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Old 06-20-2012, 07:39 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Best... favorite... whatever!
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Old 06-20-2012, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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It just so happens that my favorite is truly one of the best ever.. and that's not just my opinion.. That's the opinion of the NFL HOF Fame voters.. first ballot. go figure.
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Old 06-20-2012, 09:48 AM
 
Location: 3219'03.7"N 10643'55.9"W
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It's a shame we can't gauge a career on the 3 years, because if you could, short of Jim Brown (who I was not old enough to watch) I don't know if one RB ever dominated so much as Earl Campbell did from 1978 to 1980. I've never seen anything like it since. Of course, one cannot run with that type of abandon for any length of career without suffering debilitating injury, and that's precisely what happened to him. During the height of his career, with Dan Pastorini as QB, he faced almost continuous 9 man fronts, and it did not matter. He still dominated week in, week out.

In 37 years of watching NFL, the single most dominant RB I've ever seen, albiet, for a very short time.

Sanders is #2, totally different style, but after Earl, he would be the second most spectacular RB I've seen. Payton would be right there with him.
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:22 AM
 
Location: the living desert
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I'm ashamed to admit I had forgotten about Campbell. You're right though he was awesome for a few years there. While most of the other backs that have been mentioned were slashers or speedsters, Campbell was just a flat out bruiser. Guy was tough to tackle, the perfect 'up the gut" runner.
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA and Washington, DC
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How about Gale Sayers. He only played like 6 or 7 years I believe, however he was a dominant player during that time. A great back...The best ever? He may have not played long enough to be included, but since the original post was simply for the best back ever, rather than career accomplishments, I think he should at least be brought into the conversation.

Of course we could add O.J. Simpson as well. I realize his football career has been completely over shadowed, however he was a heck of a running back, and played on a team that had few weapons. Everybody knew he would be getting the ball 30 times a game. He still had great stats despite that.
To be honest the top guys to me are Sanders, J. Brown, and Payton. The next tier down are guys like E. Smith, Dickerson, etc. I'd put Sayers and Tomlinson in the latter tier and not the former.
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:41 AM
 
Location: 3219'03.7"N 10643'55.9"W
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I'm ashamed to admit I had forgotten about Campbell. You're right though he was awesome for a few years there. While most of the other backs that have been mentioned were slashers or speedsters, Campbell was just a flat out bruiser. Guy was tough to tackle, the perfect 'up the gut" runner.
He was ranked only 55 in the all time NFL list. Imagine if he had 2-3 more healthy seasons:

NFL Films Top 100 Greatest Players #55 Earl Campbell - HD, HQ - YouTube
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Old 06-20-2012, 04:06 PM
 
Location: The "Rock"
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Agreed, I have my favorite and you have yours. I never argue that Barry was not one of the greatest of All Time, yet I am always defending Emmitt as one of the greatest. Absurd to have the argument without Emmitt..
period...

I'm wtih you 100%. It's just ridiculous.

Anyone that played against Emmit will tell you how great he was. How hard to bring down he was. How versatile he was. How he did not get tackled by the first man. How he broke tons of tackles. How well he picked up the blitz. and How he led and was unquestionably the leader of the HOF laden Cowboys... that in itself says it all.

In '93 when the Cowboys were trying to defend their title. He didnt play the first 2 games. What happened? The Cowboys lost both games... Once he came back, they only lost two more games the rest of the season (one of them being the infamous Thanksgiving lost to the Dolphins where Lett touched the blocked FG) He meant that much to the team! His credentials are not debatable.

He is one of the greatest backs ever. period...
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:35 PM
 
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Say what you want, but if we are talking about Sanders vs. Smith the winner is Sanders hands down. Played on a number of mediocre to bad Lions teams. Roughly 1,400 less rushing attempts than Smith. Both had a very similar attempts/game and Sanders had a higher avg carry and avg total per game.
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Old 06-21-2012, 12:17 AM
 
Location: southwestern USA
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Sanders was an explosive back, and sooner or later you knew that he would break a big one on you.

Yet for consistency and production game in and game out, I would go with Walter Payton.

I am a Packer fan from Wisconsin, so endorsing a Bear for best ever is no easy task.

It was torture watching Payton light up the Pack----but indeed he was the best I have ever seen---a joy to watch----and never stopped grinding until the play was over.

No---not a Bears fan----but indeed a huge Walter Payton admirer----RIP.
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Old 06-21-2012, 06:21 AM
 
Location: maui
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Hands down Payton....no argument here...he played with out an Oline for most of his carrer...even smith and sanders agree it was payton...probably the greatest football player ever...
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