because he has the rings, but if you ask most people Montana benefited from a system and an offensive mind that was second to none. Imagine the San Francisco 49ers with Dan Marino as their quarterback with that lightning quick release and pinpoint accuracy. They probably win 7 or 8 super bowls because the 49ers were glamorized on offense but they had the best defense in the league in the 80s.
All this being said and still there is no determining who is the GOAT in any sport without an argument. From Boxing to Tennis, from Soccer to Golf, there will always be arguments. That is what we live for.