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    OT: Constructing the perfect RB

    OK, lets' talk some football. Here is my opinion of of the six major ability categories of runningbacks and who I believe were the best, second best and five honorable mentions of all time (at least since the sixties):

    Power - 1. Jim Brown 2. Earl Campbell (Payton, Czonka, Jim Taylor, Cookie Gilchrist, John Riggins)

    Speed - 1. O.J. Simpson 2. Bo Jackson (Sayers, Dorsett, Faulk, Dickerson, Barry Sanders)

    Quickness - 1. Gale Sayers 2. Barry Sanders (Simpson, Faulk, LT, Mercury Morris, Abner Haynes)

    Moves/Elusiveness - 1. Gale Sayers 2. Barry Sanders (Simpson, Faulk, Marcus Allen, Freeman McNeil, Payton)

    Breaking Tackles/Balance - 1. Earl Campbell 2. Walter Payton (Brown, Csonka, Bo Jackson, Riggins, Dickerson)

    Following Blocking - 1. Walter Payton 2. Jim Brown (Emmit Smith, LT, Shaun Alexander, Marcus Allen, Curtis Martin)

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    Vision- Marcus Allen
    Acceleration/ "first step"- Emmit Smith

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jet Genius
    Vision- Marcus Allen
    Acceleration/ "first step"- Emmit Smith
    I know some may find this hard to believe but Vision I would give to Martin!

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    Hands (Receiving) - Payton

    Another great back (IMHO) that hasn't been mentioned was Terry Metcalf. He had some speed and moves!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jet Genius
    Vision- Marcus Allen
    Acceleration/ "first step"- Emmit Smith
    Just to clarify my definitions, I consider vision to be a part of elusiveness and acceleration is actually what I consider quickness as opposed to speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by savage69
    I know some may find this hard to believe but Vision I would give to Martin!
    he has vison, but not at the level of Marcus Allen or Timmy Brown or Emmitt for that matter.


    the one ability that Curtis Martin has had that stands out is his heart..... ability wise, he is a couple of pro-bowls and a back to remember, not a HOFer.

    his heart has brought him to where he is, not his legs.
    Last edited by Jet Genius; 07-12-2006 at 01:59 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chesapeakejet
    Hands (Receiving) - Payton

    Another great back (IMHO) that hasn't been mentioned was Terry Metcalf. He had some speed and moves!
    mmmm....... Thurman Thomas and Marshal Faulk had better hands than Payton.

    i might even say Roger Craig had better hands than him too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jet Genius
    he has vison, but not at the level of Marcus Allen or Timmy Brown or Emmitt for that matter.


    the onlythe one ability that Curtis Martin has had that stands out is his heart..... ability wise, he is a couple of pro-bowls and a back to remember, not a HOFer.

    his heart has brought him to where he is, not his legs.
    I agree...That and the Tuna and Hackett! What Tuna did for Vinny Hackett did for Cumar!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jet Genius
    he has vison, but not at the level of Marcus Allen or Timmy Brown or Emmitt for that matter.


    the onlythe one ability that Curtis Martin has had that stands out is his heart..... ability wise, he is a couple of pro-bowls and a back to remember, not a HOFer.

    his heart has brought him to where he is, not his legs.
    Was that a typo (T instead of J) or did you really mean Timmy Brown? Timmy Brown was a great little back for the eagles and then later with the Colts in the sixties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmaynard
    Was that a typo (T instead of J) or did you really mean Timmy Brown? Timmy Brown was a great little back for the eagles and then later with the Colts in the sixties.
    thanks for telling me

    yeah, Timmy Brown.

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    Speed - Barry Sanders

    Quickness - Marshall Faulk

    Power - Jim Brown

    Vision - Curtis Martin

    Follow Blocking - Walter Payton

    Moves - Barry Sanders

    Break Tackles - Earl Campbell

    Heart - Curtis Martin

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    Funny thing with Marcus Allen in his 16 years he had 3 seasons of 1,000+ yards! He avg around 765 yds a season! But he lasted along time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by savage69
    Funny thing with Marcus Allen in his 16 years he had 3 seasons of 1,000+ yards! He avg around 765 yds a season! But he lasted along time!
    Bo Jackson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jet Genius
    thanks for telling me

    yeah, Timmy Brown.

    Didn't mean to offend you. Everyone knows Jimmy Brown, not that many fans today would know who Timmy Brown was.

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    no "compiling" category?

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    Bronco Nagursky was one of the most powerful runners ever, yet no one seems to remember or mention him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmaynard
    Didn't mean to offend you. Everyone knows Jimmy Brown, not that many fans today would know who Timmy Brown was.
    Yeah But did you know Bad Bad Leroy Brown??

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    Quote Originally Posted by savage69
    Yeah But did you know Bad Bad Leroy Brown??
    He was meaner than a junkyard dog.

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    Nobody mentioned acceleration, a huge asset. None did it better than:

    Tony Dorsett

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    Quote Originally Posted by sackdance99
    Nobody mentioned acceleration, a huge asset. None did it better than:

    Tony Dorsett
    My category of quickness is meant to be the same as acceleration. And apparently, you never saw Gale Sayers.

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