Name an athlete who gets too much respect... Oct 4, 2014 14:13:36 GMT -5
Post by ToyfareMark on Oct 4, 2014 14:13:36 GMT -5
And name an athlete who doesn't get enough.
Too much respect: Joe Namath. To many people Joe Namath is a legend, and they're right. But he's more of a legend for his brash personality, and his famous guarantee that the Jets would win Super Bowl 3. As a QB, he was definitely a star, and did put up very good numbers for a few years. However he was a product of his environment, the AFL was known for its big passing, and flashy style of play, so Namath of course flourished in those years. After the NFL/AFL merger in 1970 it became a different story. Namath struggled in those years due to a combination of very bad knees, and an increased level of competition due playing against more talented teams post merger. Without Super Bowl 3, and his larger than life persona, I don't think Joe Namath would be a hall of famer.
Not enough respect: Larry Holmes. When many people talk about the greatest heavyweight champions of all time, Larry Holmes doesn't seem to get brought up much. This is despite the fact that he reigned as champion for 7 years, and had 20 successful title defenses. Larry was a victim of his era, he had to follow one of the greatest, and most beloved heavyweight champions of all time in Muhammad Ali. He was also on top at a time when the heavyweight division took a tremendous drop in quality from its apex in the 1970's. Holmes was the consummate champion though, he took on every challenger, and ducked absolutely nobody. People also took his skills into question, however Holmes had the perfect combination of power, and pure boxing skill. Larry Holmes has started getting more respect in recent years, but many people still view him as a caretaker champion who bridged the era between Ali, and Mike Tyson. Which is a shame because Larry should be considered in top 5 heavyweight champions of all time.
So there's my thoughts, how about you guys?