Originally posted by modninerfan:
1 Barry Sanders
2 Jim Brown
3 Walter Payton
4 Curtis Martin
5 Jerome Bettis
6 Eric Dickerson
7 OJ Simpson
8 Emmit Smith
9 Ladainian Tomlinson (will probably finish more around 4 or 5 when retired.)
10 Tie between Tony Dorsett and Marshall Faulk
Marshall Faulk >>>>>> Jerome Bettis
Higher career YPC (yards per carry)
Far more versatile
Want an interesting distinction between the two? How's this?
Bettis led the entire NFL in a statistical category only once in his 13 year career. This was in '97 when he had the most caries of any rusher in the NFL that season.
1997 - Most carries
Faulk led the NFL in a statistical category 9 times in his 12 year career:
1998 - Most yds from scrimmage
1999 - Highest YPC
1999 - Most yds from scrimmage
2000 - Highest YPC
2000 - Most rushing touchdowns
2000 - Most total touchdowns
2001 - Highest YPC
2001 - Most average rushing yds per game
2001 - Most total touchdowns
In addition Faulk was NFL MVP in 2000 and a three time NFL Offensive Player of the Year.
Bettis never won either award.