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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: May 9, 2007
Posted on: May 20, 2008 2:47 am

The Greatest Of All Time Team Needs A RB

Hey Barry and Walter are great but what about the guy who had 1000+ rushing and 1000+ receiving in one season......   How about the great,


Since: Jan 31, 2007
Posted on: May 19, 2008 11:27 pm

The Greatest Of All Time Team Needs A RB

My nod also has to go to sweetness, Sanders is a close 2nd and I know if barry had any kind of a line holy crap watch out he would have been even better but walter played on some pretty bad teams, hes's still the king in my book....

Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: May 19, 2008 6:19 pm

The Greatest Of All Time Team Needs A RB

Walter Payton. I really shouldnt have to explain myself.

Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: May 19, 2008 1:09 pm

The Greatest Of All Time Team Needs A RB

I don't think its so much that Barry Sanders is a run away winner as opposed to people who watch him now as opposed to when Barry was playing looks at the highlights and were simply amazing and rightfully so about Sanders' talents.  BUT with that being said, he survived with a mediocre OL for years, so for that he belongs as one of the greats.  Barry Sanders was a highlight film to himself but those runs that made the highlights were the exception not the rule.  There were times you had Barry go east and west and lose yards but thats the nature of the game, he couldn't do it all the time.

My vote went to Payton because he was much more of a part of the Bears offense than just the guy you hand the ball to.  He had to be the leader of very sub par Bears teams, made the players around him better ... I still remember the hill he took rookies to prove their worth.  He was a tremendous blocker and great receiver.  Not to say Barry wasn't but lets face it on just size, who would you want to have a blitzing LB block?  He punished defenders and hit them when they tackled him ... not to mention his durability.

Both loved the game and it showed on the field ... its just more Walter Payton would be more consistent, Barry Sanders would be more exciting.  I'd pick consistency over excitement if it wins me a championship

Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: May 19, 2008 12:13 pm

The Greatest Of All Time Team Needs A RB

Walter Payton!

Since: Jan 23, 2008
Posted on: May 19, 2008 10:55 am

The Greatest Of All Time Team Needs A RB

I'm nominating Terrell Davis and Walter Payton. I was able to watch T.D. and he was something amazing. Walter Payton was one of the backs who loved to run against the Vikings.

Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: May 19, 2008 10:18 am

The Greatest Of All Time Team Needs A RB

I hate to do this because I have already voted but I am shocked at the runaway win for Barry Sanders. The Lions were a mediocre team because of Barry Sanders not i spite of him. They had good players as a previous post mentioned Lomas Brown and Glover. Scott Mitchel had some good years and don't forget Herman Moore. When you say "What if Barry ran behind the Cowboys Line" ,that wouldnt have mattered because Barry never hit the hole. He ran where he wanted. Lions O-Line were told just stand your guys up, keep them engaged and Barry will find a hole. I liked to watch Barry run, I am just glad he wasnt on my team.

I am going to beat a dead horse here. An earlier post compared Terrel Davis and Reuben Droughns and said Terrel was a system back. Its true the Broncos have had a good running game even without TD but here are td's number in a 3 year period.

96-1538 yds 13 td's

97-1750 yds 15 td's

98-2008 yds 21 tds.

Playoff record for consec 100 games

SB record 3 td's-SB MVP, League MVP

That 3 year total I will put up against anybody.

Please forgive my Bronco pride for making me post this. I dont want people to forget what a special back he was even though his career was cut short by injuries.

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: May 19, 2008 9:32 am

The Greatest Of All Time Team Needs A RB

Results As Of 5/19/08: Barry Sanders- 61, Walter Payton- 41, Emmit Smith- 6, Earl Cambell- 5, Marshall Faulk- 3, Jim Thorpe- 1, Terrel Davis- 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.

Since: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: May 19, 2008 9:08 am

The Greatest Of All Time Team Needs A RB

I am going to go Emmitt Smith for this one. People always say that he had an offensive line his whole career, but watch him in his prime, he was more than just an O-Line. Plus when he was out, no other running back Dallas had could do anything, if the O-line was the entire reason he was good then anyone should have been able to be good behind it. Plus I want to be different.

1. Emmitt Smith

2. Barry Sanders

3. Walter Payton

Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: May 19, 2008 9:07 am

The Greatest Of All Time Team Needs A RB

DKM, just felt I had to continue

<table width="800" class="mcct_container"> <tbody> <tr valign="top" class="mcct_body"> <td> I love/loved watching these 3 guys play the game. Barry Sanders, Walter Payton and Jim Brown.

All 3 had talents they could call their own.  Today, I think LT2 is a great back, but Barry Sanders, WOW, durable and quick north/south as well as east/west.  Barry, just plain made you miss and made you really look silly as a pro when it came to tackling skills, you could hold him down for 59 minutes and 59 seconds and if he was still on the field you still feared him knowing he could break one tackle and as your spitting out the dirt and looking for your jockstrap you see him giving the ball to the official and the numbers on the scoreboard are changing and a reporter and microphone with a camera in face are asking you what happened and national tv knows, you son just made ESPN Sportscenter highlight not only for that day but the week and maybe even as highlight of the month. 

Reggie White, Howie Long and Terry Bradshaw said it best... Reggie watching a highlight of Barry, just said, WOW, while shaking his head.  Topic of how to tackle Barry came about one day, and most said you have to tackle the outside leg, problem was you couldn't get it.  Howie, he just sat shaking his head back and forth as to be saying WOW also, then Bradshaw said he had the answer as to, How to Tackle Barry Sanders.  Bradshaw said, " if you go to tackle Barry Sanders and miss, don't chase him, he'll be back in a second."

Watch Barry's highlites, you'll say WOW more than once and look up the records
Barry Sanders, stills holds in the NFL.  You'll be amazed... WOW!!!

And if Barry had a real OL and FB, we might have blessed us by playing a few more years on Sundays and I don't think Emmitt Smith would be the proud owner of the #1 rushing record for a career.

Barry Sanders, THANK YOU SIR, for all the years of entertainment, enjoyment, palm sweating, nail biting etc. on game days and for being, what I feel is, THE BEST PUREST RUNNER to ever play the game.

May GOD continue to bless you and your entire family, and again, I Thank You, Career Well Done!!!

Now, as for Barry's friend and mine, Walter "Sweetness" Payton, Walter Payton was one tough & complete back, and he could do anything you asked of a back to do, he could  block, pick up the blitz, catch the ball out of the backfield, run up the gut or on the edges, over you or around you and only missed one thats right " 1 " game in his whole career as Chicago's workhorse.  When Coach Mike "Iron Mike" Ditka didnt allow him to score that touchdown in the Super Bowl.  Walter, I, and a lot of fans were upset.  And later on, years down the road, Mike Ditka said, he regretted not giving Walter Payton the ball on the goal line in that super bowl victory.

That was the first time I felt for sweetness (that moment in the super Bowl), the second was the day he announced he had a rare form of liver cancer to the world, and of course, the third time, the day we lost a legend...

RIP WALTER... and thank you for all the memories... GOD BLESS YOU!!!

Jim Brown, he played ball up around my neck of the woods, Syracuse, NY, for the Syracuse Orangmen.  What a powerhouse Jim Brown was, and football wasn't his #1 sport, lacrosse was his best sport.  And he played ball on what we used to call the ROCK PILE, before the Carrier Dome came about.  I know with all my heart, soul and being that in his prime he could still play today and be an elite back, and through all the eras and all the RB's that have come and gone, you can't really say that about many if any other RB's, yet, with Jim Brown....he WAS "THE MAN," before his time and like ALI,  he knew it, and backed it up on the field in his play.

Thank you Jim, for all those special times at the Rock Pile in Syracuse and at the  Cleveland .
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