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Posted: 10/27/2006 3:43:28 PM EST
Which one of these two running backs was the better one? I have to say Herschel because I am a Dawgs fan. I have to give Bo a lot of credit because he may very well be one of the best all around athletes of all time.
This afternoon I watched the 1982 Georgia/ Florida game and Herschel had a hell of a game that day.
Discuss.
Link Posted: 10/27/2006 3:44:59 PM EST
BO knows Runnin'.
Link Posted: 10/27/2006 3:46:19 PM EST
bo should slap the taste out of herchel's mouth for you even suggesting he's in the same league


go gators
Link Posted: 10/27/2006 3:48:39 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/27/2006 3:57:16 PM EST by patchouli]
Walter Payton




Walter Payton's guns






Link Posted: 10/27/2006 3:56:56 PM EST
I'm going to go with Herschel! but I'm not partial or anything!!!

on a side note...I work with Barry Young... some of you may remember that he had a large hand many of Herschel's touchdowns. He's a great guy.
Link Posted: 10/27/2006 3:58:53 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/27/2006 4:04:32 PM EST by NoVaGator]
Emmitt Smith



(Bo was actually the best I've ever seen in college)
Link Posted: 10/27/2006 4:01:46 PM EST
Bo was the greatest athlete I have ever seen.
Link Posted: 10/27/2006 4:06:02 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/27/2006 4:07:34 PM EST
Bo Jackson.
Link Posted: 10/27/2006 5:20:51 PM EST
Bo.. he was an incredible athlete!
Link Posted: 10/27/2006 5:22:11 PM EST
Bo, I brought his Nike Air shoes in HS.
Link Posted: 10/27/2006 5:23:25 PM EST

Originally Posted By kayamana:

Originally Posted By patchouli:
Walter Payton

www.photofile.com/Photos/Photos_Of_The_Day/06_06_08/HA18806.jpg


Walter Payton's guns
www.payton34.com/images/image%206.jpg
www.payton34.com/images/image%203.jpg
www.payton34.com/images/image%202.jpg

www.swac.org/images/payton.jpg



You sir, are correct.


+2. Walter did 99% of his running on garbage teams with poor lines.
Link Posted: 10/27/2006 5:25:20 PM EST
Barry Sanders..............
Link Posted: 10/27/2006 5:27:10 PM EST
No votes for OJ Simpson huh?
Link Posted: 10/27/2006 5:39:22 PM EST
Don't forget Jim Brown, O.J. was a great but Walter Payton was and still is the greatest running back of all time------to date. Seriously doubt anyone has the balls in this day and age (environment) to grab that title for themselves.
Link Posted: 10/27/2006 5:39:34 PM EST

Originally Posted By daddyarevalo:
Barry Sanders..............



+1...pound for pound the best ever....and a classy athlete too.

roy d.....but from the option given, Bo Jackson
Link Posted: 10/27/2006 5:43:42 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/27/2006 5:45:51 PM EST

Originally Posted By RoyDamnMercer:

Originally Posted By daddyarevalo:
Barry Sanders..............



+1...pound for pound the best ever....and a classy athlete too.

roy d.....but from the option given, Bo Jackson


I agree.

Bo hands down from the two above.

Link Posted: 10/27/2006 6:09:58 PM EST
Herchel"I couldn't make a cut if I had to" Walker. The man that single-handedly assisted the Cowboys with two Superbowl victorys....or was it three?
Link Posted: 10/27/2006 6:14:20 PM EST

Originally Posted By AIRBOSS4:
Herchel"I couldn't make a cut if I had to" Walker. The man that single-handedly assisted the Cowboys with two Superbowl victorys....or was it three?


Absolutely correct! The Vikings gave up way too much for this POS. I still get mad thinking about it .
Link Posted: 10/27/2006 6:26:29 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/27/2006 6:28:37 PM EST by jwr6]

Originally Posted By DontShootMyDog:
bo should slap the taste out of herchel's mouth for you even suggesting he's in the same league


go gators


I think Bo was a better pro back, Herschel the better college back.

Herschel gave Florida all they wanted over 20 years ago...and we have been Florida's bitch ever since.

I think I'd swap that '82 butt-whoopin we all like to remember for a 50/50 win loss rate ever since then.

I love my dawgs, but I'm not looking forward to tomorrow. I'll watch, but thank the Lord that God let man invent beer.
Link Posted: 10/27/2006 6:30:38 PM EST

Originally Posted By AR_Ron:

Originally Posted By AIRBOSS4:
Herchel"I couldn't make a cut if I had to" Walker. The man that single-handedly assisted the Cowboys with two Superbowl victorys....or was it three?


Absolutely correct! The Vikings gave up way too much for this POS. I still get mad thinking about it .


Yeah, but it wasn't Herchel's fault...he was a power runner with an offense that wasn't built around his style of running. Old Wrinkles Burns should have known that before they traded away their future. The blame rests entirely on Burns and Vikings mgmt. Herchel's prime was pissed away in Minnesota, and us Vike's fans suffered through (surprisingly) more disappointment than any fan should...again. He was supposed to be the missing answer to our offense...instead he was the Cowboys future. I am suprised Dallas hasn't erected a statue of Herchel and Jerry Burns outside Texas Stadium.



roy d....vikes fans are true fans...anyone can love a winner
Link Posted: 10/27/2006 6:40:06 PM EST

Originally Posted By jwr6:

Originally Posted By DontShootMyDog:
bo should slap the taste out of herchel's mouth for you even suggesting he's in the same league


go gators


I think Bo was a better pro back, Herschel the better college back.

Herschel gave Florida all they wanted over 20 years ago...and we have been Florida's bitch ever since.

I think I'd swap that '82 butt-whoopin we all like to remember for a 50/50 win loss rate ever since then.

I love my dawgs, but I'm not looking forward to tomorrow. I'll watch, but thank the Lord that God let man invent beer.


I feel ya brother...I feel ya....


Still praying....

Ga-Dawg
Link Posted: 10/27/2006 6:46:27 PM EST

Originally Posted By lagadelphia:

Originally Posted By kayamana:

Originally Posted By patchouli:
Walter Payton

www.photofile.com/Photos/Photos_Of_The_Day/06_06_08/HA18806.jpg


Walter Payton's guns
www.payton34.com/images/image%206.jpg
www.payton34.com/images/image%203.jpg
www.payton34.com/images/image%202.jpg

www.swac.org/images/payton.jpg



You sir, are correct.


+2. Walter did 99% of his running on garbage teams with poor lines.


+3 Walter Payton was the best running back the game has seen (so far).
Link Posted: 10/27/2006 6:47:35 PM EST
Barry Sanders.
Link Posted: 10/28/2006 11:20:16 AM EST

Originally Posted By daddyarevalo:
Barry Sanders..............


+1, Best the game has seen in three decades anyway.

I say Jackson out of the two choices listed above.
Link Posted: 10/28/2006 11:30:11 AM EST
Herschel and Bo weren't even the best Pro backs of their time, much less all time. In the same time window you've got Walter winding down and Barry and Emmit starting off.

Bo and Herschel are at the same Pro level as a Ricky Watters
Link Posted: 10/28/2006 12:38:00 PM EST
Barry or Walter[not to mention Emmitt,Tony Dorsett, or Earl Campbell]were better than either of those two.

Both played on a lot of crap teams that were behind in the second half of games and didn't get the additional carries they should have.

Few pro atheletes carried themselves with the class of those two[Have you ever heard anyone say anything bad about Sweetness].

Barry Sanders was poised to become the all-time leading rusher while Walter Payton was for all intents on his deathbed.

So what does he do: he walks away.

In todays game of whiney "me first" players either of them [in their prime or not ]would be my MVP.
Link Posted: 10/28/2006 1:11:42 PM EST

Originally Posted By 556fiend:
Herschel and Bo weren't even the best Pro backs of their time, much less all time. In the same time window you've got Walter winding down and Barry and Emmit starting off.

Bo and Herschel are at the same Pro level as a Ricky Watters


who said anything about pro?
Link Posted: 10/28/2006 1:24:39 PM EST
Eric Dickerson in his prime was the best ive seen in person

sweetness and Earl campbell , right behind

My dad tells me Jim Brown was the best athlete hes ever seen
and Gayle Sayers the most electifying
Link Posted: 10/28/2006 1:51:00 PM EST
Bo Jackson had all the tools to be one of the best ever, but he had that horrible hip injury. Herschel wasted a lot of time and talent in the USFL. in the end they probably do level out with Ricky Watters. As far as who was the best ever, my choice would be between Payton, Jim Brown and Jim Thorpe. YMMV.
Link Posted: 10/28/2006 1:54:15 PM EST
Jerome Bettis. Run OVER not around.
Trashcan
Link Posted: 10/28/2006 2:32:56 PM EST
It would be impossible to name the #1 running back of all time but I can say with confidence it would be one of these guys:

Earl Campbell: So dominating that defenses put two guys on him every play whether he had the ball or not. His career was short due to the stress that put on his body. Was just as powerful a runner as anyone who ever played and could also outrun anyone short of the fleetest of defensive backs. Perhaps only two or three other backs could do the same.

Walter Payton: Pound for pound, the toughest back in history. Labored on crappy Bears teams for years, carrying them on his back with his grit. By the time the Bears were turning into a powerhouse, Payton's career was winding down. He was Barry Sanders, Marcus Allen, and Christian Okoye before there was a Sanders, Allen, or Okoye.

Bo Jackson: No better athlete ever played running back. Had the speed of an Olympic sprinter and the power of a bruising fullback. If he concentrated on just playing in the NFL instead of playing in both MLB and then showing up for football when baseball season was over...he may have put the career rushing yardage record in a place where Emmitt Smith could only have dreamed of going. He certainly would have surpassed 20,000 yards and 25,000 might have been a possibility. That record would never have been broken.

Eric Dickerson: Had an uncanny ability to know exactly where the hole would be and when it would open. Only one or two other backs had his speed, a high gear that would leave even defensive backs in the dust. His ability to hit high gear caused defenders to miss tackles, leading to very long runs time and again.

Barry Sanders: No one short of Walter Payton ever did more with such lousy teams as Sanders. His teams were so bad for so long he always was playing for pride and nothing else. He was the Michael Jordan of the NFL. Every time he played, people wanted to watch just to see what he might do on the next play. No other player in history was as exciting to watch while he carried the ball. He retired early because his team sucked to bad and he couldn't stand playing for them anymore.
Link Posted: 10/28/2006 2:44:40 PM EST
No votes for Thurman "Thermal" Thomas yet?
Link Posted: 10/28/2006 2:47:21 PM EST

Originally Posted By kayamana:
No votes for Thurman "Thermal" Thomas yet?

Very good running back. Not in the top ten of all time, though. Probably around 11-15.
Link Posted: 10/28/2006 2:48:06 PM EST
Of those 2, Bo. All time, Jim "Ill beat yo ass, bich" Brown.
Link Posted: 10/28/2006 2:49:03 PM EST

Originally Posted By jmt1271:
Of those 2, Bo. All time, Jim "Ill beat yo ass, bich" Brown.

Earl Campbell was a better Jim Brown.
Link Posted: 10/28/2006 2:50:56 PM EST

Originally Posted By thinman:
Don't forget Jim Brown, O.J. was a great but Walter Payton was and still is the greatest running back of all time------to date. Seriously doubt anyone has the balls in this day and age (environment) to grab that title for themselves.


+1, college and pro. Not to mention the nude scenes he did with Raquel Welch.
Link Posted: 10/28/2006 2:55:28 PM EST
Franco Harris

Rocky Blier

Tony Dorsett.
Link Posted: 10/28/2006 3:13:03 PM EST

Originally Posted By topknot:
Franco Harris 19th

Rocky Blier196th

Tony Dorsett.22nd
Link Posted: 10/28/2006 3:31:13 PM EST

Originally Posted By scrum:

Originally Posted By lagadelphia:

Originally Posted By kayamana:

Originally Posted By patchouli:
Walter Payton

www.photofile.com/Photos/Photos_Of_The_Day/06_06_08/HA18806.jpg


Walter Payton's guns
www.payton34.com/images/image%206.jpg
www.payton34.com/images/image%203.jpg
www.payton34.com/images/image%202.jpg

www.swac.org/images/payton.jpg



You sir, are correct.


+2. Walter did 99% of his running on garbage teams with poor lines.


+3 Walter Payton was the best running back the game has seen (so far).
+4
If he couldn't go through the defense, he could always go over them. He had what seemed a perfect combination of power and agility.
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