Riffing off the last post, about Kirk Herbstreit laying out the "on-paper" case for considering Tim Tebow the greatest college football player ever...
The "accomplishments" alone (national titles, SEC titles, Heismans) is probably enough for "Greatest of All Time" (GOAT) status.
But then throw in two other core criteria -- the "intangibles" (like "competitiveness") and the myth-making around him.
In each of THOSE categories, individually, he is the greatest in college football history. Put all the criteria together and it's not even a question.
I think what people balk at is two things: (1) Anointing him "GOAT" before the season has played itself out (fair), and (2) They can't believe that this is happening in real-time.
To (2): We think of "GOAT" as legendary -- in part -- because they are ancient: Babe Ruth, Vince Lombardi, John Wooden... even Michael Jordan, who last played a meaningful game when kids in college were too young to remember him vividly.
Is it so crazy that we are living through the GOAT in college football right now? No, just as it is hardly crazy to think that, in Albert Pujols, we are watching one of the Top 5 baseball players of all time. Or that LeBron may just be the greatest basketball player ever.
Ironically, folks seem to be pretty comfortable saying that Michael Phelps is the greatest swimmer of all time and even that Usain Bolt is the greatest sprinter of all time.
Maybe because we feel less of a connection to those sports than we do college football or baseball or other "major" sports.