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View Poll Results: The Best Football Player Ever
Dick Butkus 2 3.28%
Joe Montana 4 6.56%
Walter Payton 6 9.84%
Lawrence Taylor 6 9.84%
Emmit Smith 3 4.92%
Jerry Rice 7 11.48%
Joe Namath 0 0%
Tom Brady 2 3.28%
Troy Polamalu 1 1.64%
John Elway 6 9.84%
Are you kidding me? Neither one of these guys! 24 39.34%
Voters: 61. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-09-2010, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Midwestern Dystopia
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Jim Brown or Barry Sanders.People forget or maybe don't know that Brown did what he did in 12 and 14 game seasons.
my one problem with Jim Brown is he didn't do it over a long period. True this was self-imposed but he could've come back for another season and blew his knee out and never been the same.

people like to project what he would've done if he didn't retire early but one never knows what those seasons would've entailed.

still a great player for sure. just wish he would've played more seasons and then we'd know for sure.

 
Old 05-10-2010, 06:22 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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I am glad lifertexan mentioned Jim Brown and Barry Sanders but I think that the greatest of ALL time is a debate that will take place for a long time and over many, many beers. Maybe a top 10 or 20 list would be a better option.

Just my opinion.
 
Old 05-10-2010, 06:40 AM
 
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Barry Sanders
 
Old 05-16-2010, 01:47 PM
 
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I am glad lifertexan mentioned Jim Brown and Barry Sanders but I think that the greatest of ALL time is a debate that will take place for a long time and over many, many beers. Maybe a top 10 or 20 list would be a better option.

Just my opinion.
Many beers! That's always a good thing!

Jim Brown played 9 seasons, and won the NFL rushing crown every year but one year (1962 when the Packers Jim Taylor finished with 1474. But what amazed me about Brown's career was, with the exception of the 1962 season, how he was so far ahead of the running backs in his day.

Two points here: 1). In Brown's second and third seasons in the league, he gained 1527 and 1329 yards, respectively. Back then the NFL seasons were 12 games long. That is averaging over 120 yards a game. 2) Even in the tail end of his career, he was still head and shoulders above everybody else. In 1965, which was his final season, he finished with 1544 yards. His closest competitor was Gale Sayers, who was a rookie at the time. Gale came in at 867 yards.

Unfortunately, Brown played his last several years at the same time of the Green Bay Packers dominance of the NFL then. From 1961 to 1967 the Packers won 5 NFL championships. Although the Browns won the NFL championship in 1964, I think Brown saw the handwriting on the wall regarding getting back to a championship. He wanted to do other things, and he was talented enough to do just that.
 
Old 05-18-2010, 01:40 PM
 
Location: West Midtown Atlanta
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How can you have Troy Polomalu on this list but no Ronnie Lott?????????????????????????????????????????????? ?????????????????????????????????????????
Someone must be a Steeler fan....lol
 
Old 05-18-2010, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Edwardsville, IL
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Where's JaMarcus Russell?
 
Old 05-18-2010, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD/Washington DC
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Because Barry Sanders was superior.
In a word, NO.
 
Old 05-18-2010, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD/Washington DC
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my one problem with Jim Brown is he didn't do it over a long period. True this was self-imposed but he could've come back for another season and blew his knee out and never been the same.

people like to project what he would've done if he didn't retire early but one never knows what those seasons would've entailed.

still a great player for sure. just wish he would've played more seasons and then we'd know for sure.
Jim Brown played 9 seasons. I'm not sure how that doesn't qualify as a long period.
 
Old 05-18-2010, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Silver Spring, MD/Washington DC
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Reggie White deserves a mention. There's little doubt in my mind that White was the best defensive lineman of the last 30 years.

Speaking of defensive linemen, Merlin Olsen made something like 14 Pro Bowls and is a deserving candidate. For that matter, an argument could also be made for Deacon Jones, one of the greatest pass rushers in NFL history.

I'm pretty sure Troy Polamalu, while a great player, was not the greatest defensive player in Pittsburgh Steelers history, much less the greatest player of all-time. Joe Greene, Jack Lambert, and maybe Jack Ham were probably better. Polamalu also wasn't the greatest defensive player or safety to come out of USC - that honor belongs to Ronnie Lott.

One guy who REALLY doesn't deserve to be listed is Joe Namath. I mean, check his stats. Yeah, quarterbacks of his era tended to have poor touchdown to interception ratios, but his ratio is ridiculously bad. A number of other quarterbacks, including Sammy Baugh, Otto Graham, Johnny Unitas, Bart Starr, Len Dawson, Roger Staubach, Terry Bradshaw, and a few other guys deserve to be listed before Namath. (FWIW, every one of the guys I listed won an NFL, AFL, or Super Bowl title in their careers while starting at quarterback.)
 
Old 05-18-2010, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis
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Where's JaMarcus Russell?
hehe..hehe.... Probably at a fast food joint getting something to eat!! Kornheiser (sp?) on PTI was talking about him playing as either a lineman or a tight end yesterday!!!!!
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