The Best To Never Do It: Fred Flintstone
Oftentimes we look at athletes who tried and failed at the highest level. Other times we actually know people who had the talent, but not necessarily the passion to pursue it. Let's take it a step further, sometimes an athlete can be so far ahead of his time that he's around before the professional league to display his talent even exists.
I say that to say this......
Fred Flintstone could have been the greatest NFL running back of all time had he came a few million years later. They didn't use him right at Prinstone University so he never got a fair shake; they brought him in as QB.
We know the greats like Barry, Faulk, Walter Payton, the list goes on. None of them ever drove a car that was powered solely by legwork, and that's the difference. With their footwork and help of cleats, they could stop on a dime and turn up field. Fred had to use his bare heel to stop on gravel roads and risk a shattered ankle making sharp turns.
In almost every scene where Fred was driving, the background was moving so fast that he had to be doing at least 73mph off pure calf muscle strength and determination. His whip was built like a steamroller and he drove it like a Bentley coupe casually through the rubble.
For one second, imagine if Fred could have rocked some Jordan cleats on grass/turf. Granted, they would have had to be custom made because he only had 3 toes, but still. Fuck all that; imagine if he had SOCKS for comfort in said cleats. He would have averaged 496ypg on the ground with no offensive line on the field. He worked around dinosaurs and had one as a pet, no way a linebacker was having him shook in the open field.
Imagine how comfortable he woulda been in a real uniform instead of a one-piece 9X shirt with the built in tie. He had the body type of a refrigerator but with cheetah-like agility and the work ethic to be great.
Fred Flintstone's overall rating on Madden would have easily been a 134
When you talk about the best to never do it, keep my man Fred Flintstone in mind.