Originally Posted by Masscore
Not only that, the guy changed the sport of Hockey forever. Before Orr it was unheard of for a defensemen to crash the net or even score that often. I think the guy gets overlooked so often because he did not play that long, but there is not a single person that has completly changed a sport like Orr.
I respectfully beg to differ, Orr was a beast but there was one other player who completely changed the way a sport was played: Bob "Bullet" Hayes.
Bob Hayes was the gold medallist in the 100m and 4x100m at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics for the U.S. His anchor leg in the 4x1 relay is still considered the fastest of all time, and he's the only man to win gold in the 100m and a superbowl ring. After the Olympics he played wide receiver and punt returner for the Dallas Cowboys. Hayes was so fast that he forced teams to change the way they covered receivers, basically inventing the zone defences we see today.
Up until Usain Bolt came along last year, I always considered Hayes the fastest of all time, winning the 100m out of lane 1 (which as chewed up from previous races, because the tracks were cinder in those days). If you ever get a chance to see the relay clip from the 64' Olympics, watch it, the fastest relay leg ever, full stop.
Just my two cents.