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cateogry6um
01-11-2012, 06:56 PM
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http://www.category6um.com/2012/01/11/the-best-um-and-nfl-rbs-of-all-time/

Firenugget
01-11-2012, 07:01 PM
Seems about right to me.

fansince69
01-11-2012, 10:05 PM
Seems about right to me.


+1

titwio
01-11-2012, 10:14 PM
I put RB's into two categories as far as the best...

1) Best pure rushers:
Barry Sanders, Walter Payton, Gale Sayers, Adrian Peterson.

2) Best all around backs: (Catch, block, and rush) Ladainian Tomlinson, Marshall Faulk, Thurman Thomas etc..

VegasGmen
01-11-2012, 10:28 PM
The greatest all around RB I have ever seen play was without a doubt Walter Payton. He did it all! I didnt have the pleasure of seeing Brown or Sayers except for highlights. The most dynamic RB I have seen is Sanders so he needs to be in argument. Don't know if its just my bias but I don't feel that Emmit Smith should be top 10. He just gets recognized because of his longevity. The RB who could of been the best and had the most potential was Bo Jackson.

fourth&forever
01-11-2012, 10:31 PM
I put RB's into two categories as far as the best...

1) Best pure rushers:
Barry Sanders, Walter Payton, Gale Sayers, Adrian Peterson.

2) Best all around backs: (Catch, block, and rush) Ladainian Tomlinson, Marshall Faulk, Thurman Thomas etc..

Walter should be on both your lists

jhamburg
01-11-2012, 10:36 PM
I'll be humble and defer to the old timers since I've only seen highlight reel footage of a lot of these guys. But for my money, I've never seen anything like Barry Sanders before or since.

jomo
01-11-2012, 10:53 PM
OJ Simpson has to be on the top 10 list unless we choose to simply ignore his existence which would be OK with me.

titwio
01-11-2012, 10:57 PM
OJ Simpson has to be on the top 10 list unless we choose to simply ignore his existence which would be OK with me.

Yeah OJ was pretty killer back in the day.

BlueSanta
01-11-2012, 11:16 PM
Tough 1.

For me, if there was a draft and I could select 1 guy it would be Barry Sanders.

That guy played for a horrible team. They had nothing else to hang their hat on.

If he had been on another team, 1 with a line or a Qb that could actually make teams NOT stack vs the run, I think nobody here would see it differently.

yoeddy
01-11-2012, 11:20 PM
I know his career was shortened by injury which probably keeps him off the list, but for me the ultimate RB of all time was Bo Jackson....

smashndash715
01-11-2012, 11:21 PM
OJ Simpson has to be on the top 10 list unless we choose to simply ignore his existence which would be OK with me.

Yeah OJ was pretty killer back in the day.

i see what you did there...this guy

bearbryant
01-11-2012, 11:48 PM
The question is " the greatest" and that word is very subjective so for me in the schoolyard; first I take Jim Brown, next I'd take either Sanders or Payton then a flock of RB's including Ron Dayne somewhere in there!!!

JMFP2
01-12-2012, 12:20 AM
I'm too young to say anything about Jim Brown, but my old man told me he was the best he ever saw.</P>

JMFP2
01-12-2012, 12:20 AM
Any list without Joe Morris is totally incomplete.

smashndash715
01-12-2012, 12:21 AM
I'm too young to say anything about Jim Brown, but my old man told me he was the best he ever saw.</P>

jim brown or barry sanders

JMFP2
01-12-2012, 12:26 AM
The best running back (running, blocking, receiving) I've seen was Payton, IMO....but Barry Sanders, the best pure runner.</P>


I'd put Emmitt Smith right up their too....I hated and feared him when he was playing.</P>

jhamburg
01-12-2012, 12:59 AM
The best running back* (running, blocking, receiving) I've seen was Payton, IMO....but Barry Sanders, the best pure runner.</P>


I'd put Emmitt Smith right up their too....I hated and feared him when he was playing.</P>

Smith is probably the most overrated back (although still HOF caliber). He had maybe the greatest offensive line of all time blocking for him. He also played forever and stayed pretty much healthy throughout his career, which results in amazing career stats. I'll give him a lot of credit for production, but I don't think he compares to these guys in ability.

NYG 5
01-12-2012, 01:54 AM
yeah, gotta go with Payton, just because of his patience, vision, and tackle breaking ability.

actually, you see him and Sanders are two sides of the same coin.

CruzMissle
01-12-2012, 03:28 AM
I'm an 80's baby, so I didn't get to see him but from highlights, I've always been amazed by Earl Campbell. Such power. And speed for a big man it seemed he had. It looked like he always kept those legs churning, and had incredible lower body strength to match the upper.

BlueSanta
01-12-2012, 03:33 AM
The best running back (running, blocking, receiving) I've seen was Payton, IMO....but Barry Sanders, the best pure runner.</p>


I'd put Emmitt Smith right up their too....I hated and feared him when he was playing.</p>

Smith is probably the most overrated back (although still HOF caliber). He had maybe the greatest offensive line of all time blocking for him. He also played forever and stayed pretty much healthy throughout his career, which results in amazing career stats. I'll give him a lot of credit for production, but I don't think he compares to these guys in ability.

I agree. I think Smith was a great player. Dont get me wrong.

But, if you put Emmit Smith behind the line Barry Sanders played behind, he wouldnt even be in the conversation.

IrishRebel
01-12-2012, 03:51 AM
I know his career was shortened by injury which probably keeps him off the list, but for me the ultimate RB of all time was Bo Jackson....

I was also going to make a post about Bo Jackson.

Gunakor
01-12-2012, 05:06 AM
Different eras in football make deciding an all time best a clearly subjective debate that will never ever be settled. The best RB playing today is clearly Adrian Peterson. I don't think many could argue that. But all time? My favorite is Barry Sanders, but the debate between him and Walter Payton will be an endless one. So I don't know what the answer is. I do, however, know that - numbers be damned - Emmitt Smith isn't even in the top 5.

Now that I've listed Adrian Peterson - a Viking, Barry Sanders - a Lion, and Walter Payton - a Bear, as my likely top 3 backs of all time, I'm headed to the restroom to throw up everything I've eaten today. Excuse me.

Ntegrase96
01-12-2012, 12:15 PM
The best running back (running, blocking, receiving) I've seen was Payton, IMO....but Barry Sanders, the best pure runner.</p>


I'd put Emmitt Smith right up their too....I hated and feared him when he was playing.</p>

Smith is probably the most overrated back (although still HOF caliber). He had maybe the greatest offensive line of all time blocking for him. He also played forever and stayed pretty much healthy throughout his career, which results in amazing career stats. I'll give him a lot of credit for production, but I don't think he compares to these guys in ability.

I hear this all the time. I don't feel like people like you are trying to discredit Smith, but there's always the "oh but he played with so and so" aspect of it all. And it's for every player on the team. "Aikman was a busdriver. Irvin had Aikman throwing to him, and benefited from Smith's running. Smith benefitted from Aikman and Irvin."

As for the Offensive line-- John Gesek was a 10th rounder, Nate Newton played in the USFL before he made it big, UFA Mark Tuinei made the team as a defensive tackle, Gogan 8th round. There were no 1st rounders (although Willams and Stepnoski were 3rd rounders) and they were coached by, get this, the guy who coached our crappy o'line these last few years.

The best offensive lineman Smith played with was drafted in 1994 (Larry Allen) after Smith and the Cowboys had already won 2 superbowls, midway through the strongest part of Emmitt's career.

I don't think he's better than the guys listed in front of him in terms of ability by any means, but I don't see how Smith is overrated. The man was very productive. 1st all time rushing 2nd all time TDs over 12 years (I went ahead and subtracted the years where he tacked on garbage stats with AZ) and was a huge component to the Cowboys 3 superbowl wins in the early 90s (also, Emmitt holds the NFL postseason record for rushing touchdowns,
consecutive games with a rushing touchdown, 100-yard rushing games, and
most postseason rushing yards).

And even still, I've never seen him considered the greatest of all time-- always ranked behind Brown, Sanders, Sayers, and Payton.