Every sport in the world has their ‘greats,’ their ‘first ballot hall-of-famers,’ their ‘once in a generation,’ their ‘best of the best.’ When you start having conversations, moot as they may be, comparing the creme-de-la-creme from across sports, there’s a few names that really rise to the top. Names like Michael Jordan, Steve Prefontaine, and Dan Marino emerge remain on top, while others suddenly seem paler against the brighter lights of comparison.
Two who without a doubt would be a part of the ‘all-comers’ challenge for greatest athlete of all time were in Sao Paulo, Brazil shooting Subway commercials this week: soccer player Pelé and swimmer Michael Phelps.
Phelps spent some time in his Subway gear talking to local media about his comeback, Phelps responded to questions about his comeback by calling it the “million dollar question” and saying that he doesn’t “even know what is gonna happen tomorrow,” again largely sidestepping the question.
He did confirm what is no longer a secret, though, that he’s back int he water, getting back in shape, and has rejoined the USADA drug testing pool to ensure that he could come back at the 2014 U.S. National Championship meet if he so chose. Both he and his coach, Bob Bowman, have been coy on the comeback, with both saying that they think he could return to his stature as the best in the world by the 2016 Olympics if he wanted to.
Read more about his event here from Lancenet (in Portuguese) and see a brief video of his comments above (in English). A longer video with more footage of the shoot (including Phelps playing soccer) and comments from both the swimming and soccer greats are here.