LeBron James On Why Tom Brady Shouldn’t Be Considered The Greatest Athlete Of All-Time
LeBron James, Draymond Green and rapper 2 Chainz linked up during All-Star Weekend in New Orleans for a wide-ranging discussion at a barbershop that was filmed and released by ESPN today.
One of the conversations centered around Tom Brady which led to LeBron giving a long explanation on why Brady and other football players shouldn’t be considered in the “greatest athletes” argument.
“My only argument with a football player being the greatest athlete of all time is that they only gotta play one side of the floor, man,” James began. “Yes, Brady is unbelievable. Brady is the greatest quarterback I’ve ever seen but he affects the game one way. …
“Just as a basketball player, and the pounding that you take and running both sides — ‘OK, I gotta do offense. Oh s—t, I gotta get back on defense. Oh s–t, I gotta get back on offense. Oh s—t, I gotta get back on defense.’ As physical as football is — and to the body, I know it’s crazy to the body — but for a quarterback, [Patriots coach Bill] Belichick has done a great job of implementing those five guys in front to protect that asset. …
“For us [as basketball players], every single night, you gotta know both sides. We both played football … the offense never even talked to the defense — all week! We don’t even speak to y’all! When I played football, offensively, I never even talked to the defensive side. I never even talked to y’all! Ain’t nothing to talk about! I’m sitting down like this on the bench — ‘Oh, turnover? Oh, where’s my helmet?’ … You remember that!”
“I’m not saying he’s not great. He’s the greatest football player of all time.”
LeBron’s not wrong about Brady but he probably should carve out a special category for football players like Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson who were able to play two sports during their career.