Best 7 ever
Today is Lucky 7 day. July 7, 2007. 7-7-07. Good a day as any to debate who is the greatest No. 7 ever. Mickey Mantle or John Elway?
These are the kinds of debates I love. It gets old comparing Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan. A-Rod and Derek Jeter.
I prefer cross-sports debates. Tiger Woods or Babe Ruth? Bjorn Borg or LeBron James? Wayne Gretzky or Jordan?
And the Elway-Mantle debate is a classic. They are the greatest No. 7′s in history.
Mantle was the greatest baseball player of the 1950s. A powerful, swift icon. The regal star of the Pinstripe Power, with a name that rolled off the tongue and a smile that disarmed all comers.
Elway was the greatest quarterback in football history. He could throw a football 90 yards and scramble away from defenders for 90 minutes. His comebacks are legendary.
So who is greater? I’m going with Elway. Mantle was one of the 10-15 greatest baseball players ever, and if he had stayed healthier late in his career and played as long as Mays and Aaron, he would be one of the 3-5 best ever. But Mantle didn’t. His health declined, his career numbers leveled off short of epic status.
Elway kept going strong. He won Super Bowls his final two seasons, when he still was a fine quarterback but not the wunderkin he was in the 1980s.
John Elway is the greatest No. 7 ever.
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