Well, you know. Any personal endeavor on Rupp, Salzar, Nike Oregon Project, allegations of doping, etc...
Galen Rupp is as of 2023 by second to none, the Greatest American Distance Runner this country has produced thus far. (Now I'm not saying Grant Fisher isn't good, he's still active and hasn't accomplished as much as Galen yet). Now I'm a huge Chris Solinsky fan and will be until the end of sports. But, Galen has accomplished much more and even demolished my beloved Idol's American 10k record.
Galen's PBs have a strong range that hasn't been touched by Bernard Lagat, Chris Solinsky, Bob Kennedy, etc...
3:50.92 Indoor Mile
7:30.16 Indoor 3K
59:47 Half Marathon
Now I know The Americans have yet to produce a Wunderkind on the Roads that can run Sub-59 Half/Sub-2:04 Marathon. But, Galen being 1 of three Americans to ever go Sub 1 in the Half. and Is within 30 seconds of Khalid Khannouchi's American Record from 2002. Means Rupp certainly has earned his spot on the roads. He got bronze medal on his Second Marathon and Silver Medal to Mo Farah in the 10,000m. His Indoor Mile rivaled Lagat and Matthew Centrowitz at the time.
Anyone's personal feelings aside, He gets crap because of his middle-class background, association with Salazar, but he did all these feats before the Shoe Revolution. And he's never tested Positive for a drug. All's to say Galen is amazing and deserves it all.