Yes this was written as if the poster:
RiverDog wrote:"..didn't come to know Walt like I did players such as Largent and as we are coming to know Russell Wilson,
RiverDog wrote:but every time I did hear Walt speak, I liked what I heard."
It had nothing to do with what he said. It's what he did on the field, and that was completely shut the guy across from him down. Utter domination
RiverDog wrote:I don't know if I want to go so far as to anoint him as best ever as I hate comparing players from different eras, but as CBob said, he has to be included in that elite group of a half dozen or so that should get due consideration.
I refer back to the first part of your post, and give you a pass, because your knowledge of Walt is far from up-to-speed. Walt being 'elite' is a given; there is no 'consideration' necessary. The only matter worthy of consideration is whether he is in fact the greatest ever.
If you knew more about his play, you would have no doubt that 'elite.' happened in his first or second season. When we talk about all of the great tackles of their era, there is a common thread; they all had almost picture-perfect form and super-sound technique. Walt was no exception, but he took things a step further with off-the-charts natural ability. That ability allowed him to recover and win even when forced or caught out of position....in what appeared to be totally unwinnable situations. He could get contorted into some 'oh-my-gawd' postures but his magic legs would keep flying around underneath him keeping him upright and engaged.
I have no doubt that he is among the top TWO tackles to ever play the game...and he better get in the Hall on first ballot or the selection process is seriously flawed.