OT - 50 Greatest Black Athlete Poll

Submitted by Bones032 on August 8th, 2017 at 4:28 PM

The Undeafted did a poll of 10,000 people to compile the 50 greatest black athletes of all time. I wont copy/paste the whole section explaining the rankings, just this part:

" Each athlete was ranked on four factors: overall ranking, dominance, inspiration and impact on society."


If you put the mouse over any of the numbers 1-50 on the bar going across the top of the screen a dropdown will show you the full list.

Needless to say, I have thoughts.



August 8th, 2017 at 4:30 PM ^

There a tons of issues with this list, but just focusing on Football for a second.

Emmitt Smith at 19, Barry Sanders at 44? Larry Fitzgerald is 2 spots above Barry. 

Think they need to poll people who are not high.


August 8th, 2017 at 4:36 PM ^

Yeah Jim Brown being 11 spots below Emmitt Smith, does make the list seem like a joke.

Most people online are upset about the 2 female gymnasts in the top 10, which is absoluetly laughable. But the Emmitt/Barry thing really make me LOL. 

Also Steph Curry above Lebron James? Above Bill Russell?


August 8th, 2017 at 8:50 PM ^

Jim Brown should be in the top 5 of the "all athletes regardless of race" poll.

He played four different varsity sports at Syracuse.  In High school, he was also a spectacular basketball AND baseball player.  Simply a beast.

Everyone knows about football, but he was also a legendary lacrosse player.


August 8th, 2017 at 4:36 PM ^

Recency bias much people?  I'm sorry but that's wrong, wrong, wrong.  Especially when you consider the criteria they laid out for inclusion.

 And how does the greatest FOOTBALL player to every play (Brown) get ranked #30????



August 8th, 2017 at 4:49 PM ^

Most of these people would be on an "All-time Athletes" list, regardless of race. Wish we could start getting passed those things that don't matter (race, gender, sexual orientation, religion) and focus on the important things like WHERE IS TIGER WOODS?



August 9th, 2017 at 9:30 AM ^

Yes, normal people like us riding in carts with our buddies, praying to break 80, can drink beer on a saturday afternoon.  Do me a favor.  Get up in the morning and hit 300 balls, walk 18 holes, work on your short game for 2 hours, then hit 100-300 more balls.  This is a normal day for a touring pro.  Tell me how you feel afterwards.

I hate Tiger Woods and even I think his exclusion from this list is egregious.


August 8th, 2017 at 4:51 PM ^

I always find these lists to be so silly. It's a waste of time comparing athletes from different eras. In addition to the advancements in science that has led to training development and conditioning being on a whole new level, there's also the fact that sports tend to evolve in general, so that guys with certain physical characteristics may be more relevant depending on the time period.


August 8th, 2017 at 4:56 PM ^

That if we compiled a list of the 50 [x demographic practically anything else with three notable exceptions - female, Jewish or gay] top athletes the list would be viewed as __-ist? Moreover, the "impact on society" aspect appears undervalued. There was this strapping middle-aged black man who sat directly in front of me during my bar swearing-in ceremony and it's a challenge to imagine a former athlete who has had much greater impact on our society for a time. He played football for NC AT&T, his name is Jesse Jackson, and he blotted out my view of the damn stage. Nice guy though, hung out with him a few times. I don't see Rev. Jackson on the list.