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Poll: Which North American athlete is best of all-time?

Previous poll shows voters believe color-coded county change should not have been made
By Staff | Feb 14, 2021

The Super Bowl is over, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers' quarterback Tom Brady has earned seventh championship ring, which leads the Courier Publications/VillageSoup sports poll to ask: Who is the greatest all-time athlete among these highly-successful North American professional and amateur competitors?

Scroll to vote, or click here. Make sure to scroll down to see the names of more athletes.

Across sports, arguments can be made for many professional and amateur athletes across a vast timeline, as the debate will range as long as the competition continues.

The previous sports poll focused on the state's change to the color-coded county designation, which allowed, or disallowed, school-based activities — including high school athletics — to take place.

Before Jan. 20, if a county was designated "green," school-based activities were allowed to take place, but if the county was changed to "yellow," activities had to be paused, or shut down.

With the change announced on Wednesday, Jan. 20, the "yellow" designation no longer applies to school-based activities, only for in-person learning.

Fifty-one percent of voters believe the change should not have been made, while 32.7 percent believe the change was the correct decision. The final 16.3 percent chose the "does not matter to me" option.

Click here to read more about the state's color-coded county change.

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at or by phone at 594-4401.

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Comments (2)
Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Feb 15, 2021 10:26

The greatest golfer of all resides at Mar-a-lago in Florida. Don't believe it, just ask him.

Posted by: Gerald A Weinand | Feb 14, 2021 15:46

Tiger Woods? When did golf involve athletics? And Brady will be the first to tell you he is not an athlete.

How your list doesn't not include Jim Thorpe (who also excelled at ballroom dancing) or Babe Didrikson Zaharias is beyond me.

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