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Old 04-05-2012, 06:44 PM
 
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Few years ago, Rodger Federer was considered by many as the greatest athlete of all time. He has 16 grand slam titles.

If there were no Nadal and no Djokovic, Federer would have about 30 grand slam titles now, AND, he can probably have about 10 more going forward.
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:46 PM
 
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maybe you've never heard of jim thorpe, maybe this should be in the sports forum
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:50 PM
 
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maybe you've never heard of jim thorpe, maybe this should be in the sports forum
Jim Thorpe was going to be my choice also.

I tend to disagree with your second statement.

This is the Politics AND OTHER Controversies. There is nothing to define what those OTHER controversies have to be.

Trust me, who is best in sports is ALWAYS controversial.
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:50 PM
 
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maybe you've never heard of jim thorpe, maybe this should be in the sports forum
Get outta my head on both counts!
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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Poor Jim Thorpe, in another time he would have ruled many different sports and died a rich man. He was the greatest all around. Only modern day player who comes close is Bo Jackson. Bo Jackson is better, stronger, and faster than Thorpe. But compared to the fellow players of their time period, Jim Thorpe was the biggest impact player of his day.
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Old 04-05-2012, 07:17 PM
 
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maybe you've never heard of jim thorpe, maybe this should be in the sports forum
Because I am not old like you.
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Old 04-05-2012, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Southcentral Kansas
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Because I am not old like you.
Your age only keeps you from knowing any of the great athletes of earlier days, In his sport, there is a chance that Federer is the greatest but as an all around athlete Thorpe was something that you kids have never seen and never will since we are in a day of specialization. Any great decathlete, which Thorpe surely was, is among the greats athletes of time. However, in his day he was a great football player along with his track and field expertise.
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Old 04-05-2012, 07:37 PM
 
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Because I am not old like you.
with age comes wisdom...errr then senility and forgetfullness etc. etc. Federer is pretty darn good nonetheless.
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Old 04-05-2012, 07:44 PM
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Few years ago, Rodger Federer was considered by many as the greatest athlete of all time. He has 16 grand slam titles.

If there were no Nadal and no Djokovic, Federer would have about 30 grand slam titles now, AND, he can probably have about 10 more going forward.
NFN but considered by who? He's a tennis player that's all.
You need to mix in a little more athleticism than just whacking a ball with a big stringed paddle.
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:29 PM
 
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In an ABC Sports Poll in the early 1970's, Jim Thorpe was voted the top athlete in the 20th Century.
In 1950 an AP poll penciled in Thorpe as the top athlete in the first half of the 20th Century.

In the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, Thorpe took the pentathlon and the decathlon.

He was a two time All-American in college football for the Carlisle Indians.

He played 7 seasons of professional baseball, mostly for for the N.Y. Giants under famed manager John McGraw.

He was a huge figure in the early days of the NFL, playing several seasons with the Canton Bulldogs. In the NFL's earliest beginnings, Thorpe gave the league credibility when the prevailing thought amongst the press, and to a certain extent the fans, deemed professional football to be one step above professional wrestling.

He is one of the charter members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. The statue of Thorpe in that building is HUGE.

He is also in the College Football Hall Of Fame and the American Olympic Hall Of Fame.

He was an amazing athlete in any era.

He's the best.
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