Top 5 NFL Running Backs of All - Time
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 23
  1. #1
    Walk On Achievements:
    Veteran5000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    147
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 0
    Given: 0

    Top 5 NFL Running Backs of All - Time

    1) Jim Brown ( 2,359 rushes for 12,312 yards, 106 tds and an amazing 5.2 yard per rush average. Added 262 receptions for 20 touchdowns.) And he retired at the ripe old age of 29 to pursue an acting career.

    2) Barry Sanders (He ran 3,062 times for 15,269 yards.99 tds and a 5.0 average. He added 352 catches for 2,921 yards and 10 tds. ) Barry sanders & jim brown are ony rb's to average over 5.0 yards per carry & 100 yards per game played.

    3) Walter Payton (3,838 rushes for 16,726 yards, 110 tds and a 4.4 average per carry. He added 492 receptions for 4,538 yards and 15 TDs.)

    4) Emmitt Smith (18.355 yards on 4,409 carries, 164 tds and a 4.2 average. He added 515 catches for 3,224 yards and 11 tds.)

    5) Earl Campbell (2,187 attempts for 9,407 yards, 74 tds and a 4.3 average. He added 121 catches for 806 yards with no tds.)



  2. #2
    Addict
    Points: 136,735, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience Points
    herbicide's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Ankeny, IA
    Posts
    8,639
    Points
    136,735
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 0
    Given: 0

    Re: Top 5 NFL Running Backs of All - Time

    This list I agree with. And I am a HUGE Barry Sanders fan. He is the reason I am a Lions fan (let me find my paper sack...)



  3. #3
    Pro
    Points: 68,009, Level: 80
    Level completed: 98%, Points required for next Level: 41
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    50000 Experience PointsVeteran
    timappelgate's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Cedar Falls, IA
    Posts
    2,303
    Points
    68,009
    Level
    80
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 44
    Given: 7

    Re: Top 5 NFL Running Backs of All - Time

    Dickerson?


    R.I.P "Gibbons" 4/3/2012
    R.I.P RollsRoyce 4/12/2012

  4. #4
    Speechless
    Points: 218,865, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 66.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience PointsOverdrive

    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    27,946
    Points
    218,865
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 675
    Given: 67

    Re: Top 5 NFL Running Backs of All - Time

    Quote Originally Posted by millerforrest View Post
    1) Jim Brown ( 2,359 rushes for 12,312 yards, 106 tds and an amazing 5.2 yard per rush average. Added 262 receptions for 20 touchdowns.) And he retired at the ripe old age of 29 to pursue an acting career.

    2) Barry Sanders (He ran 3,062 times for 15,269 yards.99 tds and a 5.0 average. He added 352 catches for 2,921 yards and 10 tds. ) Barry sanders & jim brown are ony rb's to average over 5.0 yards per carry & 100 yards per game played.

    3) Walter Payton (3,838 rushes for 16,726 yards, 110 tds and a 4.4 average per carry. He added 492 receptions for 4,538 yards and 15 TDs.)

    4) Emmitt Smith (18.355 yards on 4,409 carries, 164 tds and a 4.2 average. He added 515 catches for 3,224 yards and 11 tds.)

    5) Earl Campbell (2,187 attempts for 9,407 yards, 74 tds and a 4.3 average. He added 121 catches for 806 yards with no tds.)
    Good list. I definitely agree with your top 4. Earl Campbell, Eric Dickerson definitely deserve mention as well. Based on football only, OJ Simpson as well. But considering his off field behavior, I would leave off OJ from the list. As he would definitely not be in the top 4.



  5. #5
    All-Star
    Points: 27,370, Level: 50
    Level completed: 82%, Points required for next Level: 180
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran25000 Experience Points

    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    1,232
    Points
    27,370
    Level
    50
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 9
    Given: 0

    Re: Top 5 NFL Running Backs of All - Time

    I think Emmit is right where he belongs on this list. I struggle with Sweetness being third, but I can see your reasoning. And to backup timappelgate, what is your reasoning for picking Campbell over Dickerson. Not, that I think it is wrong, just wondering.



  6. #6
    Addict
    Points: 109,349, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 3.0%
    Achievements:
    50000 Experience PointsVeteran
    tm3308's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Corydon/Iowa City, IA
    Posts
    5,490
    Points
    109,349
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 374
    Given: 331

    Re: Top 5 NFL Running Backs of All - Time

    I would give Marshall Faulk some serious consideration for the #5 spot. 12,279 yards (4.3 yard average, same as Campbell), 100 rushing TD's. Also, and this is the big thing that puts him over the hump for me: 767 receptions, 6,875 yards (9 ypc), and 36 receiving TD's.

    19,154 total yards from scrimmage (4th all-time, regardless of position, and 3rd among running backs) and 136 TD's (7th all-time, regardless of position, and 4th among running backs).


    “Hawks tell us we have no future, and we let you know what we think of Hawk fans, which is a lower opinion all the time.” – CycloneErik 7/25/2011

    “With the exception of tm3308. He is a good contributor on this site. It is almost to the point that I question if he is actually a hawk fan. ” -- Cyclonestate78 7/25/2011

    “He broke the mold. If he wrote the OP, I would have read the whole thing.” – CycloneErik 7/25/2011

  7. #7
    Pro
    Points: 40,007, Level: 61
    Level completed: 74%, Points required for next Level: 343
    Overall activity: 16.0%
    Achievements:
    25000 Experience PointsVeteran

    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Des Moines
    Posts
    2,721
    Points
    40,007
    Level
    61
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 57
    Given: 14

    Re: Top 5 NFL Running Backs of All - Time

    I know he didn't last long enough to get the stats but Gayle Sayers may of been the best ever to play the game.

    my five would be
    Simpson
    Sanders
    Brown
    Payton
    Sayers


    Last edited by Cyforce; 04-18-2011 at 03:33 PM.
    Let Me Mayor Coach!

  8. #8
    Just Win Baby
    Points: 299,761, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 1.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran50000 Experience Points
    Clones85''s Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    13,339
    Points
    299,761
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 8
    Given: 2

    Re: Top 5 NFL Running Backs of All - Time

    Good list but don't forget Tomlinson. Can run and catch. Knows how to get in the endzone. I would take LT in his prime over Emmitt Smith in his prime



  9. #9
    Addict
    Points: 64,891, Level: 79
    Level completed: 3%, Points required for next Level: 1,559
    Overall activity: 1.0%
    Achievements:
    50000 Experience PointsVeteran

    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    5,204
    Points
    64,891
    Level
    79
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 253
    Given: 54

    Re: Top 5 NFL Running Backs of All - Time

    Quote Originally Posted by millerforrest View Post
    1) Jim Brown ( 2,359 rushes for 12,312 yards, 106 tds and an amazing 5.2 yard per rush average. Added 262 receptions for 20 touchdowns.) And he retired at the ripe old age of 29 to pursue an acting career.

    2) Barry Sanders (He ran 3,062 times for 15,269 yards.99 tds and a 5.0 average. He added 352 catches for 2,921 yards and 10 tds. ) Barry sanders & jim brown are ony rb's to average over 5.0 yards per carry & 100 yards per game played.

    3) Walter Payton (3,838 rushes for 16,726 yards, 110 tds and a 4.4 average per carry. He added 492 receptions for 4,538 yards and 15 TDs.)

    4) Emmitt Smith (18.355 yards on 4,409 carries, 164 tds and a 4.2 average. He added 515 catches for 3,224 yards and 11 tds.)

    5) Earl Campbell (2,187 attempts for 9,407 yards, 74 tds and a 4.3 average. He added 121 catches for 806 yards with no tds.)
    Replace Emmitt with Gale Sayers, and we're good.



  10. #10
    All-Star
    Points: 33,277, Level: 56
    Level completed: 19%, Points required for next Level: 973
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    Social25000 Experience PointsVeteran
    bpmcclain's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Ames
    Posts
    1,182
    Points
    33,277
    Level
    56
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 0
    Given: 6

    Re: Top 5 NFL Running Backs of All - Time

    No Cutis Enis? Blasphemy!



  11. #11
    Addict
    Points: 110,363, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 3.0%
    Achievements:
    Social50000 Experience PointsVeteran
    RING4CY's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Ankeny, IA
    Posts
    6,747
    Points
    110,363
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 142
    Given: 159

    Re: Top 5 NFL Running Backs of All - Time

    Walter "Sweetness" Payton. PERIOD.




  12. #12
    Pro
    Points: 73,739, Level: 84
    Level completed: 35%, Points required for next Level: 1,111
    Overall activity: 1.0%
    Achievements:
    Recommendation Second Class50000 Experience PointsVeteran
    ItsCyence's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Brookings, SD
    Posts
    3,357
    Points
    73,739
    Level
    84
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 41
    Given: 76

    Re: Top 5 NFL Running Backs of All - Time

    Sayers should be on there. Bill Cosby is a fan of his.



  13. #13
    All-Star
    Points: 31,689, Level: 54
    Level completed: 77%, Points required for next Level: 261
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran25000 Experience Points
    CykoAGR's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Waukee, IA
    Posts
    1,692
    Points
    31,689
    Level
    54
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 22
    Given: 175

    Re: Top 5 NFL Running Backs of All - Time

    I would probably rank:

    Sanders
    Brown
    Payton
    Smith
    Faulk

    I had a hard time putting Brown that high but it is because he is the only one on that list that I never saw play. When you consider that he was not playing in as many games per year his totals could have been higher. You could also argue that he had less of a chance to get hurt because he didnt play as many games but either way they guy was an animal.

    You could make a case for any of these players and some others like Dickerson and Tomlinson. Its hard to compare Brown to some of the others because he played in a different era.


    “It’s beyond pride. It’s a restored trust. There’s a confidence again, a passion that teeters on swagger. More than anything, (Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads) has restored the Iowa State “it” factor, the steadfast belief that it is great to be a Cyclone...the man’s enthusiasm is genuine to the core...”
    – columnist Sean Keeler, Des Moines Register

  14. #14
    Addict
    Points: 63,537, Level: 78
    Level completed: 18%, Points required for next Level: 1,313
    Overall activity: 5.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialVeteran50000 Experience PointsRecommendation Second Class
    WalkingCY's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Kansas City
    Posts
    5,214
    Points
    63,537
    Level
    78
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 189
    Given: 227

    Re: Top 5 NFL Running Backs of All - Time

    Barry Sanders
    Walter Payton
    Erick Dickerson
    Bo Jackson
    Marshall Faulk



  15. #15
    Addict
    Points: 66,850, Level: 80
    Level completed: 25%, Points required for next Level: 1,200
    Overall activity: 21.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience Points
    Rural's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Posts
    6,218
    Points
    66,850
    Level
    80
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 320
    Given: 224

    Re: Top 5 NFL Running Backs of All - Time

    1- Gayle Sayers
    2- Walter Payton
    3- Rashann Salaam
    4- Brock Forsey
    5- William Perry


    Last edited by Rural; 04-18-2011 at 04:41 PM.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
  • TV: Cyclones.tv
  • HOOPS: Iowa State vs. Mississippi Valley State
  • December 31, 2014
  • 06:00 PM