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Exactly. No contest!
For me, Wlater Payton
It's Jim brown then everyone else. Payton was good, and sanders perhaps next but brown is it.
For those that dont think Jim Brown was the BEST. He was able to retire because Hollywood came calling. He wasn't an actor, but when you are the best of your profession Hollywood wants you. Elvis,Jim Brown etc. He was the first african american athlete to do this. Think about it. Love scenes with Raquel Welch, at a time when this was taboo. Give the MAN his due. Absolutely groundbreaking what he was able to do.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by maulman 16 months ago
I will pick Barry with the Dallas Cowboy's Offensive Line that Emmitt had, or Jim Brown with any High School Offensive Line.
1) Jim Brown
2) Barry Sanders
2a) Walter Payton
3) OJ Simpson
4) Emmitt Smith
5) Larry Csonka
6) Eric Dickerson
7) Bo Jackson
8) Hershel Walker
This post was edited by thepummeler 16 months ago
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Barry ran behind a high school caliber line. He had more rushes for loss than any back in history, I believe..
Jim Brown...enough said
Similar body type to Eddie George but with more top end speed. Had a great knack for having both feet on the ground at the time of contact to bounce defenders off him. Superior strength, power and speed. Actually surprised Eddie's name has not at least been mentioned. Prior to injuries later in his career he was a helluva good RB for the Oilers and Titans. My top 5 would be 1] Jim Brown [absolutely no debate] 2] Walter Payton, 3] Earl Campbell, 4]Emmit Smith, and 5] O.J. Simpson
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The rushes for loss is why I left him out of my top 5. Too often homerun or strikeout with him.
Athletically speaking he was way up there. But so was Bo..
Production-wise John Riggins should be in the discussion also..
Agree with Heater, but I think a couple of his facts are wrong. When Brown retired, Gale Sayers was the record holder for TDs in a season and TDs in a game. Lenny Moore was second for TDs in a season.
Ask Dan Hampton? How about we ask Paul Brown instead...
"As a pure runner, Jim Brown was the best ever. He had a combination of power, intense speed, and a shuffling foot action that made it difficult to stop him."
I didn't say Payton was bad...simply that I think he was overrated. I do not think he was the best ever. And not second either. Nor third.
If somehow that makes me not knowledgeable about football, so be it.
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The Lions took Sanders out of the game when they were inside the five. For that reason alone, he can't be considered the greatest.
This morning I went to YouTube and watched highlights of Brown, Sayer, Payton and Sanders.
Not sure how you can watch it can not think Brown is the best.
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