wolfgang wrote:The age old question, are race car drivers athletes? Jimmy Johnson may very well be an athlete, but I never and still don't believe you have to be an athlete to drive a race car and drive it well. The one thing I do agree, is you have to be physicly fit to some degree. What QB was saying was he didn't consider race car drivers athletes compared to one on one or individual sports. QB did say drivers just drive the race car which is just ignorance on his part.
take a football player & I guarantee you he isn't conditioned enough to run a cup car for 500 miles. just because they don't have bodies for magazines doesn't discount them as athletes. & the fact McNabb was talking of tiger as an athlete yet JJ was not is just plain ignorant.
Just to help Donovan out, here is Merriam-Webster's definition of an athlete: "a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility, or stamina."
In case McNabb cant comprehend, JJ uses all three!!!