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mdonnelly21


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 8:27 pm    Post subject: Top 30 Running Backs of All Time Reply with quote

Peak/Prime/Longevity/Dominance/Accomplishments/Impact


1A. Barry Sanders
1B. Jim Brown (Lead league in rushing 8 out of 9 seasons. Also MVP 4/9)
3. Walter Payton
4. LT
5. Faulk
6. Emmitt Smith
7. Eric Dickerson
8. O.J Simpson
9. Earl Campbell
10. Adrian Peterson
11. Marcus Allen
12. Gale Sayers
13. Tony Dorsett
14. Curtis Martin
15. John Riggins
16. Thurman Thomas
17. Franco Harris
18. Jim Taylor
19. Terrell Davis
20. Priest Holmes
21. Shaun Alexander
22. Jerome Bettis
23. Edgerrin James
25. Tiki Barber
26. Marshawn Lynch
27. Roger Craig
28. Eddie George
29. Fred Taylor
30. Jim Thorpe

H/M Larry Csonka, Ricky Williams, Frank Gore, Ahman Green, Clinton Portis, Stephen Jackson, Brian Westbrook, Bo Jackson
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patriotsheatyan


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is there any running back before the 60s not named Jim Brown?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

patriotsheatyan wrote:
Is there any running back before the 60s not named Jim Brown?


Like just about any position, not many worth mentioning. The game and careers were so different. Steve Van Buren or Joe Perry might be the closest guys to worth mentioning. But for most guys the careers were too short to really compare them to anything more recent. Most guys from back in the 40s or 50s, even the hall of fame type guys, really only had 5 years or so of good play in the league. Marion Motley is in the hall despite only really producing for 5, MAYBE 6 seasons, even by the standards of the era. Van Buren was similar, in that his career would not be long enough by any remotely recent standards. Jim Brown was rare for back then for having not only a full career, but a full and consistently productive career.

It's like if 20 years from now, RBs are trending towards 20 year careers. LT or Adrian Petersons careers would suddenly seem not so worth comparing.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 1:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd put OJ at #3 but pretty good list. Barry is the GOAT.
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game3525


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 1:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Peterson is better then Campbell.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 5:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jakuvious wrote:
patriotsheatyan wrote:
Is there any running back before the 60s not named Jim Brown?


Like just about any position, not many worth mentioning. The game and careers were so different. Steve Van Buren or Joe Perry might be the closest guys to worth mentioning. But for most guys the careers were too short to really compare them to anything more recent. Most guys from back in the 40s or 50s, even the hall of fame type guys, really only had 5 years or so of good play in the league. Marion Motley is in the hall despite only really producing for 5, MAYBE 6 seasons, even by the standards of the era. Van Buren was similar, in that his career would not be long enough by any remotely recent standards. Jim Brown was rare for back then for having not only a full career, but a full and consistently productive career.

It's like if 20 years from now, RBs are trending towards 20 year careers. LT or Adrian Petersons careers would suddenly seem not so worth comparing.


Even going as far back as the 60s can feel kind of sketchy in terms of trying to compare to more modern players. #12 on this list has under 5k career rushing yards.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll do a top 10:

1. Jim Brown
2. Walter Payton
3. Barry Sanders
4. Ladamian Tomlinson
5. Emmitt Smith
6. Eric Dickerson
7. Earl Campbell
8. Marshall Faulk
9. Adrian Peterson
10. OJ Simpson
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guess ill do mine too

1. Barry Sanders
2. Jim Brown
3. O.J. Simpson
4. Adrian Peterson
5. Eric Dickerson
6. LT
7. Emmitt Smith
8. Walter Payton
9. Marshall Faulk
10. Earl Campbell
11. Gale Sayers
12. Curtis Martin

My personal favorites:

1. Barry Sanders
2. Adrian Peterson
3. Bo Jackson
4. Curtis Martin

Bo was a beast amongst boys who also had 4.3 speed.. amazing to watch. Shame his career ended so quick. Martin was a lot of fun to watch and a pure class human being.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 1:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Top 30 Running Backs of All Time Reply with quote

mdonnelly21 wrote:
Peak/Prime/Longevity/Dominance/Accomplishments/Impact


1A. Barry Sanders
1B. Jim Brown (Lead league in rushing 8 out of 9 seasons. Also MVP 4/9)
3. Walter Payton
4. LT
5. Faulk
6. Emmitt Smith
7. Eric Dickerson
8. O.J Simpson
9. Earl Campbell
10. Adrian Peterson
11. Marcus Allen
12. Gale Sayers
13. Tony Dorsett
14. Curtis Martin
15. John Riggins
16. Thurman Thomas
17. Franco Harris
18. Jim Taylor
19. Terrell Davis
20. Priest Holmes
21. Shaun Alexander
22. Jerome Bettis
23. Edgerrin James
25. Tiki Barber
26. Marshawn Lynch
27. Roger Craig
28. Eddie George
29. Fred Taylor
30. Jim Thorpe

H/M Larry Csonka, Ricky Williams, Frank Gore, Ahman Green, Clinton Portis, Stephen Jackson, Brian Westbrook, Bo Jackson


Good list, but I couldn't rate a back who won't be a HOF RB over someone already in Canton. Holmes and Alexander just couldn't sustain a high level of play, while Bettis kept delivering after 30. At the time of his retirement, only four other backs had more career 100 yard rushing games.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1. Jim Brown
2. Walter Payton
3. Barry Sanders
4. Ladainian Tomlinson
5. Marshall Faulk
6. Emmitt Smith
7. Adrian Peterson
8. OJ Simpson
9. Eric Dickerson
10. Earl Campbell
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2017 2:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Top 30 Running Backs of All Time Reply with quote

mdonnelly21 wrote:
Peak/Prime/Longevity/Dominance/Accomplishments/Impact


1A. Barry Sanders
1B. Jim Brown (Lead league in rushing 8 out of 9 seasons. Also MVP 4/9)
3. Walter Payton
4. LT
5. Faulk
6. Emmitt Smith
7. Eric Dickerson
8. O.J Simpson
9. Earl Campbell
10. Adrian Peterson
11. Marcus Allen
12. Gale Sayers
13. Tony Dorsett
14. Curtis Martin
15. John Riggins
16. Thurman Thomas
17. Franco Harris
18. Jim Taylor
19. Terrell Davis
20. Priest Holmes
21. Shaun Alexander
22. Jerome Bettis
23. Edgerrin James
25. Tiki Barber
26. Marshawn Lynch
27. Roger Craig
28. Eddie George
29. Fred Taylor
30. Jim Thorpe

H/M Larry Csonka, Ricky Williams, Frank Gore, Ahman Green, Clinton Portis, Stephen Jackson, Brian Westbrook, Bo Jackson


Call me a homer, but Chris Johnson deserves AT LEAST an honorable mention. His peak was fantastic. He still holds the record for yards from scrimmage, and he did it with Vince Young and Kerry freaking Collins as his quarterbacks.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Call me biased but Fred Taylor should be higher. Top 15 all time in yardage, and he missed over 60 games due to injury. 4.6 ypc as well.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

game3525 wrote:
Peterson is better then Campbell.


I don't know about that. As a Vikings fan, I love AD, but I'm also old enough to have seen Earl Campbell play, and he was incredible. He is probably #3 on my all-time list.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jagslover32 wrote:
Call me biased but Fred Taylor should be higher. Top 15 all time in yardage, and he missed over 60 games due to injury. 4.6 ypc as well.


MJD > Taylor
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marion Motley is the most underrated player ever. Dude was a beast
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