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Football Gameplan's Greatest RBs in NFL History Video



Good Morning Niner Fans! Here's a Video just to break up the offseason monotony! Enjoy annnnnnd let the debate begin!
  • ZRF80
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Cant open up the video here at work, but Barry Sanders was THE best RB in NFL history.
Originally posted by ZRF80:
Cant open up the video here at work, but Barry Sanders was THE best RB in NFL history.

He has Barry Sanders as #1
  • mod
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My ranking

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
  • Wodwo
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Originally posted by modninerfan:
My ranking

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

THANK YOU!

So damn underrated.

My favorites are Bettis and Sanders. Kinda funny now that I think about it.

Barry was the only player in the NFL that I would go out of my way to watch, though. He was like the Harlem Globetrotters of the NFL for me.

Except he didn't get to win.
  • SoCold
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Originally posted by valrod33:
Originally posted by ZRF80:
Cant open up the video here at work, but Barry Sanders was THE best RB in NFL history.

He has Barry Sanders as #1

I really hate the Lions didn't let Barry sign with another team

Could you imagine Steve Jerry and Barry on the same team
Originally posted by Wodwo:
Originally posted by modninerfan:
My ranking

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

THANK YOU!

So damn underrated.

My favorites are Bettis and Sanders. Kinda funny now that I think about it.

Barry was the only player in the NFL that I would go out of my way to watch, though. He was like the Harlem Globetrotters of the NFL for me.

Except he didn't get to win.

I was never a huge Martin fan. He has great career stats, but he just never did anything memorable at all. I wold easily put OJ and Emmitt above Martin but he does deserve to be in the discussion.
Terrel Davis would have been in the top 10 if he played more that 6 years. I like the Barry Sanders #1.....he truely deserves all of that......Detroit should burn to the ground for what they did to Barry. Gald to see Garrison Hearst making that list, and JUICE!!! cant forget that man(damb OJ)......but the prized jewel in that list is Bo Jackson, I mean what an athlete.....ALL STAR in both the NFL and the MLB!? Put any kind of ball in his hand and watch the kid have some fun.
Originally posted by modninerfan:
My ranking

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

Eric Dickerson to me, especially because we played them 2 times a year, was a terror. When he played in his prime, Dickerson was arguably the best RB EVER. He allowed his man mouth to get in his way and his attitude wasn't the best either, but his 1st 5 years, he looked like he was on his way to smashing that All time record. But not so much.
[ Edited by 602_JamestownAve on Feb 19, 2011 at 1:37 PM ]
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I was there when Roger Craig ran through the Rams like a bag drill at Anaheim Stadium, those where the days. I wonder what Bo Jackson would have done if he didn't get hurt, guy was blazing fast and strong.
Originally posted by modninerfan:
My ranking

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

More explosive
Higher career YPC (yards per carry)
Far more versatile
Fewer fumbles

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.
Alright...that's what I'm talking about.
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Originally posted by 49erFaithful6:
Originally posted by modninerfan:
My ranking

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

More explosive
Higher career YPC (yards per carry)
Far more versatile
Fewer fumbles

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.

good points, I could live with faulk moving up to around 7 and putting bettis around 8. I would have no problem moving players 4-10 because I think they are all great backs that can make their case. RB's 1 2 and 3 are locked IMO, you wont convince me otherwise