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Second would probably be Jim Brown.
If Jackson hadn't been injured, he would've eclipsed every running back record in the record book. Well, not every one but the important ones. He was probably the most complete back I've seen play the game and I've been watching football a very very long time.
But thats just my opinion.
"The only thing That Team Up North will be tasting this year is the salty tears of defeat" - UFM
#1 Jim Brown. Carried the ball as an excuse to hurt some one. Epic battles with Sam Huff.
#2 Leroy Kelly.
#3 Greg Pruitt.
Some of the other teams had good backs, too......
Lacrosse, baby. Jim Brown with a big ass stick comming at you......
Im not a fan of his persona but his stats really tell the story. The guy did work in shorter seasons and in 9 years. If he played 16 games for 14-15 years hed be at 25K. As for guys of my era, Eric Dickerson (Rams) is my personal favorite. As a kid I wore #29 and didnt even sniff the RB position but I HAD to have ED's number.
Dude, he played against huff, butkus, nitscke,: curtis all in the hall of fame. Also, they didn't have all those personal foul rules they do now. Might as well make th offensive backs an recievers wear dresses. Then, they hit you to get you down, then keep on hitting you while your down. They were some of the meanest sons a bitches in nfl history. Unlike the pampered players now a days. Another example, they hit in their practices. Now, because of the nflpa, they have one day in full uni's, with minimal contact.
Totally agree about BO.
They were inFerior to the players now. Much slower and lighter. F=ma. The guys hit harder now, and are by far faster. The guys back then would get rolled head to head.
on the other hand put todays players in 1965 gear (primitive and heavy), with 1965 turf (grass and mud), 1965 rules, 1965 workout equipment, 1965 "dietary supplements" (usually from a local brewery and tobacco stand) and things might get interesting.
Too many changes in technology, nutrition, etc to really compare anymore.
Bo was awesome.once he got going there was no stopping him. He ran like a deer. It was magical watching him. Now I feel like watching Bo highlights. Barry was awesome, too.
I'm all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with typewriters.
- Frank Lloyd Wright (1868-1959)
He only played against Nitschke and Huff. Butkus and Curtis were later. Curtis is not in the HOF.
Had he played football full time and not gotten hurt, Bo Jackson would have gone down as the greatest RB of all time.
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