Joe Montana the Greatest ever? The never-ending debate...

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In every sport there is always a debate about who is the best player ever is and the NFL is no different.

For a long time there has been arguments over this question but this decision is so difficult if you consider different people’s opinions and different eras of the sport.

How can you compare a modern day player with someone who played in the 50s and 60s? It’s almost impossible because the game being played is so different.

Are we judging on Super Bowl victories or career statistics? If it was rings alone then Peyton Manning or Dan Marino can’t be considered as the greatest player and Walter Payton only had one Super Bowl ring to his name but put together one of the greatest set of career statistics ever.

There are so many different opinions and everybody has their own team meaning they will have their own views who is best. A poll taken in 2010 named wide receiver Jerry Rice voted as the best player ever with Jim Brown in second and linebacker Lawrence Taylor coming in third.

This was a strange result as many conversations about the best ever start and finish with a quarterback.

Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Joe Montana are always the names that pop up first but it was Montana’s long time teammate Rice that took the number one spot.

If it was down to me to decide then I would have to pick Joe Montana simply because of what how he performed in the big games, his 92-yard drive to win Super Bowl XXIII with 36 seconds left on the clock is the stuff legend.

He won four Super Bowls as part of the 49ers domination of the NFL in the 80s.

I don’t think that this type of discussion will ever stop in any sport because it is what keeps fans talking and passionate about the sport they follow.

We would have nothing to talk about if this was settled once and for all, thankfully though I don’t think that can be done.

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