Gretzky is probably a better hockey player then those other guys are at their sports. Nobody is even close to Gretzky all time. You can make cases for a few different guys being better than Ali, Ruth, Jordan, etc.
Oh Montana. Nothing against him but I think Steve Young might have been better. Sure Montana has more rings but Young didn't get a shot until his late 20s to start full time. Young led the NFL in QB rating 6 times, completion percentage 5 times and touchdowns 4 times after
he turned 30. Also accomplished what he did without a solid running game a lot of the time.
I don't even know if Montana cracks the top 5 QBs of all time. Is he better than Johnny U or Elway? No way IMHO. You have to put Peyton and Brady right up there with Montana. Roger Staubach might be the most underrated QB ever. He didn't even begin his career until he was 27 because he was in the Navy. He led the Cowboys to seven division titles, five Super Bowls (two wins, should have been three) and led the league in passing four times. Maybe his biggest eye popping stat is he had 14 come from behind wins with under 2 minutes left.
Where do you think Gehrig would stand all time if not for his time on the bench and ALS?
He is right up there with anyone anyway. Had he not retired prematurely it's hard to argue he wouldn't of had 600-700 homers and well over 3,000 hits.
What is crazy to think about is Ted Williams lost three years in his prime to WWII.
"I am the devil himself, and all of you, stupid, mindless people fell for it". ~
My top 5 favorite wrestlers of all time
1. Macho Man Randy Savage (RIP...thanks for the memories)
2. Mick Foley (Cactus Jack)
3. Bret Hart (The Hart Foundation best tag team ever)
5. Ted DiBiase (best heel of all time)