Today’s pitiful NFL announcers and play by play commentators are morons. They attempt to justify their useless jobs by making claims which cannot be supported by facts.
I began watching professional football in the 1950’s. I feel privileged to have watched Bobby Lane, Y.A. Tittle, Sonny Jerguson, Johnny Unitas, Bart Starr, Joe Namath, and others play the game. I remember when many players were on the field during both offensive and defensive possessions.
For the last two decades I consider Drew Brees to be the greatest quarterback of the 21st century. However, to label him the greatest of all time is ludicrous. Quarterbacks in the 50’s, 60’s and into the 70’s were responsible for calling their own plays. In the 50’s and 60’s they ended the game as bloody as their offensive linemen. The rules did not protect the princesses of the NFL as they do today.
There is no comparison between the men of decades long past and how the engineers of the game today are protected by the rules.
I am angry every time I listen to the idiots of today claim that any player in the 21st century is ‘the greatest of all time.’
Bart Starr is the poster boy for great leadership. Joe Namath was the greatest QB of all time with an ability to read defenses. Jim Brown will always be the ultimate running back. Jerry Rice will stand tall among all receivers for all time.
The NFL in the 21st century is a far different game from professional football in the middle of the 20th century. It is far less physical and offensive players are closely protected by the rules and the worst officials in professional sports.
Tonight Drew Brees surpassed the all time record for most touchdown passes in a career. I love Drew Brees for his talent and for the man he is. However, I cannot claim that he is the greatest QB of all time. That would be unfair to his predecessors.
The truth; is it important to use superlatives when referring to athletes? I say ‘no.’ Enjoy today’s great athletes, but remind them that those who came before them laid the groundwork for their success today. Great players display humility; not arrogance.
Op-ed by James Turnage
“The Truth Lives Here”
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