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Poll: Greatest athlete on the field (133 member(s) have cast votes)

What position requires the greatest athleticism to play?

  1. QB (12 votes [9.02%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.02%

  2. LT (2 votes [1.50%])

    Percentage of vote: 1.50%

  3. DE (16 votes [12.03%])

    Percentage of vote: 12.03%

  4. S (5 votes [3.76%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.76%

  5. Voted RB (9 votes [6.77%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.77%

  6. LB (21 votes [15.79%])

    Percentage of vote: 15.79%

  7. WR (21 votes [15.79%])

    Percentage of vote: 15.79%

  8. CB (43 votes [32.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 32.33%

  9. DT (1 votes [0.75%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.75%

  10. other (TE, G, C, . . . . K, P if you got the cohones) (3 votes [2.26%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.26%

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#25 rayzor

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 05:20 PM

strength wise CB is arguably the weakest position on the field and strength is a pretty big aspect to consider when judging overall athleticism. size too.

who is more athletic? one of those nigerian marathon runners or an mma fighter?

 

you've got to consider endurance. anyone can run fast. being able to do it backwards and forwards and being able to make breaks and cuts on a dime and do it for 70+ plays a game makes someone pretty athletic. it at the very least puts them on par with every other position.
 



#26 Razeyfingers

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 05:20 PM

Its is true that its more rare to find big speedy guys than its is very fast strong guys. Its no coincidence that DE's get taken very high in the draft because of this.

 

 

I say S just because vision is a very underrated physical tool. The safety has to be an athlete and still be able to track where all those objects are goin on the field. More than even a LB'er.



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Posted 08 June 2013 - 05:27 PM

I said CB - there are a lot of stud receivers; CB's gotta cover the likes of those freaks



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Posted 08 June 2013 - 05:34 PM

Its kind of ridiculous what a corner is asked to do. That and the rules have just gotten worse and worse for them.



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Posted 08 June 2013 - 05:49 PM

I think NFL CB is the most athletically demanding position in all pro sports.


I do believe, like rayzor, this statement may be true. Maybe that is why there are so few great corners. There just are not enough truly elite CBs out there to go around.

You could make an argument for Point Guards, but the physicality of the CB position makes it a tougher position.

I voted LB, but you guys may have changed my mind. Damm.

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 05:51 PM

who is more athletic? one of those nigerian marathon runners or an mma fighter?

 

you've got to consider endurance. anyone can run fast. being able to do it backwards and forwards and being able to make breaks and cuts on a dime and do it for 70+ plays a game makes someone pretty athletic. it at the very least puts them on par with every other position.
 

 

mma fighter. marathon runners excel at 1-2 aspects (endurance, maybe speed) of athleticism and nothing else.

 

i chose DE because there is heavy use of every aspect of athleticism on every play. the only other two positions i see in competition with DE are LB and RB.

 

also, vision isn't a form of athleicism imo. it's a talent or game skill.



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Posted 08 June 2013 - 05:52 PM

backpedaling, bailing, weaving, breaking..... you might have a point.


Sounds like a Friday night at the inlaws. Without those pesky 911 calls.

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 06:59 PM

CB & DE for sure.

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 07:06 PM

I think NFL CB is the most athletically demanding position in all pro sports.

 

Boxers disagree with you. Quick, agile, incredibly strong, tough, durable, full of stamina and endurance, hand eye coordination like no other, etc etc.

 

I'd also argue that PG, SG, and SF specifically could be more athletically demanding than CB. Think Lebron as an athlete vs Revis. Best of each, but Lebron is the better athlete.



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Posted 08 June 2013 - 07:14 PM

Has to be cornerback.......is there a postion in team sports that are less protected than CB's

Lets not forget that they are having to react to WR that are stronger, taller and in some cases just as fast if not faster than them

 

If a DE takes a play off (this isnt me getting at them because you do need a good motor to play DE) it doesnt directly result in a big play. A corner back has to be focused on just about every play as one mistake resluts in a big play and we as viewers always see the last mistake i.e a CB being poor in coverage resulting in a TD

 

I would reckon scounts look at the physical gifts tools of a cornerback more than any other position. Speed, ability to turn hips, verticle, backpedalling. In most other positions players can still get drafted high or even exceed while lacking certain physical gifts but its more rear in CBs, especially cover corners



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Posted 08 June 2013 - 07:15 PM

CB hands down

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 07:56 PM

Corners have the toughest job. Therefore it stands to reason that they are the most athletically gifted of all the positions. Qb's can be athletic but its not a prerequisite. Corners have to stay with the fastest guy on the offense, and mirror another human beings actions as quickly as said human thinks them and performs them. It's outside of my comprehension how these guys remain glued to their man, know where help is, and still manage to be aware of where the ball/play is going. Truly remarkable.