Once upon a time, in the days before third-down running backs, middle relievers, and three-point specialists, being a “generalist”—one equally skilled at playing multiple positions when the need arose—was a celebrated and rare talent. So-called “five tool” baseball players like Ken Griffey Jr. and “two way” football players in the mold of Jim Thorpe were legendary. Even Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest basketball player ever, was as renowned for his suffocating defense as he was his prolific scoring.
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