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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: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: May 20, 2008 5:09 pm

The Greatest Of All Time Team Needs A RB

my vote is Barry Sanders all the way.

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.

Some of you rate a RB's greatness by the success of their teams. If this were Basketball or maybe even Baseball, I could see your point. But Running Backs in Football rely way too much on the offensive line, and figure less into the success of a team as opposed to a great point guard in basketball, or a great pitcher in baseball. Yes, a great team tends to have great running backs, but not all the time. Barry never had a good offensive line, which makes him that much greater in my eyes.

If we were to use team success as measuring stick for annointing the 'greatest ever,' I'd have to go with Natrone Means. He took 1 team to the Super Bowl, and 2 others to Conference Championship games.  See my point? There are, i'm sure, a bunch of other running backs you can lump into Means' category as well.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: May 20, 2008 4:23 pm

The Greatest Of All Time Team Needs A RB

Most exciting - Barry Sanders

But the best?  Blocking, receiving, and incredible, record-setting runner?  WALTER PAYTON

My vote:  Walter

Since: Jul 14, 2007
Posted on: May 20, 2008 1:52 pm

The Greatest Of All Time Team Needs A RB


Walter Payton, had arms of granite, never went out of bounds, stiff arm was incredible, always pushed for the extra yard, played qb when his team needed him, was a tremendous influence on those around him, held the single game rushing record for what about 30 years(?), and would give his autograph to everyone until all were gone. Just go back and watch this mans highlights and you will treasure the time spent.

Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: May 20, 2008 1:43 pm

The Greatest Of All Time Team Needs A RB

Dude your an idiot.  Barry is the best pure runner ever but he is part of the reason Detroit never went anywhere.  Barry could break one any time and could put you in 2nd or 3rd and 15 just as easy.  This was asking for the best running back and the best running back can pick up a blitz or catch a pass out of the backfield.  Emmitt could find a whole anywhere and his yards after first contact were very good.  You do not have to think Emmitt is the best, but just good?  I know if I was starting a franchise and I was told I could get 15,000 yards out of this guy and he would help protect my QB while offereing a reliable outlet pass that would get me positive yards I would say hell yeah!  If you do not like Emmitt fine but Walter Payton would have to be your next choice.  If you switched Thurman Thomas and Barry Sanders teams in the early 90's Buffalo would not have gone to 4 straight Super Bowls and Detroit would have gone to at least 1.  Thurman was a better all around back also, just ask the man who coached them both.  Even though nobody has or probably ever will run like Barry again he will never be the best running back of all time. 

Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: May 20, 2008 1:25 pm

The Greatest Of All Time Team Needs A RB

Here comes the barry Sanders love fest... Even Emmitt Smith has said publicly and in published that the rushing record belongs to Barry Sanders.  This makes sense Barry Sanders was the best pure runner to ever play the game.  The problem, and one reason why Detroit did not go further in the playoffs is Barry could not pass block or pick up the blitz well.  Barry was also not a very good reciever out of the backfield.  This is why Emmitt Smith should be considered a better RB but not a better runner.  All of the Dynasty save the Patriots had dominant backs that were good in all facets of the game.  Dallas 70's and 90's, 49ers with Roger Craig, Denver in the late 90's (not a dynasty) could not top the big game untill Terrel Davis, and how many more would they have if he could stay healthy.  Buffalo went to 4 superbowls in a row in the early 90's with Barry Sanders college backfield mate Thurman Thomas who could run, block and was deadly in the passing game.  I agree that Barry is the best runner but if I was starting a franchise and could have anyone he would be 3rd or 4th on the list.  Saying this he could not be my choice for best ever.  I vote Emmitt Smith 1st and Walter Payton second who could punish as a blocker as well run the rock.

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: May 20, 2008 11:13 am

The Greatest Of All Time Team Needs A RB

First, I'd like to give a high five to BluecollarIT for bringing up Jim Thorpe. I read a biography about him as a youth and what this man had to go through just to play football was inspiring. Also, what he was able to accomplish on the field shouldn't be forgotten. He deserves mention at the VERY least.

Second, OJ may have screwed up his and others lives and deserves our disdain, but in his day, he was THE back. He was the first to gain 2000 yards and that was in a 14 game season, not 16. He also played on a not-so-great team, but his presence made them into a formidable opponent.

Third, Barry Sanders is what highlight reels are made for. The man had moves that have never been duplicated and probably never will.

Fourth, Mr. Earl Cambell. What a load! I struggled with the desire to pick him or not. He dominated the game for 4-5 years. Unfortunately, his style of running over people and constant use, on a slighly above average team, took it's toll way too early.

Fifth, fansince66 made a very valid point regarding his vote for Marshall Faulk. But there is one image I just couldn't get out of my head when I thought about RB's and that is who I'm voting for:

Walter Payton..............I can still see him goose-stepping into the endzone and then flipping the ball to the ref as his team mauls him. All around player and person. Consumate professional.   &nbs

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: May 20, 2008 10:42 am

The Greatest Of All Time Team Needs A RB

Results As Of 5/20/08: Barry Sanders- 61, Walter Payton- 46, Emmit Smith- 6, 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: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: May 20, 2008 9:19 am

The Greatest Of All Time Team Needs A RB


Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: May 20, 2008 8:56 am

The Greatest Of All Time Team Needs A RB

Very good point DEADhead...
However, that also proves our point RE: Barry, he had no line when they got to the red zone, a lot of their TD's were over 20 yds, with a swiss cheese line more porous than a sponge, is another reason Barry holds the record for most TD run over 50 yds. & over 80 yds. had he had a line he could have stayed in as Barry had power up the gut when the blocks were there, and when they weren't is when he'd bounce outside {unless of course the call was to hit the corner, at which time Barry would beat the tacklers to the corner and cut it up field at which time as a defender that was when it was time to lay there and get your peanuts from the vendor, }LOL..

As for Sweetness and his abilities, no question, he was the bigger back and a more all purpose back, and was the focus of the bears offense and a Defensive Coordinators worst nightmare.  Walter "Sweetness" Payton was an excellent back, as was Barry. 

I have been looking for a good stat that maybe everyone in here can help us on, I'd like to see how close Walter & Barry were in % of offense over their careers to their teams.  If anyone can find that stat please send it to me in a private message with your source.

Well I need to get back to work, everyone have a great day, till next time...CHEERS

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: May 20, 2008 4:25 am

The Greatest Of All Time Team Needs A RB

Hands down, it's Sweetness.  Walter Payton did it all and WAS NOT PULLED IN THE RED ZONE where too often Sanders tried to use his moves and finesse.  Walter had speed, moves, power.  Sanders was fast fast fast and had some beautiful moves getting out of 5-10 yard losses but he lacked the power to stay in the game inside the 20.  Walter's pass catching ability on the swing passes was overlooked.  Dangerous in traffic, dangerous in the open field.  The greatest.

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