The Greatest

by Gary Shelton on February 7, 2018 · 6 comments

in College Sports in Florida, general, NFL, Tampa Bay Bucs

Here is where arguments start. One man's ever-changing list:

1. Michael Jordan

2. Wayne Gretzky

3. Muhammad Ali

4. Babe Ruth

5. Jim Brown

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6. Willie Mays

7. Tom Brady

8. Michael Phelps

9. Lawrence Taylor

10. Lionel Messi

11. Jack Nicklaus

12. Lebron James

13. Joe Montana

14. Jerry Rice

15. Wilt Chamberlain

16. Hank Aaron

17. Roger Federer

18. Barry Sanders

19. Ted Williams

20. Reggie White

21. Tim Duncan

22. Walter Payton

23, Tiger Woods

24. Payton Manning

25. Jim Thorpe

26. Mickey Mantle

27. Jackie Robinson

28. Magic Johnson

29. Mario Lemieux

30. Johnny Unitas

31. Usain Bolt

32. Larry Bird

33. Pele

34.Christiano Ronaldo

35. Bobby Orr

36. Bill Russell

37. Johnny Unitas

38. Jesse Owens

39. Dick Butkus

40. Sandy Koufax

41. Bjorn Borg

42. Ronnie Lott

43. Lou Gehrig

44. Nolan Ryan

45. Kobe Bryant

46. Jack Lambert

47. Floyd Mayweather

48.Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

49. Gordie Howe

50. John McEnroe

51. Rocky Marciano

52. Bob Gibson

53. Deion Sanders

54. Jimmy Connors

55. Mariano Rivera

56. Ben Hogan

57. Derek Jeter

58. Dan Marino

59. Oscar Robertson

60. Joe Louis

61. John Havlicek

62. Arnold Palmer

63. Mean Joe Greene

64. Tony Gwynn

65. John McEnroe

66. Phil Mickelson

67. Ty Cobb

68. Josh Gibson

69. Bob Cousy

70. Sugar Ray Robinson

71. Mark Spitz

73. Aaron Rodgers

74. Kevin Durant

75. Novak Djokovic

76. Carl Lewis

77. Bobby Jones

78. Edwin Moses

79. Pete Sampras

80. O.J. Simpson

81. Bo Jackson

82. Dan Janzen

83. Rafer Johnson

84. Greg Louganis

85. Pete Rose

86. Elgin Baylor

87. Jerry West

88. Sammy Baugh

89. Ray Nitchske

90. Roberto Clemente

91. Bobby Hull

92. Otto Graham

93. Robers Hornsby

94. Don Hutson

95. Sam Snead

96. Bob Beamon

97. Pete Maravich

98. Maurice Richard

99. Sidney Crosby

100. Cy Young

Top 25 Women's List

1. Serena Williams

2. Jackie Joyner-Kersey

3. Martina Navratilova

4. Babe Didrikson-Zaharias

5. Wilma Rudolf

6. Steffi Graf

7. Billie Jean King

8. Venus Williams

9. Mia Hamm

10. Annika Sorenstam

11. Florence Griffith-Joyner

12. Abby Wambach

13. Lindsay Vonn

14. Chris Evert

15. Hope Solo

16. Sonja Henie

17. Tracy Caulkins

18. Nancy Lopez

19. Janet Evans

20. Althea Gibson

21. Peggy Fleming

22. Teresa Edwards

23. Maya Moore

24. Mickey Wright

25. Candace Parker



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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Rick May 24, 2018 at 10:50 am

Im late to this….

Johnny U is on the list twice 30 and 37. I suggest replacing one of those with Brett Farve.

Nice list!


Gary Shelton May 24, 2018 at 8:57 pm

I like Johnny


Larry Beller February 9, 2018 at 3:35 am

I don’t know how you make a list like this but I applaud you for trying. My all time favorite is probably Gordie Howe. At least you have him in the top 50.

My biggest regret as a baseball fan is not being able to see one of the all time greats, Willie Mays, except on rare occasions like All Star games. Growing up in an American League town, he never played against my team. How crazy is that?


Gary Shelton February 9, 2018 at 8:10 am

It always struck me that, before interleague, you could attend every Yankees game and never seek Hank Aaron. Silly.

With all the talk of the greatest ver, I thought I ‘d give it a shot. Like many athletes, Howe certainly could be higher on some lists. I was also torn between athleticism and accomplishment (Bo Jackson). But everyone is able to do every list, and none of ours would be identical. But it’s amazing, to me, how much of this has happened in the last century.


Cecil DeBald February 8, 2018 at 9:43 am

Ah, where is my all-time favorite William “The Refrigerator” Perry!



Gary Shelton February 8, 2018 at 1:44 pm

He’s scoring Payton’s touchdown. lol.


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