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

    All three were great, but if I had to choose...........hands down Barry Sanders would win. He had no help at QB nor did he have a super star receiver to deflect attention to him. Yet he continued to make plays and produce yards.

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    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.

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    • #3
      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.

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      • #4
        #1 Sweetness
        #2 Emmit
        #3 Sanders

        Each had their different running styles, but Superstars !!!
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        • #5
          Originally posted by brownelvis54 View Post
          All three were great, but if I had to choose...........hands down Barry Sanders would win. He had no help at QB nor did he have a super star receiver to deflect attention to him. Yet he continued to make plays and produce yards.
          Smith isn't in this conversation.

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          • #6
            It's definitely NOT Barry Sanders... In my limited memory of the era, I seem to recall that he had far too many no gains or lost yardage. He would do nothing for most of the game and then all of the sudden he would break a 50 yard run or something like that and that's where most of his yards for the game would come from. I prefer consistent yardage gained rather than a home run every so often.

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            • #7
              one word... Bo

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              • #8
                Emmitt is overrated. He had an all time great offensive line to run behind.
                http://boards.giants.com/showthread....est-game/page6
                http://www.coldhardfootballfacts.com/Articles/11_2554_A_brief,_fact-filled_history_of_the_NFL_passing_game.html
                http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8732732/is-new-york-giants-qb-eli-manning-worthy-hall-fame-espn-magazine

                Entire Team Let Eli down today - NYG4l

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by 0 Blue Meanie 0 View Post
                  It's definitely NOT Barry Sanders... In my limited memory of the era, I seem to recall that he had far too many no gains or lost yardage. He would do nothing for most of the game and then all of the sudden he would break a 50 yard run or something like that and that's where most of his yards for the game would come from. I prefer consistent yardage gained rather than a home run every so often.
                  You neglected to take into account that for the most part of his career, he was a part of teams that weren't so great. Everyone knew he was going to get the ball.
                  http://boards.giants.com/showthread....est-game/page6
                  http://www.coldhardfootballfacts.com/Articles/11_2554_A_brief,_fact-filled_history_of_the_NFL_passing_game.html
                  http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8732732/is-new-york-giants-qb-eli-manning-worthy-hall-fame-espn-magazine

                  Entire Team Let Eli down today - NYG4l

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                  • #10
                    For me, it's a toss-up between Payton and Sanders. Emmitt was great, but I don't put him in the same category with Payton and Sanders.
                    One of these teams is not like the others

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                    • #11
                      Toss up between Sanders and Payton depending on what you like out of a back.

                      Smith isnt even in the discussion. Not because he was a cowboy or that I dont like him, he just had better support and compiled a lot more. Hes in the low top ten

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                      • #12
                        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.
                        Agree 100%.

                        Forget the records, even. Both Brown and Sanders --in different eras--did things as RB that no contemporary or subsequent era RBs seemed able to do, and looked "mahvelous" doing it.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by 0 Blue Meanie 0 View Post
                          It's definitely NOT Barry Sanders... In my limited memory of the era, I seem to recall that he had far too many no gains or lost yardage. He would do nothing for most of the game and then all of the sudden he would break a 50 yard run or something like that and that's where most of his yards for the game would come from. I prefer consistent yardage gained rather than a home run every so often.
                          You obviously did not see him play much, if that's your take away on Sanders. It's true there were some games he did that. But that does not describe his 10 year career. And, that ability you describe actually made all defenses dread facing him--because no matter how good a job any given defense did vs him, they KNEW at some point he was going to destroy them.

                          Unfortunately for Sanders and the Lions, the team had no defense, no pass game to help him out.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by gmen46 View Post
                            Agree 100%.

                            Forget the records, even. Both Brown and Sanders --in different eras--did things as RB that no contemporary or subsequent era RBs seemed able to do, and looked "mahvelous" doing it.
                            Brown was ahead of his time. We certainly saw other players with similar traits, but he was basically Eric Dlckerson/Adrian Peterson/Bo Jackson/Herschal Walker in the late 50s early 60s.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by DSP View Post
                              Toss up between Sanders and Payton depending on what you like out of a back.

                              Smith isnt even in the discussion. Not because he was a cowboy or that I dont like him, he just had better support and compiled a lot more. Hes in the low top ten
                              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.

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