Michael Irvin claims Michael Jordan is no longer GOAT of all sports
For two decades now, Michael Jordan has worn the crown for being the GOAT of all GOATS.
Though LeBron James has entered the conversation for basketball, he is not seen to have the edge in terms of the number of people backing him, and you rarely hear anyone claim that he’s the greatest athlete of all time.
But a Pro Football Hall of Famer recently had something to say about MJ’s argument for being the sports GOAT.
Former Dallas Cowboys star Michael Irvin doesn’t think the title belongs to Jordan anymore; he thinks Tom Brady deserves the crown.
He said Jordan’s time as the GOAT of all sports is “over” and New England Patriots hero Tom Brady is the “GOAT of all GOATs.”
Irvin, now an American sports commentator, believes Brady’s seven Super Bowl triumphs now put him clear of the pack for sporting GOATs.
Brady, 45, spent the majority of his NFL career with the Patriots before signing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020.
And the NFL legend continued adding to his ever-growing legacy with his seventh Super Bowl ring in 2021, with the Buccaneers defeating the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9.
Speaking to Stephen A Smith on ESPN’s First Take in 2021, Irvin believed that Brady is now the undisputed GOAT ahead of Jordan.
“Tom Brady is the GOAT of all GOATs,” he said.
“[…] This man won six [Super Bowls], and he just won a seventh. That’s it; it’s over. We don’t need to talk about what it takes to win an NFL championship versus what it takes to win an NBA championship.
“It is way more difficult to win an NFL championship than it is to win an NBA championship, and this man has won more than [Jordan] has won in his. You can stop it, stop messing with it, go ahead and claim it, give it to him.”
In terms of titles, Irvin has a point. Brady has won seven Super Bowls compared to the six times Jordan won in the NBA Finals. But MJ’s 6-0 record in the Finals versus Brady’s 7-3 record in the Super Bowl should probably count for something, and it appears Irvin’s counterpart on First Take, Stephen A. Smith, thinks it does.
Smith pointed to his ability as an “elite scorer” and as a bona fide “leader.”
“[Jordan] has never lost a championship series, never even allowed it to get to a Game 7 — ever,” Smith said.
“[…] Last time I checked, Tom Brady can throw, but when we talk about athlete, when we talk about the GOAT, Tom Brady ain’t gonna be accused of out-running anybody.
“He ain’t gonna be accused of blocking for anybody. […] And oh, by the way, he does not play defence nor special teams.
“Michael Jordan was one of the elite defenders in the game of basketball; he was clearly the elite scorer in the game of basketball. Obviously, he was a leader.”
Smith isn’t the first person to argue that quarterbacks have a smaller impact on a game than basketball players do. Even LeBron James once said he doesn’t think a football player can be a sports GOAT.
“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 said on The Shop in 2017, per CBS Sports.
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