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    Re: Top 10 Pro Running Backs of All-Time

    "JellyBean2144" wrote:
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    I never got to see him play but I have seen highlight films of him and I have to say that Walter Payton was the best. The guy was just flat out amazing with the things he could do. Juke you out, run you over, or beat you with speed. He was a stud.
    He was awesome. Most running backs will step out of bounds, when they are about to be hit by a DB or a LB. Not Walter. This cat would plow right into the defender.
    He also had the "Fridge" plowin lanes for him.. he didn't need much as he could get 4 Defenders goin 5 dif ways before even reaching the line of scrimidge

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    Re: Top 10 Pro Running Backs of All-Time

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    He also had the "Fridge" plowin lanes for him.. he didn't need much as he could get 4 Defenders goin 5 dif ways before even reaching the line of scrimidge

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    The Fridge was a defensive lineman who played FB in some goal-line situations for a couple of years.
    He was not "plowin lanes" for Walter Payton.
    If anyone deserves credit for that role, it's Matt Suhey.

    Sweetness is my #1 all-time because he did so much of his damage surrounded by HORRIBLE teams (Bob Avellini anyone?) with the entire defense on the other side keyed on him.

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    Re: Top 10 Pro Running Backs of All-Time

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    "digital420" wrote:
    He also had the "Fridge" plowin lanes for him.. he didn't need much as he could get 4 Defenders goin 5 dif ways before even reaching the line of scrimidge

    DiGiTaL
    The Fridge was a defensive lineman who played FB in some goal-line situations for a couple of years.
    He was not "plowin lanes" for Walter Payton.
    If anyone deserves credit for that role, it's Matt Suhey.

    Sweetness is my #1 all-time because he did so much of his damage surrounded by HORRIBLE teams (Bob Avellini anyone?) with the entire defense on the other side keyed on him.

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    You could say the same thing about Barry Sanders...Wayne Fontes anyone???
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    Re: Top 10 Pro Running Backs of All-Time

    "ultravikingfan" wrote:
    Ok, here it is...the proper top 10:

    1.
    Jim Brown

    2.
    Walter Payton
    3.
    Barry Sanders
    4.
    Eric Dickerson
    5.
    Gale Sayers
    6.
    Emmitt Smith
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    Tony Dorsett
    8.
    Thurman Thomas
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    OJ Simpson
    10.
    Earl Campbell
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    Re: Top 10 Pro Running Backs of All-Time

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    "AWZeus" wrote:
    Sweetness is my #1 all-time because he did so much of his damage surrounded by HORRIBLE teams (Bob Avellini anyone?) with the entire defense on the other side keyed on him.
    You could say the same thing about Barry Sanders...Wayne Fontes anyone???
    Correct - to a point.
    I just don't recall Barry running wild on the Vikings the way that Walter did.
    Maybe I respect the way Walter bowled over tacklers more than the way Barry danced and juked around them.

    I have Barry #3, remember.

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    Re: Top 10 Pro Running Backs of All-Time

    1. Barry Sanders
    2. Walter Payton
    3. Jim Brown
    4. Eric Dickerson
    5. Earl Campbell
    6. OJ Simpson
    7. Emmitt Smith
    8. Gale Sayers
    9. Marshall Faulk
    10. John Riggens

    This is TOUGH!!!
    There are at least another 10 that could easily fit at 6 - 10.
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    Re: Top 10 Pro Running Backs of All-Time

    "AWZeus" wrote:
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    "AWZeus" wrote:
    Sweetness is my #1 all-time because he did so much of his damage surrounded by HORRIBLE teams (Bob Avellini anyone?) with the entire defense on the other side keyed on him.
    You could say the same thing about Barry Sanders...Wayne Fontes anyone???
    Correct - to a point.
    I just don't recall Barry running wild on the Vikings the way that Walter did.
    Maybe I respect the way Walter bowled over tacklers more than the way Barry danced and juked around them.

    I have Barry #3, remember.

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    And I liked the juking more...either one could be #1...and I think that BOTH were better than Jim Brown.
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    Re: Top 10 Pro Running Backs of All-Time

    "cajunvike" wrote:
    "AWZeus" wrote:
    Correct - to a point.
    I just don't recall Barry running wild on the Vikings the way that Walter did.
    Maybe I respect the way Walter bowled over tacklers more than the way Barry danced and juked around them.

    I have Barry #3, remember.
    And I liked the juking more...either one could be #1...and I think that BOTH were better than Jim Brown.
    I never saw Jim Brown play, so I can't be totally objective on that one.
    That he was totally dominating and retired at the top of his game are big plusses.

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    Re: Top 10 Pro Running Backs of All-Time

    I seen a show about Jim Brown about 6 months to a year ago and I have nothing but respect for him.
    I never seen him play in a game being that I'm only 26 years old, but I will tell you what, the footage I seen on Jim Brown puts in either #1 or #2 all-time.
    He was probally the toughest SOB ever to play the game.
    I remember some of the show was about how he would never act injured even if he was because he refused to allow the defense know that he was showing weakeness, so no matter how badly he was hit or even hurt he would get up and walk right back to the huddle with the same impression on his face at all times...Now that gave me the sense that this man was the real deal and had one of the biggest hearts to play the game.
    Jim Brown was a football stud and goes down in the history books as one of the elite few that have stepped foot on the playing field.


    As for the top 10 I would say that I really like Ultra's list.
    I think it's close to the real deal for the top 10 RB's of all time.


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    Great topic to discuss!

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    Re: Top 10 Pro Running Backs of All-Time

    "UffDaVikes" wrote:
    1) Eric Dickerson
    2) O.J Simpson ( Based on his football and not personal life.)
    3) Tony Dorsett
    4) Bo Jackson (Short career but would have been the best ever if he had been healthy and forgot baseball)
    5) Walter ( Not Eddie) Payton
    6) Earl Campbell
    7) Emmitt Smith
    8) Terrell Davis ( Another short career but gol 'darnit)
    9) Barry Sanders
    10) Jim Thorpe

    JIM THORPE!!?? I can't say I disagree with the addition, Thorpe was truly a man among boys, but that is a true reach into the past. Is there anyone still alive that actually saw him play?

    Personally, I think you can make a good argument to put Brown, Payton, or Sanders in the top spot (though I would probably lean towards Sanders). after that, there's probably 20 names that stack up about the same, from different vantage points. In my opinion, you can't count guys like Bo because you just don't know where he would've gone. Durability has got to be a factor. Walter Payton played a long time and took a lot of hits. That's got to count for something.

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