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FinsAreLife
05-30-2005, 03:07 PM
before ricky "retired" and all that happened, do u think he was on the way to being one of the best rb ever......i know theres amazing players on that list such as brown, sayers, sanders, payton, smith and so on, if ricky had stayed and played about 5 or 6 more seasons where do u think he would rank among those.....................my take is the top 15 rb ever


heres my list of the top 5

1. Jim Brown
2. Barry Sanders
3. Emmit Smith
4. Walter Payton
5. O. J. Simpson

finnyboy002
05-30-2005, 03:11 PM
If he had reached his potential I really think he could've been Top 3 All-Time. Once he developed that speed burst he was really a force to be reckoned with. As it is now, Barry Sanders is the best I've seen, and Ricky couldn't have been quite as good as him.

kpcane
05-30-2005, 03:13 PM
before ricky "retired" and all that happened, do u think he was on the way to being one of the best rb ever......i know theres amazing players on that list such as brown, sayers, sanders, payton, smith and so on, if ricky had stayed and played about 5 or 6 more seasons where do u think he would rank among those.....................my take is the top 15 rb ever


heres my list of the top 5

1. Jim Brown
2. Barry Sanders
3. Emmit Smith
4. Walter Payton
5. O. J. Simpson

I think he could have been a top 10 if he would have stayed healthy. Hell he still could end up doing it.
Your top 5 is pretty accurate, though I'd make O.J. 3rd, keep walter at 4th and move emmitt to 5th. I actually don't think emmitt would be #5, I think he gets entirely too much credit for running behind that mammoth o-line.

GreenMonster
05-30-2005, 03:13 PM
heres my list of the top 5

1. Jim Brown
2. Barry Sanders
3. Emmit Smith
4. Walter Payton
5. O. J. Simpson

Switch Barry and Walter and sub. OJ for Gale Sayers...

finmann
05-30-2005, 03:14 PM
This is very possible, the guy is an elite back power, speed great vision...what more do you want from your back. Ricky's problem is between the ears and his attitude towards life. The guy is immature and lacks one word from his vocabulary........RESPONSIBILITY.

Agua
05-30-2005, 03:19 PM
He doesn't approach those guys in terms of career yards, but in his prime, Earl Campbell was the hardest man to bring down I've ever seen, and that includes Csonk.

byroan
05-30-2005, 03:23 PM
He doesn't approach those guys in terms of career yards, but in his prime, Earl Campbell was the hardest man to bring down I've ever seen, and that includes Csonk.

:yeahthat:

The guy is fun to watch.

FinsAreLife
05-30-2005, 03:24 PM
He doesn't approach those guys in terms of career yards, but in his prime, Earl Campbell was the hardest man to bring down I've ever seen, and that includes Csonk.


yeah i was very tempted to include earl in there and of coarse csonk jus cause im a fins fan

ether79
05-30-2005, 03:25 PM
If he would've stayed straight Ricky had a chance to be right up there with the great ones. IMO he had all the natural ability to be one. Just not the heart obviously.

1. B. Sanders
2. J. Brown
3. W. Payton
4. G. Sayers
5. E. Smith

Slappy8800
05-30-2005, 03:27 PM
barry
payton
emmitt
jim brown

FinsAreLife
05-30-2005, 03:31 PM
i never got to see o.j. play of course, but from what my dad has told me, as much as he hates the bills to, he told me he was an animal, and i mean running for 2000 yards in a season is quite an accomplishment, but then if i based it on that i owuld have to include , terrel davis, jamal lewis and so on, its a very tricky list, u could include rb's in the top 10 such as curtis martin, jerome bettis, priest holmes, and marshal faulk.........theres been so many elite backs but the list of top 5 i picked i think was prolly the best of the best

GreenMonster
05-30-2005, 03:53 PM
For all that rank Barry Sanders as your top back remember this..

Barry Sanders - Playoff Stats

6 games 91 rushes 386 yards 1 td

I just have a hard time voting this guy #1 with all the other top 5 guys did.

Slappy8800
05-30-2005, 03:57 PM
For all that rank Barry Sanders as your top back remember this..

Barry Sanders - Playoff Stats

6 games 91 rushes 386 yards 1 td

I just have a hard time voting this guy #1 with all the other top 5 guys did.

ok, you think Marino is the best QB ever? what are his playoff/ Super Bowl stats? Can fault him for being on a bad team, if you can, then take emmitt off the list because he played behind an AMAZING o-line

Roman529
05-30-2005, 04:08 PM
Here is my best ever RB list:

1. Jim Brown
2. Walter Payton
3. Barry Sanders
4. Gale Sayers
5. Emmitt Smith

Best Power: Jim Brown
Best Moves: Barry Sanders
Best Speed: Bo Jackson

Old School: Red Grange

grooves12
05-30-2005, 04:10 PM
i never got to see o.j. play of course, but from what my dad has told me, as much as he hates the bills to, he told me he was an animal, and i mean running for 2000 yards in a season is quite an accomplishment, but then if i based it on that i owuld have to include , terrel davis, jamal lewis and so on, its a very tricky list, u could include rb's in the top 10 such as curtis martin, jerome bettis, priest holmes, and marshal faulk.........theres been so many elite backs but the list of top 5 i picked i think was prolly the best of the best

OJ Simpson did it in a 14-game season though... I think he is DEFINITELY in the top 3...

FinsAreLife
05-30-2005, 04:14 PM
OJ Simpson did it in a 14-game season though... I think he is DEFINITELY in the top 3...


without a doubt top 5, 3 sounds about right, just watching old film of jim brown, makes me go:eek:, just awesome

nolefin
05-30-2005, 04:24 PM
bottom line WALTER PAYTON best all around rb and player ever! he was a better blocker and reciver than any of the guys on your lists. and he ran hard every play and never missed a game!

1.payton

2.sanders, best moves ever but could not block or get yards in short yardage
3.brown, could be the best but he never played agianst the monsters that the other guys played with, he was bigger than most of the linebackers
4.smith, the guy is a great player but what would barry or payton had done with the line he had?
5.eric dickerson-very underated he is a top 5-10 back no doubt.

painnotpleasure
05-30-2005, 04:37 PM
TOP 5 RB's

1.) Walter Payton
2.) Barry Sanders
3.) Jim Brown
4.) Emmitt Smith
5.) Juice or Dickerson

Nicky Napoleon
05-30-2005, 04:43 PM
To me this is easy....
1. Jim Brown(the most dominating RB in any era) The argument that he didnt play against the monsters of today doesnt hold up because he didnt play with them either. He took what he had and made the most of it.

2. Barry Sanders The most respectful player I have ever watched. Barry never really celebrated any TD, records werent important, and unfortunately he never played on a team that was considered better than average. Oh yeah and he snapped ankles like nobody before or since!

3. Walter Peyton Sweetness, there is nothing anyone can say that hasnt already been said. You dont get a name like "Sweetness" by being average.

4. O.J. Simpson As much as I hate to put him here he was DOMINATING. When you put up 2,000 yards in a 14 game season, it is probably the best year any RB has ever had.

5. Emmitt Smith As much as I would like to knock him down for playing with Dallas, I cant. I dont care if the hole is big enough to drive a mack truck through you still have to get there. He had a great career, and did the most with what he was given. Even if he didnt play with Dallas and had the stats he had I would still put him here just for the fact that the above four are better RB's.


Honorable Mention
Gale Sayers, Bo Jackson, Larry Csonka, and Earl Campbell. If the first two on this list are healthy for an entire career they are probably one and two all time!

HelloMotto
05-30-2005, 05:02 PM
I'll agree with the first 4

1. Jim Brown(the most dominating RB in any era) The argument that he didnt play against the monsters of today doesnt hold up because he didnt play with them either. He took what he had and made the most of it.

2. Barry Sanders The most respectful player I have ever watched. Barry never really celebrated any TD, records werent important, and unfortunately he never played on a team that was considered better than average. Oh yeah and he snapped ankles like nobody before or since!

3. Walter Peyton Sweetness, there is nothing anyone can say that hasnt already been said. You dont get a name like "Sweetness" by being average.

4. O.J. Simpson As much as I hate to put him here he was DOMINATING. When you put up 2,000 yards in a 14 game season, it is probably the best year any RB has ever had.

5. Earl Campbell, For the few years he played he was a total recking machine. Everyone new he was getting the ball but nobody could stop him. He would literally run over apposing players like a tank. I know you guys will never forget that monday nite game against us. I sure wont. In his prime he was a terror.


Honorable Mention
Emmit smith, Gale Sayers, Eric Dickerson, tony dorsett and Bo Jackson. Its so hard to chose.
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finswin56
05-30-2005, 05:22 PM
bottom line WALTER PAYTON best all around rb and player ever! he was a better blocker and reciver than any of the guys on your lists. and he ran hard every play and never missed a game!

1.payton

2.sanders, best moves ever but could not block or get yards in short yardage
3.brown, could be the best but he never played agianst the monsters that the other guys played with, he was bigger than most of the linebackers
4.smith, the guy is a great player but what would barry or payton had done with the line he had?
5.eric dickerson-very underated he is a top 5-10 back no doubt.

Good to see someone appreciates Payton for what he brought to the game.
It's amazing, but Payton seems to just be dismissed by so many.

I do think Brown should be #2.
I loved Barry, but his shortcomings leave him out of the top 3 for me.

1. Payton
2. Brown
3. Smith
4. Sanders
5. ? Dickerson/O.J ?

Agua
05-30-2005, 05:50 PM
I know you guys will never forget that monday nite game against us. I sure wont. In his prime he was a terror.


I remember a Sunday game around 75. Just like you stated: everyone knew he was getting the ball and it didn't make any difference.

Prime
05-30-2005, 06:04 PM
The best RB ever will have to be Walter Payton and then a close second is Jim Brown.

kpcane
05-30-2005, 06:09 PM
There's no reason Jim Brown should be anything less than #1 on all these lists. After that it's a free for all. Not only is Jim Brown the best RB ever, he's the best football player ever. Earl Campbell is a good choice to be on there. I'd have him #5 behind brown, sanders, simpson, and payton.

FinsAreLife
05-30-2005, 07:47 PM
seems like every one agrees pretty much on jim brown and walter payton at 1 and 2(no particular order between the 2), i completely agree, they were awesome backs and deserve the honor of being the top

Roman529
05-31-2005, 02:10 AM
The game I will never forget is the MNF game in which Earl Campbell ran for around 190 yards for the Houston Oilers against our Fins. He would just bowl over guys and drag them....guys would try to leg tackle him and he would run right through them....I think Earl would have been top 5 had he not taken the pounding he did.

Oaklandraider
06-01-2005, 10:29 PM
#1Marcus allen
#2Emmitt smith
#3 Jim brown
#4 walter payton
#5 Barry sanders
#6 Bo jackson