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Old 10-10-2012, 09:12 PM
 
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I am 36, so I consider "my era" to be the mid-1980s to the early 2000s. I guess if we have any 80 year-olds on this board that they really have to whittle down the choices!

Anyway, my picks for Top Five RBs from "my" era (in order):
1. Barry Sanders
2. Walter Payton
3. Marshall Faulk
4. Eric Dickerson
5. LaDainian Tomlinson

(I didn't choose any RBs who are still playing, such as Adrian Peterson, Arian Foster, Ray Rice, and so on.)
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:12 PM
 
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94. Lenny Moore of the Baltimore Colts. 1956 to 1967 (Penn State)
89. Ernie Nevers (two clubs) 1926 to 1931 (Stanford)
74. Marion Motley of the Cleveland Browns 1946-1955 (So. Carolina State)
58. Steve Van Buren of the Philadelphia Eagles 1944 to 1951 (Louisiana State)
48. Red Grange of the Chicago Bears 1925 to 1934 (Illinois)
37. Jim Thorpe (several clubs) 1915 to 1928 (Carlisle)
19. Bronko Nagurski of the Chicago Bears 1930 to 1937, 1943 (Minnesota)
2. Jim Brown of the Cleveland Browns 1957 to 1965 (Syracuse)

These greybeards are not only in the Pro Football Hall Of Fame but also are eight of the greatest players in NFL history in the 2010 poll of the NFL Channel's "Top 100 Players In NFL History." I'm reading that second sentence in your post loud and clear.

And no, they're not from my era.

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Old 10-11-2012, 05:37 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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here is a game in which you fill in the top 5 running backs for each of the past 6 decades, ready go...

Can you name the NFL Rushing Yards Leaders by Decade? by hscer | Online Games & Trivia by Sporcle
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:41 AM
 
Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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Not naming a list but I like the fact I'm between 37 and 80 but scarey I'm closer to 80 than 37!

I like your list but remember some a "little" further back. I had a friend from LA who absolutely did not like Dickerson for whatever reason something about his relationship with the owner.

No Gayle Sayers??? He was good!
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:50 AM
 
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I am 36, so I consider "my era" to be the mid-1980s to the early 2000s. I guess if we have any 80 year-olds on this board that they really have to whittle down the choices!

Anyway, my picks for Top Five RBs from "my" era (in order):
1. Barry Sanders
2. Walter Payton
3. Marshall Faulk
4. Eric Dickerson
5. LaDainian Tomlinson

(I didn't choose any RBs who are still playing, such as Adrian Peterson, Arian Foster, Ray Rice, and so on.)
I don't understand "your era"

I'm 51. My era started in the mid 70's when I started watching the NFL. The way I look at it I'm in the middle of my era.

My top 5?

-Chuck Foreman. He was the Marshall Faulk of the 70's. Routinely had as many years of receiving as the had running. He and offensive coordinator Jerry Burns invented the "west coast offense" that Bill Walsh took credit for.

-Marcus Allen. One of the smoothest runners I ever saw and unbelievable moves.

-Walter Payton. The best of all time. A great runner, pass receiver and blocker. And a great person.

-Emmitt Smith.

-Barry Sanders. Vikings complained to the refs when he was a rookie. I remember that game. They couldn't tackle him. They thought he was spraying his jersey with silicone.

This only brings me up to the early 90's

If I could go on I would say L Tomlinson, Terrell Davis, Adrian Peterson, Probably missed a few.
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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I don't understand "your era"

I'm 51. My era started in the mid 70's when I started watching the NFL. The way I look at it I'm in the middle of my era.

My top 5?

-Chuck Foreman. He was the Marshall Faulk of the 70's. Routinely had as many years of receiving as the had running. He and offensive coordinator Jerry Burns invented the "west coast offense" that Bill Walsh took credit for.

-Marcus Allen. One of the smoothest runners I ever saw and unbelievable moves.

-Walter Payton. The best of all time. A great runner, pass receiver and blocker. And a great person.

-Emmitt Smith.

-Barry Sanders. Vikings complained to the refs when he was a rookie. I remember that game. They couldn't tackle him. They thought he was spraying his jersey with silicone.

This only brings me up to the early 90's

If I could go on I would say L Tomlinson, Terrell Davis, Adrian Peterson, Probably missed a few.
I'm also 51.

Tony Dorsett (I still call him "dorsit" as I hated Dallas and he made a point to be called Dor-Sett).
Walter Payton
OJ
Marcus Allen
Larry Brown
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Old 10-11-2012, 10:14 AM
 
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29 years old.

Barry Sanders is a clear #1 (I dont remember Walter)
Faulk I guess would be 2
Emmitt Smith Ill put as 3, I guess.
after that its a jumble of several guys.
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Old 10-11-2012, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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Oh, my gosh, not remembering Walter Payton, you were 2 or 3 in 1985 during the great Super Bowl run???
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Old 10-11-2012, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Walter Payton
Barry Sanders
Earl Campbell
Eric Dickerson
Dont know if I want Faulk, Bo Jackson, Dorsett, Marcus Allen as 5. Purple Jesus may be 5 if he has a few more good years.
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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I'm 39. I remember the tail end of Sweetness's career and the '85 Bears.

1 - Sanders, no doubt.
2 - Payton
3 - Terrell Davis
4 - Tomlinson
5 - Eric Dickerson

Davis gets knocked for his short stint in the league, but he racked up 56 TDs and 6413 yards in 4 full seasons, and even with his injury-plagued seasons he still managed an impressive 4.6ypa average for his career.
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