Originally posted by Yetiman:
While I have high regard for Joe and Steve and Jerry, the greatest football player of our era (I never saw Jim Thorpe) is Jim Brown.
His rushing records speak for themselves. Check him out on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6cCXNBeVfc&feature=fvst
He was the best I ever saw.
Well, after having watched those highlights, I have to say, I'm NEVER listening to any old pompus fool who talks about form tackling and that younger players these days don't do it. That highlight film was a display of the worst tackling in the world. These guys were crossing their forearms trying to knock him down from the side and some barely made contact.
Hey old farts, tackling is actually better NOW.
Also, Jim Brown looked like he was playing against Pop Warner players. I still must give props to him because even the monster player at the park who was 2 years older than everyone couldn't do some of that stuff.
However, I want to say Barry is the best RB ever, but I still wonder how Bo Jackson would have done if he was 100% committed to the NFL and never got hurt. Adrian Peterson may have a chance but defenses are just to big and fast these days.