- May 1, 2016
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You gave me chills!! Exactly THIS.As a kid I was a Jets and Tigers fan until I saw Mortimer play on tv in the 70's. I've said it many times on TK that he's the greatest player I've ever seen. He's easily the most exciting and brilliant player ever. Dogs have won 8 GF over 85 years, half of those GF were won in Mortimer's 13 years at the club.
A lot of the younger fans here wet their pants over Thurston and Johns but compare their career GF statistics to Turvey and they don't stack up. Doggies fans born after Turvey played don't know how magical he was.
Mortimer is the only HB I've seen that had ALL the attributes: Explosive acceleration from a standing start, able to score long distance solo tries, scrum base and against a set defense, chip and regather consistently, vision, astute passing, kicking, chase down wingers, the greatest cover defender of all time.
Johns, Thurston, Sterling, Langer, Cronk, Stuart - none of those great HB could do what Mortimer did.
I'll take Mortimer over "Immortals" Wally Lewis, Johns, Gasnier, Raper, Churchill, Langlands, Fulton, Beetson, Meninga and "future immortal" Thurston every day of the week.
Sterlo was great, but let’s bot forget he had a too supportive cast in outside backs. The best 5/8 I’ve ever seen, Ella, Cronin, Grothe.
In the era where we were the entertainers (not Parra), Turvey was our stand out KING.