Found December 07, 2012 on
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Quick – who is the greatest football player of all time?
The question is probably the most ridiculous question in all of sports. As dumb and fruitless as many comparisons might be already, how could you possibly compare players that play completely different positions, or even play on opposite sides of the ball?
Was Dick Butkis better than John Elway? How could you possibly know?
Can you really judge whether a QB is more valuable than a LB? What is the criteria?
The best argument I’ve ever heard for the so-called “Greatest Football Player in NFL History” was actually made for a player that probably didn’t even make your top 5 – Jerry Rice.
Last summer, Shannon Sharpe opined that Rice was the greatest for one reason: nobody else came close to his dominance over his peers at his position.
The argument was simple. Maybe you think Joe Montana was better than John Elway…but by how much? 0.3%? 0.03%? Whatever the differential, you could make a rational argument either way.
But when it co...
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