According to America, Tom Brady is the greatest athlete of all time.

BetOnline.ag created a G.O.A.T. map by gathering geotagged Twitter data during the last week. More than 130,000 tweets were geo-tracked, including hashtags and direct keyword phrases about which athletes are the best or greatest ever.

The findings show that Brady, coming off his seventh Super Bowl, is the most popular pick for the G.O.A.T. across the United States.

Brady had support in 20 states, clearing Michael Jordan and LeBron James by nine states each.

Here’s the complete breakdown of athletes and their respective state votes:

Tom Brady - 20 states (Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, South Carolina, Florida, Michigan, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Alaska)

Michael Jordan - 11 states (Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, New York, Utah)

LeBron James - 11 states (Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, New Jersey, Louisiana, Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Hawaii)

Serena Williams - 4 states (Connecticut, Minnesota, Washington, Maryland)

Peyton Manning - 1 state (Indiana)

Aaron Rodgers - 1 state (Wisconsin)

Joe Montana - 1 state (California)

John Elway - 1 state (Colorado)


No way he is the greatest athlete of all time. He’s slow afoot, and if you remember a couple of years ago in the Super Bowl against the Eagles, they did a throw back pass to the QB and he was very slow, and couldn’t even catch the pass. If he had to play behind the O-line of the Chiefs last week, he would have been horrible. At least Mahomes was able to scramble for some first downs and ever get some acrobatic passes off. If I had to make a choice, I’d go with Jordan.

Fresh off the Super Bowl.

Bo Jackson would be my pick for the greatest athlete of all time. At 230 lbs, he was probably the fastest player in the NFL. He was an incredible athlete who was a freak in MLB, too.

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There is no way to determine “of all time” since the game themselves do not remain constant. I would think it makes more sense to get the best of given eras. Say every 25 years or so Single Wing days versis T for instance and NFL until the 60’s and since etc.

But Brady does have great credentials.

Athlete vs player. There is a difference. I don’t think many would call Brady a great athlete say in the James, Jordan, or Mahone mold, but best at what he does is something else again. Last Sunday, it was like he knew well ahead of time where to go with the ball (often because he directed to other players to be there), and he put it where it needed to be, when it needed to be there, and he has been doing that for years with the rings to prove it.

Lebron James? UGH!!! Come on people

Exactly how I took it. Not about being the most physically gifted but most productive and successful.

Easy—most rings. Brady and Saban

American swimmer Michael Phelps has won 28 Olympic medals (23 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze) over the span of several different Olympics and he doesn’t even get a mention. He is easily one of the greatest athletes or “player” of his sport that has ever existed. Not saying he is the GOAT, but I’d put him ahead of many on that list.

This is my choice. No one has the agility or can run like this guy.



Too many modern-day players here. Babe Ruth was a marvelous athlete (legitimately ambidextrous among other things). Were these players better athletes than Willie Mays? Hard to compare athletes of different sports - different physical skill sets required.

I guess Willie Mays could have done just about anything he wished other than perhaps O or D line. Ozzie Smith was as great an athlete as ever. As mentioned, Babe Ruth was as well (don’t let those old films fool you). Just points out the folly of trying to pick across eras and sports. Just enjoy them (unless they are against your team. Ten respect them) for what they do.

Your board name described Mahomes in the Super Bowl. :smile:

My vote would go for SlowBob. He may be slow like Brady, but he is more consistent than Brady at being slow. :smile:

I agree.

I’ll start with Jim Thorpe and follow with Bo Jackson.

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Yea, I’d have to go with Jim Thorpe as well.

Took the words right out of my mouth.
Thorpe 1st - Jackson next.
After all - GOAT Athlete

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