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    Today Mike and Mike discussed greatest sports career and part of the requirement was you had to be accomplished in three areas at least. They used college, pro, coaching, exec, owner

    They discussed Larry Bird and whether he was it or at a minimum ahead of Jerry West

    So who is the GOAT for a sports career?
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    Quote Originally Posted by brett05 View Post
    Today Mike and Mike discussed greatest sports career and part of the requirement was you had to be accomplished in three areas at least. They used college, pro, coaching, exec, owner

    They discussed Larry Bird and whether he was it or at a minimum ahead of Jerry West

    So who is the GOAT for a sports career?
    I was also listening to this...its an interesting question. So few great players become great coaches, and so few great players make great GMs.

    Mike and Mike are kind of retarded, so the names they threw out on the radio were pretty basic...Mike Ditka, Bill Russell (???), John Madden (???). They did mention Lenny Wilkens, and he's an interesting choice because he was a HOF player and a HOF coach, and IIRC he held the all-time record for coaching wins at one point.

    One guy I thought of was Ozzie Newsome...great WR at Alabama, HOF TE for the Browns, and great GM in the NFL.

    I think the best GOAT candidate for a sports career would be George Halas. He was a very good football player at Illinois (back when they were good), a good football player on the Bears/Staleys, one of the founders of the NFL, held the all-time coaching win record in the NFL, and was one of the top owners and IIRC the longest-tenured owner in NFL history.

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    Does Nolan Ryan count? I don't recall if he was a coach, but he was a very good pitcher (walked too many damned people though) and so far it can be suggested that he is a superb executive given the success of the Rangers.

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    That's a good one turned a failing rangers team to a contender

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    I was surprised that Bird was in the conversation. When the rallied off Jerry West's accomplishments I didn't see Bird even close to that.

    I actually thought the Bill Russell one was good too. How about Pete Rose?
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    Quote Originally Posted by brett05 View Post
    I was surprised that Bird was in the conversation. When the rallied off Jerry West's accomplishments I didn't see Bird even close to that.
    I don't think West ever coached, so, in a strict sense, West shouldn't even be in the conversation since all he did was two things (play, GM). Bird did three (play, coach, GM).

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    Just to add to the list of already good candidates; Jerry Sloan(c/p/C), McHale(c/p/C/E)

    Halas is hard to beat though.

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    Could have maybe put Walter Payton on the list if the nfl would have given him the st. Louis team. Wait how was his auto racing team...

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