Who Are Our G.O.A.T Athletes?

First, does everyone know the G.O.A.T. acronym? When you think of it in the terms of “old goat” it certainly isn’t flattering. It really stands for “greatest of all time,” and that is a title well worth having, and bragging! So, we went in search of the top athletes in each sport to see who is the best, and why. Once we tell you our reasons we selected these for the best, we expect you to argue, with hundreds of other reasons for us to consider. Hear us out, and then we want to know your thoughts. Fair?


Joe Montana, Football

We felt we had to pick a quarterback since they are the most important player on the field. Joe has a Super Bowl record of 4-0, and is also the league’s MVP twice. We didn’t go with Tom Brady, because he is playing in an entirely different environment, with many rule changes, protecting him, so let’s remain calm please. In all four Super Bowls, Joe didn’t throw a single interception, and in one Super Bowl, where he wasn’t named MVP, he was up against Jerry Rice, one of our runners-up. In that game, Joe threw three touchdown passes and 357 yards. Runners-up were:

  • Jerry Rice
  • Lawrence Taylor
  • Tom Brady
  • Jim Brown

Michael Jordan, Basketball

Really? Do we need to explain this one? Okay, if you insist. The man’s record is six MVPs, six titles, and six NBA Finals appearances. Enough said! Just in case you’re thinking Bill Russell, he did end his career with more rings. Kareem retired with more points. LeBron James is in search now for this eighth Final appearance. A substantial difference with LaBron and Jordan, is that Michael was named MVP, and he won all six of his Finals appearances. Runners-up were:

  • Bill Russell
  • LeBron James
  • Magic Johnson
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Babe Ruth, Baseball

Ten nicknames are a record! And, “The Babe” has all ten and the some! If you insist on seeing numbers, here you go:

  • Wins Above Replacement – 183.7
  • Slugging Percentage – .690
  • OPS – 1.164
  • RBIs – 2,214
  • On Base Percentage – 4.74
  • Home Runs – 714 (60 in a single season)

He was also a pitcher for the Red Sox with a .87 ERA and is given tons of credit for saving baseball during the Black Sox scandal. He earned more money than the PTOUS during his time, and that was during the Great Depression. He also:

  • Has a candy bar in his name
  • Appeared in ten Fall Classics, winning seven
  • Ate little outside of hot dogs, and beer

Runners-up were:

  • Ted Williams
  • Barry Bonds
  • Willie Mays
  • Hank Aaron

Rick Flair, Wrestling

Sixteen-time World Heavyweight Champion, there is really nothing left to say. Rick set the standard with the way he carried himself, dressed, and spoke. If you search for the meaning of the word “cool,” you can find his picture. Runners-up were:

  • Steve “Stone Cold” Austin
  • Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
  • The Undertaker
  • Shawn Michaels

Pele, Soccer

Starting a professional football career at the age of 15, and being named to the Brazilian national team a year later at 16, makes Pele our front-runner. By the way, he scored in both of his first games. As a member of the World Cup team in 1958, he was the youngest in history. With a given name of Edson Arantes do Nascimento, he scored a hat-trick in a semifinal game with France, and two additional scores in the Final with Sweden to earn the very first World Cup for Brazil. The team won two of three attempts before Pele retired at the age of 36 in 1977. The legend set records that are not likely to be broken after spending 19 seasons with Santos, and the Cosmos. He appeared 638 times, and scored 619 goals, 31 of which were scored in 56 matches. Runners-up were:

  • Diego Maradona
  • Ronaldo,
  • Johan Cruyff
  • Alfredo Di Stefano


Anderson Silva, MMA

Still a relatively new sport, this one was our hardest decision. Anderson holds the record for the longest winning streak in the UFC and was undefeated for seven incredible years. He has great style, excellent striking accuracy, and exercised total dominance. Yeah, his exit was a little bit extraordinary; however, you must admit, he is an icon in the MMA. Runners-up were:

  • Georges St-Pierre
  • Fedor Emelianenko
  • Jon Jones
  • Demetrious Johnson

Okay, we’re ready, let the feathers fly with your disputes, but don’t forget, you must tell us why!

We almost forgot, itchy to know all of Babe’s nicknames? The Great Bambino, The Sultan of Swat, Babe, The Big Fellow, Jack Dunn’s Baby, Bam. Jidge, The Caliph of Clout, The Big Bam, The Behemoth of Bust.

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Who Are Our G.O.A.T Athletes?

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