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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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    Quote 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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    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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    Quote 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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    Quote 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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    Quote 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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    #1 Sweetness
    #2 Emmit
    #3 Sanders

    Each had their different running styles, but Superstars !!!
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    Quote 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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    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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