All things considered, Gore is better than Jackson and AP.
I can't claim to have watched every St.Louise game, but I do see them at least two times a year when they play the Niners. Never once can I remember walking away from a game thinking how great Jackson is or that I would want him over Gore. In fact, I dont even remember seeing him on many ESPN weekly highlight reels. Gore on the other hand is a human highlight reel. When I think of Gore, I think of back to back 80 yard runs to tie Barry Sanders record. I think of him breaking 3 and 4 man gang tackles. I think of him emerging on the other side of a pile of 300lb lineman against all hope and taking it to the house. It just seems like Gore is always doing something against all odds. Things that make you say," wow how did he do that?"
As far as AP is concerned, let me say this. He is a more dynamic runner than Gore. He has more moves and more speed, but the frequency and timing of his fumbles almost kick him out of the top 5 for me. I'll take a 1500 yard runner over a 1750 yard runner with three time the fumbles any day of the week. Ball security is just as important as yards per carry especially when we are talking about elite back vs. elite back. I also think you have to consider the total meltdown (fumbles) he had vs. the Saints in the playoffs. If I had to choose Gore or AP to play for me in a Superbowl, I would take Gore all day every day. Again, to be clear, the diffrence between elite backs is very small, a large amount of fumbles should completly disqualify you.
[ Edited by Oakland-Niner on Jul 7, 2010 at 10:07 PM ]