How would sports greats of yesteryear fare against the stars of today?.
The game has changed so much over the years—even a lot since Sanders’ prime—that it’s unlikely many of the athletes from even a couple decades ago would be able to hang with the big boys in the NFL in 2013.
Bales’ piece underscores an important point:
We are too deferential to players of past eras—especially in baseball and football—when comparing greatness then to now.
People don’t account for changes in player size/speed that result from advances in medicine and sports training; You can’t evaluate stats in a vacuum.