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Legends

The true value of legends seems to unfold over time. We, the present people of the world, do not have the opportunity of witnessing historic figures of legendary status on the same level as those passed. Only time will tell who the true legends are, for it is they who will stand the test of time.

In our world today, advancements in the fields of science and technology are bound to offer more and more names of historical importance. Names like Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg are just a sample. In Hollywood, Steven Spielberg, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Christopher Nolan have been game-changers. Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber are promising names in the music industry.

But are these potentially names of legendary status? Albert Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin, William Shakespeare, Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson, The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson. Now those are legends.

The word “legend” is used in the world of sports quite often. To be referred to as legendary is the highest compliment an athlete can hope to receive. There is no official ranking of legend. It is an unwritten title; common knowledge. Today, the greatest athletes in North America are Sidney Crosby, Kobe Bryant, Roy Halladay and Peyton Manning. Arguably. I know some people are out there shaking their heads, but for every one of those names, there is a top competitor: Alexander Ovechkin, Lebron James, Albert Pujols (or Alex Rodriguez) and Tom Brady. The minute you claim one of those players are legendary, the world of sports collectively ignores you. There are many great players out there, but there is a fine line between great and legendary.

I have noticed a sense of disrespect towards the sporting legends of the world as of late. People today do not understand nor appreciate fully the amazing talents and abilities of legends passed. Join me over the course of my next 4 pieces, as I intend to reiterate the stories, situations, sacrifices, strength and statistics that 4 great players came across and created during their time.

Only the greatest 4 warriors to ever lace ‘em up in their respective sport. The names that will forever live on with legendary status.

Comments

  • Anonymous

    I am happy to have you back, and I can’t wait to see where this goes. I also loved the Kobe shout-out, LOL! He is a living legend still playing the game. LAKERS!!!

  • TheMan

    woah woah woah. Peyton Manning? Best athlete in football right now? I don’t think so. Maybe 5 years ago, but now, no one can really argue that it’s Tom Brady. He’s the leader of the best team in the AFC, has 3 Super Bowl rings, will more than likely be the MVP this year AND only has 4 interceptions through 14 games this season. So, was Peyton Manning the best player in football a few years ago? Yes. Can you argue that he still is now? Absolutely not.

    • Anonymous

      That’s the thing with sports, the superstars change so much. It’s not like tiger woods and Mike Jordan, who changed the game as we know it. These guys like Brady rise up and pass as quickly as they rise. They are hot for one or two seasons and then no one cares, they become hall-of-famers.

  • Chris Elliott

    Connor, great piece. I was into it the entire read. However I must disagree with you over one issue. Kanye West is without question (not a matter of opinion… a matter of fact) a legend. He has released 5 albums in 7 years and garnered a total of 14 Grammys. More so than any other hip hop artist in history. His innovations in production and style of vocals have had a blanket effect of inspiration throughout the music industry (not to mention the likes of hip-hop). There is no one like him, and there never will be.

    He is one of the biggest stars of all time.

    Pheraps it’s hard for some people to recognize this truth now, but in time the man who everyone calls a “Douchebag” will get the respect he so much deserves.

  • Anonymous

    Awesome post dude! really well written.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=796832563 Connor Sziklasi

    I’m loving all the opinions! That’s partially the point of this idea. To spark discussion and hear opinions, and no one can say I am wrong or you are wrong.

    First off, TheMan, I just wanted to start by saying that I did in fact mention Tom Brady in the argument for greatest player in the league, right? So yes, I do understand how great of a player is, but you can’t base a player’s career on one, two, or select seasons. Overall, in my opinion, given what Peyton Manning has had to work with and accomplished compared to that of Brady, I believe Manning is the greater player. This is due to things such as wide receivers, tight ends, etc. but also due to sheer football sense. The man is human, so he too makes mistakes, big ones. But he’s an incredibly talented human, as is Brady.

    And Chris, I know how passionate you are about hip-hop compared to myself, so clearly I respect your input. However, one key part of my article stated “it is an unwritten title; common knowledge.” If you ask the world if Kanye West is a legend, you’ll find quite a few unconvinced people. Sometimes what makes a legend isn’t the talent of the person, but the reception of the worldwide audience. If someone made an argument that Michael Jackson is a legend, they wouldn’t need to include any Grammy Nominations or Awards. That’s when you know someone is legendary. But hey, if he’s a legend in your eyes then that’s what matters most to you. I probably feel the same way about other talented people in the world.

    Thanks again everyone!

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