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Posted: 9/27/2004 7:17:47 AM EST
Hypothetical question: You are starting a football team and you can pick any running back ever, but the catch is it is only for ONE season.

Who do you pick?

I have a couple of choices in mind:

Gale Sayers
Earl Campbell
Bo Jackson
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 7:18:58 AM EST
walter payton or jim brown.
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 7:20:13 AM EST



To bad Nicole couldn't run as fast.....


Sgatr15
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 7:22:55 AM EST
1.) Barry Sanders
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 7:23:37 AM EST
Payton
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 7:24:27 AM EST
Just call Priest Holmes the touchdown king.

The three-time Pro Bowl running back of the Kansas City Chiefs reached the end zone twice in Sunday's 31-3 rout of the Chicago Bears to set a pair of NFL records - most touchdowns and most rushing scores in a single season with 27.

It's all about points in FF
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 7:24:33 AM EST
I'm going to go with Bo Jackson.

The power of John Riggins. The speed of Dickerson. The quickness of Barry Sanders.
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 7:26:48 AM EST
If you had an excellent line, Gale Sanders would probably run for 2500 yards easy. Safetys and Cornerbacks would be looking at the back of his jersey as he accellerated downfield.
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 7:27:22 AM EST

Originally Posted By mac130:
It's all about points in FF


I'm talking a real football team.
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 7:28:13 AM EST

Originally Posted By Tactical_Jew:
1.) Barry Sanders



There is only one choice, Barry Sanders.

In one game against Tampa, he snapped off 2 80 yard runs plus all of his other runs. He was on the opposing fantasy football team and outscored my entire team.
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Link Posted: 9/27/2004 7:30:27 AM EST

Originally Posted By Wobblin-Goblin:
espn-att.starwave.com/i/abcsports/mnf/1108/photo/s_jackson_s.jpg



Bo was good, but fragile.

Barry was on the DL how many times in his career?
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 7:31:42 AM EST

Originally Posted By Wobblin-Goblin:

Originally Posted By mac130:
It's all about points in FF


I'm talking a real football team.



OK, your thread title is a little misleading. In that case I go with Walter.
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 7:49:37 AM EST

Originally Posted By ghengiskhabb:

Originally Posted By Tactical_Jew:
1.) Barry Sanders



There is only one choice, Barry Sanders.

In one game against Tampa, he snapped off 2 80 yard runs plus all of his other runs. He was on the opposing fantasy football team and outscored my entire team.



+1
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 7:55:17 AM EST
Barry Sanders
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 7:58:33 AM EST

Originally Posted By JCKnife:
Barry Sanders



I would have to agree.
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 7:59:32 AM EST
Barry Sanders!!!

So what if the guy ran 5 yards horizontally for every one yard he gained!

I still miss that guy. What an incredible, explosive runner.
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 8:45:21 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/27/2004 8:48:00 AM EST by Atencio]

Originally Posted By Wobblin-Goblin:

Originally Posted By mac130:
It's all about points in FF


I'm talking a real football team.



Fanatsy football values are still based on real performances by the players. I honestly don't know how you could make a more unbiased decision especially when you are talking about one season.

No one comes close to O.J. Simpson (1975)

Number two: Priest Holmes (2002, 2003)
Number three: Marshall Faulk (2000, 2001)

Walter Payton(1977) might be a decent 4th pick


Earl Campbells(1980) highest rating was 149, not even close.
Bo Jackson had flashes of greatness but never enough to warrant any real value and was never among the top 10 leaders in stats for a season.
Sayers was good but his stats can't match the top four above.
Same for Sanders
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[Last Edit: 9/27/2004 8:55:22 AM EST by Va_Dinger]

Originally Posted By SHIVAN:
Priest Holmes assuming Yardage+TD's.




Thats a good chioce. He has been getting alot of TD's, plus the yardage.
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 8:56:44 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 8:58:00 AM EST
Shaun Alexander, THIS season.

3 games, 6 TD's , missed most of game 2. Scores both running and receiving.





Link Posted: 9/27/2004 8:59:28 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 9:06:14 AM EST
Remember guys, this is the real guy playing real football for one season.

For me, it's either Bo, Gale, or Earl.
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 9:07:51 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 9:10:46 AM EST
Bo.

No doubt.

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[Last Edit: 9/27/2004 9:21:59 AM EST by Wobblin-Goblin]
Anybody ever see that highlight clip of Earl Campbell and the Oilers playing the Oakland Raiders, the one with Jack Tatum hitting Campbell on the goal line so hard they both passed out?

Campbell still scored. With a shattered collarbone.

Greatest video highlight of all time.
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 9:18:47 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 12:36:55 PM EST

Originally Posted By Wobblin-Goblin:
Hypothetical question: You are starting a football team and you can pick any running back ever, but the catch is it is only for ONE season.

Who do you pick?

I have a couple of choices in mind:

Gale Sayers
Earl Campbell
Bo Jackson



Pikers. Bronco Nagurski of the Chicago Bears, played in the 1920s & 30s. Tough as a cob SOB.
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 3:35:15 PM EST
Barry Sanders, there are defensive players that to this day still can't put their shoes on after Barry juked them out of them.

Give him the O-Line from the 1982-83 Redskins and look out!
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 3:48:51 PM EST
After watching the NFL Films video on the all-time greatest running backs, my choice is Earl Campbell.

He ran over, through, around, past, and into people. No one defender took him down. If it was for ONE season, he's my choice.
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 3:51:36 PM EST
Gale Sayers or Walter Payton.
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 3:54:15 PM EST

Originally Posted By Wobblin-Goblin:
After watching the NFL Films video on the all-time greatest running backs, my choice is Earl Campbell.

He ran over, through, around, past, and into people. No one defender took him down. If it was for ONE season, he's my choice.



Yeah, he was a good back....yet, his best season statistically cannot come close to O.J.'s, Faulks, or Holmes best seasons despite him running through, around, and past people. In fact statistically. I would say all three had at least two better seasons than Earl's best.
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 4:17:34 PM EST
Barry Sanders. End of discussion.
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 4:21:18 PM EST
IMHO,

The choice would be Walter Payton.

Obviously, he could run .....but he was more than that.

Lets look at some of his other stats:

He could catch--> caught 492 passes for 4,538 yards and 15 touchdowns......

He could throw--> completed 11 out of 34 passes for 331 yards and eight touchdowns.......

Lastly, he did something a LOT of other backs were unwilling or unable to do:

He could block!

Payton was very effective in max-protection pass blocking schemes. He also was willing to block for full-back Roland Harper.

For me, it's "Sweetness," hands-down, for the half-back on my team.
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 4:46:43 PM EST

Originally Posted By mo4040:
IMHO,

The choice would be Walter Payton.

Obviously, he could run .....but he was more than that.

Lets look at some of his other stats:

He could catch--> caught 492 passes for 4,538 yards and 15 touchdowns......

He could throw--> completed 11 out of 34 passes for 331 yards and eight touchdowns.......

Lastly, he did something a LOT of other backs were unwilling or unable to do:

He could block!

Payton was very effective in max-protection pass blocking schemes. He also was willing to block for full-back Roland Harper.

For me, it's "Sweetness," hands-down, for the half-back on my team.



How about we run Payton and Sanders from the Wishbone?
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 4:58:47 PM EST
Priest.

You do have to factor in the offensive line, which is phenomenal, but Priest is one amazing back.

Too bad my Chiefs are sucking ass so far this year


Oh and BTW, the best football replay of all time is Dante's 93yd return against Denver last year. Followed closly by the other 5 td returns he had last year
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 5:10:22 PM EST
Barry Sanders...the Lions really shit the bed by not building a team around the greatest rusher ever. Imagine if he had an O line to throw a few blocks for him.
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 5:15:21 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 6:58:06 PM EST
Interesting points Shivan. I am sure part of it could be contributed to the synthetic surfaces which allow for faster defenses. Also, the defenses are more complex with lots of substitutions going on. Course on the flip side, the offensive lines just keep getting bigger and bigger and the newer surfaces and dome stadiums may have done wonders for previous running backs who were forced to play many games on crappy muddy surfaces. How would O.J. have played with a decent team behind him and a nice playing field?
Link Posted: 9/27/2004 8:04:23 PM EST
It's all relative. The same resources that develop modern levels of speed available to defensive linemen and linebackers today would be available to HBs of yesteryear...if they played today.

It's a push. Good food for thought, but that's about it.
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