Roseman wrote:Not that Vick isnt a great athlete it is just a bit of a surprise that a Football player is the best.
I would have assumed, a soccer or hockey or even basketball would top the list. Those three are much more physically demanding sports than football.
Well here's the Madrid in me...let me say that having played soccer, ice hockey and football at above HS level I can say that they are completely different stories.
First off...Ronaldo isn't the most explosive there is but that's another topic for discussion. Soccer does have dead time...even the best strikers and forwards out there only expect 6-8 real opportunities with the ball during a 90 minute game.
Football has a ton of contact which really wears you down but still I don't think it's close to the toughest.
Frankly, and let me put this as clearly as I can...ICE HOCKEY is by far the most intense sport on the body. Skating full blast for 60 seconds will leave your muscles sore as hell even if you are in shape. Then there's the contact and then the balance and control...and lastly actually handling the puck. To put this in perspective...even at the highest levels of pro and international hockey, the longest a coach will EVER let a player stay out on the ice for with no stoppages in play is roughly 90 seconds. Considering that there are usually 4 offensive lines and only 3 defensive (meaning D guys play 33% more per game) my vote goes to offensive minded defenseman like Chris Pronger and Niklas Lidstrom. Those guys don't just defend...they QB the power play and are expected to run breakouts from the defensive zone and then get back on defense BEFORE the other O gets to the puck..not backchecking like the forwards do