The short answer is no, but he's climbing the ranks. 

Fred VanVleet has had quite the meteoric rise over the past 5 years. He went from being undrafted to being a key member of a championship team and signing an $85M contract.

He's good but he might not be the best Fred to ever play professional sports.

Here is Fred's resume:

  • NBA Champion
  • NBA D-League Champion
  • 3rd Team NCAA All-American
  • 2 time MVC Player of the Year
  • 3 time All-MVC

Let's take a look at the contenders:

Fred Dryer:

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Dryer's stats:

  • 1 Pro Bowl
  • 1 First-team All-Pro
  • 1 Second-team All-Pro
  • NFL All-Rookie Team
  • 2 time NCAA Division II Champion
  • Starred as Hunter in Hunter

Better than VanVleet? No. Hunter was a pretty good show though.

Fred Williamson:

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Williamson's stats:

  • 3 time AFL All-Star
  • AFL Champion
  • Nicknamed "The Hammer"
  • Star of many 1970 blaxploitation films and was in From Dusk Till Dawn

Better than VanVleet? No. He was in some great movies though.

Fred Biletnikoff

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Biletnikoff's stats:

  • Super Bowl Champ
  • Super Bowl MVP
  • 4 time Pro Bowl
  • First team All-Pro
  • NFL receptions leader (1971)
  • Consensus NCAA All-American

Better than VanVleet? Yes. They named the award for the best receiver in the NCAA after him. There's no VanVleet award. Yet.

Fred McGriff:

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McGriff's stats:

  • 5 time All-Star
  • World Series Champion
  • 3 time Silver Slugger
  • 2 time HR leader
  • Had an awesome nickname "The Crimedog"

Better than VanVleet? Yes. For now. McGriff had sustained success. Also it's nuts that he got his nickname from a PSA.

Fred Lynn:

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Lynn's stats:

  • 9 time All-Star
  • AL MVP
  • AL Rookie of the Year
  • ALCS MVP
  • 4 time Gold Glove winner
  • AL batting champ
  • Red Sox Hall of Fame

Better than VanVleet? Yes. But VanVleet has a chance to be about Fred Lynn's equal.

Fred Perry:

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Perry's stats:

  • Australian Open champion singles and doubles (1 each)
  • French Open champion singles, doubles, and mixed doubles (1 each)
  • Wimbledon champion 3 times singles and 2 times mixed doubles
  • US Open champion 3 times singles and 1 time mixed doubles
  • 4 time Davis Cup champion
  • One of the best and most decorated tennis player of all time.

Better than VanVleet? Yes. Perry was a legend.

Freddy Garcia:

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Garcia's stats:

  • 2 time All-Star
  • World Series champion
  • AL ERA leader
  • Awesome nickname "Sweaty Freddy"

Better than VanVleet? No. It's close right now and VanVleet still has half a career to go.

Fred Couples:

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Couples' stats:

  • 15 time PGA Tour winner
  • 3 time European Tour winner
  • Masters champion
  • 2 time player of the year
  • 1992 leading money winner
  • Awesome nickname Freddy "Boom Boom" Couples

Better than VanVleet? Yes but this is another one that VanVleet could catch.

I probably missed a few in here (feel free to comment below) but it looks like Rockford's Fred ranks pretty high. He already has a pretty good nickname, Mr. Bet On Yourself. That's how cool Fred is, he gave himself a nickname, which is very hard to do.

We'll all be keeping an eye on Fred to see how high he can climb on the all-time Fred list.

 

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