Sports debates and discussions occur on a daily basis, year round. There are so many different things in sports that can be debated at any given point. These debates can be about the best players, teams, coaches, plays, players, which team will win the championship, etc.
ESPN airs a show called “First Take,” which Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith engage in debates amongst themselves, along with countless others on all the latest happenings in the world of sports. The show is highly popular and causes its fair share of debate topics for the everyday sports fanatic.
One of the biggest debates as of late is that of the Mt. Rushmore of various sports. This is a debate that circulates from time to time, which involves discussing who is in the top four of different sports. The debate resurfaced recently by LeBron James, who is a highly debatable athlete in his own right. James claimed that he will one day be on the Mt. Rushmore of the NBA. Cue the debate.
Countless amounts of people have chimed in, giving their opinions of the subject at hand. Bayless and Smith debated the topic as well as who they think are on the Mt. Rushmore of the NFL. During Sunday’s NBA All-Star game, Kobe Bryant, who is currently injured, joined the TNT broadcast team. While he sat with the headset on, he was asked his thoughts about what James had to say. He laughed it off before calling it “impossible” to ever get right. This couldn’t be truer of a statement. No matter what is debated and which sport’s Mt. Rushmore is discussed, not everybody will agree. That is the beauty of sports debates and debates in general; no everyone will have the same opinion. Often times, it causes it for great conversation.
Below I will list my Mt. Rushmore’s of the NFL, NBA, MLB, and the NHL. I will list each player and a list of accolades accomplished in their respective sport.
1. Jim Brown – 9x Pro Bowler, 8x All-Pro 1st Team, 4x MVP, NFL Champion, 12,312 rushing yards, 106 Touchdowns
2. Joe Montana – 8x Pro Bowler, 3x All-Pro 1st Team, 4x Super Bowl Champion, 3x Super Bowl MVPs, 2x NFL MVP, 40,551 passing yards, 273 Touchdowns
3. Barry Sanders – 10x Pro Bowler, 6x All-Pro 1st Team, 2x MVP, 15,269 rushing yards, 109 Touchdowns
4. Lawrence Taylor – 10x Pro Bowler, 10x All Pro 1st Team, 2x Super Bowl Champion, NFL MVP, 1,088 tackles, 132.5 sacks, 9 interceptions
1. Michael Jordan – 6x NBA Champion, 6x NBA Finals MVP, 5x NBA MVP, 14x All-Star, 10x NBA Scoring Champ, 30. 1 points per game, 6.2 rebounds per game, 5.8 assists per game
2. Magic Johnson – 5x NBA Champion, 3x NBA Finals MVP, 3x NBA MVP. 12x All-Star, 19.5 points per game, 11.2 assists per game, 7.2 rebounds per game
3. Bill Russell – 11X NBA Champion, 5x NBA MVP, 12x All-Star, 15 points per game, 22 rebounds per game
4. Wilt Chamberlin – 2x NBA Champion, Finals MVP, 4x NBA MVP, 13x All-Star, 7x NBA Scoring Champ, 100 points in a single game
1. Cy Young – World Series Champion, 511-316 record, 2.63 ERA, 2.803 strikeouts, 76 shutouts, Perfect Game, 3 no-hitters, AL Triple Crown Winner
2. Hank Aaron – World Series Champion, 25x All-Star, 3 Gold Gloves, NL MVP, .305 average, 3,771 hits, 755 home runs, 2,297 RBI
3. Babe Ruth – 7x World Series Champion, AL MVP, 2x All-Star, 12x AL Home Run Champ, AL ERA Champ, .342 average, 2,873 hits, 714 home runs, 2,213 RBI, 94-46 record, 2.28 ERA
4. Joe DiMaggio – 9x World Series Champ, 3x AL MVP, 13x All-Star, 56 game hitting streak, .325 average, 2,214 hits, 361 home runs, 1,537 RBI
1. Wayne Gretzky – 4x Stanley Cup Winner, 9 Hart Trophies (MVP), 10 Art Ross Trophies (Leading Scorer), 2 Con Smythe Trophies (Playoff MVP), 894 goals, 1,963 assists, 122 playoff goals, 260 playoff assists
2. Gordie Howe – 4x Stanley Cup Winner, 6 Hart Trophies, 6 Art Ross Trophies, 801 goals, 1,049 assists, 68 playoff goals, 92 playoff assists
3. Mario Lemieux – 2x Stanley Cup Winner, 3 Hart Trophies, 6 Art Ross Trophies, 2 Con Smythe Trophies, 690 goals, 1,033 assists, 76 playoff goals, 96 playoff assists
4. Martin Brodeur – 3x Stanley Cup Winner, 4 Vezina Trophies (Best Goaltender), NHL Leader in wins (669) losses (380), shutouts, (121), and games played (1,220), 2.23 Goals Against Average, .913 save %
These are who I think should be on the Mt. Rushmore’s of the four major sports in North America. Feel free to follow me on Twitter @KingEdward15 to engage in a multitude of sports debates, including who you think is the best of the best in each of the four major sports.