JUST FOR FUN: BEST ATHLETE YOUR SCHOOL EVER PRODUCED

JUST FOR FUN: BEST ATHLETE YOUR SCHOOL EVER PRODUCED

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June 9th, 2018, 4:07 pm #1

I will start us out and say that Jesse Owens was the best athlete ever at Ohio State. Ok, let's hear from you all . Who do you think is the best athlete your school ever produced ?
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June 10th, 2018, 5:12 am #2

Hershel Walker.

He can throw his name in for best CFB player of all time.   The last National Championship for UGA way back in the 1981 Sugar Bowl was the example of Walker's greatness.  Everybody knew he was going to carry it 30+ times, The QB's stats were 1-12 for 7 f'ing yards, and the man still carried the team scoring both TDs off of 36 carries for 150 yards.

Since Walker played only Tebow can rival him.
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June 10th, 2018, 8:35 am #3

If we are talking at the college level I could go either CJ Spiller or Sammy Watkins

It is hard to not go Sammy because he is one of the only true freshmen to ever win 1st team All-American in college history but damn CJ did it all and damn near won an ACCCG by himself in the greatest performance by a Clemson player I had ever seen until DeShaun's national title game. Still think he deserved the Heisman his final year but team wasn't good enough.

Also, I did not see him but Banks McFadden lettered in basketball, football, and track and was the #4 overall draft pick in football.

AP Athlete of the Year
2X basketball All American
Clemson's very first AP Firstt Team All American in football
Played halfback and punter
Played offense and defense in NFL where he had longest run in the NFL his rookie season

Hard to argue him as the choice either
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June 10th, 2018, 8:43 am #4

I forgot to mention that Walker was a great all around athlete.  He almost beat eventual gold medalist Carl Lewis in the 100 Meter dash.
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June 10th, 2018, 8:44 am #5

I think Watson might have been Clemson's best athlete if he had played more sports.  
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June 10th, 2018, 2:07 pm #6

Maybe Abby Wambach? Mayne Dana Torres? Wambach might be the greatest women's soccer player ever. Torres made several Olympics, won a ton of medals and competed at a high level until her late 40's.

Lochte could be mentioned.

Tebow of course if college football weighs heavily. He's always on the list of greatest college players.

Emmitt Smith if NFL is what you're after. Maybe Jack Youngblood.
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June 10th, 2018, 6:22 pm #7

Just fucking around online:

UF has had 92 Olympic swimmers.
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June 11th, 2018, 5:08 am #8

This summer, 12 Buckeye athletes and two Ohio State coaches will continue a proud Ohio State tradition at the Olympics. The 154 Buckeye athletes who have competed in the Games have earned 106 medals (47 gold, 37 silver, 22 bronze).

https://www.osu.edu/features/2012/olympics.html
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June 11th, 2018, 5:53 am #9

realist,

Lochte vs Tebow?  Who is the greatest athlete?  I'm taking Tebow.  Both great at their sport, but Phelps was always better than Lochte plus Tebow could play baseball.  Oh, and Lochte is an idiot.
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June 11th, 2018, 6:12 am #10

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Phelps , hands down …


Michael Fred Phelps , 

The most successful and most decorated Olympian of all time,[with a total of 28 medals. Phelps also holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals(23),

Olympic gold medals in individual events (13), and Olympic medals in individual events (16). When he won eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games, Phelps broke fellow American swimmer Mark Spitz's 1972 record of seven first-place finishes at any single Olympic Games. At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Phelps had already tied the record of eight medals of any color at a single Games by winning six gold and two bronze medals. At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Phelps won four gold and two silver medals, and at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, he won five gold medals and one silver. This made him the most successful athlete of the Games for the fourth Olympics in a row.

Phelps is the long course world record holder in the 100 meter butterfly, 200 meter butterfly, and 400 meter individual medley as well as the former long course world record holder in the 200 meter freestyle and 200 meter individual medley. He has won 82 medals in major international long course competition, of which 65 were gold, 14 silver, and 3 bronze, spanning the Olympics, the World Championships, and the Pan Pacific Championships. Phelps's international titles and record-breaking performances have earned him the World Swimmer of the Year Award eight times and American Swimmer of the Year Award eleven times, as well as the FINA Swimmer of the Year Award in 2012 and 2016. Phelps earned Sports Illustrated magazine's Sportsman of the Year award due to his unprecedented Olympic success in the 2008 Games.




Phelps was a great athlete …. too bad, he was and moronic idiot with bad taste ….
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June 11th, 2018, 8:00 am #11

brown dog wrote: I think Watson might have been Clemson's best athlete if he had played more sports.  
Yes he definitely made me think but I swear people forget how electric Spiller was. Sammy, if he stays healthy, will have a big year at WR this season in the NFL. When healthy he has shown his ability just been a little injury prone. Andy Reed will actually utilize him correctly too

I will say, it has been pretty amazing what Dabo has done with 5*. Very few "misses" and most are playing in the NFL

"Misses" if you will

Hunter Johnson it is too early to tell how his career will go. As far as athletes go he had 10 points higher SPARQ score than DW4 and Cam Newton
Mike Bellamy was a dip shit that had the talent but couldnt stop the drugs long enough to learn the playbook
Tony Steward tried the NFL and may still be trying but chronic knees got him
Shaq Smith- hasn't cracked 2 deep yet but he is still just a redshirt sophomore so there is time. Stephone Anthony was on same path/plan


Outside of that he's been spot on

Spiller (was not head coach but recruited him after Bowden told him he was wasting his time)- 1st round
Stephone Anthony- 1st round
Sammy- 1st round
Watson- 1st round
Wilkins- likely 1st round
Dex- potential #1 overall
Hyatt- likely round 1 but likely round 2
Tre Lamar- battling shoulder injury but seems like he is headed to the league and with his size and speed he should go top 3 rounds
Cain- drafted and could be steal of draft in 6th round with his speed and open field ability. Could be elite #2 WR
RayRay- drafted 6th round
Feaster (by most sites)- will be co-starter and likely NFL bound


Think that's all off top of my head
AJ Terell- Mike Reed has said multiple times he will be a 1st rounder with his size and man cover ability.

Now to see how Tee (appears to be a hit), Ross, Kendrick, XT, Henry, Trevor, Carman all live up to the hype.

Pretty high success rate for 5*
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June 11th, 2018, 4:39 pm #12

UF has 292 Olympic roster spots on its resume, winning 125 medals (including 60 gold's).
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June 11th, 2018, 4:41 pm #13

I'd probably go Tebow as well. He didn't play baseball at UF, though.

Dana Torres is the only American swimmer to make 5 Olympic teams. And the USA is historically the most dominant. 12 medals.
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June 12th, 2018, 5:01 am #14

I am sure people are expecting me to say Peyton just because but if I am honest Peyton is not a great athlete.  He has a great head for the game but no one who ever saw him run or jump would think he is a great athlete.  Honestly, if we are talking about a guy who is just altogether gifted physically I would probably point to a guy like Willie Gault who was not only a top round WR pick but an Olympian as well.  

If I really think outside the box Candace Parker was amazing.  It was odd to see a female basketball player drive the lane and finish with a dunk.   You just don't see that too often in the girl's game.  Just a freak of an athlete that I would put up against anyone else's best female athlete.  
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June 12th, 2018, 5:19 am #15

A lot of good athletes.  

For Auburn it has to be Bo Jackson.  What about GT?  I'm drawing a blank but it is 6 am here.

Merritt, Rivals says 5 stars average somewhere in the 3rd round, so Dabo is just a bit above average.  We've talked about how he embraces smaller classes, but we probably left off how many 5 stars he gets.  Roster might be small but there is a solid amount of elite talent.  Whenever we get a rainy day I need to look at 5 stars and the draft for a few schools.  Could be really interesting.  
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June 12th, 2018, 5:30 am #16

The best athlete I can recall out of GT was probably Calvin Johnson.  Kenny Anderson in basketball could do it all too.
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June 12th, 2018, 9:25 am #17

FSU = Deion Sanders
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June 13th, 2018, 8:13 am #18

sec realist wrote: FSU = Deion Sanders
Definitely.  I'm sure you hated him back then, but the guy was amazing.  I remember him playing for the Braves too.
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June 17th, 2018, 3:51 am #19

sec realist wrote: FSU = Deion Sanders
Charlie Ward would be another name some would mention as well.
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