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Emmitt Smith, Barry Sanders or Walter Payton....WHO was better ??

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  • #16
    Originally posted by Ntegrase96 View Post
    Payton was probably the best all around back.

    Everyone knows that Emmitt shattered Payton's rushing record, but his total yards from scrimmage was just barely eclipsed by #22 even though Emmitt played 2 extra seasons.


    Sanders was the best pure runner in the history of the game, and Emmitt may be the greatest of all time, but I'm taking Sweetness as the best.
    Emmitt also had the best line in NFL history to help his cause. A fine runner all the same.

    Payton for me.

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    • #17
      Well from the list, my vote goes to Barry..Walter was great, cannot say anything about that man that has not been said. Emmitt, well he had a line and a bunch of other players on the Cowboys that other D players had to keep an eye on. Now Barry, he was mainly by himself and the defenses were designed to stop him, as he had no other weapons. Nobody that I know made NFL'ers look as silly as he did when they were trying to stop him..Ask Rod Woodson how it was trying to stop him, had him lined up, Barry makes a cut, and pop.. there goes his ACL..Yeah I know you can say it was freak accident, but Barry doesn't make that sick cut, Rod gets up and walks back to the huddle...
      Emmitt stayed to get the record, to me, that is more a sign it was about him than team, as for Barry, he walked away ahead of his time, so Emmitt would not have even been close if Barry played a few years longer..As for Sweetness, he just played ball like it was supposed to be played, and though not a Bears fan, I still think Ditka fu**ed him over in the Superbowl and let Perry score that TD. I know Ditka feels like crap about it and should!!

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Hobie1 View Post
        Well from the list, my vote goes to Barry..Walter was great, cannot say anything about that man that has not been said. Emmitt, well he had a line and a bunch of other players on the Cowboys that other D players had to keep an eye on. Now Barry, he was mainly by himself and the defenses were designed to stop him, as he had no other weapons. Nobody that I know made NFL'ers look as silly as he did when they were trying to stop him..Ask Rod Woodson how it was trying to stop him, had him lined up, Barry makes a cut, and pop.. there goes his ACL..Yeah I know you can say it was freak accident, but Barry doesn't make that sick cut, Rod gets up and walks back to the huddle...
        Emmitt stayed to get the record, to me, that is more a sign it was about him than team, as for Barry, he walked away ahead of his time, so Emmitt would not have even been close if Barry played a few years longer..As for Sweetness, he just played ball like it was supposed to be played, and though not a Bears fan, I still think Ditka fu**ed him over in the Superbowl and let Perry score that TD. I know Ditka feels like crap about it and should!!
        That's another misconception.., that Emmitt stayed to break the record. He broke the record half way through his last season with Dallas, before he was RELEASED. So he was still under contract. Guess he was supposed to quit like Sanders to prove he was all about the team...?

        While Emmitt played 15 long years in the NFL, 2 pointless ones with AZ, he actually broke Payton's record in his 13th year. Ya know, the same year that Payton played to? He got the record in game 193 of his career. Just 3 games more than Payton had in his.

        Did he want the record? Probably. Was he a "me" player? Nah. Did he spend an inordinate amount of time and extend his career just to break the record? The numbers say "no".

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        • #19
          Barry, because he played on crappy Detroit teams

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Ntegrase96 View Post
            That's always the knock against Smith... he had better support, better offensive line, etc.

            Not to mention, his offensive line was compiled of a bunch of late round draft picks, USFL players, and converted DL guys. HOF'er Larry Allen didn't come around until 1994, after Emmitt had 3 rushing titles, MVP and SB MVP. Also, the best team that we had in the dynasty years went 0-2 without Smith in the lineup. And Emmitt's last good season of 1200 yds, 9 tds was when he was 31 and everyone but LA was gone.

            Smith was more important to the success of the Cowboys than the Cowboys were to his success.

            But just from a running standpoint, the guy posed problems. He was extremely tough to get a good hit on because he had impeccable balance and was built like a bowling ball (5'9" 215-220)... by comparison Peterson is 6'1" 217, Marshawn Lynch 5'11" 215.

            I don't think he's better than Sanders or Payton, but I think he definitely deserves to be in their company.
            I actually agree with your take on Smith. As an obvious "unlover" of the Cowboys, I had tremendous respect for him as a runner and as he was publicly perceived. I share your belief the Cowboys needed him more than he needed the Cowboys. My guess is that Aikman might well have been his #1 fan, and would not have taken kindly to the Boys not signing a new contract with Smith in 93, had that occurred (as unlikely as that prospect was, the process DID go on a bit long for your taste, I'm sure!).

            But for pure enjoyment of the experience of watching a RB, I still hold Brown, Sanders, and Gale Sayers at the top of their class.

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            • #21
              Walter Payton is my pick.
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              • #22
                Originally posted by sharick88 View Post
                Jim Brown is the best ever at the position IMO, but since we are talking about these 3, I am picking Barry Sanders out of the lot, who would have had all of those records if he didn't retire as early as he did.
                +1000000

                But if I were a GM and had to chose 1 of these 3 RB's I would go with Barry.

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                • #23
                  Faulk should be in the mention. But with the 3 I'll go tie between Barry and Walter. Smith had incredible talent all around him. You can debate ****erson, Tomlinson, Barberand as was mentioned Jackson before the hip injury. He could've been the greatest.
                  Everyone has the right to be stupid. Some just abuse the privilege.

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                  • #24
                    Faulk should be in the mention. But with the 3 I'll go tie between Barry and Walter. Smith had incredible talent all around him. You can debate ****erson, Tomlinson, Barber and as was mentioned Jackson before the hip injury. He could've been the greatest.
                    Everyone has the right to be stupid. Some just abuse the privilege.

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                    • #25
                      The answer is Sanders.

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                      • #26
                        Barry Sanders was the best RB ever in my opinion. He did it on alot of losing teams with not much on the Oline..

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