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The Greatest Of All Time Team Needs A RB

Posted on: May 16, 2008 12:37 pm

Ok, here is the deal, every Friday I will post a new Blog in which we will choose the greatest player ever at a certain position. Until the next position is posted CBS members may vote for who they think the greatest ever is, at the end of the voting I will calculate every ones votes and will add that player to The Greatest Team Ever. I hope lots of you participate because I think this could be fun. I will try to post a running tally in a comment every day.

18th Position- Running Back    Vote for the best Running Back of all time!! Please post your vote in a comment, if you wish to give some insight on your choice feel free to do so. Please start your post with the players name, and please make sure that you are naming someone who played the position being voted on for that week, as those are the only votes that will count..........So who is our Running Back?

Please remember to rate this blog entry, and all comments as I appear to be losing value points for doing this blog, I happen to believe a lot of you enjoy it however, so I will continue even though I may be a rookie by the time it is over!


QB -

RB -

FB-                     Jim Brown                          Cleveland Browns                    29 votes                 1021+ views

WR1-                 Jerry Rice                          San Francisco 49ers                72 votes                 1115+ views

WR2-                 Steve Largent                   Seattle Seahawks                     18 votes                 1115+ views
( Terrell Owens ) My Choice

TE-                     Shannon Sharpe              Denver Broncos                         13 votes                  1081+ views

LT-                     Anthony Munoz                 Cincinnati Bengals                     42 votes                1146+ views

LG-                     John Hannah                     New England Patriots                18 votes                1103+ views
( Steve Hutchenson ) My Choice              

C-                        Mike Webster                    Pittsburgh Steelers                   46 votes               4351+  views

RG-                     Bruce Matthews                Houston Oilers                            14 votes                1103+ views

RT-                     Forrest Gregg                     Green Bay Packers                      7 votes                1146+ views
( Walter Jones ) My Choice

K-                       Adam Vinatieri                  New England Patriots                  21 votes                1406+ views

P-                       Ray Guy                               Oakland Raiders                          34 votes                  1069+ views
( Sammy Baugh ) My Choice

PR-                     Devin Hester                      Chicago Bears                             26 votes                 1479+ views
( Brian Mitchell ) My Choice

KR-                     Gale Sayers                         Chicago Bears                            24 votes                 1479+ views

ST1-                   Steve Tasker                       Buffalo Bills                                 28 votes                  953+ views 

ST2-                    Bill Bates                              Dallas Cowboys                            7 votes                 953+ views

DE1-                    Reggie White                       Green Bay Packers                    45 votes                991+ views

DE2-                    Deacon Jones                    Los Angeles Rams                      33 votes                991+ views

DL1-                    Joe Greene                          Pittsburgh Steelers                    26 votes              1677+ views

DL2-                    Alan Page                             Minnesota Vikings                      16 votes              1677+ views
( Jerome Brown ) My Choice

OLB1-                Lawrence Taylor                  New York Giants                          50 votes              1129+ views

MLB-                  Dick Butkus                           Chicago Bears                              24 votes             1577+ views
( Jack Lambert ) My Choice

OLB2-                Jack Ham                               Pittsburgh Steelers                     13 votes              1129+ views
( Derrick Thomas ) My Choice

CB1-                   Darrell Green                        Washington Redskins                 23 votes               1073+ views

CB2-                   Deion Sanders                      Dallas Cowboys                            17 votes               1073+ views
( Dick Lane ) My Choice

FS-                       Ronnie Lott                            San Francisco 49ers                  37 votes               1064+ views

SS-                       Ken Houston                         Houston Oilers                             13 votes               1064+ views

Category: NFL

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: May 21, 2008 5:43 pm

The Greatest Of All Time Team Needs A RB

Since: May 20, 2008
Posted on: May 21, 2008 1:32 pm

The Greatest Of All Time Team Needs A RB

Barry Sanders.

Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: May 21, 2008 10:40 am

The Greatest Of All Time Team Needs A RB

Nice to see Barry getting the love he deserves.  As a Detroiter, he made the Lions somewhat relevant in the 90's.  Best pure runner I've ever seen, too young to have witnessed the "Kansas Comet".  Still love the replay of him twisting a New England DB all over the field.


Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: May 21, 2008 10:33 am

The Greatest Of All Time Team Needs A RB

The Detroit Lions under Wayne Fonts  were a good team. Not the Cowboys or Bills, or 49ers of that era, but a decent team. they were any where from 8-8 to 10-6 every other year. The Lions were 67-71 under Wayne Fontes.  So it would've been pretty hard for them to have won 8-10 games every year under Fontes.  In fact, in Barry's entire career they only won at least 10 games 3 times.  They had 5 losing seasons and 5 winning seasons during his career.  Also, who else did the Lions have on offense to take any pressure off of Barry?  Can anyone not a Lion's fan name their starting qb during Barry's career without looking it up?  I'm sorry, but to say the Lions were a good team under Fontes is a stretch at best.  They had a couple of good years, but during Barry's career the Lions were 78-82.  That is not a good team by any definition.

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: May 21, 2008 10:25 am

The Greatest Of All Time Team Needs A RB

Results As Of 5/21/08: Barry Sanders- 63, Walter Payton- 48, Emmit Smith- 8, Earl Cambell- 5, Marshall Faulk- 3, Terrel Davis- 2, Jim Thorpe- 1, Mark Van Eghen- 1, LaDanian Tomlinson- 1, Franco Harris- 1, Gale Sayers- 1, Bo Jackson- 1, Red Grange- 1, Eric Dickerson- 1, Jerome Bettis- 1, Roger Craig- 1.

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: May 20, 2008 11:08 pm

The Greatest Of All Time Team Needs A RB

Not that it's a bad thing, but I can only assume the great bulk of those stating Barry Sanders is the greatest HB ever are under the age of 34 or so.  Let's look at some numbers:

Walter Payton had 132.3 yds/game his best year, while Sanders had 128.3.  Payton had 110 total rushing TDs, while Sanders had 99.  Payton had 15 receiving TDs, while Sanders had 10.  Payton has 1 big shiny ring, while Sanders has 0. 

Not statistical...Payton blocked, ran & caught for horrible teams other than at the very end of his career.  Sanders had numerous complimentary players on his Lions teams and couldn't block your Grandma.

Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: May 20, 2008 7:21 pm

The Greatest Of All Time Team Needs A RB

I would love to say Jerome "The Bus" Bettis, he was a true symbol of Pittsburgh.  He was a straight up the gut and I dare you to him me, steel headed, gentlemen.  JB is a great man, athlete and role model. 

But, all that aside when Barry Sanders makes a whole team of professional athletes tackle air as he cuts and spins before they even know he is gone was something special.  He was great but imagine if he had some help out there.  WOW he would have shattered all records.

I vote for Barry Sanders!

This is the first time I did not pick a Steeler.

Since: Nov 13, 2007
Posted on: May 20, 2008 6:35 pm

The Greatest Of All Time Team Needs A RB

Let's not change history either. The Detroit Lions under Wayne Fonts  were a good team. Not the Cowboys or Bills, or 49ers of that era, but a decent team. they were any where from 8-8 to 10-6 every other year. They went to the NFC Championship game the year the Skins beat the Bills in the Super Bowl. To say Barry played for a doormat his whole career is a joke. He was a great runner, but NOT the best RB of all-time! I can't believe he still has the lead.

Since: Nov 13, 2007
Posted on: May 20, 2008 6:23 pm

The Greatest Of All Time Team Needs A RB

Ther more to being the greatest RB of all time than just being an elusive runner. Barry Sanders put on a great show, but they took him out in short yardage and goaline situations. Not what I want in the Geatest RB of all-time. I'm voting for Emmitt Smith. I realize the yardage record would be Barry Sanders' , but the all- time rushing TD title would not, and that also belongs to Smith. He was everthing you wanted in a complete back, elusive,powerful, good hands, durable, and the most overlooked RB trait- he could pick up the blitz! Ask any QB how important that is. If not Emmitt, I would vote for his idle- Walter Payton.

Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: May 20, 2008 5:41 pm

The Greatest Of All Time Team Needs A RB

It looks like we all have different criteria for selecting the best ever. Mine is all about yardage. Barry was in his prime when he retired, about 12 games away from breaking the career rushing record. If you haven't done this yet, go check out Barry's highlights on Youtube. I forgot how electrifying he really was.
That's exactly what I'm talking about when fans vote in Barry Sanders ... they look at the highlights of his good plays
And they were great mpsvsu and electrifying, but over his career there were quite a bit of going reverse as opposed to the same 20 highlights on NFL network or you tube.  Fans are basing the RB's greatness on highlights, then Bo Jackson should win after he run over Brian Bosworth in Seattle.  The difference with Barry is he had more highlights. I mean I see the same Gayle Sayers and Jim Brown highlights as well so is that what we gauge greatest RB on is highlights or who has more of them? 

The testament for a great RB or any football player is his benefit to the team ... not necessarily on his individual efforts on the field.  I would even argue while Emmit Smith is far less talented by his admission as well from Barry Sanders, his unselfishness being part of a team helped the Cowboys to a Championship.  It isn't Barry's fault honestly because of a bad Lions organization, I give you that ... but in turn he was a one man show who was dynamic despite his sub par team.

Walter Payton gets the nod because he did it all ... on and off the field as other posters said, you're not going to get the ankle breaking film, but blocking for a QB is not on film, but him demolishing a LB is, or him passing a football. 

By no means am I knocking Barry Sanders' talent, it was astounding but was never a consistent overall RB ...  he missed blitzes because he didn't want to get killed by a charging LB, the QB can hardly see him over the OL, he was a hand him the ball and let him do his thing.  Payton can and did do it all ... 

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