Best All Time NFL Rusher



  • With Emmitt Smith going into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame this week I decided to ask the question, who was the greatest NFL rusher of all time?

    My choice is Jim Brown. I think Jim Brown and Gale Sayers in their prime could both play in the current NFL and dominate.


  • '10

    Jim Brown, Gale Sayers, Walter Payton.  It’s very close but I’ll go with Brown



  • Can’t believe I forgot Eric Dickerson.



  • Too many Greats to pick just one. Although a Vikes fan I had to go for ol’ Barry.



  • It is a tough call because they played in different eras.

    Now we have a 17 week season and we throw the ball more than we ever did before 1990.



  • @dinosaur:

    It is a tough call because they played in different eras.

    Now we have a 17 week season and we throw the ball more than we ever did before 1990.

    Best between the tackle runners Emmitt Smith and Jim Brown.

    Best pass catching backs Dorsett, Craig and Faulk

    Best at making highlights Sanders and Sayer.

    4th and inches I would take Allen.



  • True Story:

    Years ago I went into a card shop in Seattle, WA., and saw a box of cards labeled $1.00 Box.
    Inside I found a Brian Piccolo card. When I went to pay, the guy behind the counter looked at me and asked, “Where’d you find this?”
    When I told him, “In the dollar box.” He quickly replied, “Son, it’s you’re lucky day. I’m going to honor that price. Did you know that card is his Rookie?” I had no real idea what he was talking about and just went home. The very next day, that store would cease to be in existence. To this day, that card is one of my favorite cards in my collection.

    To those that may not know the history of BRIAN’S SONG, Gale Sayer’s Rocked. But better yet, Barry Sanders was a true friend of Gale and promised to never break his record. To these legends, $ had no hold. That’s another reason I voted for Barry over Gale. Again, too many greats to pick just one. But you made me. :evil:



  • But what about Larry Czonka?


  • '10

    But what about Larry Czonka?

    he is probably the best American Gladiators host of all time



  • @dinosaur:

    But what about Larry Czonka?

    He no doubt has one of the best names in football history.



  • Watching Emmitt Smith address ‘Moose’ Johnston during the HOF speach was powerful.



  • @ABWorsham:

    @dinosaur:

    But what about Larry Czonka?

    He no doubt has one of the best names in football history.

    Nah…that goes undeniably to Dick Butkus.


  • '10

    Nah…that goes undeniably to Dick Butkus.

    also the best actor on My Two Dads


  • Official Answers 2007 AAR League

    @dinosaur:

    But what about Larry Czonka?

    Other than being a key member on the '72 Dolphins does he really stack up against Payton or Smith? Or even the lesser names here like Roger Craig and Earl Campbell.

    Career Rushing Yards Leaders. Cszonka was no doubt a great in his time but that time is past and besides he never even led the league. While there were no doubt many greats on the '72 Dolphins I think they are often given a pass in comparison to many who’ve come after them.

    Also here is a pretty useful resource for any talk of Best All Time. Hall of Famers by Position.



  • I’m from Dallas and the hot topic this week on Sports radio has been Emmitt Smith or Barry Sanders? Who would you take?


  • '10

    Emmitt Smith or Barry Sanders? Who would you take?

    at least emmitt smith ran forward most of the time.  i’ve never seen a RB put his team in a 2 and long as many times as Barry Sanders.  Sanders was exciting to watch, but hurt his team as much as he helped it


  • Official Answers 2007 AAR League

    I’d have to go with Smith as well. There is something to be said for big play ability in a RB which would go to Sanders but I’m with johnnymarr in that Smith comes across as more dependable.

    I tried to find some stats on YPC to support our contention of Smith over Sanders and found this article which would appear to put the lie to Sanders didn’t go forward. Sanders had 5.0ypc compared to Smith’s 4.2. However on my metric ‘dependable’ we got Sanders with 99 TDs and Smith with 164.

    So really just flip a coin and you’ll win.

    I’m sticking with my call on Payton as ‘best ever’ due to his 4500+ receiving yards and 15 TDs catching the ball (I like versatility in a player) but I’m not sure how much of that is just being contrary and not thinking much of Brown away from the field.

    Some interesting football records even if the article is very dated.



  • @rjpeters70:

    I don’t know… I mean, Smith had incredible numbers, no question… but how much of that had to do with his offensive line?�  I mean, his offensive line dominated the era.�  How many other good backs could have put up similar numbers with that offensive line?� Â

    Smith’s back up running backs didn’t have the same results behind that offensive line, if you remember the 1993 season Smith held out for two games, Cowboys lost both games.

    The Dallas o-line in the early nineties was great, a gang of castoffs, and low draft picks that wanted to fight everyone.



  • It’s too hard to compare players of a different era let alone from different teams of the same era.

    By this I mean, some players were all the team had, yet were still awesome (Walter Payton, Barry Sanders, etc) while others were great because they were on a very good, well balanced team (Emmitt Smith, Roger Craig, etc).

    Then there’s the question of HOW to measure an NFL rusher/
    A true ‘all around’ player (can pass block, catch the ball, run over a player) versus pure strength (Jim Brown, Earl Campbell, etc) versus speedy shifty (Sanders, Faulk, etc).

    Too many variables to include to compile a ‘BEST’, because some variables are more desired than others based on personal preference.

    That all being said, I loved Walter Payton.  Not only because I was/am a Chicago Bears fan, but for his ability to do it all, so well.  He wasn’t the fastest, nor the strongest, nor the most shifty, nor… but he was the most rounded (IMHO).



  • Barry Sanders has to be the only guy I know that can get -20 yds in the first half and and come out with 100 plus yards for the game.  The only man that could go East-West in the NFL and then make you regret that you didn’t have 12th guy out there.  And if Barry ran up the middle, even as the smallest man out there, he made everyone look smaller.

    Jim Brown doesn’t get the credit he deserves because of his shorten career, played prior to the Super Bowls (Lets face it, 98% of you football fans don’t even realize your sports own history prior to the Super Bowl), and the NFL was not a national event during that time.  He made the Browns into an epic dynasty when he played.  He was as tough as any other guy out there.

    These are the best of the best.  I would say Payton would be right behind them.

    I would have at least liked to seen Bo play out his entire career though…that hip injury is one of the greatest travesties in sports…and I’m not a big fan of Bo, but he and Allen made a deadly combination (Tecmo Bowl anyone? Try stopping Bo and Allen).


  • Liaison TripleA '11 '10

    WHERE’s EDDIE GEORGE!?!?!? WTF!


  • 2017 2016 2015 Organizer '14 Customizer '13 '12 '11 '10

    Labron James. That’s all you need.


  • 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 '14 Customizer '13

    Mallery29,  I agree with you. Best rusher and he could stop on a dime and then go the other way. To bad he left to early.



  • @Mallery29:

    Barry Sanders has to be the only guy I know that can get -20 yds in the first half and and come out with 100 plus yards for the game.  The only man that could go East-West in the NFL and then make you regret that you didn’t have 12th guy out there.  And if Barry ran up the middle, even as the smallest man out there, he made everyone look smaller.

    Jim Brown doesn’t get the credit he deserves because of his shorten career, played prior to the Super Bowls (Lets face it, 98% of you football fans don’t even realize your sports own history prior to the Super Bowl), and the NFL was not a national event during that time.  He made the Browns into an epic dynasty when he played.  He was as tough as any other guy out there.

    These are the best of the best.  I would say Payton would be right behind them.

    I would have at least liked to seen Bo play out his entire career though…that hip injury is one of the greatest travesties in sports…and I’m not a big fan of Bo, but he and Allen made a deadly combination (Tecmo Bowl anyone? Try stopping Bo and Allen).

    That Bo Jackson injury was freakish, and what a loss for football.

    Brown would be a great back in todays NFL.

    And the Raiders on Tecmo Bowl… You better out score them…there was no stopping them.

    I was a young teenage Cowboy fan in the early 90s. Emmitt Smith was something special. Great vision, balance and strength.



  • @rjpeters70:

    SuperTecmo Bowl:

    Joe Montana in the back of one end zone, Jerry Rice in the end of the other.  120 yard TD pass in quadruple coverage.  Every time.

    Tec’ was awesome.

    It was an awesome game.


Log in to reply
 

Suggested Topics

  • 22
  • 34
  • 75
  • 8
  • 16
  • 7
  • 4
  • 1
I Will Never Grow Up Games

54
Online

13.4k
Users

33.8k
Topics

1.3m
Posts